Sathorn Bangkok: Thailand neighbourhood guide 2023

Introducing Bangkok's Sathorn neighbourhood: A fusion of business and leisure

Photo: Flickr (Igor Prahin)

Explore Bangkok’s flourishing Sathorn area, which combines business and leisure. This region is quickly growing and features luxurious homes, fine dining, and modern hotels. Largely known as a Central Business District, Sathorn is a prominent location, home to recognisable landmarks, and has great access to the rest of the city. The district is a secret gem for both tourists and locals, thanks to the charm of the river, the bustling street food scene, and the sophisticated nightlife.


Sathorn Bangkok
Photo: Google Maps

Google Maps: Sathorn District


Chong Nonsi BTS Station, Bangkok
Chong Nonsi BTS Station. Photo: Flickr (pummipat sukpol)

Living in Sathorn gives you the advantage of being away from the major tourist attractions while still having easy access to them all. The Sathorn area has convenient access to other regions of Bangkok via the Bangkok Mass Transit System (BTS), an elevated rapid transit system, with the main BTS stations in the area including Saphan Taksin, Saint Louise, Chong Nonsi, and Saladaeng. From the Saphan Taksin BTS station, a short walk leads to the central pier for boat services on the Chao Phraya River, connecting to attractions such as Wat Arun, ICONSIAM, and Asiatique.

Additionally, the Metropolitan Rapid Transit (MRT), another mass rapid transit system, provides access through the Silom, Lumpini, and Khlong Toey stations, ensuring smooth travel to various other locations.

Things to do in Sathorn

Lumpini Park

Lumpini Park, Bangkok
Photo: Flickr (Thitipong Peerapakkapong)

Even though Lumphini Park, Bangkok’s well-known urban oasis, is situated just outside of Sathorn’s borders, it is worth mentioning in this guide. Named after Lord Buddha’s birthplace in Nepal, the park provides a serene environment for city residents to reconnect with nature – encounter some of the roaming monitor lizards inhabiting the park. Visitors can enjoy a range of activities such as walking, tango lessons, aerobics, or finding a peaceful spot for meditation.


Wat Yannawa, Bangkok
Wat Yannawa. Photo: Flickr (Stewie1980)



Beautiful temples may be found in the Sathorn district, all of which are nearby to Sathorn Pier and the Chao Phraya River. Wat Yannawa, Wat Sutthi Waram, Wat Borom Sathon, and Vishnu Temple are a few worthwhile locations to visit.

Local Markets

Suan Phlu Market, Sathorn, Bangkok
Suan Phlu Market. Photo: Tripadvisor (Suan Phlu)

Sathorn has many popular markets that are well-known to locals living in the area. The Suan Phlu market (ตลาดสวนพลู), and St Louis market (ตลาดสดเซนต์หลุยส์) and Local Flea market (ตลาดนัดทหารเรือ) are great for shopping for fish, meat, fruit, vegetables, home-cleaning products, and clothes at reasonable prices. Don’t miss out on these markets for an affordable, delicious meal.

Blue Elephant Cooking School and Restaurant

Blue Elephant Cooking School and Restaurant, Bangkok, Sathorn
Photo: Facebook (Blue Elephant Cooking School and Restaurant)

The Blue Elephant Cooking School in Bangkok offers wonderful opportunities for people to learn the skill of cooking Royal Thai food and welcomes both novice and experienced cooks. The upscale cooking school is a part of the Michelin-Guide Blue Elephant Restaurant Bangkok and is housed in a gorgeously restored colonial-style structure.

Michelin Guide Restaurants

J'AIME by Jean-Michel Lorain Restaurant, Sathorn Bangkok
J’AIME by Jean-Michel Lorain Restaurant. Photo: Facebook (J’AIME by Jean-Michel Lorain)

Sathorn district boasts an impressive array of restaurants in the Michelin Guide, offering diverse culinary experiences, from European to authentic Thai cuisine. Among the array of Thai establishments are Yoong Khao Hom, Celadon, Saawaan, Plu, and Nahm. For European fare, look no further than the renowned La Scala (Italian) and J’AIME by Jean-Michel Lorain (French).

Rooftop Bars

Sathorn Bangkok, Vertigo and Moon Bar at the Banyan Tree Hotel
Vertigo and Moon Bar at the Banyan Tree Hotel. Photo: Banyan Tree Official Website

Sathorn is home to several of Bangkok’s most popular rooftop bars, with Vertigo and Moon Bar at the Banyan Tree Hotel being the top choice in the area. Other notable options include The Roof @ 38th Bar (Mode Sathorn Hotel), Zoom Skybar (Anantara Sathorn Hotel), and HI-SO Rooftop Bar (So Sofitel).

Robot Building

Robot Building, Bangkok
Photo: Flickr (Sandro Bisaro)

*This building is under renovation*

The iconic Robot Building, located on South Sathorn Road, first opened in 1986. Designed by Thai architect Sumet Jumsai for the Bank of Asia, the 20-story building was inspired by his son’s toy robot. The distinctive features, such as the robot’s antennas and eyes serve practical purposes like lightning rods and reflective glass. The building is currently undergoing major renovations, with completion scheduled for 2025, raising questions about its future appearance.

M.R. Kukrit Pramoj House

M.R. Kukrit Pramoj House, Public Garden
Photo: Flickr (Ninara)

*This attraction is temporarily closed*

M.R. Kukrit Pramoj House, a tranquil public garden at the former residence of Prime Minister Kukrit who served in the 1960s, is a hidden gem in bustling Bangkok. This charming upper-class home, now maintained by the family, showcases elegant traditional teak houses, beautiful gardens, and ponds. The property also features a range of Thai art pieces and antiques.

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Jamey Lao

Jamey is a versatile content writer covering leisure, lifestyle, sustainability, and business. With an educational background at the University of British Columbia, he enjoys immersing himself in new areas and experiences.

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