Public transport has got much better since the arrival of the Skytrain (BTS) and the metro (MRT) in Bangkok. These public transport lines make it very easy to get up and down the Sukhumvit area as well head out to the shopping malls in Siam and farther afield. You can even get public transport all the way out to Chatuchak Weekend Market. There are two skytrain lines: one that goes north to south and down the length of the Sukhumvit main road. The other starts at the National Stadium and does a horse shoe south and then west over the river. At the moment there is only 1 metro line with an airport link. Plans have been approved to extend the subway. The metro goes north to south and serves mostly the east of Bangkok. Below is a area guide to BTS and MRT connections in the Sukhumvit area. See further down for information about taxis, tuk tuks, buses and motorbike taxis.
Soi 1 to 5 has three main transport portals - Asok BTS, Nana BTS and Sukhumvit MRT
- Bel Aire Princess - 400 m from Nana BTS
- La Buca - 400 m from Ploenchit BTS
- Bumrungrad International hospital - 500 m from Ploenchit BTS
Soi 7 to 11 is near Nana BTS. Also in walking distance is Sukhumvit MRT
- Le Fenix Sukhumvit - 400 m from Nana BTS
- Q Bar - 400 m from Nana BTS
- German Beerhouse - 200 m from Nana BTS
- Tapas Cafe - 100 m to Nana BTS
- Australian Pub - under 100 m to Nana BTS
- Mrs. Balbir's - 100 m to Nana BTS
Many of the hotels, bars and restaurants are close to Nana BTS, Asok BTS and Sukhumvit MRT
- S15 Sukhumvit Hotel - 8300 m from Asok BTS
- Bangkok Beat - 50 m from Nana BTS
- Sacha UNO - 200 m from Asok BTS
- Zeist - 250 m from Asok BTS
- Le Beaulieu - 300 m from Asok BTS
Soi 21 to 29 has Asok BTS and Sukhumvit MRT. It's 5 to 10 minutes to walk to most places.
- Jasmine Executive Suites - 300 m from Asok BTS and 400 m from Sukhumvit MRT
- Maha Naga - 300 m from Asok BTS
- La Dalat Indochine - 250 m from Asok BTS
- Glow Club - 250 m from Asok BTS
- Baan Khanitha - 400 m from Sukhumvit MRT
Soi 31 to 51 is served by Asok BTS, Phrom Phong BTS and Thong Lo BTS, as well as Sukhumvit MRT. It takes a few minutes to walk to most places.
- Tenderloins - 200 m from Nana BTS
- L'Opera - 700 m from Phrom Phong BTS
- Il Tartufo - 600 m from Thong Lo BTS
- La Bottega di Luca - 900 m from Phrom Phong BTS
- Fat Fish Restaurant - 800 m from Phrom Phong BTS
- Londoner Brew Pub - 300 m from Phrom Phong BTS
- The Office - 400 m from Phrom Phong BTS
- Lake House - 850 m from Phrom Phong BTS
- Wine O'Clock - 1150 m from Phrom Phong BTS
Soi 53 to 57 is a wide area served mostly by Thong Lo BTS. At the northern end of Soi 55 is Khlong Tan Railway Station
- Salil Hotel Thonglor 1- 450 m from Thong Lo BTS
- Ana Garden - 400 m from Thong Lo BTS
- Be Your Guest - 200 m from Thong Lo BTS
- Witches's Tavern - 800 m from Thong Lo BTS
- Song Saleung - 900 m from Thong Lo BTS
- Muse - 1,100 m from Thong Lo BTS
- Leyana Spa - 1,600 m from Thong Lo BTS
- J Avenue - 1,100 m from Thong Lo BTS
Soi 59 to 69 is reached by Phra Khanong BTS, Thong Lo BTS and Ekkamai BTS. Most places of interest are close to BTS stations except for the nightclubs Nang Len and Escobar.
- Jasmine Resort Hotel - 200 m from Phra Khanong BTS
- Youreaguan - 400 m to Thong Lo BTS
- Witch Pie Factory - 300 m to Thong Lo BTS
- Durty Nellys - 200 m to Phra Khanong BTS
- Nang Len - 1,200 m from Ekkamai BTS
- Escobar - 1,100 m from Ekkamai BTS
Soi 2 to 6 is the end piece of land between Thanon Sukhumvit and The Maha Nakhon Express Toll Road. Nana BTS, Ploen Chit BTS are the main stations for this area.
- Grand Sukhumvit Hotel - 180 m from Nana BTS
- Ploen Chit Centre - 200 m from Phloen Chit BTS
- Ronny's New York Pizza - 400 m from Nana BTS
- Nana Entertainment Plaza - 420 m from Nana BTS
Most of the places in Soi 8 to 12 are near Nana BTS. Asok BTS is also near.
- Ramada Hotel and Suites - 600 m from Asok BTS
- Salil Hotel - 400 m from Nana BTS
- La Colombe d'Or - 400 m from Nana BTS
- Soi 8 Pub - 100 m from Nana BTS
- Via Vai - 120 m from Nana BTS
- Cabbages and Condoms - 450 m from Asok BTS
To the north is Asok BTS to the south Phrom Phong BTS. Ruen Mallika is near HM Queen Sinkit National Convention Centre BTS
- Park Plaza Hotel - 400 m from Asok BTS & 400 m from Nana BTS
- Benchasiri Park - 800 m from Asok BTS
- Senor Pico's - 500 m from Asok BTS
- Koi - 600 m from Asok BTS
- Bei Otto - 450 Asok BTS or Phrom Phong BTS
- Ruen Mallika - 400 m from HM Queen Sinkit National Convention Centre BTS
- Crystal Lounge - 560 m from Asok BTS
Most of the action is between Soi 36 and 24 which are between Thong Lo BTS and Phrom Phong BTS. On the southside of the express way (Soi 48 to 50) On Nut BTS.
