Sathorn's trees face the
axe - The Nation, April, 1978
(Photo: The Nation, 1979)
...Sadly though, Sathorn has lost its beautiful boulevards and canals.
It was once considered the most beautiful part of Bangkok, with large trees lining its canal, at a time when the city was known as the Venice of the East, now lost in the name of progress.
Its old landscape appeared like Wireless Road today, only prettier, with homes of bluebloods and tycoons as well as elegant embassy grounds lining both sides of the canal.
Much of all that has long been lost. And had the US ambassador in the 1970s not object to the cutting down of the tall trees on Wireless, this last scenic strip of old Bangkok would have been degraded as well.
For this very reason, the price of real estate on Wireless today is higher than that on Sathorn.
But as far as concrete jungles go, Sathorn may be revived. Big plans are mapped by many developers to overhaul its grim, concrete look...