The area between the roads of Silom and Sathorn
is the closest Bangkok gets to Wall Street, with glistening
skyscrapers all boasting the names of financial institutions.
After nightfall the character of the place changes considerably
though: the small sois between Silom and Surawong come
alive with people out for a good time, including the infamous
short little alley of Patpong.
Tourist sights are rather rare on the ground in Silom.
||Catch a THAI KICKBOXING (Muay Thai) match at
Lumphini Stadium (Rama IV Road; Subway Lumphini).
Matches start at 18.30 on Tuesday and Friday and 16.30 and
20.30 on Saturday.....
|| JOE LOUIS
TRADITIONAL THAI PUPPET THEATER
Thai Puppetry has been apart of Thai culture and tradition for hundreds of
years. The first puppet performance was called "Hun Luang"
otherwise known as Royal Puppet.......
||CHAO PHRAYA PRINCESS (
Dinner Cruise) Upon you first step on the Chao
Phraya Princess, you will discover the wonder of the splendour of both
oriental and occidental art decors on the boat.
The atmosphere is comfortable and romantic with a saxophone solo off from
the River City pier and passes a number of remarkable landmarks
The shopping around Silom is a little lackluster compared to Sukhumvit.
- The Patpong night market features all the usual
Asian knock-offs and assorted tourist goods. Prices are
considerably inflated compared to most any other market and
shopping here isn't really recommended, as it will take you
half an hour just to bargain down that 500 baht T-shirt to
the 50 baht it would cost you elsewhere.
- The new Suan Lum Night Bazaar (Subway Lumphini) is
a less chaotic option offering much the same fare and then
some, including a lot of artsy pieces that might actually
look good back home. The quality of goods and displays are
generally higher than Chatuchak
Weekend Market, but so are the prices. However, the
stalls are modern, thoroughfares are wider, and there are
many good dining options here.
A money changer and ATM is located right in the middle of
the market area, but it closes two hours earlier than the
rest of the market does. Try to find the stall of the guy
who sculpts life-sized Aliens (and more easily portable
items) out of scrap metal. The bazaar is open nightly until
- Klong Toey Market, Klong Toey (just south of
Queen Sirikit Convention Center MRT). A huge and
surprisingly centrally located definitely off the
tourist trail: the stalls sell goods for Thais, at Thai
prices. Open 24 hours, but best experienced in the early
hours of the evening.
- Silom Village. Silom 21/1. A Touristy theme market,
but still a good place to look for handbags and furniture.
Be mindful that many items are fakes.
- Jim Thompson. 9 Surawong Road (walk through Soi
Thaniya from BTS Sala Daeng), tel. 2632-8100. The
flagship store of the famous Thai silk brand, offering
well-designed pieces of high quality at equally high prices.
Spread on four floors, unlike the small hotel shops this
store offers the full range of Thompson's products,
including lengths of raw silk.
- Silom Complex (Silom Rd, connected to BTS Sala
Daeng) is Silom's only mall of any significance. A bit
quiet, but the restaurants and TOPS supermarket in the
basement aren't bad. Central (department store) is at the
rear of the complex and is accessible at every level of the
complex. The top floor of Silom Complex has a large
electrical goods retailer and a well-stocked office supplies
- Across the street from Silom Complex, Robinson Silom
(corner of Silom and Rama IV Rds) is one of two department
stores of significance in the area. (The other is Central,
adjacent to Silom Complex)
Food courts & Restaurants
Cafes, noodle shops, and fancy restaurants line the streets
around Silom. For authentic Japanese food at reasonable prices,
pop into one of the many eateries on Soi Thaniya.
- Food Fusion. 4F Robinson Silom (corner of Silom
and Rama IV Rds). A modern food court with a twist, with
stalls offering Thai, Chinese, Italian, Japanese and
Vietnamese food. On entry you receive a barcoded baton used
to record your orders, and you pay the sum on exit. Prices
are moderate at 50-100 baht for mains. Open daily from 10.30
AM to 10 PM.
- Suan Lum Night Bazaar. The stadium-sized beer
garden here also offers reasonably priced Thai eats (most
dishes 30-50B) and free concerts by Thai cover bands. If
there is an official drink of Suan Lum, it's beer: the place
is full of beer vendors (Erdinger, Paulaner, et al.)
offering a wide selection of imported and local beers.
