Between Thonglor and Ekkamai neighbourhoods is Sukhumvit Soi 40 — a long road that stretches down to Rama IV that runs alongside the Khlong Toei canal — also known as the Canal of the Pandan Leaves.

Despite its length and connectivity, it’s a pretty quiet street, although there are a number of condo developments to be found here.

Let’s take a look at the highlights of the area.


National Organisation

Next door to Sukhumvit Soi 40 is the Bangkok Office of UNESCO. This is the Asia Pacific Regional Bureau for Education and Cluster Office for the six countries of the Mekong (Thailand, Burma, Laos, Singapore, Vietnam and Cambodia).

They cover all UNESCO mandates: culture, information, communications, education and sciences. They are responsible for implementation of related programmes in the Mekong countries.

Cafe Caps


A retail store selling coffee related goods, including machines, capsules and other such accessories. They also sell stuff for drip coffee and tea.

The Human Development Centre

Part of the Catholic Archdiocese

The Human Development Centre (HDC) is a part of the Catholic Archdiocese of Bangkok and works towards guiding and leading the people in the nearby Klong Toei Slum. It’s run by Father Joe Maier and has been since 1973.

The HDC also supports other related community programmes, including the Mercy Center, a hospital, the slum kindergarten improvement programme and other initiatives and outreach projects.