Bangkok’s unique lifestyle and charm, is in large part because of the City’s “Sois” (Thai word for Side Streets) that develop in webs alongside major commercial roads (I.e. Sukhumvit Road and Sathorn Road). These Sois often harbor tight-knit communities, relaxing environments and offer great work-life balance to its residents.
This unique urban arrangement inadvertently produces residential pockets and even peaceful getaways that offer respite from the worries of everyday life. Bangkok’s Sois are integral part of the capital’s living experience, providing both homes and leisure hotspots for residents!
Let’s explore 5 of the most awesome “Sois” in Central Bangkok:
1. Soi Sukhumvit 26
This Soi stretches from Sukhumvit Road to Rama 4 making it ideal for commuters and working professionals. Located within walking distance of BTS Phrom Phong this leafy side street offers an amazing, fresh and vibrant living environment.
Sukhumvit Soi 26 hosts a variety of independent eateries, restaurants and hip coffee shops such as Casa Lapin x 26 and Hello Strangers Café. On the far end of the Soi (Closer to Rama 4), residents can relax at K-Village an open air lifestyle mall that includes a Villa Market (Supermarket), retail shops, eateries and cafes.
2. Soi Sukhumvit 55 (Soi Thonglor)
This Soi connects Sukhumvit Road to Phetchaburi Road and the area is serviced by BTS Thonglor. This iconic Soi probably needs very little introduction, often viewed as the high-society hangout spot, this eclectic road offers one of Bangkok’s most unique lifestyles.
It has gained a reputation for harboring some of the cities classiest dining venues, clubs and bars (Many of these venues cluster around Thonglor Soi 10). This Soi is not only about its nightlife as it offers a balanced lifestyle and is also vibrant during daytime. Residents can relax at one of the many open air malls such as The Commons Thonglor, The Maze Thonglor or J Avenue.
3. Soi Sukhumvit 63 (Soi Ekkamai)
Despite having consolidated its position as a Central Bangkok neighborhood, Sukhumvit Soi 63 has cultivated a nostalgic old Bangkok charm!
This unique Soi is a unique blend between past and present where old Bangkok shophouses co-exist peacefully with hip leisure and entertainment venues. Soi Ekamai offers a vibrant collection of hip coffee shops, eateries and has also gained a reputation for offering an eclectic nightlife. This side road also offers a large Big C (Supermarket) and Index Living Mall (Furniture and Home Deco Store) which is a big plus for local residents. This balance, makes it an appealing residential hotspot.
4. Soi Sukhumvit 39
This side road is a deep Soi located in Phrom Phong that stretches from Sukhumvit Road to Phetchaburi Road. Soi Sukhumvit 39 is also connected to numerous Sub-Sois and this inter-crossing collection of roads has allowed a unique residential environment to develop.
The area is particularly popular with the Japanese expat community and a Fuji Supermarket selling a range of Japanese and Oriental food products is located in the area. The areas’ nook and crannies harbors an impressive range of independent cafes, eateries and concept restaurants.
5. Soi Ruam Ruedi
This Soi runs in parallel to prestigious Wireless Road which is one of Bangkok’s most expensive neighborhoods. This glamour and prestige has rubbed-off on Soi Ruam Ruedi which is considered a high-society and classy residential road!
The road is a foodie’s paradise and offers an impressive collection of eateries and concept restaurants such as Café Tartine and Hyde & Seek Gastro Bar.