A short history of Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok

There’s nothing short or insignificant about Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok. Known also as Highway 3, it is one of the longest in the world. Named after the 5thchief of the highway’s department, Phra Bisal Sukhumvit, it goes along the southeastern coast of Thailand. The road starts in Bangkok and its length of 488km takes it to Cambodia.

Some parts of the street get particularly congested, especially when there are special events on or during peak traffic times.

A street you need to see to believe

It’s a mind-boggling road for sure, with the lower part being renowned for its red-light district while towards the west end its name changes but it offers many other kinds of vendors.

It is Bangkok’s main commercial artery and the main junctions of the road are Asok and Siam. Trains are departing every 5 to 10 minutes, with Asok beingconsidered the more convenient station as it has a direct transfer with Bangkok’s MRT metro system. The MRT Subway and the BTS Skytrain serve the road which interchange on the Sukhumvit line at Asok. The side roads or sois of West to East are evenly numbered while the side roads from North to East are odd numbers.

You can have it all

There are all kinds of restaurants, from luxury restaurants to your casual street stands. There are also bars, bright, modern shopping malls such as the Emporium, hotels, and other forms of accommodation along the road.

Some of the hotels have familiar names such as The Westin, Sheraton, and the beautiful 5-star The Landmark Bangkok. The hotel is conveniently positioned next to the BTS Skytrain station. Guests can choose between different room types, benefit from complimentary wifi, enjoy eating at a multi-award-winning rooftop restaurant and when the temperature heats up, relish the shimmering swimming pool.

A street in touch with Bangkok Life

The pavements of Sukhumvit also do a trade too and you can buy everything from jewelry to clothes, to cheap cosmetics to luggage and much more.

The Road is bigger than ever and it’s offering you the opportunity to sample a taste of Bangkok that you really need to see.

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