Top 10 Attractions in Sukhumvit
Best Things to See and Do in Sukhumvit
Sukhumvit Road is the commercial centre of Bangkok and is lined on either side with international brand hotels, shopping malls and nightlife hotspots. Popular with Bangkok’s expat community and travellers to the city, Sukhumvit runs from the downtown area of Nana at one end to the suburban district of Bearing at the other.
We’ve put together our list of top ten attractions in Sukhumvit. Whether you are travelling with your family or want to get more of a feel of the creative or historical side of Bangkok, then Sukhumvit has traditional houses and art galleries as well.
Terminal 21 is a shopping mall with a great theme that recreates several world-famous cities under one roof. Find yourself wandering around a maze of shops in Tokyo City, sauntering down London’s Carnaby Street, bagging a bargain in an Istanbul zouk, or shopping for something to fill your growling stomach at the Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco. The nine floors at Terminal 21 are all a different location, and the main hall is designed like an airport departures zone. This fun mall houses some 600 shops, a Cineplex, and a food court with all kinds of mouth-watering Thai and international fare. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00
- Location: Sukhumvit Road (between Soi 19 and 21)
- MRT: Sukhumvit
- BTS: Asok (direct access via Skywalk)
Flow Rider is an artificial wave machine and beach club in the heart of Bangkok that provides a great way for the whole family to have fun, keep fit and cool off – all while learning a new sport. Flowriding is basically an amalgamation of surfing and wakeboarding on an inflatable ramp which has a thin sheet of water pumped up and over it to simulate a perpetual breaking wave. Experienced boarders of any variety will soon pick it up and enjoy practicing flicks and grabs, while children can jump straight into it – literally – with a body board. Staff are on hand to guide you with a rope at first, and continually offer you advice, correct your posture, and generally give encouragement. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:00am - 10:00pm (last Flowride commences at 9pm)
- Address: Flow House, A-Square, Sukhumvit Soi 26, Klong-Toey, Bangkok 10110, Thailand.
- Tel: (+66)2 108-5210
Escape Hunt Bangkok is located directly across from Terminal 21 Shopping Mall in Interchange 21 Tower. It is essentially a live puzzle game in which your group of two to five players have to piece together evidence against the clock. The game is designed for anyone aged seven and over, and is a great activity for a families, friends or co-workers to play. There are six games at Escape Hunt, with four game rooms onsite and two different scenarios to play: two Asian rooms and two European, meaning if you come as a group of more than five, you can play head-to-head to see who can solve the mystery quickest. The entire premises are wheelchair accessible and games are bilingual so it is suitable for Thais and foreigners to play together. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 09:30 - 20:30 (first game at 10:00, last game at 19:00)
- BTS: Asok (direct access via Skywalk)
- Address: Interchange 21 Building (Citibank), Level B2, Asok Intersection
- Tel: +66 (0) 2611 2827
- Cuisine: Thai
It is hard to believe that somewhere as calm and green as Baan Kamthieng House Museum is located just next to Asoke, one of the busiest junctions on Sukhumvit, surrounded by towering hotels, condos and in the shadow of Terminal 21 shopping centre. The setting of this renovated teak house feels more like the northern Thai village it originated in rather than the middle of a concrete jungle. Well renovated with interesting displays, a visit here will give you a great insight into traditional rural life. It is not worth making a long trip just to see it unless you are passionate about Thai history, but do take a peek if you find yourself in the area. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 17:00 (Tuesday to Saturday)
- Location: 131 Thanon Asok Montri, Sukhumvit Soi 21 (nearly MRT station Sukhumvit and BTS station Asoke)
- MRT: Sukhumvit
- BTS: Asoke
- Tel: +66 (0)2 661 6470
Both kids and adults will love Kidzoona at Molly Fantasy on the 5th floor of Gateway Shopping Mall. Whether it’s too hot or too rainy to be outside in Bangkok, it’s the perfect place for younger children to let off some steam, with a soft play area, inflatable slides, an overly pink merry go round and trucks and trikes to speed around on. Prices start at 180 baht for children and there is a flat rate of 90 baht for adults, giving you all-day access to the play area. Kids aged over 12 years old are not permitted, but if you are coming with teens there are some arcade games at the entrance to Molly Fantasy that will keep them entertained for a while, as well as the Japanese inspired mall to explore.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 10.00 – 21.00
- BTS: Ekkamai
- Address: Gateway Mall, Ekkamai, Sukhumvit Road
- Tel: +66 (0)2 108265052
6. Benjakitti Park
Overlooking one of the most picturesque views of the downtown Bangkok skyline, Benjakitti Park covers a rectangular area of 130 rais (208,000sqms) opposite the Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre. The park forms a narrow swathe of green around the expansive Lake Ratchada, with dedicated bicycle and jogging tracks encircling the whole park.
