6 Things to Do in Sukhumvit While Sober
Sukhumvit Road is Bangkok’s largest street and nothing even comes close. In fact, it stretches all the way down to the Cambodian border in Koh Kong. If you’re looking for things to do in Sukhumvit area, you’ve got plenty of options. Since it acts as a central hub to Bangkok’s public transportation (BTS and bus routes), there’s lots to choose from. Whatever you choose to do, you won’t be far from home. Slumber Party Bangkok is just a 10 minute walk away from the Asok BTS station.
With our central location, we’re surrounded by shopping spots, great food and some fun activities. There’s also public parks worth checking out, heritage houses and a lot more. Everything in this article is walking distance from the hostel, so let’s get right into it!
1. Get a Thai Massage
Travelling from dusk to dawn can really put a toll on your body. Add heavy drinking on to that and it’s a recipe for a sore back. Or more. What better way to alleviate your stiffness than a proper Thai massage?
We recommend Lemon Grass, which is just around the corner from the hostel. There are countless massage parlors in the area, but you’ll want the real deal. Ignore all the shops who have women outside them pestering people walking by. What does Lemon Grass bring to the table? Traditional Thai, foot oil and aroma massages. Full body scrubs. And a handful of other relaxing treatments. It’s perfect for capping off a day on your feet or just to treat yourself. Massages in Thailand are a hell of a lot cheaper than your home country, so you might as well take advantage of it. Thai massage dates back thousands of years and the practice is passed down generation to generation.
Walk-ins are welcome but it’s probably a good idea to make an appointment.
Hours of Operation: 10:00 am – 11:30 pm daily
Prices: 100 – 350 baht
Location: 22 Soi Prasanmit , Sukhumvit 23
Directions: Walk right out the alley and around the corner. Lemon Grass is super close to Slumber!
2. Learn about Thai history at Kamthieng House
Well-preserved historic sites are a breath of fresh air in megacities like Bangkok. Kamthieng House is a beautiful, stilted rice farmer’s teak house. It was carefully dismantled piece by piece from the banks of Chiang Mai’s Ping River. It was reassembled in Bangkok in 1964. It’s a truly unique experience that not every tourist experiences. Perfect for the ‘Gram or travel blog! Nowadays, Kamthieng House serves as headquarters for the Siam Society, dedicated to preserving and promoting Thai heritage.
Inside Kamthieng House, you’ll find a collection of agricultural and domestic items from the 19th century. The everyday lives of ordinary Thai people is showcased – woven fish baskets, terra-cotta pots and more. It is said that the spirits of 3 ladies (previous occupants) protect the house. Make sure to spend some time outside Kamthieng House too. There’s a breathtaking garden that’s landscaped in the Northern Thai style, Lanna.
Hours of Operation: 09:00 – 17:00 (Tuesday to Saturday)
Price: 100 baht
Location: 131 Thanon Asok Montri, Sukhumvit Soi 21 (near Asok BTS station)
Directions: Walk right out the driveway and around the corner. When you come to the “T” at The Clubhouse Sports Bar & Grill, turn right. You will see the Grand Millennium Sukhumvit hotel. Walk through their alley past the hotel and you will hit a main road called Asok Montri. Directly across this street is the Kamthieng House. Less than 10 min walking from Slumber Party.
3. Shop around the world at Terminal 21
If Bangkok is the only Asian megacity in your travel plans, you’re in luck. Terminal 21 is a pretty rad theme mall that showcases stores from around the world on each floor. Wander around a maze of shops in Tokyo. Saunter down London’s Carnaby Street. Bargain in an Istanbul zouk. And when you’ve tired yourself out, grab something to eat at the Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco.
Traveling on a budget and getting sick of street food? Terminal 21 has you covered. Head to the 5th floor food court and you can choose from a variety of Thai and international cuisine. You can eat here everyday for all 3 meals and still find something new! Best of all, it’s super cheap at just 20 to 40 baht a plate. My favorite is picking up a bowl of Thai noodles with a side of Japanese gyoza.
On the flip side, people who want to splurge on high quality Western food should head straight to the basement. Terminal 21’s bottom floor is a Gourmet Market, home to amazing meats, cheese and everything else.
Hours of Operation: 10:00 – 22:00
Location: 2,88 Sukhumvit 19 Sukhumvit Road. North Klongtoei, Wattana, Bangkok, Thailand 10110
Directions: Walk out to the main Sukhumvit road, hang a right, and you’re there.
4. Escape the concrete jungle at Lumphini Park
Lumphini Park is the best place for early risers and nature lovers. It’s a great contrast from Bangkok’s busy streets with a whopping 142 acres of nature. My favorite part of going to Lumphini Park is the people watching. There’s just so many different types of local Thai people that come here. You’ll see wise elders practicing tai chi, young couples by the lakeside and even 9-to-5 office workers fully suited up. No matter what pace of life you’re most comfortable with, Lumphini Park is a great place to hang out with locals. It’s home to indigenous flora, a forest park and these massive monitor lizards. Seriously, they look like something out of a sci-fi movie!
Hours of Operation: 4:30 am – 21:00 pm
Location: Lumphini, Pathum Wan District, Bangkok
Directions: Get off at MRT Subway Silom or Lumphini Station. Then walk for 5-10 minutes to reach the park.
5. Get a dose of Vitamin C at Benjasiri Park
Benjasiri Park is smaller compared to Lumphini Park and Chatuchak Park. Also known as Queen’s Park, expect a smaller crowd and much cooler atmosphere. It’s an amazing spot for some peace and quiet. You’ll look like you’re part of a postcard sitting under the trees reading a book or just hangout out. At sunset, Benjasiri turns into a completely different scene. The basketball courts get packed, middle aged women gather to do aerobics (to HARD techno) and elders do Tai Chi.
If you’re looking for a truly Thai experience, the one thing in Sukhumvit you must do is play Sepak Takraw. It’s like a mix between football (soccer) and volleyball. See for yourself!
Hours of Operation : 5.00 am to 21.00 pm
Location: 31 Sukhumvit Rd, Khwaeng Khlong Tan, Khet Khlong Toei, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110
Directions: Take a skytrain. Get off at Phrom Phong station. It only takes 5 – 10 minute walk to reach this park.
6. Surf and swim at Flow House
When you’re itching to go to the beach but don’t have much time to spare, head down to Flow House. Whether you’re a veteran or a newbie, Flow House made it a lot easier to enjoy surfing with their simulated wave surfing machine. Qualified instructors are around all the time to ensure safety to all guests. If surfing isn’t your forte, there’s a regular pool you can cool down in too.
Once you’ve scratched your itch for the water, stick around Flow House because there’s tons to do. Billiards, ping pong, darts and football, anyone?
Hours of Operation: 11.00 am to 10.00 pm
Walk-In Price: THB 750 per hour
Flow Card 10 Hour: THB 5,000 (THB 500 per hour)
Flow Card 20 Hour: THB 9,000 (THB 450 per hour)
Flow Card 30 Hour: THB 12,000 (THB 400 per hour)
Location A-Square 120/1 Sukhumvit 26 Klongton, Klongtoey Bangkok
Directions It’s just a short walk from Soi 23 to Soi 26 or you can hop on a bike taxi for a shorter trip.