There are many things to do in Sukhumvit, the commercial center of Bangkok. Both sides of this long road are lined with international brand hotels, shopping malls, and trendy nightlife hotspots. Popular with Bangkok’s expatriate community and travelers to the city, Sukhumvit runs from the downtown area of Nana at one end to the suburban district of Bearing at the other.

    You’ll also find family-friendly centres, many of which are conveniently within shopping malls, so the little ones can have a lot of fun while you get to enjoy some retail therapy. If you want to get more of a feel of the creative or historical side of Bangkok, Sukhumvit has traditional houses and art galleries as well.

    Terminal 21 is a shopping mall in Asok, with a unique theme that recreates several world-famous cities under 1 roof. Find yourself wandering around a maze of shops in Tokyo City, sauntering down London’s Carnaby Street, bagging a bargain in an Istanbul souq, or enjoying a wide range of cuisine at the Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco.

    The 9 floors at Terminal 21 Mall are all inspired by a different location, and the main hall is designed like an airport departures zone. This fun mall houses some 600 shops, a movie theater, and a food court with all kinds of Thai and international fare.

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    Location: 88 Soi Sukhumvit 19, Khlong Toei, Watthana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +66 (0)2 108 0888


    Octave Rooftop Bar & Lounge is a 4-storey nightlife venue within Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit. It stays open all day, but the best time to visit is towards the evenings when you can enjoy impressive sunset views of Bangkok. Head for the top floor to find the pièce de resistance: a 360-degree rooftop with a circular bar, where staff mix creative cocktails. Octave Rooftop Bar & Lounge is about 250 meters southeast of the Thong Lo Skytrain Station.

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    Location: 45th Floor, Bangkok Marriott Hotel, Sukhumvit Road Soi 57, Khlong Tan, Watthana Bangkok 10110, Thailand

    Open: 24/7

    Phone: +66 (0)2 797 0000


    Baan Kamthieng House Museum is a renovated teak house just beside Asoke, one of the busiest junctions on Sukhumvit. Even though it’s surrounded by towering hotels, condos and malls, the museum’s setting makes you feel like you’re in a northern Thai village rather than the middle of a bustling city.

    There are plenty of interesting displays that give you an insight into traditional rural life in Thailand. It’s worth a visit when you’re in the area, especially if you’re passionate about Thai history.

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    Location: 131 Asok Montri Rd, Khlong Toei, Watthana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand

    Open: Tuesday–Saturdays from 9 am to 5 pm (closed on Sundays and Mondays)

    Phone: +66 (0)2 661 6470


    Both kids and adults will love Kidzoona at Molly Fantasy, located on the 5th floor of Gateway Ekamai Shopping Mall. Whether it’s too hot or too rainy to be outside in Bangkok, it’s an excellent 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. Tickets give you all-day access to the play area.

    Kidzoona is suitable for kids below 12 years old, but if you’re coming with teens, there are some arcade games at the entrance to Molly Fantasy that will keep them entertained for a while.

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    Location: Gateway Ekamai Shopping Mall, 2nd Floor, 22 Sukhumvit Road, Khlong Toei, Prakanong, Bangkok 10110, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 9 pm

    Phone: +66 (0)65 524 1746


    The Museum of Science & Planetarium in Bangkok is an excellent spot to learn about science and technology, natural history, the environment, and deep space in informal surroundings. The science center often hosts special events, lectures and discussions on science, astrology and related subjects.

    Check out the onsite planetarium, which has a giant projection of the solar system and a section on the life of stars. Must-sees include the Aquatic World, Nature and the Environment area, Health Science area, and Children's Discovery House. The complex is also called the Science Center for Education Bangkok.

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    Location: 928 Sukhumvit Rd, Prakanong, Khlong Toei, Bangkok 10110, Thailand

    Open: Tuesday–Sunday from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +66 (2)391 0544


    Rama IX Park is one of the largest green spaces in Bangkok, with a beautiful botanical garden, huge lake and gardens inspired by countries around the world. A visit to this urban park is a great break from the city. Located in the outskirts of Bangkok, Rama IX Park remains relatively free of tourists and offers a genuine experience of how locals spend their afternoons off. Rama IX Park is around 6.5 km west of the Udom Suk BTS Skytrain Station.

