An Insider’s Guide to Rama 9 – Ratchadapisek
Rama 9 – Ratchadapisek is an up-and-coming district in Bangkok with great restaurants, shopping malls, vibrant markets and startling nightlife. The area is also foreseen to be the next central business district with on-going commercial development here and there. In this guide, ZAZZ will introduce you to this charming urban neighborhood and share with you tips on where to find the best eats, where to go shopping and where to enjoy amazing nightlife.
But first.. the location
First and foremost, the area is highly accessible – thanks to the presence of Mass Transit Lines or MRT Subway. Rama 9 – Ratchada sits north of Sukhumvit’s business district, Asoke which is roughly a 5-10 minute train ride. The area is also just one station away from Makkasan Airport Rail Link (via MRT Petchaburi). The strategic location makes traveling around well-suited for residents and visitors alike.
Furthermore, Rama 9 – Ratchada’s convenient position enables road-users to connect to other parts of the city through Petchaburi Rd., Asoke-Din Daeng, Vibhavadi Rangsit and Sirat Expressway.
Where to Eat / Shop
Ratchada Train Night Market
Calling all foodies and bargain shoppers, this place should be on your list. Located just behind Esplanade Mall, Ratchada Train Night Market is a vibrant outdoor market that offers a little something for everyone. There to find are eateries from which to enjoy local Thai street food and delectable snacks, shops that sell a range of products from clothes, shoes, bags and a lot more besides. Shipping containers that have been converted into jazzy bars can be spotted on site, mixing and serving up a selection of alcoholic and not-so-alcoholic drinking delights. This vibrant Bangkok night market is open from 5:00 pm – 12:00 am every day.
Central Plaza Rama 9
Featuring plenty of shops, restaurants, cafes and fashion outlets, Central Plaza Rama 9 is another place to eat, chill out and shop til you drop. This grand plaza has a prime location at the intersection of Rama 9 and Ratchadapisek Roads. With clothing, fashion accessories, gadgets, home appliances, decors, books as well as beauty salons, spas and clinics, Central Plaza Rama 9 brings you a ‘one-stop shopping’ experience.
Fortune Town IT Mall
Directly opposite Central Plaza Rama 9, Fortune Town IT Mall or also known as Fortune Tower is a four-storey mall that specializes in IT and anything about technology. Offering tech items such as mobile phones, cameras and other devices, including repair services at some of the best value prices in Bangkok, Fortune IT Mall has built its reputation as ‘a-go-to tech place’ for local residents and expats.
Where to Experience Nightlife
Regarded as Bangkok’s epicenter for clubbing scene, RCA or Royal City Avenue houses some of the best bars and clubs in the Thai capital such as Route 66, Onyx and Live RCA. A clear favorite among the party-goers and club warriors, RCA offers the best venue to experience Bangkok’s amazing nightlife.
ZOOK Rooftop Bar
Just across RCA and located atop ZAZZ Urban Bangkok, is a retro-style rooftop bar called ZOOK. This trendy rooftop space in Rama 9 provides the perfect setting where you can wine and dine and admire some of the most breathtaking views of Bangkok’s stunning skyline. For added entertainment, this Bangkok rooftop bar hosts DJ nights every Thursday and Friday night.
Where to Do Business Meetings
Rama 9 – Ratchadapisek will not be anticipated to be the next CBD (Central Business District) for no reason. The neighborhood now hosts a handful of office towers and co-working spaces to help you work and do business smarter. ZPACE Co-working Space perhaps, is designed to accommodate business travelers, entrepreneurs and innovative thinkers. It offers an inspiring space where they can exchange ideas, socialize with like-minded people or let their creative juices flow.