Running up the mid north of the city between Dusit and Ratchadaphisek, Phahonyothin is bargain central in Bangkok – a shopper’s paradise on steroids. This is the home of the famous Chatuchak Weekend Market where you can spend an entire day exploring over 8000 market stalls and still need to go back again because you did not see it all! It is also home to Pratunam where you can see all of Bangkok from the top of the 84 story Baiyoke Sky Hotel, or spend all day bargain-hunting in the fabulous Pantip Plaza shopping mall. There’s also the “cabbage patch” palace (Suan Pakkad) where you can stroll through the royal vegie garden, and if you still haven’t shopped enough there is still the Platinum Mall Fashion Plaza, with its six floors of wholesale clothing outlet stores, and the Pratunam Market with its acres of cheap clothes, bags, shoes and fashion accessories.
Phahonyothin is also home to Don Meuang Airport, Bangkok’s now mostly domestic airport, once one of the busiest airports in Asia. Because it used to service international travellers and high powered business people, Phahonyothin’s hotels (although now aging) are fairly classy and quite cheap, because they don’t get the trade they used to.
You can get into Phahonyothin by Bangkok Skytrain on the Sukhumvit line. Getting off at Victory Monument station puts you at the bottom end of the district, while getting off at Mo Chit puts you at the other end and close to the Chatuchak Weekend Markets. Alternatively you can jump on the Saen Saep Express Boat and get off at Pratu Nam pier which is close to Pratunam Market.