AROUND THE YARD – Ari, Bangkok [map]
Our Yard is located in a upcoming neighborhood known for fusing old traditions and new spaces, Aree or Ari, is located in the north of Bangkok, between Victory Monument and Chatuchak Market and will make you question any preconceived ideas that you have of Bangkok.
Although the BTS Skytrain Station named Ari located on Phahonyothin Road may not look like much at first, as you explore the quiet paced streets of Ari you will discover a profusion of stylish little eateries, artsy bars, and plenty of cozy cafes that will seduce you into exploring them.
What makes Ari so enticing is its lack of development on a grand scale and tourists magnets found elsewhere in the city. The neighborhood is comprised of mostly quiet tree lined streets with lots of low-rise residential building that share their zip code with modern condominiums. You can actually walk on the sidewalks here, or even in the side streets at times without the fear of being run over! So take the time to explore the streets and its small findings and contemplate local culture, such as the budhist ghost houses and small commercial galleries that will definitely surprise you.
Originally, this area was home to a lot of wealthy folks of ministry and military backgrounds, as there are several army bases out the Rama VI way, and the Ministry of Finance sits right in the middle of the neighborhood. However, the neighborhood started blossoming as a few cute cafes and bars opened up, attracting musicians and artists, and soon the urban indie and hipster atmosphere took over. Now there are plenty of spots to choose from in the area, from fancy dinning spots to small hipster findings, you will be sure to find good food, good drinks, good music and great people 🙂
The Yard Hostel gives you convenient access to all the Bangkok sights, but also lets you retreat to a more laid back area when you want to, that way you can enjoy a complete Bangkok experience.
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