Condos near the Chaophraya and trendy riverside shopping villages.
Charoen Krung road actually departs from the west part of Bangkok nearby the Grand Palace, Wat Pho and the Chinatown (also called Yaowarat) before going south crossing Silom, Sathorn and finally Rama 3, following the river.
Many hotels can be found along its path such as the Mandarin Oriental, the Shangri-La, Sheraton (...) most of them located in the vicinity of Silom road while the north will be busy with the Chinatown area. Going south brings to a more residential area with also some schools and industry.
New condos are being built near Charoen Krung as the street is slowly getting rid of its industrial companies and moving to a more residential area with trendy shopping villages near the Chaophraya river.
On the north of Charoen Krung a thai / chinese community is settled in the Yaowarat (chinatown) area, a great place for discoveries and some shopping if you are not afraid of the traffic and getting lost.
Closer to Silom there are mainly hotels with tourists and some embassies but also offices making the street busy at all time of the day with a lot of animation.
Crossing Silom in direction of Sathorn you are to find students, some office workers and residents. Residents will share between a more wealthy population choosing the condos that will be next to the Chaophraya river, and many others choosing to go inside the sois for a quiet environment and quick access to other parts of the city through a complex system of sois.
Charoen Krung can be a very busy road and this at anytime of the day as it is often narrow and used by commuters to cross the other main roads of Bangkok as an alternative to the express way. The best way to avoid the traffic there is to go in the very complex sois and streets systems hidden behind Charoen Krung road. There are also several access to the express way and bridges.
There is no public transportation line following Charoen Krung road except the usual busses, but it is crossed at several places by MRT, BTS and BRT. The north of Charoen Krung road is located near the MRT station of Hua Lamphong, the main train station of Bangkok which can also take you to other provinces of Thailand by train. Of course on Sathorn road you can use the station of Saphan Taksin, and finally on Rama 3 road the nearest BRT station is Rama III Bridge. Those should help you to get quickly out of the traffic.
The Robinson on the intersection with Sathorn road should provide you with enough supplies to survive the rainy season, or you may want to check out other department stores / shopping centers that are along other roads crossed by Charoen Krung.
As Charoen Krung develops, some new places like Asiatique create a buzz. This is a shopping village in reconverted docks with a large choice of restaurants, bars and of course clothing!
Again depending of where is your condo in Charoen Krung, you may opt for the Lerdsin Hospital near Sathorn road or the Charoen Krung Pracha Rak Hospital next to Rama 3 road. Those two hospital should be more than enough for your needs but you can also decide to move to other places using the BRT or BTS, in that case the BNH is certainly a great alternative choice.
In the evening (or during the day) you will definitely want to visit Asiatique around Charoen Krung soi 74/1 that can also be reached by boat from the Saphan Taksin pier.
Looking for some nice restaurants, you should try out Sukiya at Asiatique, or De Bliss steakhouse serving a large variety of food. More near Rama 3 the Good View restaurant is perfect for a fine thai dining with view on the Chaophraya river, but if you are near Sathorn or Silom you can also try the buffet from the Shangri La hotel or Oriental.
For drinks, the best place is most definitely on top of the State Tower (Lebua), but you will also find many bars and some dancing places at Asiatique.