A quick look down Soi 26 from Sukhumvit and you may be fooled into thinking that it’s just the home of a few seedy looking massage parlours and karaoke joints.
While that may be true in some degree, there’s a whole other layer to the Soi well worth exploring.
There’s a handful of hidden gems in the form of restaurants, shops and cafes – and even a well-stocked rabbit run.
Let’s take a look around…
Aside from the mighty Indus – one of the best Indian restaurants in Bangkok – there’s plenty of different options when it comes to dining.
Japanese cuisine is well represented at the K-Village and Nihonmachi shopping centres, as well as down the soi as a whole: cheap ramen can be found at Grand Ramen Umai, Hokkaido Genshiyaki and barbeque at Ginza Do.
If it’s Thai you’re after, K-Village has the delightful Yum and Tum serving up Issaan delights as well as T-House and Watercress on the ground floor. An An Lao over at A-Square has delicious seafood on offer, too.
Remember to check out some Chinese at Yang Seng Tang!
Soi 26 is also an unexpected shopping haven.
K-Village is quite the haven for babies’ and childrens’ clothes and accessories, together with maternity wear.
It’s also got a few fashion outlets, such as Gap, Bee Bijoux, Viva Tokyo and Crocs.
Li-Zenn Books is a tiny little English language bookshop stocking tomes on architecture, philosophy and life itself.
If it’s electronics you’re after, take a look inside Cyber Square at A-Square.
For beautiful and unique furniture and lighting, Villa Vinotto should be your first stop.
If you’re after something a little different, why not surf an artificial wave at Flowhouse? You can find it in A-Square.
Opening on November 5 is a 24-hour gym – Fitness 7 – next door to A-Square.
For watching the world go by with a Chang and listening to some live music, it’s got to be the Queen Bee at the top of the soi.
Soi 26 is a good place for pups – aside from many of the soi’s condo rentals being pet-friendly, there’s the PAT Pet World for all your necessary supplies and grooming needs, The Barkyard for playtime and the Animal Clinic for any vet visits you need to make. All highly recommended!
If you’re looking for something a little out of the ordinary on Soi 26, you should wander down towards The Four Wings Hotel before the road turns to the left. Just before you reach the 7-Eleven, you’ll see an enclosed space that is simply full of RABBITS.
No one seems to be watching them and there’s no plausible explanation. Just loads of RABBITS.
Speaking of low-cost, there’s also the Lucky Hotel which looks like it might cater to those looking for accommodation for just a short time…
For getting your hair did, head to the Sassy Salon near A-Square where they offer, amongst other services, the intriguingly named ‘Digital Perm’.
If you’ve got kids, you’ve got to check out the Funarium – Bangkok’s largest indoor play area for children under 13.
The Phussapa Thai Massage School can also be found on Soi 26 and is a great way for you to learn and refine your Thai massage skills in an authorised school.
Phew! That’s a lot of stuff on one soi.
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