Things To Do And See In Sathorn, Bangkok
Vertigo and Moon Bar| © Mighty Travels/Flickr
The skyline of Sathorn, with its dazzling high-rise skyscrapers, is a distinctive feature of Bangkok. The business area is home to numerous splendid restaurants, hotels and shops, offering entertainment for a variety of tastes. Should you find yourself in Sathorn, check out our list of its top sights and activities and immerse yourself in the bustling atmosphere between tradition and modernity.
M.R. Kukrit's Home | © Johan Fantenberg/WikiCommons
M.R. Kukrit’s house was dedicated to Thailand’s former Prime Minister M R Kukrit Pramoj and is one of Bangkok’s most noteworthy heritage museums. The traditional house follows the intriguing life of M R Kukrit, once a talented writer, poet, politician and national artist. The site is filled with historical artifacts ranging from cultural objects to items of personal value. Set up like an authentic Thai home, the complex features five wooden teakhouses and a beautfiully laid out pond garden. Next to a well-stocked library, visitors can marvel at the architectural mastery of the pavilion and feel like they have stepped back in time. M.R Kukrit’s house stands as a homage to this extraordinary man’s varied interests and talents.
19 Soi Prapinit, South Sathorn Rd | Thungmahamek, Sathorn, Bangkok 10120, Thailand, (662) 287-2937-8
Lumpini Park is one of the few botanical sites in Bangkok that can be compared to its Western counterparts, and offers a more than welcome refuge from the hustle and bustle of market vendors and the traffic. The park was named after Buddha’s birthplace and dates back to 1920, when its construction began under King Vajiravudh, whose striking statue can still be found at the western main entrance. The centrally located urban park features an artificial lake, which visitors can explore on the swan-boats, a modern fitness center, and hosts several outdoor dance classes or running groups throughout the day. The large playgrounds offer entertainment for kids and the charming Chinese and Thai pagodas provide intimacy for couples. Why not bring a picnic basket and people watch” If you are in luck you might see one of Lumpini park’s famous monitor lizards – dragon-like reptiles which have made themselves at home in the numerous ponds?
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While you have probably had your fill of rooftop bars in Bangkok by now, we guarantee you’ll have a novel experience at Vertigo Bar, situated on the 61st floor of the prestigious Banyan Tree Hotel. Its most dazzling feature is the lack of walls or a roof, getting rid of almost everything that could block the customers’ view. The open-space rooftop bar provides an exciting dizzying feeling and its two parts are only connected by a narrow bridge, further enhancing Vertigo Bar’s magnificent features. Next to refreshing cocktails you can take your pick from the sumptuous food menu which includes rich dishes such as steaks and grilled seafood. Marvel at the panoramic skyline with a glass of premium wine and soak in the atmosphere at this one-of-a-kind rooftop bar.
21 S Sathorn Rd, Bangkok 10120, Thailand, +66 2 679 1200
Vertigo and Moon Bar | © Mighty Travels/Flickr
The Chao Phraya River remains one of Bangkok’s most important waterways – the city has shaped itself around its many bends. Once called the ‘Venice of the East’, modern Bangkok was constructed on the eastern shores by King Rama I in 1782 and is still home to many dazzling temples. The river shore provides one of the most intriguing insights into the diversity of the city – from towering hotels and apartments to tranquil Buddhist retreats, markets, and vendors, Chao Phraya highlights the blend between modernity and tradition and between Thai and Western culture. At Sathorn pier, one of the main tourist boat depots, visitors can hop on a boat and take a cruise down the many canals in order to get a unique look at the city’s development and its diverse identity.
Klong Boat | © Mark Fischer/Flickr
Blue Elephant is considered one of the city’s most prestigious restaurants and cooking schools and gladly welcomes amateurs as well as experts to take part in its informative and exciting cooking classes. The school offers two classes a day – the morning session includes a trip to the local market and the afternoon slot is dedicated to providing detailed information on Thai ingredients. With premium ingredients, useful instructions and enthusiastic cooks, Blue Elephant is one of the most recommendable venues to immerse yourself in the art of Thai cuisine. At the marvelous restaurant visitors can sample exquisite Thai delicacies.
Yannawa Post And Telegraph Office, Thailand, +66 2 673 9353
Nahm remains the only Thai restaurant to be included in Asia’s Top 50 restaurants and has dazzled critics and delighted visitors from near and far. Situated in the sophisticated Metropolitan Hotel by Como, Nahm’s cuisine is influenced by gourmet specialties as well as street food vendors, providing the ultimate culinary experience by perfectly blending together the different flavors and spices of Thai cuisine. Headchef David Thompson has skillfully elevated Thai food to higher spheres while retaining a sense of simplicity and, most importantly, authenticity. Both an a la carte and a set menu are available, the latter providing a rich insight into different dishes and tastes of Thai cuisine. Whether you are enthusiastic about Thai cooking or you’re new to its delights, Nahm promises you a mouthwatering dining experience.
27 S Sathorn Rd, Thung Maha Mek, Sathon, Bangkok 10120, Thailand, +66 2 625 3333
Nahm | © Courtesy of Como Hotels
Take a break from the heat and the noise of the city and make your way to Lullaby Spa, considered to be one of the best of its kind. The professional venue offers a number of services from body massages to traditional Thai massage and oil treatments. The excellent and knowledgeable staff is happy to make recommendations based on your ailments and will ensure that you have a relaxing day. Additionally, this place provides a number of special treatments for mothers-to-be and features a yoga studio. Whether it’s your first time in the capital or one of many visits, make sure you experience an authentic Thai massage before you leave. The Lullaby Spa shows a wonderful balance between modernity and tradition in its treatments and counts among the more affordable beauty parlors.
1 South Sathorn Road, Life Center at Lumpini, Tungmahamek South Sathorn, Bangkok 10120, Thailand, +66 2 677 7261
If you are looking to get off the touristy path make your way to Follow Me, a highly reputable company that offers guided bicycle tours throughout Sathorn and Silom as well as other areas. While taxis and skytrains are a quick way to get around, these tours allow you to get to know the city from a completely different perspective and immerse yourself in the bustling atmosphere of its streets. While exploring the hidden sides of Bangkok expect to see marvelous temples and secret passages, and to be dazzled by the blend of tradition and modernity. Follow Me Bicycle Tours provide visitors with fun trips and new knowledge about the city, making sure you have a memorable experience.
Sathorn Soi 9, 126 (33/6), Sathorn, Bangkok 10120, Thailand, +66 2 286 5891