Exploring Charan Sanitwong: Life is good in Bangkok’s budget-friendly side of town


Looking for a home in a residential area you love is no cakewalk. Prices are escalating, traffic congestion is always brewing downtown, and smog memes on the rise  — not to mention your picky desire for a cool ‘hood that’s got dirt cheap but quality food. (No judgment, we feel you!)

With condos in Ari, Thonglor, Ekamai, and Prakanong being quickly snapped up like PM2.5 pollution face masks (Bangkok’s equivalence of hotcakes), folks are scrambling for viable options — but where? Developing areas including Bang Sue, Huai Khwang, and Saphan Khwai have increasingly popped up into the conversation, and why not? You’re farther from the mad rush of the urban center, but still connected. In fact, there’s one area relatively untouched by urban dwellers: Charan Sanitwong.

Put Charan on the map

If you’ve lived close to the CBD of Bangkok for far too long, you’re probably thinking, ‘Where the heck is Charan Sanitwong on the map?’

This quaint part of Bangkok, across the Chao Phraya River, is slowly edging in on home buyers’ radar, mainly because of the MRT expansion. The introduction of the blue line has put Charan Sanitwong on the map, finally.

In the not-too-distant future, the blue line will even link Charan Sanitwong all the way to the SEA’s biggest commuting hub, Bang Sue Grand Station.

Cheaper means for living

New condos and housing projects are popping up everywhere, and the good news is they are affordable to first-jobbers and young families who want for alternatives to the downtown

residential zones that start at THB3-4 million.

It’s no surprise that people want to move to Charan Sanitwong to get more value for their money. It’s the ripple effect of a series of major construction projects making the area more connected and accessible: train stations, condos, and infrastructure.

Cheap eats and local grocers

Our first rule to finding a decent area to live in Bangkok is exploring where to get quality food at reasonable prices (although, what is considered reasonable may vary). Rest assured, in Charan Sanitwong you’ll be no stranger to cheap and delicious local eats.

Bang Khun Si and Bangkok Noi markets are where locals go for ready-cooked food and fresh groceries and produce. If you crave a little more upscale cuisine or a premium cafe experience, head over to The Circle Ratchapruk.

On the upper side of Charan Sanitwong, Changchui brings a very cool vintage vibe to this side of Bangkok, giving locals a reason to get artsy on the weekends.

If these reasons have enough weight to convince you to relocate to Charan Sanitwong, make sure to do thorough research by checking out all property listings on DDproperty in order to land your ideal place. Happy house hunting!


Our primary mission at Coconuts is to inform and entertain our audience. To do that, we need the support of our readers. If you read Coconuts often, perhaps you might consider joining our COCO+ Membership program? You’ll be supporting local news and joining a community of like-minded individuals across Southeast Asia, Hong Kong, and beyond. And in addition to unlimited Coconuts content, you’ll get an ad-free experience, exclusive giveaways and discounts, free access to events, and a stylish tote bag. Become a COCO+ Member for less than US$1 per week. Thanks for reading!

Leave a Reply

Coconuts TV
Our latest and greatest original videos
Subscribe on