Home to majority of the country’s expatriate population and generations of prominent Thai families, Sukhumvit Road, which measures some 400kms in length, is one of the longest roads in the world. It begins at one end of Downtown Bangkok and runs through the city’s Eastern border all the way to the sunny seaside resort of Pattaya and further.
In the capital, Sukhumvit Road in itself is a unique commercial district of 24 hour activity that is easily accessible by the Sky Train which goes as far as On Nut. Lined with fashionable restaurants and pubs, upscale shopping malls, office towers, five-star hotels, the Benjasiri Park and the Planetarium, and interspersed with bars, street stalls, and Thai shophouses it has a bit of everything. However, the intrigue and appeal of the area lie in the amazing peace and quiet that envelopes the housing in the sois and sub-sois that lead off this vibrant thoroughfare for they too, are laced with an eclectic assortment of entertainment and edutainment venues that cater to every lifestyle and personal preference.
Avant-garde galleries, local designer boutiques and lifestyle stores; are mixed up with epicurean delights from around the world be it fine-dining establishments or cozy eateries. Exotic day spas, and state-of-the-art fitness centers and health and beauty clinics dot the area. A variety of arts and other learning centers are jumbled with a vivid array of nightlife, including elegant wine bars, rowdy Irish pubs, swanky nightclubs and adult-entertainment venues.
Apart from internationally recognized private hospitals, a couple of top-ranking international schools and a plethora of coveted pre-schools, it is these gems that give Sukhumvit its cosmopolitan aura.
In general, Sois 1 to 63 and the facing even numbered sois on the opposite side of Sukhumvit Road are the most popular for foreigners to live in. The Japanese community prefer to live in the area between Sois 21 (Soi Asoke) to 55 (Soi Thonglor) and in the corresponding, even-numbered sois on the opposite side of Sukhumvit. Rentals in this area tend to be higher than those at the beginning of Sukhumvit – mainly due to the raunchy image of the areas between the adult-entertainment districts of Nana (Soi 4) and Soi Cowboy (between Sois 21 and 23). The New International School of Thailand (NIST) is located in Soi 15. The area between Soi 65 and On-nut consists of old Thai neighborhoods and is not as expatriate oriented in terms of housing at the moment, but some large new housing colonies are under construction.