- Anna's Café, 118 Soi Saladaeng, off Silom Rd.
A chain now, but this is the original: a hip white space
offering a menu of tasty Thai and Western fare and
reasonable (but not quite cheap) prices. Mains around B100,
and you can try to spot Thai celebrities for free.
- Nooddi. Borth side of Silom Rd (near BTS Sala
Daeng). A trendy chain of noodle eateries, offering a
variety of styles (Thai, Chinese, Japanese) in
air-conditioned surroundings for around B60 a bowl. Try the
iced tea; the "glass" is big enough for two!
- Silom Village Trade Center. 286 Silom Rd. The last
traditional Thai village on Silom Road. Silom Village is
comprised of 15 teak houses as well as 3 buildings that were
constructed in 1908. The compound has been converted to a
restaurant and Thai handicraft shops. A great place to buy
souviners. Recently an affordable hotel has also been
constructed on the premises. The restaurant offers Thai as
well as fresh seafood. Moreover, in the evenings you can
catch an authentic performance of various forms of
traditional Thai dance.
- Takoemon, (one soi down from Thaniya towards
Rama IV). Specializes in amazingly good takoyaki
(Japanese-style octopus dough balls), especially when given
that they cost 30B per box of 6. Ramen and udon
noodles in the 30-60B range also available.
- Ichimonji (一文字). 9/34 Soi
Thaniya. Buried in the depths of the soi, this is a typical
Japanese-style pub and eatery. Set meals in the 150-250B
range are decent value, English menu available.
- Cafe India. 460/8 Surawongse Road (near Patpong).
Has been serving up amazing Indian food since at least the
war years. Many other old GI bars and restaurants in and
around Patpong are still in business and worth visiting.
Beware of some of the wraith-like vets who never made it
home however. Some of these can be very disturbing to
There's more to Silom's nightlife than just Patpong, but can
a visitor say they've been to Bangkok without at least a quick
peek into the 'Pong?
| Soi Patpong
You might want to take a deep breath and a few shots before
heading into the insanity of Patpong, which in fact
consists only of two small sois (Patpong 1 and Patpong 2) a
short walk from BTS Sala Daeng station, deserted by day but
jam-packed and overflowing in all directions by night. The
throngs of middle age tourists shopping for sarongs and
chopsticks just makes the sex shows going on in every
open door that much more surreal.
Prepare to be harassed by touts armed with laminated 'menus'
of acts you can order up. If you follow the touts, you might end
up spending a ton of money on drinks to watch sad looking girls
perform unhygienic acts with various garden-party
accessories (lawn darts, ping pongs, etc etc) in one of the
If you instead try one of the bars on the lower level, you
can safely watch girls dancing on stage, but will occasionally
be asked by one of the girls if you could buy her a drink. She
will get upwards of 50% of the drink price as a bonus and will
join you at your table for some conversation in exchange. As a
rule of thumb, only trust bars that already have a fair number
of customers; a drink should not cost more than 100 baht or so.
- King's Castle III. Patpong 1 (left side).
The place to go gawp at kathoeys (ladyboys) strutting
their stuff — and be amazed at how well some of them can
transform. Prepare to tolerate a few invasions of personal
space, but it's all in good fun. Drinks B70 and up, no
surprises on the bill.
- Lucifer. Patpong 1 (left side, above Radio City).
A rarity in Patpong, a "real" nightclub without
girls in bikinis. Decorated to look like Hell, most
customers are partygoers here to listen to the club's brand
of hard techno. Cover charge B150 on weekends, including one
drink. Check out the Heat nights on Wednesday when
leather-clad dancers whip it up. Open until (at least) 2 AM.
Note: All the go-go bars in Patpong close by 1
Silom Soi 2 and 4
Sois 2 and 4 are the center of gay nightlife in
Bangkok, although these days Soi 4 packs in a mixed crowd with
plenty of bars that aren't gay by any stretch of the
imagination. On weekends Soi 4 is cordoned off and valid ID
is (theoretically) required to enter.
- DJ Station, at the end of Silom Soi 2 (just
beside Sala Daeng BTS). The most famous gay nightclub in
Bangkok and busy almost every night, starting with a
reasonable Ladyboy show at 11.30pm. Admission is between
100-200 baht which includes one or two drinks. Opening hours
vary but usually closes around 03.30am.
