14 Best Things to Do in Sukhumvit

What is Sukhumvit Most Famous For?

    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.

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    Terminal 21 Bangkok

    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.

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

    Open: Daily from 10am to 10pm

    Phone: +66 (0)2 108 0888

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    Octave Rooftop Bar & Lounge

    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.

    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

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    Soi Cowboy

    Soi Cowboy is a red-light district in Sukhumvit, close to the Asok BTS Skytrain Station. It’s named after the cowboy hat-wearing African-American who opened the first bar here in the early 1970s. This alleyway has a more laidback, carnival-like feel to it than Patpong or Nana Plaza.

    Expect lots of flashing neon lights along a colorful streetscape that’s usually packed with expats, Japanese and western tourists. A lot of sexily dressed girls (and ladyboys) will try to lure you into one of the 20 or so go-go bars that line its sides. It's a good idea to visit Soi Cowboy with an open mind – entry is often free and drink prices are fixed.

    Location: Soi Cowboy, Khlong Toei, Watthana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand

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    Baan Kamthieng House Museum

    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.

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

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

    Phone: +66 (0)2 661 6470

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    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 5am to 9pm

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    Flight Experience Bangkok

    Flight Experience Bangkok is a simulation flight center that’s popular among young children who dream of being pilots. The Boeing 737-800 flight simulator offers a fully immersive experience, which includes a check-in process, meeting your first officer and a pre-flight briefing before you can strap in with a 5-point seat harness and real aircraft headsets.

    The experience feels so realistic that the cockpit in Bangkok has even been used in local films and TV shows. Flight Experience Bangkok is located on the 2nd floor of Gateway Ekamai Shopping Mall.

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

    Open: Daily from 10am to 10pm

    Phone: +66 (0)92 529 4616

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    Kidzoona

    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.

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

    Open: Daily from 10am to 9pm

    Phone: +66 (0)65 524 1746

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    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 5am to 9pm

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    Funarium Indoor Playground

    Funarium Indoor Playground may look like a warehouse from outside, but once you step inside and through the childproof gates, you’ll find 2,000 square meters of space filled with activities. This indoor playground has a large climbing structure, a soft play, sand and water area, an arts and crafts center, and baking station. The entire space is air-conditioned, meaning your little ones can run around without worrying about the weather outside.

    Location: 111/1 Sukhumvit 26 Alley, Watthana, Bangkok 10120, Thailand

    Open: Monday–Thursday from 9am to 6pm, Friday–Sunday from 9am to 7pm

    Phone: +66 (0)2 665 6555

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    Museum of Science & Planetarium (Science Center for Education Bangkok)

    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.

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

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

    Phone: +66 (2)391 0544

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    Rama IX Park

    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.

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

    Open: Daily from 5am to 7pm

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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 8.30am to 4.30pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +66 (0)81 929 4246

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    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 10am to 6pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +66 (0)2 422 2092

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    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 2pm to 11pm, Friday from 2pm to midnight, Saturday from 10am to midnight, Sunday from 10am to 11pm

    Phone: +66 (0)64 878 5703

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