Bangkok is a huge and modern city humming with nightlife and fervour. Administratively,
it is split into 50 khet ( districts ), which are further split into 154 khwaeng,
but these are more often used in official business and for addresses. Visitors will
find the conceptual division below of the main areas more useful for getting around.
The long Sukhumvit Road, which changes its name to Ploenchit Road and Rama I Road
going west, is Bangkok's modern commercial core, full of glitzy malls and hotels.
The Sky train intersection at Siam Square is the closest thing Bangkok has to a centre.
To the south of Sukhumvit, the area around Silom Road and Sathorn Road is Thailand's
sober financial centre by day, but Bangkok's primary party district by night when
quarters like the infamous Pat Pong come alive.
Between the river and Sukhumvit lies the densely packed Old Bangkok, home to Bangkok's
best-known sights, such as the Grand Palace and Wat Pho.
Khao San Road
On the northern part of Rattanakosin, Bangkok's backpacker Mecca Khao San Road and
the surrounding district of Banglamphu have everything the budget traveller is looking
Yaowarat and Pahurat
Along Yaowarat Road you will find Bangkok's Chinatown, while Pahurat Road is the
home of the sizable Indian community. This multicultural district is filled with
markets selling food, gold, fabrics.
The quieter west bank of the Chao Phraya River, with Wat Arun and many small canals
The area around Phahonyothin Road and Viphavadi Rangsit Road is best known for the
Chatuchak Weekend Market and Baiyoke Tower 2.
The district north of Sukhumvit centred around Ratchadaphisek Road ( part of which
is called Asoke ). This area is a popular with the locals for its nightlife, such
as around Royal City Avenue (RCA).