Sukhumvit Soi 23 has somewhat of a reputation.
Home to the infamous Soi Cowboy and its fair share of massage parlours, this long and meandering Soi is often unfairly pegged as a nothing more than a cheap and sleazy nightlife destination.
While this is certainly an aspect of the Soi’s character, there’s a whole lot more to it.
A bunch of good restaurants – with a focus on Japanese cuisine – and a number of quirky watering holes are all found here and there’s also a great selection of furniture shops and (non-sexual!) spas.
Once you’ve ventured past the Prasarnmit Plaza building, the road transforms. Good restaurants, high rise condominiums and delectable street found abound. You’ll even find the Indian Embassy and Srinakharinwirot University.
Let’s take a look around.
As well as a bunch of sports bars and pubs serving up pub grub and other niceties, there’s a fairly robust selection of eateries to be found down Soi 23.
The most represented cuisine in the Soi 23 cluster of streets is undoubtedly Japanese. It would be foolhardy to attempt to list them all but a few for your delectation are Sha Raku, Izakaya Suika, Lovely, Mitsumori of Tokyo, Akari Chirashi Bar, and Uma Uma.
Pick up some classic English bites at the Fish & Ship and Queen Victoria Pub or if you’d prefer a more casual cafe experience, opt for IWane 1975, Addictions, Nikko Cafe, Pak Bakery, Eat O’Clock, It’s Happened To Be A Closet, Serendib Tea Room, Feedpoint Bakery for bagels, Coffee Rio, Casa Lapin or SM Fashion Cafe.
If you don’t fancy the neon of Soi Cowboy, there’s still a bunch of pubs and bars down Soi 23 eager for your custom.
Although not quite as jampacked with hotels as neighbouring Soi 21, there’s still a handful of boutiques to rest your weary head.
The new, international Pullman Grande Sukhumvit also backs on to the street.
- Jasmine City Hotel: 4*, spa, gym, pool, jacuuzi, restaurant, business services.
- Taipan Hotel: swimming pool, spa and restaurant.
- Admiral Premier Hotel: 4* serviced apartments, rooftop pool, gym, complimentary tuk-tuk.
- House23 Hotel: 3*, garden and restaurant.
- Little Vacation House: 2*, just 9 rooms.
- Two Three Mansion: Deluxe boutique, gym, swimming pool.
- Citadines Sukhumvit 23: 3*, tuk-tuk service, gym, rooftop swimming pool, business centre, restaurant.
- Pullman Grande Sukhumvit: 5*, pool, gym, spa, restaurants, business facilities.
Fear not; it’s not just massage parlours down Soi 23.
More heavy-duty cosmetic treatments can be booked at the Blink Clinic.
For Yoga, check out the brilliant Yogatique.
There’s also the Union Victors Glass Gallery for those into sophisticated glassware.
Turns out, there is – Soi 23 is a bloody long road.
Aside from all the restaurants and stores inside the Prasarnmit Plaza, Young Place and Silom Village, it’s also home to the following hard-to-categorise places:
Johann Kitchen and Bangkok Thai Cooking Academy for cookery classes; a craft store in Gifted Hands; Thai silk at Almeta; study at the Thailish Language School; The Sukhumvit 23 car wash; and superbikes and scooters at Zeus.
Not to mention the delights of the flesh waiting for you down Soi Cowboy…
What’s your favourite spot on Soi 23?