Set in the middle of the lake is the centrepiece fountain and a stage for light and sound performances during major festivals like New Year’s Eve and Loy Krathong. Apart from bicycling, the park offers paddle boats, row boats, a skateboarding ramp and fitness area where you can do various stretches on your own or join one of the aerobics sessions on a voluntary basis.
- Opening Hours: Daily 05:00 - 20:00
- Location: Lake Ratchada, Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre
- MRT: Queen Sirikit National Convention Center
- BTS: Asok
Soi Cowboy was named after the cowboy hat-wearing African-American who opened the first bar here in the early 1970s, this red-light district has a more laid-back, carnival-like feel to it than Patpong or Nana Plaza. Flashing neon lights up a colourful streetscape comprised mainly of middle-aged expats, Japanese and western tourists, and of course a lot of sexily dressed girls. With cries of 'helloooa, welcome!' the latter try to lure you into one of the 20 or so A go-go bars that line its sides... don't be shy, it's pretty easy going and open-minded, entry is always free and drink prices are fixed. Read More...
- Location: Located just opposite of Terminal 21 and less than 100 metres from Sukhumvit Road, between Asoke Road and Sukhumvit Soi 23 (the nearest Skytrain station is Asoke, or MRT station Sukhumvit).
- MRT: Sukhumvit Station
- BTS: Asok
8. Sub Zero Ice Skating Rink
The temperature in Bangkok can get pretty hot at times, but thankfully there’s a few places you can cool off. Some that are even ice cold. Sub Zero Skating rink in Sukhumvit is one of a chain, and it is a shiny sleek affair with neon lights, and a disco atmosphere after 17:00. Skates, socks, helmets and knee pads are all available for hire, and for younger children there are penguin stabilisers to help them feel confident on the ice. The ice-skating rink at Ekkamai is part of a larger complex that includes Karaoke suites with English songs and an 8 screen cinema that shows the latest releases. There is also a range of fast-food and chain restaurants, so if the weather gets too much, it’s perfect for afternoon indoors, especially as there is direct access from the BTS skytrain to the centre.
- Opening Hours: Mon-Thu 12:00-21:00, Fri 12:00-22:00 Sat-Sun 10:00-22:00
- BTS: Ekkamai
- Address: Sukhumvit Road, Ekkamai, Bangkok
9. Benjasiri Park
Built in 1992 to celebrate Queen Sirikit's 60th birthday, Benjasiri Park is often referred to as 'Queen's Park'. This is definitely the place to be for sculpture lovers, as several of the best examples of Thai sculpture are scattered around the park. The centrepiece fountain, showcasing the work of master sculptor Mesium Yipinsoy, feature multimedia 'water dance' shows three times daily (at 6:00, 12:00 and 18:00). Although the central pond is not big enough to support paddle boats, Benjasiri Park offers outdoor sports facilities rarely found at other public parks, including a basketball court, roller skating/skateboarding rink, tennis court, outdoor swimming pool and a multi-purpose court for volleyball and sepak takraw.
- Opening Hours: 5:00 - 21:00 daily
- Location: Next to the Emporium Shopping Centre, Sukhumvit 23
- BTS: Phrom Phong
The Thailand Creative and Design Centre (TCDC)is home to state-of-the-art facilities like the largest design library in Asia with over 15,000 design books, related publications, as well as a large selection of films, video and other multimedia work. There's a permanent exhibition that provides basic design knowledge from all over the world and leading design centres as well as a creative space for new generation designers to display their work at no expense. It’s worth checking out, as often this display area gives in an insight into significant issues and passions in Thailand, such as the 2010 floods (ideas for housing, travelling around the city) and the country’s love for noodles. There is also a funky shop for original gifts and a cafe with excellent coffee. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00 (every day except Monday)
- Location: 6th floor, the Emporium, Sukhumvit Road
- BTS: Phrom Phong/Thong Lor