We narrow down from 50 “khets”.
Believe it or not, Bangkok has 50 districts, or what locals call khet. Of course, as a traveler you’re not going to need to know every single khet, but below are seven most popular areas that you’ll experience. Each has a different vibe and crowd. And the difference between day and night may also wildly differ in most neighborhoods. Have fun!
Reputation: Mecca made for a backpacker’s budget.
411: With lots of boho restaurants and bars, don’t be surprised to see lots of backpackers and younger travelers on Banglamphu’s most famous street: Khao San Road.
Don’t miss: Phra Athit will have lots of young locals partying there. Khao San Road will have many hotels and affordable lodging. The same street will have good shopping as well as on Rambutri Road.
Bang Rak & Paktong
Reputation: Swanky & romantic by day, but infamous nightlife when the sun goes down.
411: You’ll find many Bang Rak to be the original reason why Bangkok was often referred to as Venice of the East. There are many posh hotels here, and at night, due to the close proximity to Chao Phraya River known for viewing sunrises and sunsets. At night though, districts like Patpong comes to life, and that’s where Bangkok’s infamous nightlife culture takes over the area.
Siam Square & Pathumwan
Reputation: Glitzy & upscale. Lots of famous restaurants.
411: Such a central location, Pathumwan has lots of rooftop bars and offers the best view since you’ll be in the heart of Bangkok. With tons of hotels & cool restaurants, this area is fun, contemporary and always filled with the cool sophisticated crowd.
Reputation: 1/2 naughty nightlife, 1/2 upperclass exclusivity.
411: The epic Sukhumvit Road is known for its nightlife that’s put Bangkok tourism on the map. You can also find luxe hotels catered to jetsetters too. Just know, when you’re here at night, this is where the city comes alive like nowhere else in the world.
Don’t miss: For a fun night out at the club, check out Bed Supperclub. For Bangkok’s rowdy nightlife, check out Nana Plaza and Soi Cowboy. The classic “Emporium” and the new contemporary mall Terminal 21 are great for shopping.
Rattanakosin & Grand Palace
Reputation: “Old Bangkok.”
411: This is where you’ll visit for famous landmarks, including: Grand Palace and Wat Pho. Between the river and downtown is also where most refer to as “Old Bangkok.” If you’re here during the season of festivals, Sanam Luang Square in this area is where all the fetes will take place.
Yaowarat and Phahurat
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Reputation: The ever vibrant Chinatown!
411: Just when you think only Chinatowns in NYC or San Francisco can impress the heck outta ya, the one in Bangkok is pretty dope. First of all, it’s massive and you might as well com here for lunch since endless street food and vendor carts will be a feast for your eyes and stomach.
Don’t miss: Chinatown, and Phahurat Road is the base to Bangkok’s Indian community. Wat Traimit, and Wat Mangkon Kamalawat are also great to visit.