Sukhumvit is Bangkok’s all-star shopping district, serviced by a spread of transport hubs, restaurants and entertainment complexes. Slick and modern, this district takes its name from Sukhumvit Road, essentially the backbone of Bangkok. It may not have many historic sites, but it more than makes up for this with cosmopolitan polish.
Sukhumvit certainly has something for everyone. Business travelers gravitate to five-star hotels around Queen Sirikit National Convention Center; tourists peruse back-alley bazaars and street cafés; while shoppers can pass entire days in the air-conditioned comfort of Sukhumvit’s huge shopping malls.
Most of the hotels in Sukhumvit are to the west around Robinson shopping center and several Skytrain (BTS) and subway (MRT) stations. To the east are shopping hubs like Emporium, the trendy J Avenue and Ekkamai Major shopping centers. The latter is next door to Bangkok's Eastern Bus Terminal. All of this is due north of a major bend in the Chao Phraya River, where express shuttles ply from one pier to the next.
Sukhumvit is a great place to be based because local transport lines head out to every major district in Bangkok. Sukhumvit itself branches off into countless side streets (sois), some of which can be explored on foot. Sois 4 and 21 (21/1 is called Soi Cowboy) light up at night with a tempting array of go-go bars and nightclubs.
There’s an art to exploring Bangkok, and first-time visitors are easily overwhelmed by the scope and sprawl of this city. The best experiences await those who narrow the field to one or two neighborhoods. Booking hotels in Sukhumvit puts tourists in a prime position to enjoy Bangkok’s cosmopolitan side, without giving up access to historic attractions.