Sathorn and Silom
The Sathorn area is well known in Bangkok as a central business area, yet it continues to expand and is now one of the most exclusive areas of the city. With its continued development of swish new head offices and classy condos the areas remains a hotspot for expats.
Sathorn Road proper is a wide 8 lane boulevard that starts at the junction of Rama 4 road and continues past the busy intersection with Naratiwas Road and on to Saphan Taksin Bridge.
The road itself is home to a number of Embassies including the French Embassy
as well as the headquarters of several well known banks and financial institutions including Standard and Chartered Bank and the Royal Bank of Scotland, amongst others.
Well know sois such as Soi Suan Plu, Soi Convent, and Soi Piphat are also to be found here, the latter two of these run to Sathorn’s sister area Silom that is home to a well know commercial and shopping district.
The expat scene in the area is well established with many of the overseas companies hiring senior expatriate staff at their offices. To this end there has been very robust development of condos in the area catering to high and buyers and tenants alike. More recently the local market has also been behind increasing residential demand.
The busiest part of Sathorn is arguably the major intersection with Naratiwas Road and here a new overhead walk way has been built that connects all of the pedestrian routes as well as giving people easy access to Chong Nongsi BTS station and the new BRT service that has recently been opened along Naratiwas road towards Rama 3.
Some luxurious condos are right in this area, including the imposing 45 story Empire Place condo that features an opulent lobby, large swimming pool, up-to -the-minute gymnasium technology and an advanced security system. Unit sizes are larger than most with 65.5 square meter one-bedroom units boasting modern style fittings starting at Baht 28k per month. The building is located barely 5 minutes walk from Chong Nongsi BTS stations and is popular with expats. .
With this location in mind The Infinity condo is one of the newer buildings in the area and offers even larger units ranging from 85 square meters to over 200 square meters in two bedroom and three bedroom configurations. Rentals here start at around 45,000 per month and the standard of living to be enjoyed is second to none.
This area is particularly sought after since it provides easy access to Silom and Surawong roads, both of them famous for their shopping, dining and night time entertainment complexes. Along Silom the market at Pat Pong opens daily in the afternoon and remains there until the early hours merging with well established nightclubs, restaurants and entertainment venues.
In Silom itself there are fewer condo options. Development of smaller projects has been evident in some sois, but the main Silom area itself is more home to hotels, serviced apartments and boutique residences as compared to the condo skyline of Sathorn.
However with the adjoining sois in mind, a number of new mid sized condos have been recently built and prices here can be as low as 22,000 baht per month for a reasonably good sized studio. These places have become particularly popular since the sois run between Silom and Sathorn providing those who live there with the best of both worlds.
Although Silom is also home to a large number of head offices and commercial centers, is best known for it’s shopping. With the Central Plaza at the lower end of the thoroughfare heading up a large array of shopping complexes in the area, shoppers have found Silom to be both vibrant and convenient. There are plenty of coffee shops and eateries in between with such famous names as The Bug and Bee, Secret Recipe, Coffee Beans By Dao, Hagan Daz ice cream and coffee shop and many others lining the entire length of the street. A range of classy restaurants can be found in the Dusit Hotel, which is located at the Rama 4 end of the district as well as at some boutique restaurants tucked away in nearby sois.
This area also provides a very good indication of how well the area is served with public transport. Just opposite the Dusit hotel lies the Silom MRT station and this connects by walkway to the Sala Daeng BTS sky train station. Good train connections exist from here to all areas of the city, making it a sought after location.
Back in Sathorn Road the tallest condo by far is the Met Condo. Completed around 2 years ago this 66 story building has a unique design and boasts landscaped gardens on several floors as well as a large 50 meter swimming pool. Prices range from 110,000 to 150,000 baht per square meter and the Met is considered a prime development.
Moving further down towards Rama 4 there are a number of new buildings being erected, and here the hotel sector appears to have the upper hand. A new Sofitel is being built right on the corner of Sathorn and Rama 4 sporting a unique design with curved corners and staggered windows. The famous Banyan Tree, roughly opposite, has been an established icon in the area for some time. The building reaches 61 stories high and on the 51st floor outdoor eating areas under an arch in the sky provide a unique dining experience that is still possible to enjoy even on a relatively lean budget.
Other dining options are available on the corner of Rama 4 in a large plaza opposite the Land and Houses head office, with the wealth of restaurants there taking advantage of the areas popularity. Of note is that the start of Sathorn road borders the Lumphini area, which is now the most expensive area of Bangkok. With development continuing to gain momentum the are looks to have a good future.