Where to Shop and What to Buy in Silom
Be it during the day or past midnight, Silom has something to satisfy all breeds of shopper. Start with the shopping malls in the area, including Silom Complex, Central, and Robinson. Also don't miss Silom's sub-sois, notably Soi 'Lalaisup', where local food, clothing and accessories can be had at reasonable prices.
Fancy shopping under the Bangkok's night sky? Then head to the famous Patpong Night Market. Here - inbetween peeks at the sex trade which still survives here - souvenirs, Thai crafts, CD's, DVD's, counterfeit watches and bags, funny and rude T-shirts, boxing shorts and a whole lot of other things can be bargained for. This and the vendors who turn up along Silom and Saledaeng Roads each night, are undoubtedly the most popular shopping option, especially for tourists.
Take the worry out of buying jewellery in Bangkok by visiting the Jewelry Trade Centre (JTC) in the Silom district. This has been the home of gems and precious metals in Thailand for over 15 years with stones from Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Thailand. It's the best place to buy without any worries thanks to the store wide policies that include excellent return and refunds, and reliable sellers who have been in the business for a long time. Bangkok Jewelry Avenue takes up four floors of Jewelry Trade Center building (Basement, Ground Floor, 2nd and 3rd Floor). Read more...
Hours: 09:30 – 18:30 - Location: Jewelry Trade Centre, 919/1 Silom Road - BTS Skytrain; get off at Surasak sky station it’s only a 5 minute walk from there.
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Art at Play
If you are looking for creative and inspiring items to decorate your walls, visit Art at Play in Soi Silom Soi 4. This friendly nighttime gallery exhibits and sells contemporary sculpture, photography, painting and fine art prints.
- Opening Hours: 19:00 – 24:00
- Location: 114/5, Silom Soi 4
Baan Silom Lifestyle Arcade is a charming outdoor complex of dining and drinking options, boutique shops, spas and beauty clinics all built around a central tree-lined courtyard. The colonial style architecture is immaculately maintained with ornate wooden verandas and white colonnades, and the shaded avenues are perfect for strolling arm in arm for a spot of window shopping. It is certainly more enjoyable than the generic atmosphere found inside multistory shopping malls.
Baan Silom Lifestyle Arcade is located on Silom Road just before Soi 19, a few minutes’ walk from Surasak BTS Skytrain Station. If walking from the station, follow signs for Jewelry Trade Centre (JTC).
- Address: 659 Silom 19 Silom Road Bangrak Bangkok
- Tel: + 66 (0) 2236 8388 Fax: + 66 (0) 2236 8389
Bangkok Fashion Outlet looks very much like all the other malls in the city, but at this one quality products have huge – unbelievable, almost – discounts of up to 90%. The outlet is part of the Central Group, one of the biggest retailers in Thailand, who have over 20 shopping malls and department stores around the country. This is their first discount outlet in central Bangkok, and it’s very easy to get to. Located on Silom Road, the closest BTS skytrain station is Surasak, around a ten minute walk from the shopping centre. It’s open every day from 11:00 until 20:00. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 11:00 until 20:00
- BTS: Surasak
- Address: Bangkok Fashion Outlet at the Jewelry Trade Center, Silom and Surasak intersection
- Tel: +66 2 631 1000
Jewelry Trade Center is a shoppers’ paradise located on Silom Road in downtown Bangkok. Comprising three distinct sections within this large skyscraper, you will find rare items and unbelievable bargains here. This is absolutely the best place in Bangkok to buy jewellery and precious stones at Bangkok Jewelry Avenue, savings of up to 90% on fashion and homeware at Bangkok Fashion Outlet and fine art from across Southeast Asia at Bangkok Art Galleria. What’s more, there is a modern lifestyle arcade located just across the street called Baan Silom where chic boutiques and renowned restaurants combine around a tree lined central courtyard. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 09:30 – 18:30
- Location: Jewelry Trade Centre, 919/1 Silom Road
Jim Thompson Shop
The Jim Thompson Company, the famous international promoter of Thai silk, is renowned for its quality and beautifully designed products. Situated on the corner of Suwarong and Rama IV roads, the mansion-like Jim Thompson store offers a variety of colourful silk products.
From personal items to household pieces to handkerchiefs, shirts, neckties, place mats, wraps, cushions, curtains, bed sheets and more. There is also restaurant and café within. Other branches in Bangkok are at Jim Thompson’s House, the Emporium, CentralWorld, Isetan, Siam Paragon and at major five-star hotels.
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 18:00
- Location: 149/4-6 Surawong Road
Kathmandu Art Gallery
This period-style shop-house gallery is a contemporary take on Thai art and culture. Featuring six photo exhibits per year, each intends to be thought-provoking and promotes both upcoming and well-established talents. Signed prints by the gallery’s owner, photo-artist Manit Sriwanichpoom, are also available for browsing or purchase, along with books and souvenirs that run along the spiritual theme. Kathmandu is no ordinary gallery but an experience that stirs your soul and emotions more than anything else.
