The burgeoning Sukhumvit 71 area offers an endless list of amazing things waiting to be explored.
by Atthasith Khupratakul.
Soi Sukhumvit 71, also known as Phrakanong, is one of Bangkok’s oldest neighborhoods. The area, fast becoming what most young people would call a “New Happening Area,” is currently a significant point linking between the inner city and outer Bangkok because of its convenient transport connections. The area has also become a new sought-after residential location, receiving great attention from both Thai and foreign home-seekers alike. In addition, the area now offers a variety of lifestyle facilities including great dining places and trendy hangout venues. Let’s take a peek at some of the hotspots in the area:
HOF Art Space
HOF Art Space is an art exhibition and selling venue where top Thai artists have come to showcase their DIY and handmade creations. The gallery was officially launched in June 2014 after having been opened for over nine years. The two-storey spacious art space is an ideal for those interested in interacting with artists, either to buy their works or exchange views. Located at W District on Sukhumvit Road, it opens from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tel: 02 178 0095
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If I Were A Carpenter
Anyone fancying simple-yet-stylish art pieces might want to check this place out. Founded by Khun “Nott” – Wachira Thonglor — a graphic design graduate from England, the wood-based art studio If I Were A Carpenter has produced a great number of outstanding furniture pieces. The studio emphasizes the production of “old” hardwood furniture and decorative items in a handcrafted, mixed-materials fashion based on the concept of minimalism and simplicity. If you are interested in high-quality wooden furniture items, this studio in Soi Sukhumvit 71 is absolutely worth your visit (Pridi Phanomyong 42
Tel: 02 003 4974
Refill Now Hostel
This compact-sized budget hostel will impress you with its unmistakable sense of simplicity, as well as its friendliness and warmth. Hostel interiors are decorated with white-tone furniture and fully exposed to the natural light, making this place a backpackers’ favorite. A variety of room options are available to suit the different needs of guests whether they come solo, or with their partner or friends. Amenities here include an outdoor swimming pool and a common area for guests. Located just 10 minutes away from the BTS Phrakanong, the hostel is close to a host of shopping and dining venues. Refill Now Hostel has achieved a number of accolades from Hostelbookers Awards. To find out more about this hip hostel, visit www.refillnow.co.th or call 02 713 2044/5
The Mustang Nero Hotel
An overview of Phrakanong would not be complete without mentioning this super-hip accommodation. The Mustang Nero Hotel features unconventional decorating style while the use of natural materials and vintage furniture makes this hotel all the more classic. Importantly, with its location just a 5-minutes’ walk from BTS Phrakanong, the hotel is a cool and convenient place to check in for a night or two after a long nightout with your buddies. You will then rise in the morning with a healthy, tasty breakfast meticulously made by the owner.
Tel: 086 994 7338
Training Ground BKK
As Asia’s largest fitness community, Training Ground BKK is a no-nonsense place for fitness and workout. Fully equipped with a complete range of state-of-the-art facilities and manned by a team of professional trainers, the venue is now talk of the town, and very popular among locals and expats alike. A range of street-art-style accommodation is also available.
Tel: 094 479 6988