Upper Sukhumvit

An east Bangkok neighborhood with an expressed interest in sleek styles and chic nightlife.

Tailored business people sip on flights of wine and snack on buttery pastries in Upper Sukhumvit, an emergent and entertaining neighborhood where labels are couture and restaurants are trendy. Noted for its sleek malls and classy residences, this east Bangkok neighborhood attracts urbanites with a penchant for posh lifestyles. When residents want to check out the center of the city, Upper Sukhumvit makes it easy to get there—the skytrain soars above its endless traffic.

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On the Map

Upper Sukhumvit is bordered by Thong Lo, Lower Sukhumvit, Ratchathewi/Phaya Thai, Klong Toey, Din Daeng/Huai Khwang, and Suan Luang

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Possible

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

International and Sophisticated In Upper Sukhumvit

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Start in Lower Sukhumvit and follow the road upriver to watch as tourists turn into tidy businessmen and local designers turn into international names.

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Upper Sukhumvit embraces international inspirations.

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Expats and corporate executives who spend much of their time flying to countries in first-class walk quickly through Upper Sukhumvit's swiftly developing streets.

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Its malls are sleek, its wine bars are chic, and its roads are congested.

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Upper Sukhumvit's high-end atmosphere doesn't mean the neighborhood abandons its beginnings.

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Fresh flower markets still hide in side alleys.

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Curbside grocers and sidewalk clothiers sidle up to storefronts.

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Upper Sukhumvit may be fast-paced and sky-high, but residents escape the bustle in Benjasiri Park.

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A great park takes you out of the city.

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[We are in the ] center of Bangkok and in a very lively neighborhood, surrounded by the best of Bangkok night clubs, restaurants, shopping malls, cafes, parks...you name it."

Benjasiri Park: Upper Sukhumvit's Favorite Green Space

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Beneath the buildings that cover so much of Upper Sukhumvit in afternoon shadow, Benjasiri Park remains a refuge from urban activity.

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Get off at Phrom Phong skytrain station to feel the pavement beneath your sneakers.

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The park bursts with activity during the morning and late afternoon.

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In Upper Sukhumvit, Benjasiri Park is the best way to get out without going far.

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Benjasiri Park [was] built in 1992 to celebrate Queen Sirikit's 60th birthday and is often referred to as 'Queen's Park'. [There's also the] Folk Art Museum at Kamthieng House. It is a 160-year old traditional teakwood house from northern Thailand."

Street to Table: Entertainment In Upper Sukhumvit

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New restaurants, malls, and markets continue to open in Upper Sukhumvit.

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Although its fusion eateries cater to high-end palates, Upper Sukhumvit's residents aren't above the curbside carts that serve fried chicken and rice.

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Soi 38 attracts Thais from all backgrounds to sample the tastes from Upper Sukhumvit's sidewalk stalls.

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The neighborhood is all activity, all hours of the day.

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Nearby, Soi Cowboy and Soi Nana beckon late-night revelers.

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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:

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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