Bangkok is probably one of the most exciting destinations in Southeast Asia. That is no overstatement, especially considering the amazing and vibrant lifestyle the cosmopolitan city offers its lucky residents!
Bangkok features a huge selection of neighborhoods that offer a diversity of living environments, from exclusive and trendy addresses to more peaceful and affordable neighborhoods. The city is guaranteed to have an area that will meet the lifestyle needs of different types of people.
However, Fresh’s Editorial has noticed that while a wealth of information is available about Bangkok’s prime areas (I.e., Asoke, Phrom Phong or Silom) the city’s suburbs often get a lot less attention.
This is a huge shame, because “Outer Bangkok” offers a refreshing contrast to the City Center’s “Metropolitan Vibes”. Bangkok’s suburban neighborhoods are often charming with plenty of character and vibrant community environments.
Outer Bangkok offers a unique environment that should definitely be explored by anyone looking for an authentic local lifestyle!
Here are 5 neighborhoods outside Central Bangkok that property seekers or travellers can explore!
1. Huai Khwang
Huai Khwang is a popular residential neighborhood located only a few MRT Stations away from the Rama 9- Ratchada business hub. It is a well-connected location with easy access to other parts of the Central Business District (I.e., Asoke and Silom). Its travel convenience has been a major draw from the city’s young professionals.
Huai Khwang is popular with office workers and it has developed a unique residential character. The neighborhood is packed with traditional shophouses featuring a large selection of restaurants, eateries and coffee shops. Residents can also pamper themselves by enjoying the large selection of spas and massage shops located in the area.
The neighborhood is most lively in the evenings when professionals return from work; as the area fills-up with a multitude of street stalls and night markets. There is also a lively nightlife with numerous trendy bars and clubs, servicing the young professional crowd that Huai Khwang attracts.
The neighborhood has the added advantage of being close to the heart of Ratchada (MRT Thailand Cultural Center) which is an entertainment and leisure hotspot. Residents of Huai Khwang can enjoy numerous shopping malls located in Ratchada such as Esplanade Ratchada, The Street Ratchada and the Ratchada Night Market.
Ladprao is an appealing residential neighborhood popular with Bangkok’s middle-class families. The area is an ultra-connected area that hosts the BTS Skytrain and MRT Underground interchange; therefore, residents can connect to both mass transit networks and can access different parts of the city with ease!
Ladprao is rapidly developing and it offers a convenient lifestyle with numerous malls such as CentralPlaza Ladprao and Union Mall; these malls are a great place for local residents to shop, stock-up on groceries and relax.
Ladprao’s appeal as a residential hub, means it is packed with numerous leisure and lifestyle venues. This includes a huge selection of restaurants offering a range of cuisines, coffee shops and bars catering to the local community.
The neighborhood is also famous for being the host of Southeast Asia’s biggest open-air market, the famous Chatuchak Weekend Market. The market is packed with vendors selling a huge range of products from food items, clothes, furniture, electronic accessories and much more.
Ladprao is a great balance of fast-paced modern lifestyle and laidback suburban community living!
Thonburi currently offers a getaway from the hustle and bustle of Central Bangkok as it offers a peaceful and laid-back lifestyle. Residents can commute to central areas such as Silom-Sathorn with relative ease, either via BTS, MRT or via the road network.
Located on the western bank of the Chao Phraya River, the Thonburi district is actually an old and traditional part of Bangkok. The area is full of culture and it is packed with historical sites, museums and famous Buddhist temples.
The neighborhood was temporarily “left behind” during the city’s early urban transformation. However, things are changing fast and Thonburi is now positioning itself as a hip and trendy hotspot.
The reason behind its sudden transformation is the influx of professionals attracted to the area due to the cheaper cost of living and the reasonably priced housing options.
Thonburi is rapidly gentrifying and residents of the neighborhood can now enjoy numerous attractions such as the super-luxury mall IconSiam. There are also several hipster hangouts such as The Jam Factory, a trendy arts center, crafts shop and restaurant; or Lhong 1919, a mixed-use leisure complex. These are only a few of the many cool hangout spots that have been sprouting throughout the Thonburi district!
4. Udom Suk
Udom Suk is located in East Bangkok and it is serviced by BTS Udom Suk skytrain station. Residents can therefore reach Central Bangkok in 15-20 minutes by skytrain.
Udom Suk is a quiet residential neighborhood far from the tourist attractions of Central Bangkok. The area is very popular with working professionals and families due to the low-cost living experience and the large selection of affordable condos and houses.
The neighborhood is peaceful with numerous street stalls and markets. The area is ideal for anyone looking to experience an authentic Thai lifestyle. The area is also packed with local eateries serving a range of traditional-styled Thai foods.
Udom Suk offers modern conveniences, it is located only 1 BTS station away from Punnawithi, where a huge mixed-used shopping complex “Whizdom 101” is located. It is also in close proximity to Bangna, another residential neighborhood that hosts a wealth of shopping malls such as CentralPlaza Bangna and Mega Bangna.
Ari is located in North Bangkok and it is serviced by the Light Green BTS Line (BTS Ari); this gives it direct access to the Siam leisure and retail hub. Road users can also quickly connect to the expressway and travel to the other parts of Bangkok.
Ari is a lively and happening neighborhood, it is often considered the “next Thonglor”. However, the neighborhood deserves to shine in its own right, as it offers a delightful and pleasant living environment.
The neighborhood is popular with Bangkok’s affluent middle-class. Ari consists of several tree-lined side-roads or “sois” and this has allowed a peaceful and tight-knit residential community environment to develop.
Ari’s intricate network of sois is packed with a huge choice of amazing restaurants, trendy eateries, independent concept shops and gorgeous cafes. The area is also famous for its nightlife and it features some of the Capital’s coolest bars and evening entertainment.
The charming neighborhood is really full of surprises, making it an ideal place to chill and relax!
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