Watthana District

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Beginning of Asok Montri Road in Watthana District with Terminal 21 on the left
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Khet location in Bangkok
Coordinates: 13°44′32″N100°35′9″E / 13.74222°N 100.58583°E / 13.74222; 100.58583 Coordinates: 13°44′32″N100°35′9″E / 13.74222°N 100.58583°E / 13.74222; 100.58583
Country Thailand
Province Bangkok
SeatKhlong Tan Nuea
Khwaeng 3
Khet established6 March 1998
  Total12.565 km2 (4.851 sq mi)
  Total84,967 [1]
  Density6,762.19/km2 (17,514.0/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+7 (ICT)
Postal code
parts of Phra Khanong Nuea: 10260
Geocode 1039

Watthana or Vadhana (Thai : วัฒนา, pronounced  [wát.tʰā.nāː] ) is one of the 50 districts (khet) of Bangkok, Thailand. Neighbouring districts are (from the north clockwise): Ratchathewi, Huai Khwang, Suan Luang, Phra Khanong, Khlong Toei, and Pathum Wan.

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Bangkok Special administrative area in Thailand

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District map

Watthana became a separate district by splitting from Khlong Toei in 1998 to provide better service to its population. The district obtained its name from Princess Galyani Vadhana, the elder sister of King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Watthana or Vadhana means 'development'. The area is among the most developed parts of Bangkok.

Galyani Vadhana Thai princess

Galyani Vadhana, Princess of Naradhiwas was a princess of Thailand and the elder sister of King Ananda Mahidol and King Bhumibol Adulyadej. She was also a direct granddaughter of King Chulalongkorn, and aunt of King Vajiralongkorn.

Bhumibol Adulyadej King of Thailand

Bhumibol Adulyadej, conferred with the title King Bhumibol the Great in 1987, was the ninth monarch of Thailand from the Chakri dynasty as Rama IX. Reigning since 9 June 1946, he was, at the time of his death, the world's longest-reigning head of state, the longest-reigning monarch in Thai history and the longest-reigning monarch having reigned only as an adult, reigning for 70 years, 126 days. During his reign, he was served by a total of 30 prime ministers beginning with Pridi Banomyong and ending with Prayut Chan-o-cha.

On 1 January 2009, Watthana was the location of the Santika Club fire, which killed 66 and injured 222.

Santika Club fire

The Santika Club fire occurred on Thursday 1 January 2009, in the Santika Club nightclub in Watthana, Bangkok, Thailand, where New Year celebrations were taking place. A total of 66 people were killed and another 222 injured when fire swept through the nightclub during the New Year's celebration as a band, coincidentally called "Burn", was playing. By another coincidence, the party was named "Santika's Last Night". The fire broke out at 00:35. and citizens of thirteen countries were among the injured.


The district is divided into three sub-districts (khwaeng), from west to east:

1.Khlong Toei Nueaคลองเตยเหนือfrom the railway to Soi Sukhumvit 31 (Sawatdi)
2.Khlong Tan Nueaคลองตันเหนือfrom Soi Sukhumvit 31 to Soi Sukhumvit 63 (Ekkamai)
3.Phra Khanong Nueaพระโขนงเหนือfrom Soi Sukhumvit 63 to Soi Sukhumvit 81 (Siri Phot)


Encompassing the area between Sukhumvit Road and Khlong Saen Saep, Watthana is one of the commercial districts in Bangkok, with many condominiums and hotels. Expatriates of many nationalities reside there.

Sukhumvit Road road in Thailand

Sukhumvit Road, or Thailand Route 3, is a major road in Thailand, and a major surface road of Bangkok and other cities. It follows a coastal route from Bangkok to Khlong Yai District, Trat border to Koh Kong, Cambodia

Khlong Saen Saep canal in Bangkok, Thailand

Khlong Saen Saep is a canal (khlong) in central Thailand, connecting the Chao Phraya River to Prachinburi Province and Chachoengsao. A portion of the canal is used for public transport by an express boat service in Bangkok. The 72 km long canal passes through 21 districts and is connected to more than 100 smaller canals.

A condominium, often shortened to condo, in the United States and in most Canadian provinces, is a type of living space similar to an apartment but independently sellable and therefore regarded as real estate. The condominium building structure is divided into several units that are each separately owned, surrounded by common areas that are jointly owned. Similar concepts in other English-speaking countries include strata title in Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand, and the Canadian province of British Columbia; commonhold in the United Kingdom; and sectional title in South Africa.


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Major Sukhumvit
Terminal 21

Terminal 21 is a chain of mixed-use complexes, the first located on Sukhumvit Road, near the Asoke intersection, in Bangkok, Thailand. It opened in October 2011. The complex has two parts:

Mixed-use development Type of urban development strategy

Mixed-use development or often simply Live-work space is a type of urban development strategy for living spaces (housing) that blends residential, commercial, cultural, institutional, or entertainment uses, where those functions are physically and functionally integrated, and that provides pedestrian connections. Mixed-use development can take the form of a single building, a city block, or entire neighbourhoods. The term may also be used more specifically to refer to a mixed-use real estate development project—a building, complex of buildings, or district of a town or city that is developed for mixed-use by a private developer, (quasi-) governmental agency, or a combination thereof.

Asok Montri Road, or Soi Sukhumvit 21, is a major road in Bangkok, Thailand. It is often referred to as simply Asok or Asoke. It runs north from Sukhuvmit Road and forms part of the Ratchadaphisek inner ring road. It contains many offices buildings and shops. Although the road has a capacity of 35,000 more than 100,000 vehicles use the road daily, causing major congestion. The junction of Sukhuvmit Road and Asok Montri Road is a major road junction known as Asok Intersection, and is also the location of Asok BTS Station and Sukhumvit MRT Station. In 2013 there were plans to build an elevated highway but as of 2016 construction has not started.

Dining and entertainment

Soi Cowboy street

Soi Cowboy is a short street in Bangkok, Thailand, with some 40, mostly go-go bars. It caters mainly to tourists and expatriates. Soi Cowboy contains one of the three largest groups of foreign-oriented bars in Bangkok, the other two being Patpong and Soi Nana Tai.




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Thong Lo

Besides the eastbound Sukhumvit, prominent roads in the district include several odd-numbered soi s (branch roads) from Sukhumvit: Nana Nuea (Sukhumvit 3), Asok Montri (Sukhumvit 21), Phrom Phong (Sukhumvit 39), Thong Lo (Sukhumvit 55), Ekkamai (Sukhumvit 63), Sukhumvit 71 (Pridi Banomyong) and a small portion of On Nut (Sukhumvit 77).

Public transportation


The emblem of the district shows a pavilion, which refers to the residence of Princess Galyani Vadhana, the name patron of the district. Also the red colour refers to the princess, as red is the day colour of her birthday. The golden rays of light extending from the roof of the pavilion are said to symbolise her divine grace to all Thais. The lotus shape is supposed to be an offering to pay respect to the princess. [2]


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Wells International School Wells International Kindergarten Thong Lor Campus

Several international schools are in Watthana District, including The American School of Bangkok's Sukhumvit campus; Anglo Singapore International School's Anglo campus; Ekamai International School; NIST International School; and Wells International Kindergarten's Thong Lor campus. [3]

Higher education

Diplomatic missions

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