What to See in Silom
While it doesn't boast much in the form of traditional sightseeing attractions, there still is plenty to see in the Silom area. For a glimpse of another culture, visit the multi-coloured Sri Mariamman Hindu temple (locally known as 'Wat Khaek Silom') located just up and across the street from Silom Village.
An exceptional bird eye's view of the city can also be experienced at Lebua at State Tower, Thailand's second-tallest building.
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At first, Bangkok Shell Museum appears to be a place addressing only conchologists (of course you know what a conchologist is) and other shell collectors, and in a way it's not untrue, a shell museum seems a geeky place to visit on a holiday, especially in a big city. However, this remarkably large collection of exquisite shells is displayed in a really intelligent way, explaining and describing how shells are just more than a beautiful objects... or a delicacy on your plate. Shells can have surprising features and some of them are among the most deadly living creatures on earth. They have been part of human history since the beginning of time, as currency, as musical instruments and more recently as part of medical research. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10.00 am - 8.00 pm
- Location: Silom Road next to Soi Silom 23, opposite the Lerdsin Hospital.
- Tel: 08 9681 3814
- Price Range: 200 baht
The Bangkokian Museum in Bangrak is hard to find and is not even very well known. It's a simple, discreet museum but the charm is in the pleasure of discovering this small frozen-in-time gem. In fact the Bangkokian museum, sometimes called 'Bangkok Folk Museum', consists mostly of two beautiful wooden houses preserved in perfect condition just the way they were last century.
Set in a tiny street not far from River City and the famous Oriental Hotel, the houses stand in the back of a garden, behind a large wooden gate, and despite the large signboard 'Bangkokian Museum', it is really easy to miss. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:00 - 16:00, Wednesday to Sunday
- Location: 73 Charoen Krung, turn into the small soi 43 and pass under the bridge, then look on your right
- Tel: 02 234 6741
- Price Range: Free
After an influx of protestant missionaries in the early to mid 19th Century, King Rama IV granted land for a church to be built to serve them in Charoenkrung Road. However, it wasn't long until the English Church (as it was then known due its mainly English congregation) was overstretched. In 1904 King Rama V granted permission for a bigger and more centrally located church to be built.
The result was this lovely white Anglican Church on Convent Road, built in simple gothic-meets-colonial style. Today it serves a congregation of around 500, lending spiritual shelter from Sathorn Road's teeming traffic. The interior is painted white and contains stained glass windows, one of which depicts Christ's crucifixion. It also contains Thailand's only pipe organ. Services and sermons are given in both Thai and English.
- Opening Hours: 08:30 - 16:30 (closed Saturday and Sunday)
- Location: 11 Convent Road, Sathorn
A simulation flight is an extra-special gift for everyone, from young children who dream of being pilots to those who have a passion for planes, and according to research it can even help those who are scared of flying find their wings. The experience feels so realistic that the cockpit in Bangkok has even been used in films and TV shows, and although it isn’t a bargain, it still costs significantly less than in Australia or Europe. Read More...
- MRT: Silom
- BTS: Sala Daeng
- Address: Sibunruang Building, 1 Convent Rd. Silom, Bangrak, Bangkok 10500
- Tel: +66 (0) 2 2379895
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
Lumpini Park is an inner-city haven of tranquility, fresh air and shade - offering city dwellers the perfect connection to nature. Named after the birthplace of the Lord Buddha in Nepal, the park is more than half a million square kilometres big, and the habitat of various flora and fauna. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 04:30 - 21:00
- Location: Rama IV Road, Pathumwan
- BTS: BTS: Saladaeng
- How to get there: MRT Subway Silom or Lumphini Stations will drop you right opposite the park.
While it doesn't boast much in the form of traditional sightseeing attractions, there still is plenty to see in the Silom area. For a glimpse of another culture, visit the multi-coloured Sri Mariamman Hindu temple (locally known as 'Wat Khaek Silom') located just up and across the street from Silom Village. 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.
Set up to produce anti-venom serom for snake-bite victims nationwide, the Snake farm is the place to head in town for poisonous snakes, from Cobras, Malayan Pit Vipers, King Cobras, Banded Kraits, to Russell Vipers. All are 'milked' (their venom extracted). Lots of information and close-up encounters available. Best to go half an hour before showtime as there's a side show which explains about history of the snake farm and its function. Fomerly the Pasteur Institute. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 08:30 - 16:30 (weekdays); 08:30 to 13:00 noon (Weekends & holidays)
- Location: Corner of Henry Dunant and Rama IV Roads
Sri Mariamman Hindu Temple
This Hindu temple dedicated to the Goddess Mariamman was built by Tamil immigrants in the 1860s. Renowned for her power to protect against disease and death, it remains a popular place of worship for Silom's long-established Indian community. Its riotous blend of rich colours and ornate decoration makes for an unmistakable and rather unexpected sight in the heart of Silom.
The tall façade is adorned with intricate, entwining Hindu deities. Inside are shrines dedicated not only to Shiva's consort, but also sons Subramaniam and the elephant-headed Ganesha, as well as Vishnu and Krishna. It's well worth seeing, but taking pictures inside the complex is forbidden.
- Opening Hours: 06:00 - 20:00
- Location: Corner Pan and Silom Roads, Silom