This is a brief look into a little-known suburb of Bangkok called Sammakorn.
Bangkok’s suburbs extend out far beyond the major sites that most visitors experience during their 2-3 days in town. Located between downtown and the international airport off Ramkamhaeng Soi 112, this neighborhood is composed of a diverse mix of Thai and foreign residents. Being quite near to several International Schools including Ruamrudee and Ascott, it is a popular choice for teachers from Britain and the U.S.
Sammakorn has many lakes that are scattered throughout, allowing you to get some good sunset views over the lake.
During the weekend there is a popular day-time market that sells everything from meats and produces to clothes and accessories. They are only open Saturday and Sunday morning until about 2:00 pm so if you want to take advantage of the local shopping you must come early.
If you are tired from shopping there multiple massage places available to help soothe your sore muscles. Why not take an hour out of your day and enjoy a foot massage or, if you are feeling more adventurous, go for the traditional Thai massage. Prices are typically less than you will find in the inner city and the therapists are often more skilled.
If you need some manly hair maintenance there is a Brooklyn style barber shop located right in the front of the village that can give you a good cut and shave for a fraction of the cost in the western world.
If you find yourself in the neighborhood later in the evening there are plenty of bars and restaurants that also turn out fantastic Thai and western food. The ones on the lakes are always a popular destination to watch the fish splash around and enjoy the breeze. Two favorites are Suan Krua, located on Soi 22, where they make a delicious Penang Curry Gai with roti and Ruenros which has outstanding soft-shell crab and fresh spring rolls!
If you are looking to escape the busy streets of downtown and find a little local flare, head on down to Sammakorn.