Lower Sukhumvit

After dark, this simultaneously sophisticated and seedy business district transforms into a dazzling nighttime destination.

High-end ideals and low-fi street life collide in Lower Sukhumvit, a frenzied, elaborate maze of sky-rises, street stalls, and red-light stretches. In Lower Sukhumvit, posh restaurants and malls seem to spring from the ground overnight while noodle shops and enterprising vendors peddle their wares from sidewalk kiosks. Come evening, the neighborhood's energy rises from intense to intensely incessant as nightclubs, cabaret parlors, and erotica theatres open their doors until tomorrow morning.

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On the Map

Lower Sukhumvit is bordered by Ratchathewi/Phaya Thai, Sathorn, Pathum Wan, Klong Toey, Upper Sukhumvit, and Din Daeng/Huai Khwang

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Difficult

Suvarnabhumi Airport: 30 minute drive or 45 minutes by public transit and Airport Link Express
Siam BTS Skytrain Station: 15 minutes by pubic transit
Khao San Road: 40 minutes by public transit
Asok BTS Skytrain Station: 5 minutes walk

Fast-Paced Urbanism: Low-Brow and High-End

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Sleek office buildings tower over miles of forward motion along Lower Sukhumvit, a Bangkok thoroughfare known for its dizzying array of colors and cars.

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While some of Lower Sukhumvit lends itself to business suits and briefcases, another side of the neighborhood thrives on the street.

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Tuk tuks, alleyway vendors, and food stalls enliven Lower Sukhumvit's strip of pavement.

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The neighborhood's ceaseless energy often manifests into physical structures.

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People seem to be speeding to new malls, restaurants, and nightclubs that appeared overnight.

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In Lower Sukhumvit, it's all possible.

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What proves most impossible in Lower Sukhumvit? Navigating by car.

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In this neighborhood, it's best to opt for the sky train.

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At your doorstep you’ll find restaurants, bars and cafes, as well as international schools, hospitals, Benjakiti Park, and the new Terminal 21 Shopping Mall."

International Influences In Lower Sukhumvit

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An established expatriate destination, Lower Sukhumvit's culinary scene reflects its diverse array of inhabitants. Indian, Italian, Mexican, and Lebanese cuisine can easily be found in the neighborhood.

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Numerous shopping complexes surround Lower Sukhumvit's BTS stations, including socialite favorite, Central Chidlom.

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Much like the neighborhood itself, explorers can experience outside cultures indoors, too.

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Terminal 21 Mall disguises itself as an airport and each floor ferries visitors to a new international city.

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Travel the world level by level.

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All you need is an escalator.

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Going up.

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Sukhumvit Bangkok is the longest road in Thailand, rich in of-the-minute shopping, eating, and nightlife... Some of the city's most sinful spots, red-light districts Nana Plaza (Soi 4) and Soi Cowboy (off Soi 23) are also found here. And little, stress-busting pockets of calm can be found..."

On the Street: Day to Evening

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Off-brand purses, pirated DVDs, slogan-covered T-shirts, generic drugs, and adult play toys nearly outnumber the people on Lower Sukhumvit's streets.

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Here, it's easy to find anything you need at any time of day.

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Lower Sukhumvit never sleeps.

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Lower Sukhumvit's Posh and Precarious Nightlife

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Notorious for its uncensored nightlife, Lower Sukhumvit caters to clubbers, carousers, dancers, and loungers.

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Locals, expats, and tourists converge along Soi 11, Lower Sukhumvit's poshest place to see and be seen under the lights of Bed Supperclub.

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They explore Soi Nana and Soi Cowboy near the neighborhood's red-light district.

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They gather to watch Ladyboys perform at Thai Cabaret shows and exotic dancers swivel their hips.

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In Thailand, it's natural.

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Lower Sukhumvit's nightlife is widely accepted.

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It's widely embraced.

Photography

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

Brent Lewin is an award-winning photographer residing in Bangkok and Toronto. His personal work largely focuses on the plight of the Asian elephant in Thailand. Brent's work has been profiled and featured in publications such as National Geographic, The New York Times, Discovery Channel Magazine, and the industry magazine Photo District News (PDN). Brent's work has also been recognized with over a dozen awards at many prestigious international contests.

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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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