Sathorn

Towers and temples collide in Sathorn, central Bangkok's 21st century business district.

Skyscrapers tower above temples and malls mix with flea markets in Sathorn, Bangkok's 21st century business district. True to both its modern reputation and old-world roots, Sathorn's high-rises look ultra-sleek while its spice bins and cramped scooters look exceptionally commonplace. Sathorn evolves as quickly as its skytrains depart, but not everything is temporary. Although the restaurants and galleries that are open today might not be tomorrow, Sathorn's street food stalls continually prove they aren't going anywhere.

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On the Map

Sathorn is bordered by Lower Sukhumvit, Silom, Bang Kho Laem, Pathum Wan, Yan Nawa, Klong Toey, and Thonburi

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Possible

Suvarnabhumi Airport: 30 minute drive or 45 minutes by public transit and Airport Link Express
Siam BTS Skytrain Station: 15 minutes by pubic transit
Khao San Road: 30 minutes by public transit
Asok BTS Skytrain Station: 20 minutes by public transit

Sathorn: Bangkok's 21st Century Business Hub

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Rising high from the center of Bangkok, modern buildings and 21st century penthouses overlook one of the city's 21st century business districts.

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Down below, taxis and motorcycles touch bumpers on Sathorn Road as they make their way to the neighborhood's office complexes.

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During rush hour, food carts, scooters, and sidewalk stalls fill Sathorn's streets.

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Avoid the congestion by riding the skytrain, Bangkok's favorite rail system.

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Not everything rushes in Sathorn.

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Convent Road feels quiet in comparison.

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I would recommend staying here if you are looking for a good local area that is not too touristy. The proximity to Lumpini Boxing Stadium (within walking distance) is good too if you are there during one of the show days. The street food along the main road is also very convenient in the morning and lunch times."

Mark

Visited in 2012

Off the Street: Day to Night Dining In Sathorn

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Local hangouts hide away from Sathorn's ceaseless commotion.

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Family-run tea rooms and independent cafes collect in Sathorn's quiet corners.

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Big American names like Dean & Deluca blend with big-time local brands like The Buffet Bar and Vertigo Bar.

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Exquisite lunches are served with a side of ethereal views of Lumpini Park.

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Late afternoon turns to late evening, and Sathorn's sois turn from lunch spots to after-work lounges.

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On the Street: Street Food at Its Finest

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Holes-in-the-wall and noodle shops proliferate in Sathorn.

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A titan of tasty street food, Uncle John introduces his culinary skills to the sidewalk.

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He serves Western and Thai cuisine from his own hole-in-the-wall.

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In Sathorn as in Bangkok, street food carries a kick.

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Quiet Escapes In Sathorn

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Off of Sathorn's main sois, quiet abodes peek through windows of green foliage.

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Monks pray in Thai temples, wats.

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Massage studios, health houses, and contemporary galleries gather along Convent and Sathorn roads.

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Beyond the galleries, the Bangkokian Museum reflects a collection of Thai lifestyles during the mid 20th century.

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Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Nic Dunlop is a Bangkok-based photographer and writer represented by Panos Pictures in London. In 1999, he received an award from the Johns Hopkins University for Excellence in International Journalism for his discovery and exposure of Pol Pot's chief executioner Comrade Duch, a story told in his book, 'The Lost Executioner'. He also co-directed the Emmy nominated HBO film 'Burma Soldier'. His new book, 'Brave New Burma' which spans 20 years of his photographs of Burma's crisis was just published.

Nic Dunlop

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