Published: 2017-08-26 14:00:03
Sukhumvit Soi 11 Walk Around, Bangkok – Aug 2017
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A video where I took a stroll up Sukhumvit Soi 11, Bangkok. I point out many bars, hotels, nightclubs etc… I’ve included some old footage to draw comparisons in some sections.
Soi 11 was always my favourite place to stay in Bangkok when I used to visit on holiday because it is 10 minutes walk (or a short taxi ride) to both Nana and Cowboy, and the better clubs were on your doorstep.
If you are thinking of booking a Soi 11 hotel then make sure to read this guide on the website with essential booking tips: http://bangkok112.com/bangkok-hotels-stay-near-sukhumvit-soi-11/
Parts of this video include:
0:04 Skytrain, and start of Soi 11
1:49 Grand Swiss Hotel
2:30 Zanzibar Restaurant
3:01 Villa Market – Best Supermarket with high quality produce
3:30 Former site of Cheap Charlie’s Bar (with a 2016 pic for comparison)
3:54 Overbuilding of condominiums around Bangkok Skytrain stations
including one where units start at $900k
5:44 Suk 11 hostel
6:40 Rosabieng open air restaurant
7:07 Ambassador Hotel
7:19 Climax Nightclub is closed (old footage from 2016)
8:51 Pomodoro Italian restaurant
9:48 Old German Beerhouse
10:10 Pizzeria Limoncello
10:20 Zaks Dining and Lounge
11:19 Sugar Club
11:28 Australian Pub
10:50 Salil hotel, one of the best boutique hotels in Sukhumvit
12:28 Hillary 3 and Ava bars
12:56 WTF moment of the vid
13:03 Mercure hotel and El Guacho steakhouse
13:39 More condominium projects
14:47 Citadines Apart’hotel & Mullis Irish bar
15:45 Oskar Bistro
16:10 Aloft hotel and Levels club
17:38 Le Fenix hotel
18:28 Holiday Inn Express
18:39 Brew bar (craft beers) and Daniel Thaiger burger booth
19:10 Chilli Culture Thai Kitchen Restaurant
19:40 New Insanity club & how it looked a year ago
20:49 Firehouse burgers, still a decent place to get your burger fix
21:01 Former site of Q Bar
21:20 Apoteka bar
21:33 Brasserie Cordonnier, newly opened French restaurant
23:34 Fraser Suites 5-star serviced apartments, including Charcoal Indian restaurant and Above Eleven rooftop bar
24:46 Mototaxi ride from Fraser Suites to Sukhumvit road (20 baht)
27:28 Outro showing the alley between Soi 3 and Soi 11
A lot has changed in Bangkok since the summer of 2016. All over the city street food carts and restaurants are being driven out in a move to make the elite more money. On soi 11 many of the street food carts have been replaced by permanently parked vans and taxis.
Condominiums in Bangkok are being built at breakneck speed, especially around the Skytrain and MRT stations. There is a land grab too, where older buildings are being bought up, demolished, and held for future condominiums to be built. At some stations such as On Nut and Udom Suk they have overbuilt condos so much that the local infrastructure can’t cope at rush hours.
Due to this overbuilding there is almost no resale market in Bangkok for these condos, as prospective buyers simply buy the new units. Bangkok condos are often not the best long term investments, as many suffer ongoing problems by being poorly designed, poorly built, and have bad property management agencies. The oversupply means that selling for a profit is very hard to achieve.
Cheap Charlie’s is gone as was the nice row of restaurants in the alley behind.
Bangkok is fast losing it’s rugged character and charm. It’s conceivable in the future bar areas like Soi Cowb0y, Soi Nana and other nearby tourist places will be put under pressure with sky high rents and the land grabbing condo developers might swoop in one day. Soi 11 might be all condos and hotels one day too, as who wants noisy nightclubs and bars on their doorstep?
Soi 11 and pretty much anywhere in Bangkok potentially can have nearby construction noise. I would advise anyone to check the latest Tripadvisor Hotel reviews to see if noise is a persistent problem where you are staying. When checking in to your hotel if there is nearby construction simply request a quiet room away from the noise to minimise potential disturbance.
Insanity Club, a lot of investment has been made here. They are trying to recreate the premium club experience of Vegas or Ibiza by getting international DJs in etc… Whether it will work or not in the long term is anyone’s guess. The EDM music they play is very loud inside. It seems busy right now as Soi 11 is gridlocked every night from midnight to 3am around that corner. No flip flops allowed for guys.
Fraser Suites. If you’re visiting Bangkok in Sept/Oct/Nov 2017 then right now you can get rooms for around $76 a night which is great value as they usually start from $115.
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Music: LAKEY INSPIRED – Island