6 Bangkok Neighborhoods: A Breakdown MADE For Travelers

We narrow down to a short list of Bangkok neighborhoods from 50 “khets”.

Como Metropolitan Bangkok
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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!

Bang Lamphu

Bangkok, Thailand

Reputation: Mecca made for a backpacker’s budget.

411: One of the affordable Bangkok neighborhoods, full 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

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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 come to life, and that’s where Bangkok’s infamous nightlife culture takes over the area.

Don’t miss: Sri Maha Mariamman Temple, Patpong Night Market, and Bangkokian Museum. Make sure to eat at Blue Elephant Cooking School & Restaurant!

Siam Square & Pathumwan

Hotel Muse, Bangkok
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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, Pathumwan is one of the most fun Bangkok neighborhoods, contemporary and always filled with the cool sophisticated crowd.

Don’t miss: Hotel Muse, especially its rooftop bar. Eat at Gaggan. Ratchaprasong and Phloen Chit Road are great for shopping and strolling.


Soi Cowboy

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 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 one of many Bangkok neighborhoods that you’ll definitely visit for the famous sights including Grand Palace and Wat Pho. Between the river and downtown is also an area most refer to as “Old Bangkok.” If you’re here during the season of festivals, Sanam Luang Square in this neighborhood is where all the fetes will take place.

Don’t miss: Grand Palace, Wat Pho, Xuantianshangdi Temple, Wat Chakrawatrachawat Woramahawihan and Wat Chanasongkhram Ratchaworamahawihan.

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 come 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.

Wendy Hung


As the founder of Jetset Times, Wendy is an avid traveler and fluent in five languages. When she's not traveling, Wendy calls Paris and Taipei home. Her favorite countries so far from her travels have been: Bhutan, Iran, and St. Bart's because they were all so different!

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