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Street sign depicting the name of Sukhumvit Road (Thanon Sukhumvit)
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Sukhumvit Road (Thai: ถนนสุขุมวิท, Thanon Sukhumwit), or
Thailand Route 3 (Thai: ทางหลวงแผ่นดินหมายเลข 3), is a major highway in Thailand, and a major surface road of Bangkok
and other cities it winds through. It follows a coastal route from
Bangkok to Trat and is just over 400km in length.
Sukhumvit Road is named after the fifth chief of the Department
of Highways, Phra Bisal Sukhumvit. It is one of the four major
highways of Thailand, along with Phahonyothin Road (Route 1), Mittraphap Road
(Route 2) and Phetkasem Road (Route 4).
Sukhumvit Road begins in Bangkok, as a continuation of Rama I
Road and Phloen Chit Road roads which span Pathum Wan district.
Starting from where the boundaries of the districts of Khlong Toei, Pathum Wan
and Watthana meet, it runs the entire length of
the border between Khlong Toei and Watthana, then passes through Phra
Khanong and Bang Na districts.
It then crosses the border between Bangkok and Samut
Prakan Province and subsequently continues east through Chachoengsao Province, south
through Chonburi Province, east through Rayong
Province, south-east through Chanthaburi Province, and ends in
the town of Trat, capital of Trat Province,
about 100km short of the Hat Lek border crossing with Cambodia.
In Chonburi Province it passes through the towns of Chon Buri City, Laem Chabang, Bang
Lamung township, Sri Racha, and Pattaya.
In the capital, Sukhumvit Road serves as a main commercial
street, and this section is often congested, even at late evening
hours. The Chalerm Mahanakhon Expressway has an exit at Soi 1.
Ratchadaphisek Road crosses Sukhumvit at the Asok (Asoke) intersection.
The Sukhumvit area of Bangkok is easily accessible on the Skytrain Sukhumvit Line,
which runs from Mo Chit
through the Silom Line interchange at Siam Square up to On
Nut on Soi (side-street) 81. The Bangkok Metro's
Sukhumvit Station interchanges with the Skytrain at Asok.
The Sois are numbered from West to East, with odd numbers
branching off North-East of Sukhumvit, and even numbers branching
The area between Sukhumvit Soi 1 and Sukhumvit Soi 63 is popular
as residential area for western expatriates. Japanese nationals
tend to prefer from Soi 21 Asok intersection upwards, especially
Soi Thong Lo. Rentals tend
to be higher in the even numbered streets between Soi 8 and Soi 28
and in the odd numbered streets between Soi 15 and Soi 39. Soi 12
is occupied mainly by Indian expatriates, see Phahurat.
The areas of Soi
Cowboy (between Soi 21 Asok and Soi 23) and Nana Entertainment Plaza
(Soi 4) are packed full of go-go bars and other places of prostitution.
Restaurants of various levels of luxury exist all along the road,
as well as hotels including famous names such as The Westin, JW
Marriott and Sheraton. Also several shopping malls are
found, like the upscale The Emporium
shopping center. It also harbours the eastern bus station at Soi 63
Major sois off Sukhumvit Road in Bangkok:
Coordinates: 13°44′34.09″N 100°33′1.46″E / 13.7428028°N