Life in Wongwian Yai: Bangkok’s Traditional Urban Neighbourhood

Wongwian Yai is a charming residential area in Bangkok, close to the capital's central business district. We explore the neighbourhood and discuss its investment potential for lifestyle buyers and buy-to-let investors.

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Situated just 4km from the heart of Bangkok, Wongwian Yai is an urban residential neighbourhood and up-and-coming area for real estate investment. Whether you are an expat in search of a fulfilling yet affordable lifestyle, or an investor looking to capitalise on the capital’s thriving rental landscape, Wongwian Yai is a market you’ll want to explore.

Let’s take a closer look.

Life in Wongwian Yai

With enthralling ancient history, beautiful landmarks, a unique food scene, and renowned nightlife, Bangkok attracts visitors, expats and property buyers from all corners of the globe.

Wongwian Yai lies in the Thonburi district on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River and offers a slower pace of life than other parts of the capital. This, coupled with the fact that it is largely removed from tourism, makes Wongwian Yai the perfect place to experience traditional city life in Thailand.

Wongwian Yai (“Big Circle” in Thai) surrounds a large traffic circle built back in 1932. The roundabout functions as Wongwian Yai’s main square and features the King Taksin (1767 – 1782) monument, landscaped gardens, and a maze of walkways regularly frequented by local joggers. Beyond this, the neighbourhood boasts excellent amenities, including supermarkets, retail stores, cinemas, street markets and local traders.

Wongwian Yai station sits by the traffic circle at the centre of the neighbourhood. Here you can board the BTS Skytrain, one of the most efficient ways to travel around the capital. Wongwian Yai station is the terminus of the Maeklong Railway Mahachai Line, which passes through unspoilt rural landscapes on its journey to Samut Songkhram on the Gulf of Thailand.

Another attraction of Wongwian Yai is its proximity to Bangkok’s central business district, which is just a few stops away on the metro and 4 minutes by taxi. Silom-Sathorn is brimming with upscale offices and five-star hotels, and in recent years has become a popular drinking and dining destination; expect first-class restaurants, delightful cafés, and swanky cocktail bars and speakeasies. With many galleries, street food markets and the Sri Mahamariamman Temple, it is also a great place to explore and absorb local culture.

While venturing to the energetic Silom-Sathorn is a must, Wongwian Yai boasts a vibrant cultural scene of its own. The area has long been known for its legendary street food markets offering local dishes and delicacies. More recently, the neighbourhood’s arts scene has been gaining momentum, with creative spaces such as The Jam Factory hosting art exhibitions, film screenings, and pop-up artisan markets.

Property Buyers in Wongwian Yai

Known for embodying a more relaxed lifestyle than other parts of Bangkok, Wongwian Yai is a popular place for homebuyers.

The nearby Chao Phraya River, and green spaces such as Bangkok Yai Park and Chao Phraya Sky Park, provide a breath of fresh air and calm in one of the world’s busiest urban centres.

The neighbourhood doesn’t particularly cater to tourists, meaning most of the people you encounter will be locals or expats. Residential properties dominate, ranging from high-rise condos to traditional Thai townhouses. This gives the neighbourhood a warmer, more welcoming atmosphere than other parts of the capital.

Due to its residential feel, and easy access to employment and education hub Silom-Sathorn, the area is equally popular with renters. This makes Wongwian Yai a great destination for those looking to invest in long-term rentals.

Situated just 130m from the Wongwian Yai BTS station, The Reference is a new luxury tower comprising over 800 studio, one and two-bedroom residences. The development also includes a host of upscale amenities including a lunar lounge, moon cave swimming pool, fully-equipped fitness centre, and roof terrace. Ideal for lifestyle buyers and investors, and with prices from just £81,000, we have identified this project as one of the strongest opportunities in Bangkok at this time.

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