The Upper Sukhumvit area is in many ways ideal, as it affords one all the conveniences and comforts of downtown without the exorbitant prices. The neighborhoods here are more “Thai” than foreign oriented, and living here, one is far more likely to be treated as a local rather than a tourist. Prices for food, massage, and just about anything else will be cheaper than in lower Sukhumvit, Silom, or central Bangkok.
The area runs from Sukhumvit 67 on out towards the Bang Na area, and there are plenty of nice property options to choose from with great value for the money. The areas of Phra Kanong and On Nut are serviced by the Skytrain, so access to downtown is fast and reliable, and the outer areas of Sukhumvit are on the Skytrain extension, scheduled to open in 2011. There are some fabulous properties to be found here, with market values expected to increase rapidly once the new BTS arrives.
- On Nut Night Plaza: Just outside of the On Nut Skytrain Station, a huge night bazaar sets up every night, with tables sprawled across a series of beer gardens and food vendors. The atmosphere is casual and friendly, there is plenty to choose from, and the prices are cheap.
- Traiporn Pochana: A 15 minute bus or taxi ride from the Phra Kanong station brings one to this hole in the wall family restaurant located in a small alley. Hard to imagine an eating establishment doing well here, but this place is famous for their pla chi khak, or toli shad fish, which is steamed in a salted plum sauce. The dish is considered a delicacy in Chinese Thai cooking, and is hard to find outside of Chinatown. The tom yum here is some of the best in Bangkok, the prices are cheap, and you will feel like you are eating mom’s cooking. There is no English menu, so best to bring a Thai friend. 6/2-3 Ramkamhaeng Soi 1, 02 3187841. Open daily 11-2 and 5-9pm
- On Nut Heineken Beer Garden: located in the same venue as the On Nut Night Plaza, look for the big Heineken umbrellas from the top of the Skytrain station. Pitchers and towers of draft beer, live bands at times, and always crowded. A good socializing and meeting point, and a chance to sample the “real” Bangkok.
Upper Sukhumvit is served by the Skytrain, with BTS stops at Phra Kanong and On Nut, with 4 more stops planned for the extension coming soon. There is easy access to Suvarnabhumi Airport from here. A great option are the minivans which run from the On Nut BTS Station to Bang Na and then the airport every twenty minutes or so, costing only 30 baht! Bus services run the length of Sukhumvit, but traffic can be very bad at rush hours in the commute directions.