Phra Khanong is located in the between the port and Sukhumvit road. It is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Bangkok and used to be the center for entertainment industry a few decades ago. Although it is still has a local feel about it, a number of high rise condos have been built in recent years along with shopping malls and restaurants, attracting a lot of both Asian and western foreigner who don’t like to stay “down town”, but still live in the center of Bangkok. With time leaving only a faint aura of the former prosperity it still retains the local charm of the district’s retro Thai style, Phra Khanong is slowly coming back to life. You will find everything from the charm of the old days to becoming the hip contemporary art district of Bangkok.
People who are looking for modern condos for rent in Phra Khanong will find some great options. Many up-scale recently built serviced apartment have popped up along Sukhumvit, making it ideal for people who are new to the area. There are also some good apartments off the main road in On Nut are and along Rama 4 road, which offers a lot of choices for living, shopping and dining. Between Ekamai, On Nut, Soi Pridi and Kluay Nam Thai, you have a world to explore. You will find everything you need, and still enjoy a genuine Bangkok lifestyle.
The Phra Khanong district is not as touristy as many others nearby such as Chatuchak and offers an interesting insight into local life. This is a great place to purchase fresh local produce such as meat and vegetables, while second hand clothes and other items are also sold here. Visitors to the night market will also be able to grab a bite to eat from one of the many local restaurants that can be found here. From Okinawan home cooking down a tight alley, to skyline view and dining and drinks in a 5 star restaurant. Choices are plentiful.
You will find that the retro atmosphere of this area is strangely enchanting. A walk down Thanong Rot Fai Gaow gives you a glimpse into the days when the only train line went through Bangkok, from the port. Although the train track is now gone, the houses are still there, giving you a flash back to a distant reality. You can even jump on a 2 minute boat ride across the river and find yourself in the middle of the green lung of Bangkok, far away from city life, yet a stone throw away, Phra Khanong is Busy as always. Here you will find a different world with botanical gardens, home stay and Bang nam Pueng floating Market. Another interesting angle of Phra Khanong today is its ethnic diversity You can find a group of foreigners sipping beer after work in the food court surrounded by street art along the building walls, or meet Japanese, Koreans in many friendly atmosphere restaurant in the alleys that start to become bustling after work.