When you book your hotel in the Sathorn area of Bangkok, you’ll be right in the heart of the most historic part of the city. Bangkok is a city that literally grew out of the Chao Phraya River that flows through it.
The city was established as a merchant hub for overseas trade. The river enabled ships to sail up it from the Gulf of Thailand to unload their goods and treasures. The earliest developed parts of the city were the neighborhoods that lined the sides of the river and offered warehouse spaces, residences and shops. They were the most cosmopolitan areas of this, at the time, small city. And they still retain charming touches and colors of the past.
Booking a hotel in Sathorn, Bangkok, puts you right in the heart of this historic area of the city and easily allows you to explore it to your heart’s content.
Explore Bangkok’s Past
Architecture enthusiasts will love walking around the streets and alleys of the Sathorn area of Bangkok close to their hotel. Although most of the existing buildings have been re-purposed, residents of the city care enough about its history to restore these valuable buildings to their former glory.
You’ll find coffee shops, restaurants and small shops that have made these classic shophouses, warehouses and residences their home. One of these ancient residences has even been turned into the Bangkokian Museum. This is a museum on Soi Charoenkrung 43 in which the everyday past life of the city is the main attraction. Walk through the rooms of the museum to get a sense of the lifestyle that residents of the Sathorn area enjoyed.
Discover the Attractions Along the River
Booking a hotel in the Sathorn area of Bangkok also makes it easy to discover all the attractions, both world-famous and not-so-famous, located along the banks of the Chao Phraya River.
Many water taxi services are operating up and down the riverfront. But a particular boat service sells an all-day ticket that is perfect for exploring the river at your leisure. Buying this inexpensive ticket allows you and your family members to hop and off the water taxis at the piers all along the riverfront.
The Grand Palace, Wat Pho, the Temple of the Dawn, Asiatique and ICON Siam are some of the major attractions that can be easily accessed from the piers along the waterfront. But there are also some unique cultural sights offering their own glimpse into the early days of the city as well.
The Royal Barges are housed in a museum on the other side of the river from the Grand Palace. You can wander around among these breathtakingly beautiful and graceful vessels.
Lhong 1919 Bangkok is a 19th-century Chinese mansion that has been converted into shops and restaurants. It underlines the mutually beneficial relationship between merchant Chinese and Thais in the development of Bangkok.
Book a hotel in the Sathorn area of Bangkok to discover the vibrancy and color of these old neighborhoods. You’ll come away with a greater appreciation of the city’s history, as well as some memorable and unique photographs.