Ekkamai Neighborhood Guide
Ekkamai, one of Bangkok’s more established residential areas, is a popular neighborhood that caters to the city’s large expatriate community and Thai locals alike. Providing an abundance of small boutique stores, sophisticated restaurants with new dining concepts, coffee shops and chic cafés offering tons of hang-out spots, classy bars and pubs, fashionable clubs with the latest music trends, makes Ekamai one of Bangkok’s top-choice entertainment destinations.
Ekamai (Thai: เอกมัย) neighbourhood, also spelled Ekkamai, is situated around Sukhumvit Soi 63 (Soi Ekamai) in the Khlong Toei district of Bangkok, Thailand. The nearest Skytrain station is Ekkamai BTS Station (E7) (Thai: สถานีเอกมัย), located where Sukhumvit Soi 48 (southern side) and Sukhumvit Soi 63 (northern side) meet Sukhumvit Road. The next stop-off destinations along the Sukhumvit BTS Line are Thong Lo BTS Station (E6) traveling west towards Mo Chit, and Phra Khanong BTS Station (E5), traveling east towards Bearing. Ekkamai BTS skywalk connects directly to Nusasiri Grand Condo, Bangkok Mediplex and Gateway Ekamai Shopping Mall.
For travelers, Ekamai is commonly known for the Bangkok Eastern Bus Terminal located directly at the foot of Ekkamai BTS Station (E7), where you can catch buses to Pattaya and other destinations in the eastern provinces of Thailand (click here for bus schedules and routes). Ekamai is also home to Thailand’s oldest planetarium, the Bangkok Planetarium which can be found within the Science Centre for Education.
Ekamai has also become a quintessential real estate paradise, for Thai and foreigner investors, offering some of the most luxurious Bangkok Property developments in the city. If you are planning to rent or buy a 1 bedroom, 2 bedroom or 3 bedroom condo or apartment in Ekkamai, Bangkok Condos Real Estate Agency holds a leading position in the Ekkamai property market. We provide a multitude of Bangkok’s most attractive residential property rentals, specializing in apartments and condominiums for rent in Ekamai.
At the forefront of our property portfolio are luxury Ekkamai condominium developments (freehold), such as: D’65 Condominium, Fullerton Sukhumvit, Noble Reveal, Nusasiri Grand Condo, The Address Sukhumvit 42 and Rhythm Sukhumvit 42. Bangkok Condos trusted team of real estate agents, is proudly responsible for introducing lucrative investment deals thereby ensuring the very best property investment opportunities available in the city.
Ekkamai Condos for Rent & Sale
Ekamai Condo Rentals: For prospective residents looking to lease long term (minimum of 12 months), Ekkamai neighbourhood has luxury condominiums close to Ekamai BTS Station, such as:
- D’65 Condominium (Soi Sukhumvit 65)
- Fullerton Sukhumvit
- Noble Reveal
- Nusasiri Grand condo
- The Address Sukhumvit 42 (Soi Sukhumvit Soi 42)
- The Capital Ekamai- Thonglor (Petchaburi Road)
- Rhythm Sukhumvit 42
Ekamai Apartment Rentals: For those only interested in leasing short term, Ekkamai neighborhood also offers some fantastic apartments near Ekamai BTS Station, including:
Ekkamai Hospitals & Medical Care
Sukhumvit Hospital is located at Soi 63-65 Sukhumvit road, opposite the Gateway Shopping Mall. The hospital has plenty of English speaking staff available and, through its specialist treatment centres, offers complete care for patients.
Bangkok Mediplex is a world-class medical mall offering first class outpatient treatments and therapies in a wide range of disciplines, including both conventional and holistic medicine. The mall is home to world-renowned doctors, consultants and surgeons, who, unlike in hospitals, work independently from each other but offer patients a complete service. Located on Sukhumvit Soi 42, Bangkok Mediplex offers parking facilities and it is directly accessible from the Ekkamai BTS Skytrain station fly-over walkway.
Ekamai Dental Clinic
Ekamai Dental Clinic is staffed with highly qualified dental specialists offering excellent dental care and oral health through modern treatment and the latest technology. Their friendly and professional service will make your appointment as comfortable and pleasant as possible. Ekamai Dental Clinic is located at Krungdeb Co-op Tower, G Floor, Sukhumvit Soi 63.
Ekkamai Schools & Learning Institutions
Ekamai International School
Ekamai International School (EIS), a private Christian school located at 57 Ekamai 12 (Soi Charoenjai) Sukhumvit 63 and operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Mission in Thailand, has, along with Thai Language and culture instruction, provided English education to its students for more than fifty years. Chinese and Japanese language classes are also provided.
Kid’s Academy International Pre-School
At Kid’s Academy, qualified teachers specifically aim to develop a child’s personal, social, emotional and physical skills, and their communication and language abilities. Activities have been designed to develop reading and pre-math skills, as well as build social skills and self-confidence. Following the British Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum, all classes and activities are carefully crafted to benefit each age group and stage of development.
Location: 52/1-2 Sukhumvit 63, Soi 2
Singapore International School of Bangkok (SISB) Nursery Centre
SISB Ekkamai campus, set in lush greenery, is located in the center of Sukhumvit at 154 Soi Ekkamai 14, Sukhumvit 63. SISB consists of well-equipped classrooms, a playground, covered play and sports areas, library, computer and music rooms, canteen, health room, parents’ corner and a car park.
The Singapore International School of Bangkok (SISB), offering a unique Singapore-UK curriculum in English, with Chinese and Thai languages, aspires to having students become academically able critical thinkers, life-long learners and global citizens, in a learning environment which is intercultural, international and multi-lingual in its outlook, while being rigorous, creative and nurturing in its approach at the same time.
