Right in the heart of the Phrom Phong neighbourhood is Sukhumvit Soi 22 – a long street that stretches from Sukhumvit almost all the way down to Rama IV.
It’s a bit of a mixed bag down here, with hotels sitting next to hostess bars, next to schools, fancy apartments, karaoke hole-in-the-walls, and plenty of restaurants too.
Soi 22 used to be home to the legendary Washington Square — a nightlife ‘entertainment’ zone notable for its sordid bars and massage parlours. It has since been demolished to make way for a new shopping centre.
Let’s take a look at the street’s highlights…
Presenting itself as a gastropub, No Idea is a popular restaurant situated at the start of Sukhumvit Soi 22, which serves up contemporary bistro cuisine.
They have a daily happy hour until 9pm and plentiful beers, wines and cocktails. Their kitchen is open until 11pm nightly and the bar until 1am. Compared to some of the seedy bars nearby, No Idea is a spot of refinement in a friendly and professional environment.
Also towards the top of Soi 22 is the Titanium Ice Bar, a nightlife destination with live music (including the Unicorn Girl Band) and the -10°C ice bar which serves up an array of vodkas — they promise they have every known brand of vodka on the planet.
Around halfway down Soi 22 is the 4* Marvel Hotel, which has over 200 rooms and attracts both business and leisure travellers.
As well as onsite restaurants serving up Thai and Italian food, the hotel also sports a large swimming pool, fitness centre, massage, kids’ club, concierge and a lounge bar. It’s also suitable for wheelchair users and complies with the American Disability Act.
Radiance is a health food store around halfway down Sukhumvit Soi 22. It’s open from Monday to Friday from 9am to 5.30pm. They also have an online store.
Selling fresh, organic produce and wholesome foods that are naturally chemically free, Radiance is relied upon by a wide array of Bangkokians who like to eat certifiably healthy food and use safe and natural household products.
Rasa Khas is an Indonesian restaurant next to Klong Toey Fire Station that serves up traditional cuisine.
As well as all the usual singular dishes, they also have a special occasion Nasi Tumpeng that serves between 8 to 10 people. This dish must be ordered 3 days in advance, includes a variety of different foods and is served up in the traditional Indonesian manner.
This is a high rise hotel on the corner of Sukhumvit and Soi 22 that allows children under the age of 19 to stay for free when sharing a room with their parents. There’s a playground and swimming pool, 24-hour gym, live entertainment and even tanning beds.
Holiday Inn also has some great restaurants that are popular even with people not staying at the hotel: Maya for Indian cuisine, Zeta for international all day dining and Bangkok Betty Bar on the ground floor (check out their weekly Ladies’ Night!).