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Your Ultimate Guide to a Day Well Spent in Sathorn, Bangkok

If you’re looking for a neighbourhood that combines city-centre cool and local charm, look no further than Sathorn. This trendy district in Bangkok is home to some of the city’s best restaurants, galleries, and cultural attractions. If you’re staying with us at ASAI Sathorn, you’re already on the right track, because we pride ourselves on having the inside scoop on all the best spots. In this guide, we’ll take you on a tour of Sathorn’s hidden gems and local treasures,  revealing the best things to do, see, and eat in a day.

Uncovering Sathorn’s Hidden Gems: Morning Activities to Start Your Day

Get the day off to an active start with a morning jog in Lumpini Park, a peaceful green space located in the heart of the city, at the end of Sathorn Road. Go early before the heat of the day kicks in and hit the flat, gentle running trails that weave through centuries-old trees and past tranquil lakes. In the early morning, the park is a microcosm of Bangkok life, with groups of retirees practising Tai Chi, gym bros pumping iron and huge monitor lizards waddling lazily between shady spots. 

Once you’ve worked up an appetite, get your well-deserved caffeine fix and a hearty brunch at Rocket Coffeebar on Sathorn Soi 12. This cosy café serves up delicious speciality coffee, fresh pastries and wholesome eats with a Nordic twist. Tuck into a mushroom and scrambled egg wrap, eggs benedict with smoked salmon or indulge with a sinful plate of French toast. 

Savour the Flavour: Where to Eat Lunch in Sathorn, Bangkok

We may be a bit biased, but for the most authentic Thai food in Sathorn, your lunch destination has to be ERR Urban Rustic Thai. Grab a comfy seat on our sunny second floor and check out the menu of tasty shareable dishes inspired by roadside, countryside and river market eats. 

Snack on sour green mango, grilled pork neck or chicken satay. Dig into preserved specialities like coconut-smoked Chiang Mai sausage or crispy rice balls with salted mackerel. For something heartier, go for a green curry with on-the-bone chicken or a clay pot of pork belly, grab some wok-fried morning glory on the side and don’t miss the chicken skin!

Afternoon Delight: Exploring Sathorn’s Temples, Galleries, Bakeries, and More

After lunch, take a stroll down Pan Road, one of Sathorn’s most charming and vibrant streets. Start at the top (on Silom Road), where Wat Khaek is unmissable with its colourful decorations and distinct architecture. Officially named Sri Maha Mariamman Temple, this Hindu temple was built in honour of the Goddess Mariamman by Tamil immigrants in the 19th Century. You’ll see the worshippers picking up flower garlands on the corner to make as offerings, and you’re welcome to go in to explore; just remember – dress modestly and don’t take pictures. 

Wander down Pan Road to find Kathmandu Photo Gallery in a carefully restored pre-war shophouse. Owner Manit Sriwanichpoom is a globally renowned Thai photo-artist renowned and framed prints of his work can be found on the ground floor. The upper floor is home to exhibitions by established and emerging photographers. Along with artworks, you can browse a selection of books on art, Hinduism, Buddhism, Tantra, Shamanism and more. 

If you’re feeling snacky, you’re in the perfect spot to grab something sweet from Ama Bakery, right on the corner of Pan and Sathorn Road. In business for more than 50 years, their speciality is a pastry filled with pandan custard. For something more savoury, check out Yentafo Wat Khaek, a small street-side restaurant that serves up some of the best noodle dishes in Sathorn. Try their signature – pink noodle soup with fish balls and tofu.

Evening Indulgence: Sathorn’s Best Massage Spot

After a busy day of exploring, it’s time to relax and unwind. Head to Health Land Sathorn, one of the best places to get a massage in the neighbourhood. Choose from a variety of treatments, including traditional Thai massage, foot massage and aromatherapy massage.

Sathorn After Dark: Where to Eat and Drink at Night

End your day in Sathorn with a night out at Café des Stagiaires, a Belgian-French bar and restaurant on Sathorn Soi 12, popular for Euro-style drinks – especially beers – shared food plates and wild parties. Grab a bite and something to sip, enjoy local DJs and live bands and make some new friends in the neighbourhood. 

Discover Sathorn With ASAI, Your Bangkok Neighbourhood Experts

The best thing about staying at ASAI Bangkok Sathorn? (Besides it being located just across the road from Café des Stagiaires for easy homeward staggering.) We’re locals! We’re passionate about this neighbourhood and all its hidden gems. Delve deeper into The Guide to discover more secrets or, even better, come chat with our team and get their personal recommendations for all the best things to see, do, eat and drink in Sathorn.

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