Pathum Wan

Luxury retailers and intimate shrines lift Pathum Wan's spirit.

Indoor mega spaces and intimate outdoor shrines connect in Pathum Wan, a whirling area that somehow leaves you less dizzy than many of Bangkok's mall-filled neighborhoods. Perhaps it's because Pathum Wan balances its luxury consumer culture with the presence of embassies, universities, and shrines. Beyond its massive mall, scooters and bikes coast by unintimidating apartment buildings and quieter streets. If you want to be surrounded by all-encompassing, incessant entertainment, venture to Pathum Wan during the winter holidays.

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On the Map

Pathum Wan is bordered by Chinatown, Pom Prap Sattru Phai, Lower Sukhumvit, Siam, Silom, Ratchathewi/Phaya Thai, Sathorn, Dusit, and Klong Toey

Suvarnabhumi Airport: 30 minute drive or 50 minutes by public transit and Airport Link Express
Siam BTS Skytrain Station: 5 minutes by pubic transit
Khao San Road: 25 minutes by public transit
Asok BTS Skytrain Station: 25 minutes by public transit

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Possible

Urban Luxury Northwest of Silom and Siam Square

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Typifying the incessant congestion of sights, sounds, and color, Pathum Wan's tall apartment buildings and taller malls shadow tranquil shrines and local markets.

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Despite its traffic, Pathum Wan feels crisp and clean compared to Banglampoo's crowds along Khaosan Road or Bang Na's mega malls.

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Six shrines find their niche beneath the neighborhood's skyscrapers. Bangkok's most famous, The Erawan Shrine at Ratchaprasong, houses a statue of four-faced Brahma.

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Pilgrims come to pray, to dance, and to honor at his feet.

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Five other shrines are also located nearby: Phra-mae Lakshmi, Phra Tri Murati, Phra Bighanesh, Phra Indra, and Phra Narayana Song Suban.

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Away from the ephemeral quietude, office workers share lunch and peruse vendors' stalls outside Pathum Wan's seemingly omnipresent mall, CentralWorld.

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Despite the commotion, it's possible to find the peaceful side of Pathum Wan.

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Moments of stillness await along the residential side streets that steer away from its core.

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It's in this stillness that you begin to understand the local side of the Thai lifestyle.

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Location is great, where all embassies and global companies are...excellent restaurants in the area and literally steps from the Skytrain..."
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Visited in 2013

High-Rise Shopping: CentralWorld and Gaysorn Plaza

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Pathum Wan's mega mall and adjoining plaza are so vast that they seem to possess their own gravitational pull.

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As one of the largest shopping complexes in Thailand, CentralWorld's central location, rooftop bar, hundreds of stores, thousands of flavors, and miles of escalators attract entertainment seekers of all kinds.

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The mall has its own cinema, too.

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Photography

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

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Nic Dunlop is a Bangkok-based photographer and writer represented by Panos Pictures in London. In 1999, he received an award from the Johns 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' which spans 20 years of his photographs of Burma's crisis was just published.