Bangkok’s famous areas

Wat Phra Kaew, Bangkok edwin.11/Flickr

Wat Phra Kaew in the Old City of Bangkok ©edwin.11/Flickr

Due to the immense size of Bangkok and also the city’s cosmopolitan and ethnic diversity, it is obvious that certain areas of the city present a reflection of their inhabitants. Each district is famous for its distinct characteristics. Certain districts have become famous for their visitor attractions, nightlife, shopping spots and accessibility to public transportation.

Siam and Silom are commercial hubs of the city, while Chinatown is famous for being vibrant and colorful, not to mention Sukhumvit popular for its nightlife, shopping and dining scenes. If you are planning a visit to Bangkok, looking for great areas to visit, I suggest you to read this guide. Below I will present you Bangkok’s famous areas.

Sukhumvit Road

Sukhumvit Road is a fantastic cosmopolitan and modern area of Bangkok, being famous for its shopping, nightlife and dining scenes. The road is considered among the best in the world. Sukhumvit is also where famous Nana Plaza and Soi Cowboy are situated. These are popular for their go-go bars. It is also the area where the Skytrain runs along.

Sukhumvit Road Francisco Anzola/Flickr

Sukhumvit Road ©Francisco Anzola/Flickr

Khao San Road

Another famous road of Bangkok is Khao San Road. It is one of Thailand’s paradises for backpackers. If you would also like to visit Thailand as a backpacker, this road is the best place to go in Bangkok. There are dozens of budget guesthouses here, mid-range hotels, swanky bars, clubs, internet cafes, restaurants, bookshops, massage parlours, market stalls, tattoo shops and more other.

Khao San Road crowds keepitsurreal/Flickr

Khao San Road crowds ©keepitsurreal/Flickr

The Old City

The major part of Bangkok’s most significant historic sights can be found in the Old City. This is the area located in the heart of the city, considered to be the “soul of Bangkok”. The Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaew, Wat Mahathat, Wat Pho and the National Gallery are all located in this area of the city. Therefore, the Old City drags innumerable tourists, being always very crowded.

Wat Phra Kaew, Bangkok edwin.11/Flickr

Wat Phra Kaew in the Old City of Bangkok ©edwin.11/Flickr


The main area for shopping in Bangkok is Siam, including some of the biggest and most famous shopping malls of the city like Siam Centre, MBK, Siam Paragon, Siam Discovery and CentralWorld. With dozens of shops, restaurants, clothing boutiques, bookshops, record stores, cinemas, hotels, banks, cafes and a Hard Rock Cafe, Siam is very popular among tourists.


If you are looking for a colorful and vibrant area in Bangkok, visit Chinatown. Full of street-side restaurants, market stalls and gold shops, Chinatown is an experience which can not be missed. Chinese temples are also must-visit sights of Bangkok. If you visit Chinatown during Chinese New Year, it will be one of the greatest experiences of your life.



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