A vibrant tapestry of bars, galleries, restaurants and small businesses nestled among the city’s most modern skyscrapers and 5-star hotels – this is Sathorn. It’s the financial heart of Bangkok, so no wonder that the diverse crowd here is as classy and cultured as they get. The area has a unique juxtaposition of modern and historic, casual and opulent, art and commerce. The one thing this neighborhood definitely is not, is boring.
Life here is not really about spending loads of cash, though. It’s about quality over quantity and finding joy in memorable experiences. And we’re happy to report that Sathorn is still filled with friendly people and authentic local culture, from decades-old street food vendors to bustling markets, beautiful temples and historic buildings.
In short, there are plenty of things around Sathorn that are worthy of a splurge, but there are also plenty of things that don’t require any of your hard-earned baht, yet make this neighborhood feel oh-so rich.
Photo: Gallery Ver
Gallery hop with contemporary Thai artists
Sathorn has long been home to many of Bangkok’s artists, painters, designers and all-around stylish people, so a gallery tour has to be first on our list. Whether you’re looking to buy, discover your new favorite artist or simply open your mind (and feel extremely cool while doing it), look no further than these artsy spots.
Sathorn11 Art Space (Soi Sathorn 11) is a social enterprise-meets-gallery where up-and-coming contemporary Thai and international artists have the chance to showcase their work.
The hip creative space Gallery VER (SoiNarathiwas 22) adds to Sathorn’s colorful art scene. Exhibitions by local Thai artists feature everything from abstract paintings to multimedia video, photography and digital art exhibits.
YenakArt Villa (Soi Prasat Suk) is an art gallery and event space in a quiet, leafy neighborhood, tucked away from the busy main street of Sathorn. The events and exhibitions here attract Thailand’s art and style A-listers. It’s not uncommon to see some of Bangkok’s most famous faces admiring paintings by local artists.
Photo: Abode Handcrafted Living
Shop for unique European and handcrafted furniture
Once you’ve splurged on some art for your chic maison, invest in some stylish décor. Sathorn is one of the best places in Bangkok to buy furniture. Casa Pagoda (Thanon Pan) recently opened in Sathorn to showcase their quirky-cool pieces. Browse vintage inspired sofas, tables, chairs and tons of decorations, trinkets and show-stopping centerpieces to impress any and all dinner party guests. Trust us, your house will be worthy of a Home & Garden centerfold after a spree here.
Abode Furniture (Soi Sathorn 12) is located in the quiet maze of sois between Sathorn and Silom. Abode uses reclaimed teakwood and other sustainable materials to produce handmade pieces. Craftsmen in Indonesia – where Abode works to empower local communities and provide families with a steady stream of work – lovingly make each piece from scratch. Abode also supports reforestation in Indonesia through the Trees4Trees™ project.
Experience the artful cuisine of top chefs
Another luxury for which we would gladly sacrifice a hefty portion of our paycheck is a unique dining experience, and Sathorn has plenty.
Chef Ian Kittichai’s flagship restaurant Issaya Siamese Club (Chua Ploeng Road) is situated in a beautifully renovated historic house with gardens that most of us Bangkokians can only dream about. But the yard isn’t just for aesthetics; Chef Ian grows aromatic Thai herbs that he adds to signature dishes like the rich Massaman Curry Lamb Shank and delicate desserts like Jasmine Flower Flan. The luxurious, vintage-decorated Siamese Club will inspire you to dress up for cocktails, just like the good old days. When you’re there, admire the local antiques and Thai fabrics as you sip a prohibition-era cocktail.
Omakase restaurant Meruto Sushi (South Sathorn Road) is a new addition to Sathorn, and their dedication to the art of sushi is obvious. As you bite into rich uni, salmon roe or whatever amazing, exotic ingredient was flown in from Japan that day, you’ll know that Meruto adheres to the highest culinary standards. In this style of Japanese dining, with the chef preparing each bite, the fresh ingredients really shine.
Another culinary attraction is Eat Me (Soi Convent), a modern restaurant with Australian roots and a New York City vibe. It’s been attracting foodies for over 15 years. Not only is Chef Tim Butler’s food spectacular (perfectly rare racks of lamb, juicy grilled river prawns and flaky Japanese black cod are a few highlights) live music often fills the open-air courtyard bringing the whole place to life.
Photo: Spa Botanica
Revitalize your body with a Swedish massage
Entering Spa Botanica at The Sukhothai Bangkok Hotel is like being transported into another dimension where stress is an imaginary concept. Pass through the lush greenery of The Sukhothai Bangkok’s colorful gardens on your way to the luxurious spa. Try the Swedish massage, a firm, slow, relaxing treatment that’s designed to rid your muscles of the most irksome knots. This vigorous kneading session is the European equivalent of our famously intense Thai massage.
While you’re there, choose from additional treatments like body scrubs, body wraps and aromatherapy facials. Packages of pure indulgence pair massages with scrubs and manicures in order to pamper you from head to toe.
Spa Botanica also features special treatments for travelers. The Jetlag Tonic and the Flight Reviver are perfect for the ever-busy businessperson, rejuvenating even those coming off red eye flights from Los Angeles, Tokyo or Stockholm. You’ll leave the spa feeling like your old self: revitalized, refreshed and ready to take on the world.
Photo: MR Kukrit Pramoj House (Johan Fantenburg Flickr)
Immerse yourself in culture and history for free
Not everything in Sathorn requires a splurge. In fact, there are quite a few enriching experiences available for absolutely nothing. Embassies from all around the world are located in Sathorn, and many hold cultural events for their countries’ holidays. International institutions like the German cultural hub, the Goethe-Institut (Soi Sathorn 1), also provide the opportunity to learn about different parts of the world without ever leaving Bangkok. Events promoting German language, arts and culture are always on offer.
For a cultural experience that’s a bit closer to home, visit the MR Kukrit Pramoj House (Soi Phra Phinit). MR Kukrit was a Thai scholar and author, as well as the 13th Prime Minister of the Land of Smiles. Now the 100-year old Thai teak house that was his home is a heritage museum containing valuable artifacts from MR Kukrit’s life.
The nearby Kukrit Institute (Soi Ngam Duphli) also holds events and exhibitions that celebrate Thai culture. Listen to traditional music or watch a traditional dance performance, and see if you don’t come out of it feeling just a bit richer.
Photo: The Sukhothai Residences
Experience life at The Sukhothai Residences
There’s nothing in life as splurge-worthy as the place you call home. Oftentimes it’s all about finding the right combination of design and functionality in a location that’s both convenient and attractive. It’s this balance of quality and environment that has earned The Sukhothai Residences its glowing reputation.
The Sukhothai Residences was designed by Kerry Hill and Ed Tuttle, the internationally renowned architect and designer duo who also built The Sukhothai Hotel more than 25 years ago. The design concept centers on contemporary Asian lifestyle, with modern architectural aesthetics and a cultural essence that is unashamedly Thai. With over half of the building’s area dedicated to landscape and recreation, it’s truly resort living in the heart of Bangkok.
Facilities include a 100-meter pool complex, tennis court and poolside juice bar, while the NimMarn Lounge, yoga room and gym let you mix up relaxation, meditation and exercise so your daily routine is never, well, a routine.
Each unit features a private lift lobby and high quality fittings – Poggenpohl kitchen cabinets and Gaggenau electrical appliances for starters. At The Sukhothai Residences you’ll enjoy an around-the-clock concierge, advanced security and convenient gourmet delivery services. Plus, just imagine all the splurge-worthy activities right on your doorstep!