Another popular neighbourhood among the expat community is Phra Khanong, and it’s easy to understand why. Just jump off BTS Phra Khanong, and you’ll be greeted with W District (1599 Sukhumvit 69-69/1, 02-381-2277, BTS Phra Khanong), home to an unpretentious mix of restaurants and art spaces.
For instance, Kinjo Okinawa (24/1 Sukhumvit Soi 69, 02-711-0536, Mon-Sun 11:30am-2:30pm, 5-10:30pm)serves up down-to-earth and super delicious dishes true to the taste of the Japanese region of Okinawa. Other interesting food stops to try within the W District include the likes of Broken Eggs, Bahn Mi Crispy and Express Mexican. For a peaceful high rise view of the city, head up to the 46th floor of Le Luk Condominium for a glass of wine at Cielo Sky Bar & Restaurant (1595/500 Sukhumvit Rd., Mon-Sun 5pm-1am).
For the creative crowd, Phra Khanong has plenty to be excited about. This year it welcomed the opening of Naiipa Art Complex (Soi Sukhumvit 46., Mon-Fri 9am-5pm BTS Phra Khanong), a glass building constructed around a 30-year-old tree that belongs to the owner’s family to create a workspace conducive to artistic creations without having to compromise the natural beauty of the surrounding. Aside from its architectural success, those living in the area can also utilise the working space at Pencave Co-working space, laze over a cup of coffee at another branch of popular cafe, Li-bra-ry or organize events and seminars at Tabebuya Community Space.
Other contemporary art spaces in the area worth visiting include Hof Art space (W District), Goja (Sukhumvit 71, Soi Pridi Banomong 5/2, 085-848-7576 Mon, Wed-Sun 12:00pm-12:00am), Rebel Art Space (Sukhumvit 67, 081-666-8383) and Tars Gallery (3 Soi Srijun, Sukhumvit Soi 67, 099-736-8672, Wed-Fri 2-6pm), all of which host exhibitions by local and international artists multiple times throughout the year.
Adrenaline junkies don’t need to head to the centre of town either. For the serious athletes, Phra Khanong is home to the Training Ground (36/2 Soi Sukhumvit 69, 091-491-4169, BTS Phra Khanong), the largest strength, conditioning and CrossFit gym in Asia. Don’t be put off though – beginners that would like to get started can also join their free trial session.
For a more casual day to break a sweat, head over to AMPED (36/3 Chavanich, Soi Sukhumvit 69, 02-136-7858, Mon-Sun 10am-9pm), a 10,000-square-meter trampoline park suitable for children and adults that definitely doesn’t break a bank.
Nearest BTS Station: Phra Khanong
Wyne by Sansiri and The Line Sukhumvit 71 are just a mere 7-minute walk away from BTS Phra Khanong. Both condominium come fully-furnished, built with unique and trendy designs that are no less impressive than the quirky surroundings. The fact that they’re both close to the nightlife scene of Thonglor and Ekkamai is a bonus. For more information, visit www.sansiri.com/condominium/wyne/en/concept.aspx