Thonglo houses some of Bangkok’s most influential families, many of whom maintain multi- generational family compounds in the area. Moreover, it is a major commercial area with offices of local and multinational corporations as well as an array of businesses. Walk up the street and its side alleys, and you’ll encounter chic vintage shops, independent designer houses, artisanal boulangeries, fashion-forward hair salons, custom motorcycle salons, premium supermarkets, specialty children’s boutiques and upscale home décor stores. The latter includes DM Home, where specialist interior designers scout the globe for the best selection of exquisite luxury designs. While the area is known for all things hip and trendy, there has been a shift in the demographics, which now exude a more international vibe. A large percentage of Bangkok’s Japanese expat population lives in Thonglor, ensuring plenty of excellent izakaya, ramen and sushi joints as well as a complete Japanese dining and retail complex, Nihonmura, to serve them—all just a part of Thonglor’s sophisticated multi-faceted lifestyle options.