Bangkok is not among the biggest cities in Thailand, but it is certainly the most populated and visited. Yet there are so many places that you can consider visiting and staying in this mega city. While Nana, Asok, Silom, and even Chinatown areas are top choices for visitors to stay at, Ekkamai is surprisingly often overlooked.
If you’re looking to experience how the ‘hip n trendy’ locals and expats live in Bangkok, don’t shy away from Ekkamai on your next trip. Here’s our guide on why Ekkamai is one of the best areas to stay in Bangkok.
If you enjoy being in the thick of things and what is trending, there is no other place better than here. You get to see a different side of Bangkok, one that you won’t find at any of the touristy places. Celebrities and famous people are even known to frequent Ekkamai whether at the malls or clubs. If you decide to stay in Ekkamai, you’ll have the chance to be hanging and partying with the elite and hipsters of the city. Who knows what can happen when the night is young, and the day is long.
More and more international artists are choosing to perform at clubs and bars in Ekkamai. It won’t cost you more than a drink or two worth of entrance fee to attend either. If you want to see local artists, they regularly showcase their talents as well.
DND club is often doing events and so is Nunglen, Escobar, and Beans.
Shopping mall and supermarkets? We got you sorted with Major Ekkamai and Gateway by the BTS station and Big C about 800m down Ekkamai road. At these malls and supermarkets, everything you need can be found there.
There are more cafes in Ekkamai than one can count. To name a few and best ones, there are Kaizen coffee, rocky rooster café, the Coffee Club, Nikko café, Ekkamai Macchiato, and Phil’s Coffee Company. There are of course many more that line the main street and sub sois, together with local restaurants and street food stalls.
Just walk out of our serviced apartment, go in either direction and you will find a café, bar or restaurant. You won’t be disappointed! There are plenty of Thai, Japanese, Italian, Korean and even French restaurants in the area. What about fast food? Sure just head to Major Ekkamai or Gateway Ekkamai.
You will find entertainment complexes such as Arena 10 and The Opus building, which hold dozens of unique bars and clubs. There are many, many more within walking distance such as Nunglen, Escobar, DND, Tuba Bar and Sugar Ray. Head a bit further down Ekkamai 10, you’ll also come across Mikkeller Bangkok, a craft beer garden equipped with 30 taps and a range of bottles and can.
Ekkamai is not just a party and dining district, it is also known for business centers and coworking spaces. In fact, Hubba one of the most renowned coworking space for the startup ecosystem is located in the area. There are several others such as Cluster, Ma:D and UnionSpace.
So if you’re a passionate entrepreneur looking for a space to work with lots of conveniences nearby, Ekkamai should be top on your list.
Within a 2 km radius, Ekkamai is also close to two other districts that are equally as happening. When you make your way to Thonglor or Phra Khanong, so many more options spring up. Whether you enjoy dining, drinking, shopping or general entertainment, there is something for everyone.
Phra Khanong has W district while Thonglor has Commons, 72 Courtyard, and Seenspace. All of these complexes have multiple eateries and bars, making them popular hangout spots for locals and expats. Thonglor also has J Avenue, which is a community mall with some shopping, restaurants, cafes, a bar, and even a grocery store.
You will also find two stunning rooftop bars in these areas. In Thonglor, you have the impressive Octave rooftop bar at the Marriott hotel that boasts 3 levels of dining and drinking where the top floor has an uninterrupted 360-degree view of Bangkok. Phra Khanong features the Cielo Sky Bar.
At any moment you are feeling left out from the rest of the city, it just takes 10 minutes to get to the BTS by bike or 15-20 minute by taxi (depending on traffic). A walk would take you about 30 minutes. Once at the BTS, you can get to almost anywhere in Bangkok. 3 stations to Asok and another 4 to Siam. From either of these two spots, the city is your oyster.
Enjoy your stay in Bangkok!
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