Silom neighbourhood guide


Bangkok is no doubt one of the best cities in Asia to live in, with a wide variety of neighbourhoods catered to different lifestyles and interests. Be it a central business district or one that’s well-suited to a “family life”.

Silom, a.k.a. the “Wall Street” of Thailand, is among the popular neighbourhoods in the city, known to be the home to a sea of skyscrapers. Despite being mainly a business area, a beaucoup of entertainment also line the roads, with many establishments a hit to the LGBTQ+ community.

For those looking to settle down in Silom, here’s a comprehensive overview of the neighbourhood from the cost of living to an array of hotspots for you to dive into whenever you see fit.

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Cost of living in Silom 


Sitting in between Charoen Krung Road and Rama IV Road, Silom has transformed into a major financial centre over the years, conquering two themes of “work hard” during the day and “play hard” throughout the night.

Not only is it a popular residential nook for the locals, but most of the foreigners working in the capital also find it to be the living space of their choice. 

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Among the tall office buildings in Silom are many upscale condominiums with monthly rents starting from ฿15,000 (~USD475). Despite the hefty price tags of condominiums in the area, it’s possible to find apartments with rent starting as low as ฿6,500 (~USD205).

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Skywalk at BTS Chong Nonsi on Silom Line
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Silom is also a convenient spot in terms of transportation, with the BTS Skytrain’s Silom line running right above the road. Just three minutes from BTS Saladaeng, you can also find MRT Silom, which allows you to easily connect to other areas in the city. 

Other common forms of transportation, such as buses, taxis, and motorcycles also swarm the many sois in Silom. With all the different modes transportations available, plus being so close to other major hubs like Siam and Charoen Krung, living in Silom can significantly cut down your traveling costs.

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Fresh produce at Villa Market
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Silom is complete with a wide selection of grocery stores. From budget-friendly ones like Foodland and Tops Market to a more international brand like Villa Market, which offers many imported goods.

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Students at New Sathorn International School get to participate in many activities and events such as Sports Day
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Families may also be happy to hear that one of Bangkok’s top schools, St. Joseph Convent School is within the area, along with a few other international schools like New Sathorn International School for those looking to build diversity in their kids’ education.

Being one of Bangkok’s downtown areas, Silom also offers a nice selection of hospitals and clinics, with services ranging from botox to oncology.


BNH Hospital


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BNH Hospital also provides services in English
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Whilst searching for the best hospitals in Bangkok, BNH Hospital will def be one to appear on the top of many lists. Originally built as a nursing home, BNH Hospital has now become an international medical centre renowned for its top-notch customer service. 

It provides all types of medical care with the latest technology, and is a favourite among expatriates.

BNH Hospital
Opening Hours: 24H, Daily
Address: 9/1 Convent Rd, Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500
Telephone: +66-2-022-0700
Nearest Train Station: BTS Chong Nonsi / BTS Sala Daeng

BNH Hospital website | Google Maps


Bangkok Christian Hospital


Bangkok Christian Hospital is one of the more affordable private hospitals in the city. Since opening in 1949, the hospital has offered a wide range of treatments, including general illnesses like common colds. They also have specialised departments from obstetrics and gynaecology to radiology and psychiatry for adults.

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The hospital has English-speaking staff and also specialises in cancer treatments and oncology
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Those with sleeping problems can also visit its EEG & Sleep Lab, which is one of the hospital’s more famous departments.

Bangkok Christian Hospital
Opening Hours: 24H, Daily
Address: 124 Si Lom, Suriya Wong, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500
Telephone: +66-2-625-9000
Nearest Train Station: BTS Sala Daeng

Bangkok Christian Hospital website | Google Maps


PULSE


Founded right here in Silom and known for specialty services among LGBTQ+ circles, Pulse is a private clinic open to help the entire community with many services relating to sexual health. 

Their mission is to encourage people to embrace their sexual lifestyle and well-being, while also educating the community about safe sex practices to reduce the spread of STDs like HIV.

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Pulse currently has four branches in Bangkok. The clinic also has outlets spread across other Asian countries like Malaysia, Hong Kong, and Singapore.

PULSE Clinic
Opening Hours: 10AM-7PM, Daily
Address: 60, 4 Si Lom, Khwaeng Suriya Wong, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500
Telephone: +66-2-652-5097
Nearest Train Station: BTS Sala Daeng

PULSE Clinic website | Google Maps


The Klinique


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Thai actress, Aum Patchrapa, using the clinic’s service
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Among the top beauty clinics in Thailand is The Klinique, which has several branches including one at Silom Central Complex. It’s a popular choice for many Thai celebrities, with treatments ranging from face lifting via High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) technology to liposuction.

The Klinique
Opening Hours: 11AM-8PM, Daily
Address: Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500
Telephone: +66-2-632-0133
Nearest Train Station: BTS Sala Daeng

The Klinique website | Google Maps


Things to do in Silom


Activities in Silom may not be as diverse as in larger areas like Phrom Phong or Asok, but you can definitely find some of the city’s most notable shopping malls, as well as the area’s own hidden gems that could help you dive into Thailand’s vibrant culinary scene.

