And there are heaps of new reasons for locals to go and check out the surrounding areas, too.
Airbnb, the popular home rental site and hotel-room alternative, recently released a list of the fastest-booming neighborhoods in cities across the world.
Out of the many districts across 34,000 cities visited by the website’s 40 million users in 2015, number 2 was none other than Bangkok’s Banglamphu.
The lively neighborhood next to Bangkok’s Old Town came second only to Chuoku in Osaka, Japan, thanks to a massive 1,230% growth in room bookings on the site compared to 2014.
The home of Khao San Road, Wat Saket and Democracy Monument, the area has long overshadowed downtown areas like Sathorn and Sukhumvit as a destination for tourists.
Although once deemed something of a backpacker ghetto by locals, Banglamphu sits between Phra Artit and Samsen Road—popular local hangouts which are now more interesting than ever.
Movie-screening bar Cinema Winehouse, the new venue for Brown Sugar, organically-minded restaurant Seven Spoons and cult burger-maker Escapade are now well-established neighborhood favorites, but the area has recently seen a new boom in quality bars and restaurants.