Din Daeng/Huai Khwang

This mostly residential suburban outpost boasts so many shopping and entertainment options that you'll never have to leave.

Din Daeng and Huai Khwang blend so seamlessly together that it's difficult to tell where one neighborhood ends and the other begins. The areas share urban sentiments in a suburban setting, allowing their residents to feel far away from the frenzy of the city without feeling removed from its energy. Malls, massage parlors, and markets prevail in the area, but what's most surprising is Din Daeng/Huai Khwang's ever-evolving nightlife scene—some of Bangkok's best DJs spin along Royal City Avenue.

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On the Map

Din Daeng/Huai Khwang is bordered by Thong Lo, Lower Sukhumvit, Victory Monument, Aree, Ratchathewi/Phaya Thai, Upper Sukhumvit, Wang Thonglang, Lat Phrao, Suan Luang, Bang Kapi, and Chatuchak

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Easy

Suvarnabhumi Airport: 25 minute drive or 30 minutes by public transit and Airport Link Express
Khao San Road: 45 minutes by public transit
Siam BTS Skytrain Station: 20 minutes pubic transit
Asok BTS Skytrain Station: 15 minutes public transit

A Self-Sustaining Suburbia: Din Daeng/Huai Khwang

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Less congested than central Bangkok, Din Daeng/Huai Khwang's suburban pace offers an unembellished alternative to Bangkokians looking for quieter communities.

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Northeast of Silom and Siam Square, Din Daeng/Huai Khwang's food stalls and family-run markets bring life to the streets that diverge from the neighborhood's main road, Ratchadaphisek Road.

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The MRT stops along Ratchadaphisek Road make it easy to get from one end of Din Daeng/Huai Khwang to another.

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Although apartments still huddle together behind brightly colored street signs and shop advertisements, Din Daeng/Huai Khwang feels more small-town than big-city.

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It still boasts urban amenities.

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It just boasts them with a suburban steadiness.

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Din Daeng/Huai Khwang's numerous shops, markets, bars, clubs, and housing options allow its residents to venture to Bangkok's center because they want to, not because they have to.

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It's nice to know the core of the city is only an urban adventure away.

The neighborhood is filled with many flourishing activities; this is an underrated part of Bangkok. You will find many expatriates staying in this area, drawn to its suburban lifestyle and the intimate connection to the locals. This is a place where you can truly experience how a Thai local leads his/her daily life."

A Market Day and Night In Huai Khwang

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Huai Khwang's daytime market stays open until the evening.

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The shoppers perusing its seemingly endless stalls and kiosks are mostly locals.

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It feels like a hidden treasure that most outsiders never seek.

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Food stands and floral artists populate the market.

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Thai flower garlands are said to bring good luck and ensure safe travels.

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Be at peace when you see them hanging from the rear view mirror of your taxi or tuk-tuk.

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You're a prince.

Our area is known for being among the latest open and has food, shopping, massage, music, etc... until about 5 a.m. Swell area for night owls like us!"

Tailek's House BKK :-)

Hosts Comfortable, Central, Amazing Food!

Thailand Cultural Center: Celebrating Thai Traditions

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The Thailand Cultural Center in Huai Khwang hosts a variety of concerts, cultural exhibitions, live performances, and special events.

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The center engages visitors from all over the world who are eager to learn about Thai traditions.

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Theatre, song, and dance take center stage.

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Community Space In Din Daeng/Huai Khwang

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Bike-riding and game-playing fill the agenda for Din Daeng/Huai Khwang's neighborhood kids.

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Sapak Takraw and basketball inspire friendly competition.

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Suburban Shopping In Din Daeng/Huai Khwang

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Din Daeng/Huai Khwang's suburban amenities don't end with outdoor markets and public playgrounds.

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Malls like Central Plaza, Esplanade Bangkok, and Fortune Town replace the neighborhood's need to go to Siam Square to shop.

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Fortune Mall focuses on technology products while Central Plaza and Esplanade Bangkok follow the latest fashion trends.

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Its food courts, theatres, and ice skating rinks offer Din Daeng/Huai Khwang's residents additional entertainment options.

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Practice your triple salchow at the top floor of Central Plaza.

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Perfect 10.

Wild Nightlife on Royal City Avenue

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Royal City Avenue, or RCA, fills with locals and nearby Bangkokians looking to spend the evening reveling underneath fluorescent lights.

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Countless dance clubs, music venues, late-night restaurants, and amusement parks line RCA.

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New hotspots emerge every week.

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Keeping up with the trends means constant trips to Royal City Avenue.

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Raise your arms at Novel Club or feel the bass drop at Route 66.

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Show's on.


Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Nic Dunlop is a Bangkok-based photographer and writer represented by Panos Pictures in London. In 1999, he received an award from the John Hopkins University for Excellence in International Journalism for his discovery and exposure of Pol Pot's chief executioner Comrade Duch, a story told in his book, 'The Lost Executioner'. He also co-directed the Emmy nominated HBO film 'Burma Soldier'. His new book, 'Brave New Burma' spans 20 years of his photographs of Burma's crisis.

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Paula Bronstein is an award winning photojournalist with over 30 years in the business. Originally from Boston, Bronstein worked for newspapers including The Hartford Courant and The Chicago Tribune before moving overseas to Thailand in 1998 to cover the Asian region including Afghanistan and Pakistan. Paula has been employed as a senior staff photographer with Getty Images for 10.5 years. Presently Paula has moved back to freelance and is being represented by Reportage by Getty Images.

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