First Time in Siam - What To Do

Siam Survival Guide

Siam is a great base for a first trip to Bangkok. This trendy area is the pedestrian-friendly part of the city, with a collection of huge shopping malls and family attractions. While it’s not the best place for a vibrant nightlife, you can easily use the BTS to jump around the city to find what you’re looking for.

The compact size of Siam is a huge plus. You can walk from one mall to another, check out the fashion boutiques in Siam Square, have some fun in the aquarium or Madame Tussauds, head to the Cultural Centre or Jim Thompson House for a bit of culture, all without crossing a road. This guide will show you what to do and where to go on your first trip to Bangkok.

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Siam at a Glance

Here’s a summary of what we like about this area, and also what we don’t like. We have tried to give a balanced view so you can decide in seconds if this is the right place for you.

  • Loads of modern tourist attractions
  • The best shopping malls in Bangkok
  • Very clean and modern
  • Compact area is easy to walk around
  • Not much nightlife
  • Lacks a traditional Bangkok feel

The Best Things to Do in Siam

Siam has an impressive mix of brand-name shopping, family attractions and a bit of culture, too. The shopping malls in Siam are far more than just places to shop. Inside their glass and steel frames you’ll find fancy restaurants, cinemas, live action escape games, aquariums and the world-famous Madame Tussauds. Siam is packed with things to do.

  • Jim Thompson House

    Jim Thompson House

    Jim Thompson's house serves as a museum showcasing Thai architecture and art. The house, located along one of Bangkok's Read More»

  • Red Sky Rooftop Bar at Centara Grand

    Red Sky Rooftop

    Red Sky is one of the latest rooftop in Bangkok with an impressive panorama view from the 55th floor of one of the most Read More»

  • Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC)

    The Bangkok Art and Centre (BACC) is the hub of Bangkok’s burgeoning art scene and offers the widest range of Read More»

Best Places to Shop in Siam

There are several huge malls in Siam, selling premium products from Europe, Japan, Korea and the US. You’ll also find flagship store of mid-range brands like H&M, Uniclo, and Zara. On the other end of the scale, you can browse the narrow alleyways around Siam Square, each one packed with budget friendly fashion and tasty snacks. Brand name shopping in Siam is the best in all of Bangkok.

  • Siam Paragon Shopping Centre

    Siam Paragon

    From a sporty yellow Ferrari to a pair of Jimmy Choo shoes, Siam Paragon is a shopping mall without rival when it comes Read More»

  • CentralWorld


    This cutting-edge lifestyle mall offers everything from brand name clothing boutiques to imported groceries, designer Read More»

  • MBK Shopping Mall in Bangkok


    The multi-storey MBK is probably Bangkok's most legendary shopping mall, popular with both tourists and locals. Eight Read More»

Where to Eat in Siam

The best restaurants in Siam are mostly found within shopping malls and hotels. Pretty much every type of food and be found here, from a quick and easy Mcfranchise to Michelin star cuisine and everything in between. However, don’t overlook the small Thai joints in Siam Square, that have been serving authentic lunch and dinner for many years. If you’re unsure where to eat, head to Siam Paragon’s basement floor to find a popular food court, a row of fast food joints, and more than a dozen fancier restaurants.

  • Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin at Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok

    Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin

    Sra Bua a fine-dining restaurant that serves cutting edge Thai cuisine unlike any you will have ever seen before. Read More»

  • Som Tam Nua

    Som Tam Nua

    Som Tam Nua on Siam Square Soi 5 is a casual and trendy dining spot that has risen to fame serving up tasty, Read More»

  • Best Restaurants at Siam Paragon

    5 Restaurants at Paragon

    Siam Paragon hosts such huge collection of restaurants - not only at the usual basement level but also at the food Read More»

What to Do at night in Siam

Siam isn’t the best in term of nightlife. The many shopping malls are open until 22:00 so there’s still lots of things to see and do, but in terms of going out and partying the options are limited. A definite highlight is the drinking and dining section of CentralWorld called Groove. You’ll find several interesting places to hang out here. On your first night in Siam, head to one of the fancy rooftop bars.

  • Heaven on ZEN

    Heaven Rooftop

    Combining three remarkable dining and entertainment establishments within the ‘factory chic’ confines of polished Read More»

  • Groove at CentralWorld

    Groove at CentralWorld

    Groove at CentralWorld is a new edition to Bangkok’s largest shopping mall, hosting a number of impressive restaurants Read More»

  • Red Sky Rooftop Bar at Centara Grand

    Red Sky Rooftop

    Red Sky is one of the latest rooftop in Bangkok with an impressive panorama view from the 55th floor of one of the most Read More»

Hotels in Siam We Recommend to Our Friends

Here’s a selection of our favourite hotels in Siam. One really fancy five-star, a fashionable four-star, and a clean and convenient budget option. All of them are within walking distance of the BTS Skytrain.

Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok

Just when you think there is nothing more to delight you, the Siam Kempinski pulls another trick out of the bag, raising the bar Read More...

Siam at Siam Design Hotel

The Siam at Siam Design Hotel & Spa is a luxury 4-star hotel with plenty of rooms.It is found in the Siam region of Bangkok, Read More...

Holiday Inn Express

Holiday Inn Express Bangkok Siam is a funky and chic hotel that is a stones throw away from the BTS Skytrain Station at National Read More...


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