Phahonyothin District Bangkok
Phahonyothin District Bangkok is centred around Phahonyothin Road, a significant arterial road that starts at Victory Monument and merges with Viphavadi Rangsit Road, in the north of Bangkok. Likewise spelled Phaholyothin, Pahol Yothin, and numerous other variations, it extends northward all the way past the old Don Muang Airport towards Rangsit, Ayutthaya, and eventually – Chiang Rai. There are couple of sights that are in fact worth it to come all the way up here for, but many tourists make a beeline for the Chatuchak Weekend Market. There’s plenty of choice for tours and excursions in this area and they make for a great day during your stay in Bangkok.
While the northern part is hardly visited by foreign tourists, the southern part has some major highlights. Shopping is the primary activity here – a visitor hasn’t been to Bangkok without visiting the huge Chatuchak Weekend Market, the largest market in Southeast Asia with over 8,000 stalls. And while still off the beaten track, Soi Ari has become a hip artist neighbourhood.
Bars & Restaurants
Northern Bangkok’s hippest location to dine is the location around Phahonyothin Soi 7, much better referred to as Soi Ari (or Aree). More dining establishments can be discovered in the neighbouring Rama VI Soi 30, which is likewise called Soi Ari Samphan. Numerous artists migrated into this area and the bars and dining establishments accommodate this audience. Just off Ari BTS station, these hectic streets are divided into their own sois, with Ari Soi 1 featuring a dynamic market packed with food stalls and the trendier/more costly joints around Soi 2 and 3.
There are many street food suppliers at Phahonyothin Soi 7 (Soi Ari). Just off the BTS and around the corner on Soi Ari are a wide range of street stalls selling some of Bangkok’s finest street food, from Chinese-style wonton noodles, Isaan specialities such as Som Tam, Larb, Gai Yaang, in addition to Pad Thai, Thai desserts and stands that can work up basically the whole repertoire of Thai cuisine, all for around 50 THB per dish.
Several bars have sprung up at the Or Tor Kor Farmer’s Market location, near Chatuchak. A stone’s throw from the Kamphaeng Phet MRT Station are at least 20 small bars and dining establishments that operate every day of the week.