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The Ekamai neighbourhood is at the quieter end of Sukhumvit Road. Once you pass Thong Lo BTS station, heading towards Bearing, things begin to fizzle out a little regarding bars and nightlife, and more high-rise apartment buildings start to fill the skyline. Like at many BTS stations in Bangkok, there is a shopping mall, called Gateway, with easy access via the station exit. There are some smaller malls in the area offering a host of restaurants and clothing stores, and there is also a McDonalds, which is handy for breakfast cravings!
Ekamai is home to the Southern Bus Terminal, where you can get a bus or minivan to places like Koh Chang, Pattaya, Trat and so on, so if you decide to stay in this area, you won't be very far from transport links to Southern Thailand.
A very nice hotel in this area is the Boss Residence. The place has nice big rooms, refreshing swimming pool and all the usual conveniences. You can get a room here for around 1000 baht a night and is well worth it for that price.
There are quite a few apartment buildings on and around Sukhumvit road, many of which are rented through an agent, but there are a few buildings that accept walk-ins. For Example: Condo One, Sukhumvit 67 is a lovely building not far from the main road, offering one bedroom apartments from between 15,000 and 20,000 baht a month. Two and three bedroom apartments are also available.
This area is great if you have kids. There's a Sub Zero Ice Skating Ring and a kiddies play area on the top floor of the Gateway Mall to help keep your children amused without having to go too far from your residence.
For nightlife, check out Ekamai Road, Soi 63 for a whole host of bars and restaurants including the Ekamai Beer House, which does a (pricey) good beer. For food, check out Sabai Jai for some excellent Thai food.
A few street vendors are selling cooked meals around the Ekamai area, but most of the restaurants are in the malls.
To get a bus to Khao San Road from Ekamai, take the number 2 bus from Sukhumvit Road (heading towards Thong Long). To reach Ekamai from Don Muang Airport via bus take the 513. Ekamai is one of the closer areas of Bangkok to Suvarnabhumi, so taking a taxi is probably your best bet, or you can use the BTS and Airport Rail Links.