Things to do in Sukhumvit

  • Posted onJuly 18th, 2014

Flow Rider2Sukhumvit is somewhat of the expat’s Bangkok barrio of choice, known and loved for its top notch hotels, mass of restaurants covering every cuisine imaginable, and pumping, ‘anything goes’ nightlife. However, the area also has some very noteworthy tourist attractions:

Benjakitti Park

Benjakitti Park2It’s hard to believe that this large man-made lake and peaceful park is in the centre of one of Bangkok’s most built up areas. Covering about 208,000 SQM of land, the Benjakitti park is centre around the impressive Lake Ratchada, with a 2 KM running (or walking) and cycling track looping it.  As well as cyclist and joggers you’ll also find many just head here for a relaxing stroll or picnic, transporting themselves from the hectic Bangkok streets to a mini paradise.

The park is home to a free outdoor gym, paddle and row boats, a skating ramp, and if you don’t have a bicycle there are several available to rent. It’s also home to the Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre, which regularly hosts some interesting exhibitions and events.

Terminal 21Terminal 21 Bangkok

While most shoppers head up the BTS tracks to Chidlom and Siam for all their shopping needs, Asoke is home to one of the more fun and interesting shopping experiences in Bangkok, with many coming here just to browse about and get some photo ops.

The concept of the mall is based on a fictional airport, with each level devoted to a different city, theme and vibe. From the large Oscar statue of the Hollywood entertainment level and the massive Golden Gate Bridge by Pier 21 and the food levels, to floors dressed up to recreate the streets of London, Istanbul, Rome, and Turkey, it’s hard to know whether to shop or snap. The shopping is also pretty excellent with many one-of-a-kind boutique stores devoted to fashion and accessories.

Bangkok Escape Hunt

One of Bangkok’s newer attractions but one which has already taken the city by storm, the Escape Hunt interactive puzzle game can be found at the Interchange 21 Tower, directly opposite Terminal 21. Being a rather modern attraction, unlike anything else in the city, some people are a bit confused about what Escape Hunt actually is..

Basically it’s a live puzzle game where you are put into groups of 2 to 5 people and have to solve a series of puzzles and riddles, piecing evidence together to work out ‘who dunnit’, all against the clock. Kind of like a murder mystery night or live action game of Cluedo.

The games have to be pre-booked as only 4 groups can play at one time, but you can book ahead online via their site and choose your time, game theme, and language. You can also play head-to-head with groups competing against each other to see who can solve the game quickest.

TCDCTCDC @ the Emporium

Set at the top of the plush Emporium Mall in Phrom Phong (it’s on the same level as the cinema), the Thailand Creative and Design Centre (TCDC) is an extremely interesting and engaging project, part library and study centre, part exhibition space, all centered around commercial and graphic design.

Even if you’re not a budding designer it’s worth popping up here to check out the latest exhibitions, which are often interactive. There is also a permanent exhibition on the history of design among leading fashion brands and nations. The library itself has over 15,000 books on design, and lots of other media available to search through. There is also a rather cool design shop with great gifts you won’t find elsewhere in the city, and a decent coffee shop.

Flow RiderFlow House Bangkok

We’ve covered this before but it’s worth mentioning it again.

Flow rider is Bangkok’s only beach club and surf centre (with an artificial wave making machine), where you can learn to surf or show off you expert wave breaking moves to an audience of likeminded wave chasers.

It’s also a great spot to hang out, grab a beer or juice, and watch the experts take to the inner-city waves.

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