A nostalgic walk through “my Bangkok” of year 2000.

Since I started blogging I couldn’t come up with an appropriate approach to Bangkok. The City Of Angels, Krungthep Maha Nakorn Among Rattanakosin and so forth.

The capital is just too huge and with so many stories. However, today I felt that I should simply start with a small photo journey where I lived from 1998-2006. First, I stayed in Phetchaburi soi 7 in Avenue Mansion and then moved to D Mak mansion. The tour company I worked for had their office in Asia hotel. So the location was practical and convenient. After a while, I moved to Sukaa Place in Phetchaburi soi 12. That was even closer to Asia Hotel. I rented a condo with a small kitchen and a balcony that offered many magical sunsets in the capital. The incredible light formations probably derive from a fair share of pollution from Bangkok’s congested roads.

Enter “my soi”.
New Skyscraper on Phetchaburi road.
Sukaa Place, no more. I stayed there from the year 2000 to 2006. New Condo under construction. Sukaa is gone for one year. T Thinking about it, it was just amazing that I could stay in downtown Bangkok for 9000 baht monthly.

A great benefit of living in Phetchaburi soi 7 was the proximity to Ratchathewi Sky Train station. Asia hotel at the time 1999 was the only or at least one of the few hotels that had its Skybridge to a Skytrain station. With our tours, we could enjoy the Bangkok night scene while eating a welcome dinner by the swimming pool of Asia hotel. Gazing out over Siam Square and the Skytrain disappearing on the horizon. People would have dinner and then go down to watch Calypso Cabaret. One of the best drag shows in Bangkok.

From my soi(sidestreet) it was just a 15-minute walk to Siam Square anyway with MBK, Siam Discovery malls as well as Hard Rock Cafe where I was taken for my welcome dinner in Bangkok. The walk would take you over the historic Elephant head bridge, one out of three in Bangkok. This one crosses the Khlong(canal) Seap with its own rushed boat bus.

Also, CoCo Walk and the building with the Rock Club was still there.

Behind Coco Walk there used to be a beautiful heritage house before these apartments were positioned here.
So strange that this still stands. Would have expected it to be replaced by prime real estate.
Elephant Head bridge.

Outside Sukaa Place there was a laundry shop that is still there, and outside the soi facing the main road plastic chairs and tables were set up every night for crowds craving some of the best Isarn(North – Eastern) Streetfood in town. The name of the restaurant was Jeak Goi and it is still there. More successful than ever now not a street phenomenon anymore.

The favourite Isarn hangout. Jaekoy. Had many grilled pork and larb evenings here.

Two classic restaurants in the area where our staff and clients often frequented were the Siam House and Ole Ole. The latter was to my surprise still there.

Ole restaurant still there.
The old sign and logo for Asia.
Back door to Asia hotel
Upgraded facade of Asia from the main road. I stayed here in 2018. The service was still good but rooms were too worn.
Finally, a photo of the wonderful Skytrain what a relief it was when it started operating in 1999. In celebration of Queen Sirikit’s 60th birthday. Ratchatewi station.
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