Saphan Khwai

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This article is about the road intersection. For the BTS skytrain station, see Saphan Khwai Station.

Coordinates: 13°47′23.20″N 100°32′52.81″E / 13.7897778°N 100.5480028°E / 13.7897778; 100.5480028

Saphan Khwai (Thai: สะพานควาย) is a major road intersection in Sam Sen Nai subdistrict, Phaya Thai district, Bangkok, Thailand. The neighbourhood with lots of apartments is best known for the dense trade area with many serving shops and markets. It is also provided the BTS skytrain service at Saphan Khwai Station. From 60's era, as the urban zone of Bangkok downtown was growth, the land which once had been countryside mostly rice farming then became urbanized with more residential and commercial area replacing along the road network, especially on the way to the former Mo Chit Bus Terminal, thereby Saphan Khwai had all facility as central downtown.


Northern zone of Bangkok central business district at the junction of Phahon Yothin, Pradiphat, Sutthisan Vinitchai and short link of Saliratthawiphak Road. On the way of skytrain Sukhumvit Line between Ari and Mo Chit Station


"Khwai" or water buffaloes depending are common for ploughing among southeast-Asian farmers including Thais. In the past, Saphan Khwai is one of the farming sites at the northern outskirt of Bangkok downtown, next to the northern part of Phaya Thai field, irrigated with Khlong Sam Sen and Khlong Bang Sue linking from the Chao Phraya River. At the beginning of 19th which road network had been built, the position of Saphan Khwai Intersection; where Phahon Yothin Road from south to north connects to Pradiphat Road to the west, with empty farming site in the east; is the meeting point between rice farmers, buffalo traders and also the slaughter persons. Roads at the junction, however, did not meet directly but small water way along Phahonyothin Road irrigating water from Khlong Bang Sue crosses the Pradiphat way. For the convenience in buffaloes trading, the bridge or "Saphan" had been built and was upgraded from wood to concrete built as passerby vehicles like buses or trucks increased.

Nowadays, although all the fields and buffaloes have disappeared, the name Saphan Khwai is still named for this area as the meaning of "buffaloes bridge."