For our puposes here, Lower Sukhumvit is the section of Sukhumvit Road
shown above which extends south and east of Asok/Ratchadaphisek to the
Phrom Phong skytrain station, though Sukhumvit continues southeast. The
main draw here is the Queen Sirikit Convention Center. Opened officially
in August of 1991, this sophisticated, multi-purpose facility has been
host to the World Bank/International Monetary Fund, the Miss Universe
Pagent, and the ASEAN summit of economic ministers among its many events.
There are several inexpensive, convenient hotels in the area, as you can
see on the list above. Please remember that many of the hotels of Upper
Sukhumvit are very close to the convention center as well, as you can
see by viewing the complete map of Sukhumvit
Road - that is, the main part of Sukhumvit Road which lies within
The Emporium Shopping
New and very upmarket - nothing is cheap here, but it's terrific
for designer labels and everything of quality.
Bourbon Street Restaurant & Bar
Consistently voted the best American restaurant in Bangkok and extremely
popular with expats.
Washington Square: The Dubliner Irish Pub
Excellent food and legendary brew. A friendly place.
(Stations and lines in gray from left to right and/or top to bottom
on the map above.)
Sukhumvit Line: (Phrom Phong station)
Completed in December of 1999, the Bangkok Skytrain glides above Bangkok's
busy, busy streets quickly and relatively cheaply. The cars are new and
modern and the system can whisk you quickly about in air-conditioned comfort
- a must if you're out and about during rush hour, which is pretty
much all day! We do have one gripe about the Bangkok Skytrain,
however. For some reason, only a few of the stations have escalators to
take you up to the stations some 60-70 feet overhead. On a typical, sizzling
Bangkok afternoon this inexplicable oversight is certainly less forgivable
as you stomp up the stairs. Still, this beats the old days of taking meterless
taxis (now, all taxis have meters) through permanently clogged streets.