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    Location: Rama IX Road, Suan Luang, Prawet, Bangkok 10250, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 5 am to 7 pm


    Benjakitti Park

    Benjakitti Park covers a rectangular area of about 208,000 square meters just opposite the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center. The park forms a narrow swathe of green around the expansive Lake Ratchada, with dedicated bicycle and jogging tracks encircling the whole park.

    The water’s edge is also nicely framed by some pretty, well-maintained plant life, and colorful flowers adding to the tranquillity. You’ll also find playgrounds, skate ramps, a central pavilion with fountains, and an impressive half-circle courtyard that makes an ideal spot for picnics in Benjakitti Park.

    Location: Ratchadaphisek Rd, Khlong Toei, Bangkok 10110, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 5 am to 9 pm


    Benjasiri Park

    Benjasiri Park is the place to be for sculpture lovers, as some of the best examples of Thai sculpture are scattered around the park. The centerpiece fountain, showcasing the work of master sculptor Misiem Yipintsoi, hosts multimedia water dance shows 3 times daily.

    The park offers outdoor sports facilities rarely found at other public parks in Bangkok, including a basketball court, roller skating/skateboarding rink, tennis court, outdoor swimming pool, and a multi-purpose court for sports. Benjasiri Park is located next to the Emporium shopping mall, about 100 meters northwest of the Phrom Phong BTS Skytrain Station.

    Location: Sukhumvit 22-24 Khlong Tan, Khlong Toei, Bangkok 10110, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 5 am to 9 pm


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    Pridi Banomyong Institute

    Pridi Banomyong Institute promotes Thai arts and culture in Bangkok. This tree-shrouded building complex commemorates Pridi Banomyong, one of Thailand’s most important historical figures. Events include monthly art movie screenings, stage performances by aspiring Thai artists, cultural seminars and workshops.

    If you go on a non-event day, you might have the entire place to yourself. Walk all the way to the open courtyard in the back, passing through a wooden walkway, and you'll see 2 tiny art spaces displaying works of several artists.

    Location: 65/1 55 Sukhumvit Rd, Khlong Tan, Watthana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand

    Open: Monday¬–Saturday from 8.30 am to 4.30 pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +66 (0)81 929 4246


    Ardel's Third Place Gallery

    Ardel's Third Place Gallery promotes the works of contemporary artists in Bangkok. The art gallery is the brainchild of an art professor from Silpakorn University, one of Thailand’s leading art institutions. There’s also a workshop area for special events.

    Previous exhibits at Ardel’s Third Place include Anak Navaraj’s Scratched the Surface photo exhibit, Nino Sarabutra’s mixed media Live, Love & Let Die and Seiji Kunishima’s Sculpture Wrapped Memory.

    Location: 137-137/1 Sukhumvit 63, Khlong Tan, Watthana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +66 (0)2 422 2092


    Lazgam Bangkok

    Lazgam Bangkok, located on the 5th floor of Vacation Inn Sukhumvit, offers a wide range of laser games that last around 15 minutes per session. The games center is spread out across 2 floors within a maze of walls and partitions. There are several types of game to play but the most common are Teams, red vs blue, or Solo Play, which means every man for himself.

    Other game types available at Lazgam Bangkok include Alien Invasion, where 1 player starts as the alien and has to shoot people to turn them into aliens as well. Lazgam Bangkok is open to anyone aged 7 and over.

    Location: Vacation Inn, 5th Floor, Sukhumvit 22, Bangkok 10110, Thailand

    Open: Monday–Thursday from 2 pm to 11 pm, Friday from 2 pm to midnight, Saturday from 10 am to midnight, Sunday from 10 am to 11 pm

    Phone: +66 (0)64 878 5703


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