Bangkok Area Guides
By day Silom Road is part of Bangkok's bustling commercial district, running adjacent to Sathorn Road where the city’s financial institutions and corporate office blocks soar and is the closest thing to Wall Street in Southeast Asia.
By night the area assumes another face entirely. Home to the notorious Patpong, famous for its market and proximity to all things sleazy, the area consists of two small sois that are relatively quiet during the day yet positively buzzing with touts and tourists most evenings of the week.
Silom itself is vibrant and bustling come night or day, rain or shine and the area is well connected by the MRT and BTS stations. Siam, Chidlom, Ploenchit, Sathorn are all close by and easily accessed by BTS.
Silom Road begins and ends with two of Bangkok’s most unique natural attractions, the Chao Phraya and Lumpini Park. This is a place that offers something for everyone, where luxury and budget travellers rub shoulders. Five-star hotels play background to food vendors, while market stalls selling ethnic goods and various counterfeit clothes and accessories line the street alongside massage parlours and watering holes. Silom is key to Bangkok’s personality and a part of the city that should definitely not be overlooked.
Silom is home to Bangkok’s very own hedonistic playground, Patpong. Although fairly thick on the ground and pretty obvious, it's not all sleaze and sex around these parts. Patpong plays host to two of the city’s most popular after-hours clubs, Parkbridge and Funky Dojo. If you fancy something on the tamer side, then the hotels dotted throughout the area feature upscale drinking joints, where conversation overrides busting out dance moves.
Silom has it all when it comes to nightlife, live entertainment, pubs, bars and up-tempo clubs catering to most music, lifestyle and sexual preferences. It is the centre of Bangkok's entertainment and the best place to head if you feel like walking on the wild side of things. The myriad Sois might leave you feeling overwhelmed or at the very least confused, so we have complied a list of Silom's best. Read More...
Being one of Bangkok's important commercial and entertainment districts means that Silom fewer traditional sightseeing attractions than other areas, though there certainly are a few places worth visiting. For cultural highlights, visit the popular Sri Mariamman Hindu Temple (also known as Wat Khaek Silom) on Thanon Pun, across the street from Silom Village. Also, the mustard-coloured church on Soi Convent is open to public and hosts daily services in both Thai and English.
For those who strive for some fresh air, shade, and tranquility, head to Lumpini Park and you won't be disappointed. It boasts the largest green space in Bangkok and offers a variety of activities and sport facilities for visitors of all ages. The park is located on Rama IV Road, opposite Dusit Thani Bangkok Hotel. Read More...
Silom is home to both Bangkok’s most exclusive and well hidden restaurants. From the soaring heights of Lebua where the world’s elite dine to the quaint affairs serving delightful fare from around the globe. Al fresco, elevated, street side or air conditioned, Silom is nothing if not diverse.
In a city as huge and busy as Bangkok, choosing somewhere to eat is luck of the draw, overpriced and undercooked food is not something many travellers desire at the top of their holiday wish lists.
Eating is such a huge part of a travel experience and for this reason we have tried and tested the best Bangkok has to offer, taking into account ambience, price range and of course food styles, here are ten of the best in the area of Silom. Read More...
Silom has long been a very popular area to stay in for many of Bangkok’s visitors. Home to the famous State Tower and Sofitel hotels, these luxury properties enjoy central locations, and are well connected to local transport networks.
Various boutique properties offering intimate and more personalised approach to hotel stays are situated in and around the area. Famous brands, renowned for their consistently good service and standard of accommodation, such as the Holiday Inn Silom and Le Meridien Silom are popular choices for those wanting a signature, reliable experience.
For budget travellers the Narai Hotel offers everything needed for a comfortable and cost-effective stay in Bangkok. Its next door sister hotel the Triple Two is built on a smaller scale and is slightly more expensive.
Other well known hotels include Dusit Thani Bangkok Hotel, Dusit Thani Bangkok, Sofitel Bangkok Silom and Novotel Bangkok Fenix Silom Read More...
Silom shopping has on a slightly more al fresco, down-to-earth approach when compared to an area like Siam Square. At the moment there is just one Mall – Silom Complex – which has a Central Department store and various other shops, although few are recognisable brand outlets.
The area is more about market culture; and in particular counterfeit goods. Jeans, bags, watches and jewelry are all commonly touted at Patpong Market. There is a wide range of goods to be found here, from furniture to clothes to arts and crafts. Bargaining is of course expected and a good way to get the price down by more than 50%.
The roadside of Silom is littered with various market traders selling Thai motifs, token Beer Chang T-shirts, jewelry and discount clothing. Nearing the Chao Phraya end of the road is the Silom Galleria, Art and Crafts Centre, a three-storey building laden with art, jewelry and antique shops. Read More...
The easiest way to get to Silom is either by Skytrain (Sala Daeng Station) or underground (Silom Station). There is a plentiful supply of taxis and public bus services, though they are best to avoid during rush hours.
Exploring the area on foot is possible and recommended as Silom contains a lot of local restaurants hidden in its many sub sois. For more information on how to get around in Bangkok, please visit our comprehensive Read More...