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Sukhumvit: How to decide...

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This prominent 18km long road is the centre of up-to-the-minute shopping, eating and nightlife in Bangkok, and it's fair to say Sukhumvit has something to offer all visitors. While there are touches of 'Thai-ness' on every corner, the many fashionable restaurants, bars, air-conditioned malls, hotels and clubs give the area a distinctly modern, cosmopolitan flavour. Plus, the elevated Skytrain (BTS) helps make exploring incredibly easy.

Who is it For:

- Partygoers 
- Shoppers
- Trendy restaurant fans
- People who want a bit of everything (but don't mind a bit of distance between venues) 

What's Good:

- Plenty of nightlife and dining options
- Wide range of hotel prices, styles and star ratings
- BTS Skytrain route makes travelling easy

What's Not So Good:

- Sightseeing is few and far between
- Traffic is intense
- The coolest venues are spread out
- Things are spaced out so walking is often required


Siam: How to decide...

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Siam is unquestionably the centre of shopping in Bangkok, home to some of the city's most popular shopping centres like MBK, Siam Center, and Siam Paragon. There's always a lively scene here, with a mix of students, office workers, trend-setting city dwellers and, of course, a throng of tourists. This is also the central BTS Skytrain Station so getting around town is easier from here.

Who is it For:

- Extreme shoppers
- Families
- People who want to be in the heart of the city
- People who want easy access to other areas of Bangkok

What’s Good

- Amazing shopping options
- Lots of family-friendly attractions
- The central BTS Skytrain Station makes travelling around easy
- Plenty of food options
- Compact area

What's Not So Good:

- Limited nightlife 
- Not the most authentic part of town

Silom: How to decide...

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Silom is an area of contrasts. By day, sharply dressed business folk head into the numerous high rise offices and financial institutions along Silom Road. While at night, many of Bangkok’s finest restaurants bring people from far and wide, as well as the infamous nightlife scene around Patpong.

Who is it For:

- Business people (looking for an excuse to visit the red light district) 
- People looking for vibrant nightlife
- Returning visitors
- People who want a compact area with everything at affordable prices

What's Good:

- Great restaurants
- Patpong (the iconic night market and red light district of Bangkok)
- Downtown location
- Wide range of hotel prices from budget to luxury
- Easy BTS, MRT and taxi access for convenient travel

What’s Not So Good:

- Lacking in culture
- Sidewalks are congested at night
- Traffic past 17:00 can be congested


Pratunam: How to decide...

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Pratunam is home to a sprawling 24 hour market and many more wholesale malls, each with packed with bargain fashion, apparel, handbags, sports gear, wig shops, and everything in between. It is a busy and bustling area with a cosmopolitan ambiance due to the wide range of tourists that come to shop to their hearts’ content.

Who is it For:

- Young travellers
- Shoppers on a budget
- Wholesale business people
- People who want to stay in a busy area

What's Good:

- The famous Pratunam Market
- Plenty of cheap restaurants
- Baiyoke Tower, the tallest view point in Bangkok
- Cheapest accommodation in the heart of Bangkok

What’s Not So Good:

- Traffic is intense
- Crowded
- BTS is 15 minutes’ walk away
- The area is a rundown compared to nearby Siam

Riverside: How to decide...

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Bangkok's riverside is where Bangkok's historic roots lie; the traditional heartland of this magical city with origins that read like an epic novel. Nowadays, the city has moved on and the riverside reflects a constantly changing scene; water-taxis ferrying commuters and heavily laden rice barges chugging upstream, set against a backdrop of glittering temples and palaces, historical landmarks and luxury, five-star hotels.

Who is it For:

- Wealthy travellers
- Couples looking to escape downtown Bangkok but remain within the city
- Families who want a resort style vacation 

What's Good:

- Stunning views
- Most romantic part of Bangkok
- Relaxed ambiance
- Cooling river breezes
- Many five-star hotels

What’s Not So Good:

- A little far from downtown (depending how far from the BTS Skytrain you are staying)
- Few budget options

Chinatown: How to decide...

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Busy, bustling and packed with market stalls, restaurants, shrines and the greatest concentration of gold shops in Bangkok, Chinatown is an experience not to miss. After sunset, the entire strip becomes a food haven for gourmands who flock here to enjoy street-side cuisine.

Who is it For:

- Backpackers
- Budget travellers
- People who want vibrant and colourful Bangkok

What’s Good:

- Huge amount of excellent street food
- Cheap, local-style shopping at the markets
- Frantic street life
- Great photo playground

What’s Not So Good:

- Very busy part of town
- Not many hotels

Old City or Khaosan: How to decide...

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The Old City (Rattanakosin) is home to Bangkok's most spectacular and revered historical attractions, among them The Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaew and Wat Pho. Not only part of the Kingdom's rich past, but intrinsic to it, a day or two exploring here provides a deep insight into the heart, soul and psyche of the Thai people. Also part of the Old City, Khao San Road is jam-packed with budget guesthouses, internet cafés, lively bars and clubs.

Who is it For:

1. Sightseers
2. Backpackers 
3. Anyone looking for budget accommodation

What’s Good:

- Many famous landmarks and museums
- Relaxed atmosphere
- Authentic Bangkok life
- Great photo playground

What’s Not So Good:

- Transport to other areas of the city is tricky

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