Sukhumvit, Silom, and Khao San Road are the popular area that tourists usually stay while visiting Bangkok. If you are going to visit Bangkok and you do not know which one is the best for you, let this blog post tell you.
Actually these three areas have their pros and cons. I cannot say which one is better or which one is worst, so I would tell you the strong points and the weak points of each area. Then, you choose the one that fits you.
Khao San Road
Khao San Road is a short lively street in central Bangkok. It is close to Wat Phra Kaew and The Grand Palace, and Chao Phraya River. The street is full with pubs, bars, restaurants, and street stalls selling local food, clothes, books, CDs & DVDs, and so on. Khao San Road is like a meeting place of backpackers from around the world. Many people including local like the atmosphere of pubs and bars there.
The weak point of this area is Khao San Road does not connect with BTS Skytrain and MRT Subway. So, from there, it takes more time to reach other parts of the city especially during traffic jam. Most of the accommodations are budget hostels; there are not so many luxury hotels in this area. You should not stay at this area, if you love quiet place. Khao San Road becomes crazier at night.
Sukhumvit Road is a long road starting from Bangkok to Trat Province, eastern Thailand covering major business areas of Bangkok such as Nana, Asok, Thong Lor, Ekkamai. All areas are full with pubs, bars, shopping malls, and markets. Tourists choose to stay here because it connects with the BTS Skytrain (and also MRT Subway for Asok) which can leads you to other parts of Bangkok without facing traffic jam.
The weak point of this area is it is a little bit far from the historical sites. To go to Wat Phra Kaew, The Grand Palace, and other attraction around, you have to take BTS Skytrain to Saphan Taksin Station and then take Chro Phraya Express Boat. This area is the best for the shopper. If you plan to wander around the shopping malls in Bangkok, choose this area.
Silom Road is a road in one of the business areas in Bangkok. This area is also full with office buildings, pubs, bars, shopping malls, and markets. It connects with both BTS Skytrain and MRT Subway.
The number of shopping malls in this area is less than in Sukhumvit area, but it is closer to Saphan Taksin Station, where you can take Chro Phraya Express Boat to historical sites. If you plan to spend the same amount of time with the attractions in Bangkok and with the shopping malls, Silom area could be your choice.
Hope this information helps.