Ekkamai Restaurants & Dinning Out
Ekkamai undoubtedly offers some of the tastiest culinary delights in the city, with an excellent selection of Bangkok’s best restaurants set in one of the trendiest neighborhoods. Food enthusiasts are sure to be impressed.
Bourbn Street Restaurant & Oyster Bar
Bourbon Street Restaurant, on Soi Ekkamai, is a multi-award winning restaurant, including Bangkok’s Best Restaurant Award. Winner in the “American” Category 2014 and famous for its house speciality Louisiana “Cajun/Creole” dishes, it is the only 100% owned and operated American restaurant in Bangkok. Be sure not to miss out on “Mexican Night” held every Tuesday evening featuring an “All You Can Eat” buffet.
Hot Rod Tapas Bar & Restaurant
Hot Rod is located in Park Lane Ekamai shopping and retail boutique complex, at the head of Soi Ekamai. This unique gastro pub, designed by Bangkok nightlife design mogul Ashley Sutton (also known for other iconic hot spots such as Iron Fairies, Maggie Choo’s, Bangkok Betty, and Mr. Jones), dishes out a sophisticated menu of tantalizing creations such as rare traditional Thai dishes, hot and cold gourmet tapas, exotic signature cocktails and Southeast Asia’s best beers. Chef Peter Pitakwong, from Bangkok’s Hyde & Seek and the famous Smith restaurant on Sukhumvit Soi 49, is behind the outstanding menu.
Sabai Jai Gai Yang
Famous Grilled Chicken Isan Restaurant: Sabai Jai Keb Tawan (originally Sabai Jai Kai Yang), is also known as Baan Tawan Gai Yang , and is a typical, long standing, neighborhood Thai Restaurant, which is renowned for Thai Isan food (North Eastern Thai food), tasty Thai food and, of course, its grilled chicken.
For Isan food, this is the place to be, however, they also have a wide selection of regular Thai and spicy southern Thai dishes. The menu, illustrated with photos and written in both Thai and English, makes it easy to find and order from the multitude of mouth-watering Thai foods.
Location: Sabai Jai Gai Yang (สบายใจ ไก่ย่าง) is to be found at 65 Sukhumvit Soi 63, Ekkamai Soi 1, just 10-15 minutes’ walk down Ekkamai, or one can take the sky train to Ekamai and a taxi up to Soi 1.”
Tuba Bar and Restaurant
Tuba, a pleasantly weird and irreverent bar, restaurant and, believe it or not, a 50s to 70s antique furniture store, is like no other bar in Bangkok, where one can really lay back and relax, and non-conformity is the order of the day. With its old-style and antique, mismatching, furniture and bohemian atmosphere, one feels instantly at home and relaxed. If you like the chair you’re sitting in, you can buy it, even the decor!
Tuba is a focal point for the young and trendy, especially with the free Wi-Fi, two-for-one happy hours and amazing food. The chilled-out ambience and the broad spectrum of music, from CDs, DVDs or TV shows, as mixed as the furniture and trappings themselves, also makes it a great place to slack out and enjoy a cocktail!
Both Thai and European (Italian) food are on the menu, with pizzas (some of the best in Bangkok), calamari and sea bass being popular tasty choices.
Boasting a wide range of European draft beers, with an even more extensive bottled selection, Tuba also specializes in cocktails, having one of the longest cocktail menus in Bangkok.
Location: Tuba is located a short way down Soi 21 on Ekamai Road. It’s best to take a taxi from Ekkamai Skytrain station as it’s a bit too far up from Sukhumvit Road to walk there from the BTS station.
Ekkamai Shopping & Entertainment
Gateway Ekamai Shopping Mall
Gateway Ekamai mall, situated at Sukhumvit road 42, Ekamai, offers an alternative shopping experience, epitomising the Japanese lifestyle, with a mix of restaurants, fashion outlets, IT shops, health and beauty shops, as well as an edutainment centre and a 24 hour supermarket.
The Gateway Mall, the largest shopping complex in Ekamai, with over 93,000 square meters of floor space on 8 levels, is made up primarily of hundreds of Japanese and other Asian restaurants. The sense of “Japan Town” can be felt through the huge selection of restaurants available, offering an abundance of Japanese alternatives such as R Burger from Tokyo, Ramen Kourakuen, UCC Oriental, Hinaya, and a branch of Chabuton, amongst others.
Other food outlets include KFC, Shabushi, Swenson’s, Subway and a Thai food court.
Major Cineplex Sukhumvit at Ekamai
The Major Cineplex Sukhumvit cinema is located at 1221/39 Sukhumvit Rd (near Sukhumvit Soi 63), Ekkamai. The cinema is part of the Major Cineplex shopping centre that also holds many shops, restaurants and a BluO bowling alley. The cinema has digital, 3D and regular theatres and movies are played with original sound and Thai subtitles.
Getting there: Major Cineplex Ekkamai is easy accessible by public transport. There is a direct walkway entrance into the mall from the Ekamai Skytrain station (Ekkamai BTS station).
Bangkok Planetarium (National Science Centre for Education) offers an inexpensive educational and entertaining day out and educates youngsters in a number of areas by offering demonstrations, exhibitions and interactive installations on subjects as diverse as dinosaurs, insects, aspects of advanced technology, underwater life, the aurora, and Thailand’s oil production.
It has a sizeable aquarium in the Underwater Building where the ‘The Wonder of Lives Underwater’ show is hosted. The Nature and Environment exhibitions showcase living creatures and the Sport Science building provides exercise facilities including a pool and football field.
How to get there: Bangkok Planetarium is roughly 200 meters from Ekkamai Station on the BTS Skytrain Sukhumvit Line. Leave Ekkamai Station through Exit 2, walk towards the Ekkamai Bus Terminal, and it is on your left.
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