Thong Lor Road
Thong Lor has become the hot spot in town over the last few years, known for its excellent choice of upmarket and fashionable restaurants, along with plenty of trendy spots to drink the night away. As a large percentage of the Japanese expat population lives here, there are plenty of excellent izakaya, ramen, and sushi joints, and even a restaurant and shop village known as Nihonmura (Japantown).
Khao San Road
Long a haven for foreign backpackers, Khao San Road has gentrified to include a few boutique choices, and is now a colorful and vibrant part of Bangkok, where Thais come to join travelers at some of the best bars and clubs in town, as well as to take advantage of all the various shopping bargains.
Banglamphu is a neighbourhood that is well worth a visit on any trip to bangkok While backpacker mecca Khao San Road is the most famous part of the area, nearby Phra Athit Road is far more eclectic, with plenty of bohemian bars and cute restaurants with a mix of young Thais and foreigners, and it is right next to the Chao Phraya River, with a small park and some nice riverside restaurants to chill out in. While the neighbourhood is far removed from the central city, river ferries make it easy to get here without getting stuck in traffic
This is one of Bangkok's most vibrant neighborhoods, Chinatown throbs and bustles, and is one of the city's best locations for walking, due to its narrow lanes, lack of traffic, and charming old shophouses and active street side community. From temples to shopping arcades to the staggering array of good food, Chinatown should be a must on everyone's Bangkok itinerary.
Chinatown's temples and shrines are always busy, but best during festival times, when they are jammed with worshippers making merit. Chinese New Year is one of the best times, as is the Vegetarian Festival.
Sathorn is home to luxury properties, abundant dining choices from simple gourmet to high end fancy, and sits at a crossroads between the urban Central Business District and Lumpini Park, which is Bangkok's biggest green oasis and a wonderful escape from the city hustle and bustle.
If you want to drink with the stars, Sathorn is home to Bangkok's best sky bars, most notably the Moon bar located on the 61st floor of the Banyan Tree Hotel, with an open air 360 degree panorama of the city, and there is also Distil, perched high above the Chao Phraya River in the Lebua State Tower, famed for its Hangovertini, named after the Hollywood film shot here.
Sukhumvit Road is the pulse of Bangkok. This long avenue, which actually runs all the way to Cambodia, is the hottest strip of real estate in tourist town, home to excellent hotels, top restaurants, bars and nightlife galore, as well as shopping, cinemas, public transport, and all else. You are guaranteed to spend a lot of time here during a Bangkok visit. You can get food from French, Italian, Thai, or explore the Middle Eastern restaurants of Little Arabia
Victory monument is not visited by many tourists, which is a pity because it is a great place to experience the real Bangkok. The street stalls that set up around the monument are famed for their kuay jab soup and khao man gai chicken rice amongst others, while over on Soi Rang Nam, one can choose from an array of Isaan, southern, and other types of cuisine. Just find a spare table amongst the crowds and dig in. For some of the best Isaan food in all Bangkok, the nondescript Lung Yai is just down the road and is one of the best local draws in town.