Thonglor & Ekamai Area
Accessible via Sukhumvit Road or Petchburi Road, Thonlor and Ekamai are home to the hip and the trendy. These two leafy districts branch off of Sukhumvit Road at Soi 55 and Soi 63, and are part of the Watthana district in Bangkok’s central region. Once a place of dodgy car dealerships and tatty eateries, they have since undergone serious makeovers. In recent years, Thonglor and Ekamai have become highly cosmopolitan regions with residential areas, a whole host of excellent restaurants and stylish bars. For many of the up-and-coming locals, this is the area where it all happens. You’ll find an eclectic mix of young professionals, creative designers and fashion-conscious trendsetters here.
Restaurants are super chic and include cuisines from around the World. Being a highly fashionable area, eateries are frequently changing, but tend to serve up gourmet international favourites and contemporary Thai dishes. Some of the flashiest restaurants congregate along tree-lined Thong Lo Soi 9, which has been dubbed the 'Gourmet Mile' of Bangkok. Many wine bars have sprouted in recent years, offering quality wines at reasonable prices, as well as quirky pubs accommodating a mixture of nationalities and ages. The area is also fantastic for shopping, with a collection of small shopping malls, plazas and boutique shops perched along the streets. These districts are perfect for socialising and people watching from one of the many coffee shops or cute cafes.
The area is easily accessible via the BTS Skytrain (Elevated sky train), with Thonglor and Ekamai stations located on Sukhumvit Road.