Other Areas in Bangkok: There are some other areas in Bangkok which should also from part of your itinerary because of varied reasons. Let us try & discover all these areas one by one and know there distinguishing features.
Soi Rambuttri: Very near to Khao San road is the Soi Rambuttri area. It is different in contrast to Khao San and is a must visit for the one who wishes to see Thailand minus its skyscraper’s. It is an area for the locals, though more and more backpackers are also getting attracted to this area because of its leafy pavements. This area is also home to the Wat Chana Songkram temple and also lights up to be a resplendent area in the night with all its bars gearing into action. Infact, Soi Rambuttri is lesser commercial as compared to the near by Khao San Road. Bombay Blues is a famous Indian restaurant of this area.
Ratchaprasong: This area is famous for the host of shopping options that it offers. Its close proximity to Siam and other prime areas of Bangkok makes it a highly desirable option. Also it is well connected by the public transport systems, BTS & the MRT. It has a whole host of good five star hotels, fine dining options and the best of shopping places to make this area a wholesome alternative. It is also home to Wat Pathumanaram, one of Bangkok’s most prestigious temples and also the Erawan Shrine.
Phra Athit Road: This road is laden with a lot of internet cafes, restaurants and small shops. It is the main road which runs through the Bangkok neighbourhood called the Banglamphu. It is famous amongst the Thailand youth because of its close proximity to the universities abounding in this area. It serves as a good break for weary tourists from the nearby Khao San who come here looking for something more authentic. The river pier, the picturesque riverside park & the close proximity to the Old City, all lend it a scenic setting for the arty crowd. This place is also a hub for all sorts of live music namely Pop, Rock and Jazz. One could do well to catch a ferry from the Phra Atit Pier to the BTS stations nearby and also take a sojourn in the Chao Phraya river in the accompaniment of guide who will show you the attractions along the way. The Santichiprakan Park and the Phra Sumen fort also lend forth beautiful vistas of the Chao Phraya river.
Victory Monument: This area is the busiest transportation hub of Bangkok. Almost all public buses leaving for the outskirts or even nearby beach locations of Bangkok pass by this place. This area is an instant hit amongst working class of Bangkok because of its easy to afford shopping and dining options. If Siam is the den of rich then the area around the Victory Monument is the den of the middle class. Walking slightly towards south to Soi Rang Nam from the Victory monument you will find some shop-house eateries serving tasty and affordable food. For the brand conscious shopper wanting to buy high quality souvenirs, the King Power duty free shop is the best bet. Besides the Victory monument itself, the other attractions here are the Bangkok Doll Museum and the Santiphap Park.