This is a question many first time visitors might ask, in a mega city with more than 8 million people living in the inner city which has also no real city center, central business district or downtown.
Therefore, we might suggest the two areas or in fact roads, that the most tourists are staying during their holidays in Bangkok. One is Sukhumvit, the other Silom. You will find plenty of hotels, serviced apartments, restaurants, shopping malls and independent stores and entertainment in these areas.
The area we want to tell you more about is called Sukhumvit, which is located in the geographic center of Bangkok. It is a long road, one of the main arteries, that stretches through the whole city and continues until the border to Cambodia as part of the Asian Highway system. Streets in Bangkok and Thailand generally are given a name and the branching roads are called Soi. These Sois on Sukhumvit road are numbered from West to East, with odd numbers branching off North-East of Sukhumvit, and even numbers branching off South-West. Once you understand this system, orientation is becoming quite easy. The area is easily accessible with the Sukhumvit line of the BTS Skytrain system that stretches along from Siam Square until Bearing and with a new extension coming soon until the outskirts of Samut Prakan Province.
Given the popularity of the Sukhumvit Road area there are preferred parts for each nationality. Most western tourists and expats prefer to live between Sukhumvit Soi 1 and Soi 63. Japanese nationals tend to stay from Soi 21, Asok intersection upwards with a high concentration along Soi Thong Lo. Here you will see a lot of Japanese Signs telling you restaurants, supermarkets and other businesses catering to the Japanese population there. Soi 12 is mainly frequented by indian nationals, but the majority of them are living in another area called Phahurat. The beginning of Soi 12 has a small complex of restaurants and shop houses called Koreatown.
Lohas Residences with their serviced apartments located in Sukhumvit Soi 2 is therefore located right in the centre of one of the most popular touristic areas of Bangkok. Within short distance you can find everything that tourists need to make their stay enjoyable.
Plenty of restaurants of various price levels and international cuisine are existing along the Sukhumvit road. International and independent hotels, guesthouses and serviced apartments can be found in Sukhumvit. Several shopping malls, like the upscale The Emporium shopping center, the luxury EmQuartier or the new Terminal 21 can keep you busy for days. If you want to get out of Bangkok by Bus towards the east such as Pattaya, Chanthaburi or Ko Chang Island, there is also the eastern bus station at Soi 63 Ekkamai.