- Opening Hours: 11:00-19:00 (closed Mondays)
- Location: 87 Pan road (near Indian Temple)
- Tel: +66 (0)2 234 6700
After recently cleaning up its act, Patpong's become one of the 'must' night shopping destinations for avid shoppers. Found in the built-up area known as Silom, the place is always busy and chaotic with all the commotion from the Go-Go bars nearby and lots of foreign tourists. This market in Bangkok's notorious nightlife district is often the first and easiest stop for many tourists just arriving to Bangkok, whilst lodging at one of several mid-to-upper-end hotels in Silom. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 18:00 - around 01:00 (every day)
- How to get there: Coming from BTS Siam station, depart at Sala Daeng station and exit down one of the right-hand stairs. Follow the increasing trail of vendors along the sidewalk, and after five minutes, you'll know you're there.
Robinsons Department Store has branches all over Thailand. Compared to other offerings in Bangkok, Robinsons is probably the easiest and quickest to access. All the usual things can be found here, relating to life's necessities.
Some good bargains can be had in the clothing department, especially with regular sales promotions. The quality and prices are fair, and they seem to have a substantial variety of whatever you might be seeking. Usually, there is a Western-style supermarket on the premises, where you can stock up on groceries to your heart's content. Read More...
- Location: Corner of Silom and Rama IV Roads
- BTS: Saladaeng
Although there are plenty restaurants and nightlife along Silom Road, one Thai staple that was missing was a shopping mall. Thankfully the recently renovated Silom Complex, only metres away from the BTS at Sala Daeng provides an air-conditioned space in which to shop, grab a bite to eat and escape from the hustle and bustle of the street outside. Owned by the Central Group, it is smaller than the other shopping centres around Bangkok but still offers a nice variety of international and local boutiques as well as the multi-levelled Central Department Store. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:30 until 21:00
- BTS: Sala Daeng
- Tel: +66 (0)2 6321199
Lalai Sap Market
Lalai Sap Market is a hidden bazaar tucked in narrow back alleys of Silom area and while Bangkokians all know about this place, anyone new to town driving or walking pass the market's discrete entrance would probably miss it, no matter how vast it actually is. This market is a complicated mix of shophouses and boutiques connected by stalls and sidewalk vendors to air-conditioned mini malls and food courts. Located down the road from the famous Patpong market, Lalai Sap is a more interesting and more real, a bazaar mixed with a market selling less touristic stuff, offering an interesting window on Bangkok daily life.
- Location: Around Silom Soi 5
Silom Walking Street is an excellent new initiative that sees one of Bangkok’s most famous roads closed down, making way for huge pedestrianized zone that gets packed-out with hundreds of food, fashion, and electronics vendors. Itruns every Sunday from 15:00 until around 22:00 and particular easy to find in the center of Bangkok – directly underneath Sala Daeng BTS Station.
The move – a government initiated projected that kicked off at the start of 2015 - is seen as another step forward in ridding the Silom district of its once seedy image (although the naughty go-go bars of Patpongare still not exactly difficult to find). Read More...
Travel back to a time when the grandeur of traditional Thai houses hadn't been replaced with modern skyscrapers right in the heart of Silom, one of the city's most important business districts. Set among lush tropical greenery, Silom Village captures the spirit of old Bangkok through a compound of 17 well-preserved Thai antique houses dating back to the glorious era of King Rama V.
The complex features a hotel (Silom Village Inn), and a shopping arcade where an impressive collection of fine antiques, handicrafts, lacquer-finished products, jewellery, Thai silk, and furniture can be found. Besides the shopping arcade, you can also enjoy authentic Thai and international cuisine at the Silom Village Restaurant, complete with a Thai classical dance show.
- Opening Hours: 10:30 - 23:30
- Location: 286/1 Silom, Bang Rak
- Tel: +66 (0)2 235 8760-1
Sport fans and the health conscious will love this! This two-storey sportswear and equipment store on Silom Road (near Sala Daeng Skytrain Station, Exit 1) usually offers a better deal than any other Supersports in the department stores. Apparel and shoes are available in all sizes. There is also a section dedicated to avid golfers, too. Both local and international bands are for sale, including Guy Laroche, Hom, Speedo, Lacoste, Nike, Adidas, K-Swiss and more.
- Opening Hours: 11:00 – 23:00
- Location: 1st Floor, Yada Building, Silom Road
Located on the basement floor of The Silom Galleria, Tang Gallery is popular for its Chinese contemporary art. Most pieces on display here are from China. The exhibition space changes its display almost every month. Check out the information poster in the gallery’s lobby to see what’s on.
- Opening Hours: Tues – Sat 11:00 – 19:00
- Location: Unit B-28, The Silom Galleria, 919/1 Silom Road
The Silom Galleria
Only a short walk from Surasak Skytrain Station, The Silom Galleria has over 100 selected stores offering quality art, antiques, and gems. Many items on display at this art and craft centre are rare and unique. Some of the most exquisite pieces can be viewed by appointment only. It’s worth a visit.
- Opening Hours: 09:30 – 18:30
- Location: The Silom Galleria, 919/1 Silom Road
Universal Tailors have specialised in men’s suits since 1985. Run by the owner, the experienced team comprises a large number of handpicked tailors that enjoy strong connections with fabric producers and industry professionals, thus allowing them to produce high-quality garments at the right price. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 10:00-22:00, Sunday 12:00-19:00
- Address: 252-2 Silom Road Soi 18, Near Narai Hotel, Bangrak, Bangkok Thailand 10500
- Tel: +66 (0)81 611 2313
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