9 Best Things to Do in Sathorn

What is Sathorn Most Famous For?

    While the choice of things to do in Sathorn is perhaps not as extensive as it is other parts of Bangkok, it's certainly varied and remarkable. The area is home to the city's biggest park, iconic buildings, and an impressive range of courses, so you can learn some useful new skills like Thai cooking, art, languages and even fashion design. What it lacks in terms of traditional sights and attractions, Sathorn certainly makes up for with great location to reach many of the city's highlights easily.

    What are the best things to do in Sathorn?

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    Blue Elephant Cooking School Bangkok

    Blue Elephant Cooking School in Bangkok is the perfect activity if you fancy trying your hand at preparing Royal Thai cuisine. Whether you’re an amateur or a professional chef, the instructors here are passionate about their work and serious about providing high-quality lessons, so you can certainly learn something. The Blue Elephant Cooking School is part of the Blue Elephant Restaurant Bangkok. Housed in a renovated colonial-style building, the stunning architecture and sunlit rooms give this cooking school an air of sophistication.

    Location: 233 S Sathon Rd, Yan Nawa, Sathon, Bangkok 10120, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 11.30am to 2.30pm and from 6pm to 10.30pm

    Phone: +66 (0)2 673 9353

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    Christ Church Bangkok

    Christ Church Bangkok is a lovely white Anglican Church on Convent Road, built in a simple gothic-meets-colonial style. Today, it serves a congregation of around 500, lending spiritual shelter from Sathorn Road's intense traffic. The interior is painted white and contains stained glass windows, one of which depicts Christ's crucifixion. It also contains Thailand's only pipe organ. Services and sermons are given in both Thai and English.

    Location: 11 Convent Rd, Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500, Thailand

    Open: Monday–Friday from 8.30am to 5pm, Sunday from 7.30am to 8.30am and from 10am to 11.30am (closed on Saturdays)

    Phone: +66 (0)2 234 3634

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    Lumpini Park

    Lumpini Park is an inner-city haven of tranquillity, fresh air and shade, offering city dwellers the chance to reconnect with nature. Named after the birthplace of the Lord Buddha in Nepal, the park is about 57.6 ha in size, making it one of Bangkok's biggest green spaces. It's home to a variety of flora and fauna. Take a stroll, learn how to tango, join an aerobics class, or simply find a tranquil spot to practice your meditation skills.

    Location: Rama IV Rd, Lumphini, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 4.30am to 9pm

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    M.R. Kukrit's House

    Thailand's prime minister from 1974 to 1975, M.R. Kukrit Pramoj and his beautiful home on Soi Suan Phlu were often the focus of national politics during times of turbulence, with journalists flocking outside. Today, thanks to the Kukrit 80 Foundation, it's the public who now flock to see the elegant home of this intellectual leader.

    More than a museum, it's a testament to his talents not only as a politician, but also a poet, writer and artist. Its 5 traditional teak houses on stilts were painstakingly assembled under his personal supervision – a process that took over 20 years. Each is interconnected and crammed full of fine-art treasures – not museum pieces but the things he saved and savored, like ceramics, precious furniture and Buddha images. There's also an interesting library, the stacks of books ranging from fiction to philosophy – proof of his diverse interests. The serene gardens are full of exotic plants, trees and flowers, but most notable for their bonsai-style trees, called mai dat in Thai.

    Location: 19 Narathiwat Soi 7, Yannawa, Sathorn, Bangkok 10120, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 10am to 4pm

    Phone: +66 (0)2 286 8185

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    Robot Building

    First opened in 1986, Bangkok's Robot Building is located on South Sathorn Road. According to the architect, the original inspiration for the 20-storey building came from his son's toy robot. Complete with 'eyes' and 'antennae', the building's quirky characteristics mask the fact that the elements of the exterior design serve real purposes. For instance, the oversized 'bolts' and 'caterpillar wheels' act as sunshades and canopies.

    Location: 191 S Sathon Rd, Yan Nawa, Sathon, Bangkok 10120, Thailand

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    Sathorn Unique - Ghost Tower

    Sathorn Unique is a 50-storey incomplete building. Abandoned since the 1997 economic crisis, this concrete monolith was supposed to become one of the most luxurious residences in Bangkok. You can't help but notice a strong resemblance with the nearby skyscraper State Tower, home of the very famous Sky Bar, with its typical round balconies and Roman columns. The building is now part of everyday Bangkok life as it's used as a support for a gigantic advertizing banner.

    Location: Charoen Krung Rd, Yan Nawa, Sathon, Bangkok 10330, Thailand

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    The Roof @ 38 at Mode Sathorn Hotel

    The Roof @38th Bar at Mode Sathorn Hotel is, you guessed it, a rooftop bar in Bangkok's Sathorn area. On the 38th floor (unsurprisingly) of this fashionable hotel (easily identifiable by its mauve color), you're way above the traffic jams and the little annoyances of big city life. The rooftop is entirely open-air, so it's not ideal to visit it on rainy days, but the feeling of being high up in the air is real and impressive.

    Location: 38th Floor, Mode Sathorn Hotel, 144 N Sathon Rd, Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 5pm to 1am (Sundays until midnight)

    Phone: +66 (0)2 623 4555

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    Vertigo at Banyan Tree Bangkok

    Vertigo and Moon Bar at Banyan Tree Bangkok is a luxurious rooftop bar and restaurant with expansive views of the cityscape. Located on the 61st floor of the 5-star hotel, it has a narrow and elongated shape that gives you an impression of being aboard a spaceship. It’s also one of the few rooftop bars with absolutely nothing above you – which is why it’s best to visit on a clear day (or night).

    Location: 61st Floor, Banyan Tree Bangkok, 21/100 South Sathon Road, Sathon, Bangkok 10120, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 5pm to 1am

    Phone: +66 (0)2 679 1200

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    Bangkok CityCity Gallery

    Bangkok CityCity Gallery is a contemporary art gallery in the Sathorn district of Bangkok featuring work by local artists in various forms, including paintings, sculptures, videos and live performance.

    One of Bangkok's custom-built art galleries, the Bangkok Citycity Gallery is situated in one of the few open spaces left in the city. The unique modern building stands out from its surroundings and has a welcoming presence, inviting you to enter and view the latest exhibitions.

    Location: 13/3 Soi Atthakan Prasit, Thung Maha Mek, Sathon, Bangkok 10120, Thailand

    Open: Wednesday–Sunday from 1pm to 7pm (closed on Mondays and Tuesdays)

    Phone: +66 (0)83 087 2725

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