- President Park Hotel - 900 m from Phrom Phong BTS
- Emporium Mall -50 m from Phrom Phong BTS
- Ramen Ichiban - 400 m from On Nut BTS
- Lemongrass Restaurant - 60 m from Phrom Phong BTS
- Indus Restaurant - 700 m from Phrom Phong BTS
- Khrua Vientiane - 100 m from Thong Lo BTS
- DASA bookshop - 350 m from Phrom Phong
- Imm Fusion Hotel - 200 m from On Nut BTS
Resources for Sukhumvit travel
Tuk tuks look fun and cheap but the drivers generally drive a hard bargain for fares especially if you don't speak Thai. Don't trust a tuk tuk driver who says he'll take you anywhere in Bangkok for 10 THB. It is much better (and safer) to take a yellow meter taxi. Environmentally speaking, an electric tuk tuk is more environmentally friendly than a taxi. Unfortunately, the government is dragging its heels on licensing the new green tuk tuk and getting tuk tuks to use meters.
Some hotels will organize taxis for you and insist the driver go on a meter. Taxi drivers outside the big hotels often refuse to go on the meter. Simply start walking and flag down a taxi. 9 times out of 10 this driver will agree to go on the meter. It is important to establish that the driver will use the meter before setting off. Beware that at rush hour times many drivers will refuse to take certain routes; moreover, be sure to know which way you want to go up or down Sukhumvit as it is difficult to turn around on the main thoroughfare. Finally, for trips to and from the airport the driver will ask if you want to pay extra to use the faster toll expressway.
You find motorbike taxis on corners of sois and other intersections. They are wearing a yellow bib. Negotiate the fare, jump on and say your prayers. For short distances motorbike taxis can be good value. Several of them are prepared to go down streets the wrong way, go up on the pavement and weave between slow moving cars. Few of these brave men speak much if any English.
The bus system is complicated. There are both air-con and non-air buses. The latter are cheaper. It is easy to find bus stops. In each bus shelter there is a list of buses that stop. You have to either ask which bus to catch from other people waiting or try reading the bus route guide. This is usually included in most maps of Bangkok. Buses during rush hour are painfully slow. Also buses traveling between Sukhumvit and the Khao San area can be slow because of traffic and many stops. On the plus side, Bangkok buses are very cheap. Get on and find a seat and the ticket person will find you and sell you a ticket. Use small notes.
Suvarnabhumi Airport is now joined to the Sukhumvit area via a rail link. If you don't arrive late at the airport and don't have heavy bags the express train will save you a few hundred Baht. You can find a link to the airport link schedule in the resources box above.
There are two main Skytrain or BTS lines in Bangkok. The Sukhumvit Line runs from Mo Chit in the north down to Bearing in the south. The Sukhumvit Line connects with the Silom Line at Siam. The Silom Line starts on the west bank of the river at Wongwian Yai in Thon Buri goes to Siam and then curls back west and finishes at the National Stadium. There are also intercity train routes that connect with the Skytrains. Important connections are the train services that go to Suvarnabhumi Airport and Hualamphong Train Station.
The Silom, Siam and Sukhumvit areas are well covered by the BTS. The nearest station to the Khao San Road area is Ratchethewi station (30 minute walk or short taxi journey). If you are not in a hurry it is more relaxing to connect with the BTS via the ferry if you are staying in Khao San
- Opening times: trains run from 6.30am to 12am. Trains run every 3 to 6 minutes
- Charges: between 15 THB and 80 THB. It is possible to buy day passes and 30 day passes
- Website: www.bts.co.th
The Bangkok Subway or the Mass Rapid Transit Network has 18 stations. It consists of 20 km of track under the city that goes in a semi-circular shape from Hualamphong in the South to Bang Sue in the north. There are connections with the Skytrain at Sukhumvit and Silom stations. Important connections are Asok (for Sukhumvit skytrain), Kampaengphet (for Chatuchak Weekend Market), Hua Lamphong (Central Railway Station), and Petchabrui (for express train to Suvarnabhumi Airport). More line is being built.
There are no joint tickets yet available to combine overground and undergound travel in Bangkok. The joint MRT and BTS card promised for 2015 is still not available.
- Opening times: trains run from 6.00am to 12am. Trains run every 5 minutes during peak times and 7 minutes at other times
- Charges: between 15 THB and 50 THB. It is possible to buy a one day pass, 3 day pass and a 30 day pass
- Website: www.mrta.co.th (this official website is woefullly out of date)
The Chao Phraya river, its tributaries and small canals or klongs used to serve as the main routes of transport around the city. The Chao Phraya Express Boat service still functions as an important part of the Bangkok transport system. 21 km of river are served by 65 boats that carry an average of 40,000 passengers a day. As the BTS and MRT doesn't reach the Khao San area, the express boat ferry pier at Phra Athit remains the best way, if not the quickest, to connect to the BTS. Take the boat south to Sathorn Pier and then it is a short walk to Saphan Taksin BTS.
The boats are great for sightseeing and for spotting monks making their way around the city. They might not be the quickest form of transport but they are the most picturesque.
- Opening times: 6am to 7.30pm weekdays and 6am to 6.40pm weekends/ holidays. Wait between 5 and 30 mins
- Charges: between 10 THB and 30 THB
- Website: www.chaophrayaexpressboat.com