Time Out, a website for urban culture experiences, has released its recent report on the “40 coolest neighborhoods in the world,” which polled thousands of city-dwellers and local experts to rank the greatest places for fun, food, culture, and community. Song Wat, an old area in Bangkok, has been listed 39th among the world’s coolest neighborhoods.
Time Out has this to say about Song Wat: “An important trading quarter in the early 1900s, modernization led to a decline in Song Wat’s relevance — until now. The Song Wat community, an alliance of old merchants, second-generation shopkeepers, and new entrepreneurs, has made it their mission to transform this aging trading quarter into a hub of millennial-led businesses. Sandwiched between long-standing businesses and legendary food stalls, cool cafés, hip hostels, chic art galleries, and restaurants serving contemporary, drool-worthy fare have found a home in this pocket neighborhood.”
Song Wat Quarter, located near Yaowarat Road, also known as Chinatown, is also a home of multi-cultural heritages. This tiny quarter has become an ideal destination for those looking for a chilled weekend that is quieter and more relaxed than almost anywhere else in the city.