Saphan Khwai, which means “Buffalo Bridge” in Thai, was once farmland where herders traded buffaloes and farmers grew rice. Now, Saphan Khwai is a bustling intersection in downtown Bangkok, connected to all areas of the city via several modes of transportation — none, however, involve riding a buffalo.
Why should you be thinking about Saphan Khwai, you ask? Well, if you want to explore a section of Bangkok with true local charm (read: not a tourist to be seen), or if you’re looking to buy or rent in a convenient and affordable location, Saphan Khwai is your jam. (Not traffic jam though, since the BTS is at your doorstep.)
Read on and see why people are rediscovering Saphan Kwai as a hip hideaway that’s incredibly livable.
Good eats all around
If you’re looking to eat like a local, the Night Market along Pradipat Road has got you covered with plenty of options for delicious and authentic street food. You also have great restaurants nearby, such as Jong Dim Sum and the famous Sri Lueng Pochana, which serves hilariously large servings of mouthwatering chicken rice. Seriously, one of these things looks like it can feed a small village, so be sure to bring your friends along with you to share in the inevitable food coma.
Vibey places to go to
Saphan Khwai is home to hidden gems and cute neighborhood hangouts. Chill out at Ansel & Elliott, a delicate cafe with a chic atmosphere serving some good morning brews that’ll wake you right up. However, if you’re looking for the other kind of brew, you’ve got joints like Helter Skelter nearby with cold drinks that we’re sure you craft beer enthusiasts (a.k.a beer snobs) will enjoy.
Chatuchak and Ari adjacent
With Ari and Chatuchak BTS stations both just one stop away, living at Saphan Khwai puts you smack dab in the middle of it all. If you feel like leaving your hood you’re just minutes away from the iconic Chatuchak Weekend Market, where you’ll be able to find literally everything, from meme-worthy T-shirts to designer boutiques. Then, across the street from Chatuchak is Or Tor Kor, one of the best fresh food markets in the WORLD, which is basically the promised land for grocery shoppers and foodies alike.
Public transport is just around the corner
Apart from the Saphan Khwai BTS station, you’ve also got the Saphan Khwai BTS station nearby. Either of these two are great to use when traffic is bad or if it’s too hot or rainy to walk to your destination. The area is well connected with plenty of buses, taxis motorcycle taxis, and tuk tuks around too.
New condos mean there are tons of homes to choose from
It’s not hard for you to find your new home in Saphan Khwai. There are a plethora of apartments in the area that are readily available for you to choose from, so you can be sure to find a place that feels like home.
Have a look at the properties in Saphan Khwai on DDproperty if you’re thinking of relocating. You’ll have access to a variety of listings in the area and comprehensive reviews of each property to help you narrow down your ideal home.