- GOD Club. Short for Guyz on Display. Usually open
until 5 AM.
- Home. Silom Soi 4. Home is another famed hip-hop
bar spread over three floors, yet somewhat small. For a
first time visit or once-in-a-while visitor, this place is a
good find. However, if you go there too often, you may find
their repertoire of songs somewhat repetitive. Cocktails are
not remarkably special and prices are about average for the
area. People who come here are typically in their 20's.
Comfy seats downstairs as well as on the third floor. Or
take a seat outside, where tables make a good spot to check
out the cuties walking past
- Speed. 80 Silom Soi 4. Put Speed on the top of your
list if hip-hop is your scene; this is where you come to
witness young Thais in baggy clothes getting down with 50
Cent and his ilk. Several floors but the ground floor is
where the action is.
- Tapas. 114/17 Silom Soi 4. On your left immediately
as you enter the soi, this is more of a groovy club than a
Spanish snack joint, with two stylishly decorated floors and
a people-watching terrace. Entrance B100 (no drink), open 8
PM to 2 AM daily.
| Soi Thaniya in the harsh glare of day
Soi Thaniya is Patpong for the Japanese; you might be excused
for thinking you've ended up in Shinjuku
when you see the plethora of signs in Japanese and kimono-clad
girls beckoning you in. Most bars and clubs are off-limits to
Westerners, but some of the restaurants aren't bad for a serve
of Japanese food and some beer or sake to wash it down.
There are a number of hotels in the Silom area, although the
cheaper ones tend to be the kind that rents rooms by the hour.
||PINNACLE LUMPINEE HOTEL (Silom)The
Pinnacle Hotel Lumpinee with 170 well-appointed rooms and suites welcomes
all business executives and visitors alike with its modern comfort, city
location and traditional Thai hospitality.
The Menam Riverside
welcomes you back to the Chao Pha Ya & The pleasues of life along the
river, welcomes you to the historic Chao Pha Ya river with a warm smile in
unique thai hospitality.Situated on 14 acres of parkland, the Menam
Riverside offers 727 deluxe rooms, each with spectacular views of the
river and the Bangkok metropolitan area. The hotel is ideal for leisure
travelers wanting to see and experience Bangkok by the river.
(Silom) Tawana Ramada Hotel, on Surawong Road, is in the hub of
Bangkok's Central Business District. Tawana Ramada Hotel is conveniently
located near most of the prominent business and banking headquarters,
embassies, entertainment & shopping centers and sightseeing
attractions. Tawana Ramada Hotel Bangkok is the perfect venue for both
business travelers and sightseers: it is in the center of Bangkok and near
to the expressway system, making the hotel a perfect base from which to
visit all areas of the city. The 265 well furnished guest rooms and suites
are equipped with every amenity for a comfortable stay, and Tawana Ramada
Hotel prides itself on its attentive 24 hour service.
||NARAI HOTEL (Silom)
Conveniently located in the heart of Bangkok commercial district, we offer
first class accomodation as well as quick and easy access to and from the
airport and all surrounding locations, catering to all your needs for a
perfect and memorable stay.
||HOLIDAY INN SILOM ( Silom )
hotel offers 700 fully furnished guest rooms situated in two tower, plaza &
crown.The executive club rooms provide the discerning traveller with
execlusive accommodation & services for a more luxurious stay.
||SOFITEL SILOM (Silom,Suriwong)
The hotel offers elegant and luxurious
accommodation with its beautifully appointed rooms, set-up to satisfy
every comfort of its precious guests. Meetings are organised on the superb
and spacious club lounge for its business clients. The wonderful location
and the quality services makes this place a paradise rather than a hotel.
( Silom) "The River of Kings" in times gone by was the focal
point of Thai lifestyle. As it was in the past, so it is today. Silom Road
was originally a tree-lined canal, one of many in old Bangkok which once
was called "The Venice of the East". Thai riverside life is
still celebrated and nowhere better than the Centre Point Silom Executive
Serviced Apartments situated on the bank of the Chao Phraya River.
(Silom) Swiss Lodge Hotel Bangkok is a boutique hotel ideally situated
in the heart of Bangkok, next to the thriving Silom business and
entertainment center. Swiss Lodge Bangkok provides to the most demanding
travelers; be it for business, pleasure or both. What you prefer is
granted with a warm and enthusiastic smile. Here is where everything
works. A promise delivered.