First Time in Sukhumvit - What To Do

Sukhumvit Survival Guide

This guide is for first time visitors in Sukhumvit, Bangkok’s largest and most important street. In its entirety, Sukhumvit Road stretches all the way to the Cambodian border, but we are only dealing with the 10 km stretch that cuts east through downtown Bangkok. This bustling, modern neighbourhood lacks the traditional tourist landmarks found elsewhere, but people are often charmed by its authenticity and ‘big city’ appeal.

Even if your hotel is not located nearby, first time visitors to Bangkok will almost certainly hear the name ‘Suk-hum-vit’ again and again due to its importance in relation to shopping, dining and leisure activities. The many shopping malls, restaurants, fashionable bars, luxury hotels and famous clubs give the area an international, urban vibe, and it is one of the most popular areas for expats to base themselves. Of course, many of the finest things to see and do around Sukhumvit are located down small streets or ‘sois’. To help make you initial exploration as rewarding as possible, here are our picks of what to do on Day One in Sukhumvit.

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Sukhumvit at a Glance

Here’s a summary of what we like about this area, and also what we don’t like. We have tried to give a balanced view so you can decide in seconds if this is the right place for you.

  • Modern, downtown area
  • The best party area of Bangkok
  • Lots of trendy and affordable restaurants
  • BTS Skytrain makes travelling around easy
  • It’s a big area and it’s hectic
  • Not good for sightseeing
  • Lacks traditional things to do
  • Traffic jams are common

Things You Can Do in Sukhumvit

Sukhumvit has an amazing collection of restaurants, shopping malls and is really the most 21st century part of Bangkok. You will still see classic images of the city while out and about in Sukhumvit, but this is not the area for grand palaces or heritage buildings. You come here to shop and party.

  • EmQuartier Shopping Mall

    The luxurious, futuristic new EmQuartier mall joins the long-standing Emporium on Sukhumvit, the latest in a trio of Read More»

  • Terminal 21

    Terminal 21

    Terminal 21 brings the dream of traveling the world to downtown Bangkok, with its cutting-edge concept that places Read More»

  • Benjasiri Park

    Benjasiri Park is one of the best parks in downtown Bangkok and is very popular though out the day and early evening. Read More»

Best Places to Go at Night in Sukhumvit

There are more clubs, rooftop bars, trendy restaurants and late-night spots here than anywhere else in the city. It can take some time to find many of them because they are rarely on the main road. Often you will have to go deep into the sois to find the where the masses hang out in Sukhumvit. Nightlife in Sukhumvit is the best you’ll find in Bangkok.

  • Soi Cowboy

    Soi Cowboy

    Named after the cowboy hat-wearing American who opened the first bar in 1970, this red-light district has a more Read More»

  • Sukhumvit Soi 11

    Sukhumvit Soi 11

    Sukhumvit Soi 11 becomes a beacon for an amazing range of people attracted by the bars, restaurants and clubs that line Read More»

  • Octave Rooftop Bar

    Octave Rooftop Bar

    Sukhumvit Road in Bangkok waited a long time for its very own rooftop bar, and then finally one came along and showed Read More»

Great Restaurants We Like in Sukhumvit

Sukhumvit has many regional cuisines on offer. Anything from Italian pizza to Indian curry, and a whole enclave of Japanese options. Of course, Thai food is never far away, and you can find inexpensive local dishes at many of the food courts inside shopping malls. Sukhumvit has the best world cuisine in Bangkok.

  • Bo.Lan Restaurant

    Recognised for many years as one of the best Thai restaurants in Bangkok, Bo.Lan is not your everyday local eatery. This Read More»

  • Enoteca Italiana

    Enoteca Italiana

    Enoteca Italiana is without a doubt one of the most successful Italian restaurants in Bangkok, well-known and Read More»

  • Freebird Restaurant Bangkok

    Freebird Restaurant Bangkok

    Freebird Restaurant Bangkok is an exciting blend of modern Australian cooking, fresh local Asian ingredients, high Read More»

Hotels in Sukhumvit We Recommend to Our Friends

There are so many places to stay in Sukhumvit we could spend all day reviewing them all. To save you time, here’s a selection of three hotels we like: a luxury hotel, a mid-range and a budget one, too.  

Grande Centre Point Terminal 21

With a prominent use of glass throughout the hotel and a minimalist white colour scheme, Grande Centre Point Hotel Sukhumvit Read More...

DoubleTree by Hilton Sukhumvit Bangkok

A stay at DoubleTree by Hilton Sukhumvit Bangkok places you in the heart of Bangkok, within a 10-minute walk of Emporium and Read More...

Holiday Inn Express Bangkok Sukhumvit 11

In the heart of Bangkok, Holiday Inn Express Bangkok Sukhumvit 11 is within a 5-minute drive of CentralWorld Shopping Complex and Read More...


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