A Guide to Phra Khanong
Bangkok’s Urban Playground

PUBLISHED ON Jun 11, 2020

Beyond the large condo development projects cropping up in Bangkok’s Phra Khanong soi (district) where Rama IV and Sukhumvit intersect, you will find a diverse community that’s helping this enclave thrive. Still true to its quaint and informal roots, Phra Khanong has slowly transformed into a blend of local finds and cool imports. From the W district – the ‘SOHO’ of Bangkok to Bangkok’s tallest 360-degree sky bar, the soi has become one of the most unique neighborhoods in town. Phra Khanong is the new urban playground for both locals and visitors.

W District – Bangkok’s SOHO

Occupied by countless food trucks and statement bars, W District is Phra Khanong’s most snazzy night-to-go. It has become quite the communal hub for the young and the trendy, boasting an à la mode night-market soaked in a relaxed atmosphere. Expect BBQ skewers, Thai street dishes, pizzas, and beers scarred around the edge of its easy-going ‘Beer Garden’ that reflects Bangkok’s upbeat, yet mellow culture.

Cielo Sky Bar

The Cielo Sky Bar may be one of the best-kept secrets in Bangkok. Perched on the 46th floor of a private project at Phra Khanong, Cielo offers an unimpeded view of Bangkok at 360 degrees. Visitors are whisked to the 46th floor on a private elevator to the doorsteps of this art-deco sky bar. With a curated selection of international dishes and cocktails, Cielo is a breathtaking place to sit and watch the Bangkok skyline.

Naiipa Art Complex

The Naiipa Art Complex created a stir when it was awarded Wallpaper’s design award in 2015. Translated as ‘Deep into the Forest’, Naiipa is one of Phra Khanong’s trendiest landmarks. It’s a mix-used project concealed within an old forest and uses reflective glass to integrate office space, art galleries, art studios, restaurants, and coffee shops to co-exist with the natural environment. It has quickly emerged as an art community for Bangkok’s award-winning designers, architects, and creatives.

Hof Art Space

In between the food and the drinks at W District, Phra Khanong’s Hof Art Space is a premier contemporary gallery that showcases the works of established and emerging Thai artists and aims to support the new generation of international creatives. Hof Art Space is one of the many places symbolic of Bangkok’s burgeoning ground for the artistic community of contemporary art and popular culture.