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05 Neighbourhoods that You Must Explore in Bangkok – A City of Fascinating Allures

Bangkok is a city of many experiences; you can explore changing neighbourhoods offering you a taste of both new and old. Some may be chic shopping districts while others will consist of ancient shop houses and smiling old locals ever ready for a chat. Read on for the best zones to explore.


Chinatown - Absorb the Magic

Chinatown or Yaowarat as the place is better known locally is a burst of culture, traditions and colours. The place is crowded, packed full of shops and offers a staggering array of local food to try. In fact, Chinatown is best loved for its array of local delights which promise to treat your taste-buds. The place is also ideal to pick local souvenirs and when visited during a festival is a riot of colours, noises and traditions.


Siam and Pratunam - Shop Till You Drop

The most popular shopping districts in Bangkok are Siam and Pratunam; the two districts are located next to each other and will not disappoint the shopaholic. The mega malls are huge, glitzy and full of character; there you can shop for some of the world's best designer brands and high street fashions while the street shopping is a treat. Browse the local designer boutiques and explore the open air markets for uncovering rare treasures. You will find that Siam is home to a number of hotels like Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel, as well as, entertainment venues and plenty of restaurants for putting your feet up after a hectic day of retail therapy.


Khao San Road - Enjoy a Relaxed Ambience

Khao San Road may not be everyone's favourite neighbourhood; however, the place is a haven for backpackers and those out to enjoy drinks and food at the casual eateries. Khao San Road is popular for its nightlife, with plenty of bars coming to life under the silvery light of the moon amidst a cool, laid-back and bohemian vibe. Offering one plenty of things to do in Bangkok, entertainment is available around this district for visitors out to have a good time at a relatively low cost.


Ari - For 'Cool' Vibes

A neighbourhood for the foodie, Ari is one of Bangkok's more stylish zones. The area is home to a range of street-side eateries as well as, some very classy restaurants. The coffee shops of Ari are famed for their laid-back ambience and excellent range of coffee.


Thonglor - Canals and a Rich History

The neighbourhood of Thonglor is located close to the historic canals of Bangkok. The place is pretty close to downtown Bangkok, although it is not categorised as a 'seedy' neighbourhood. On the contrary, Thonglor is pretty trendy and offers one a range of experiences. As the neighbourhood runs into the canals, you have the option of touring these ancient waterways for a true gist of Bangkok in the past. Thonglor is also close to a number of top attractions such as Benjasiri Park, as well as many local shops and restaurants.