Dubbed as Bangkok’s 21st-century commercial-business district, Sathorn is the opposite of a gentrifying district. Unlike most parts of commercialised Bangkok, there are no sprawling malls in Sathorn, which may be more boon than bane to the upscale clientele the neighbourhood attracts.
It is already dotted with gleaming skyscrapers, the swankiest hotels, fancy restaurants, trendy cafes and luxury residential properties, but it is removed enough for those who want to avoid the chaos of downtown Bangkok. In the recent years, Sathorn has seen phenomenal growth in recent years and its proximity to Sukhumvit, Bangkok’s main drag, provides easy accessibility to the city’s main retail and dining hubs. Lumpini Park, Bangkok’s biggest green oasis, acts as a fitting border, sitting on the intersection that marks the start of Sathorn’s main road.
But Sathorn isn’t without its own dining and nightlife options. The area is witnessing a culinary renaissance—restaurants helmed by Michelin-starred chefs have taken up residence here, while Bangkok’s most daring restaurateurs have established independent upscale dining rooms within the neighbourhood’s tree-lined enclaves.
Meet some of the prestigious addresses in this neighbourhood.
The Ritz-Carlton Residences
Set within the MahaNakhon Tower, The Ritz-Carlton Residences is Bangkok’s swankiest address offering some 200 units of single-level and duplex homes. The residences start on the structure’s 23rd floor and rise another 50 floors, with each unit built with high-ceilinged spaces, skyboxes and terraces, super-specced interiors and stunning views of either the Chao Phraya River or Lumpini Park. In addition to the breathtaking scenery, residents are privy to amenities and services that equal some of the finest five-star hotels around the world, as designed by David Collins Studio.
Issara Collection Sathorn
Just a few minutes from the main Sathorn thoroughfare, this development on Nang Linchi Road features luxurious living options in a secluded area. The seven-storey building emphasises serene, family-oriented spaces, with sliding doors that open up to the balcony area. The rooftop garden—a rare commodity in the city—comes with an infinity pool, patio, rock walls and a waterfall.
Designed by architect Ole Scheeren, this 77-storey tower is now the tallest in the capital. The mixed-use skyscraper features a distinctive pixellated facade and will encompass luxury retail spaces, residences, a public square, a five-star hotel and an observatory. MahaNakhon Cube, the first phase of the project, proffers some of the ritziest dining establishments in town, including the Bangkok outposts of celebrity chefs Joël Robuchon and Masaharu Morimoto.
Sathorn Soi 10 and 12
Sois 10 and 12 have become the jewels in the weave of now-trendy Sathorn. These two leafy streets are home to an unexpected lifestyle quarter, with a dozen or so hip bars and converted shophouse eateries serving home-cooked Thai (Supanniga Eating Room, featured above), modern Scandinavian fare (Rocket Coffeebar), French bites (Le Café des Stagiaires and Marcel) and Cuban concoctions (Revolucion Cocktail). In addition, there’s an interesting selection of chic boutiques and beautifully designed art galleries.
This story was adapted from Singapore Tatler Homes August-September 2017.