If you’re one for fancy or flashy entertainment, Silom is also the answer for you: offering both classy hotels and one-of-kind entertainment at the famous gay bars along Soi Patpong.


The best malls to shop, dine & chill in


Whilst you can easily get to bigger malls like Siam Paragon or ICONSIAM from Silom, there are a few options with equal offerings available right here in the area.


Central Silom Complex

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The most popular shopping mall in the area would be Central Silom Complex. Not only is it the gathering place of all the famous restaurants and cafes in the city – like Momo Paradise and Rapl’s famous apple pies – it’s a one-stop shopping place with brands like Muji and Swarovski, as well as drug stores and a large supermarket.

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Food vendors can be found at most floors
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Within the complex, you can also find many food vendors selling Thai street food as well as popular boba shops like KOI Thé.

Central Silom Complex
Opening Hours: 11AM-8PM, Daily
Address: Si Lom, Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500
Telephone: +66-2-231-3333
Nearest Train Station: BTS Sala Daeng

Central Silom Complex website | Google Maps


Central Silom Tower

Even though Central Silom Tower is technically an office building, its bottom floors serve as a shopping mall with restaurants and coffee shops like Café Amazon, as well as stores like Komonoya, which sells everything in one price.

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The tower is a popular go-to place for both locals and tourists who want to find a less crowded place to laze in. It’s also a great place to do a supermarket run, having one of Thailand’s biggest grocery chains, Tops Market.

Central Silom Tower
Opening Hours: 10AM-8PM, Daily
Address: Si Lom, Suriya Wong, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500
Telephone: +66-2-101-8712
Nearest Train Station: BTS Surasak

Central Silom Tower website | Google Maps


Samyan Mitrtown

Samyan Mitrtown is one of the new shopping malls in Bangkok and has become the place for casual meet ups among the younger crowd. One of its perks is having an area that’s open for 24 hours, which includes a Big C supermarket, a free co-working space, as well as a Starbucks outlet for you to cozy up in until dawn.

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You can find a free working spot here at the mall’s co-working space.
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The mall also offers many international restaurants like Taco Bell and Ya Kun Kaya Toast, as well as a collection of lifestyle stores such as Muji.

Samyan Mitrtown
Opening Hours: 10AM-10PM, Daily
Address: 197/2 Phayathai Rd, Wang Mai, Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330
Telephone: +66-2-033-8900
Nearest Train Station: MRT Samyan

Samyan Mitrtown website | Google Maps


MBK Center

Although not technically in Silom, MBK Center is just a 5-minute car ride away from Central Silom Complex. The place is filled with floors of cheap goodiesfrom clothes, beauty products to second hand electronics. It’s an ultimate shopping destination that’s also filled with popular restaurant chains and cafes for shoppers to chill in during their spending break.

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You can buy the latest iPhone for half the original price here
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You can also find all sorts of entertainment here such as a game arcade and even a cafe-movie theatre hybrid.

MBK Center will no doubt be one of the perks if you decide to live in Silom neighbourhood.

MBK Center
Opening Hours: 10AM-9PM, Daily
Address: 444 Phayathai Rd, Wang Mai, Pathum Wan District, Bangkok 10330
Telephone: +66-2-853-9000
Nearest Train Station: BTS National Stadium

MBK Center website | Google Maps


Restaurants: street food to fine dining


Surrounded by office buildings with mob-like crowds flowing out at lunchtime, it’s no surprise as to why Silom is full of delectable hawkers with famous and affordable dishes, like Hainanese chicken rice and zesty Tom Yum noodles.

In recent years, Silom has also taken up a name in Thailand’s fine dining scene with a growing number of restaurants offering nouvelle cuisine.


Nai Meng

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Nai Meng is among the recommended street food shops to visit in Silom, famous for its egg noodles that come with crispy pork belly, slices of smoky BBQ pork, shiitake mushrooms, and most importantly, shrimp wontons. It also only costs ฿79 (~$USD2.50) per bowl. It’s best to visit the shop outside of lunch hours, as office workers fill in to fuel up for the afternoon.

Nai Meng
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 8AM-9PM | Sat 9AM-9PM | Sun 10AM-9PM
Address: 183 Si Lom, Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500
Telephone: +66-9-9363-5462
Nearest Train Station: BTS Saladaeng

Nai Meng website | Google Maps


Thai Taste Hub Mahanakhon CUBE

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Signature braised beef rice bowl by Yih Sahp Luhk
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Thai Taste Hub Mahanakhon CUBE is a food hub located in the King Power Mahanakorn building. It’s composed of many legendary and Michelin-recommended restaurants, such as Pad Thai Fai Talu and Yih Sahp Luhk, in a futuristic environment.

The Thai Taste Hub is an ideal food court for those looking to try Bangkok’s most famous restaurants without having to brave the heat and humidity. 

With that said, patrons are set to be overwhelmed with deliciousness guaranteed in every dish you taste here.

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What you may not know is that King Power Mahanakhon is also the second tallest building in Thailand, with a skywalk often visited by both locals and tourists to take a shot for the ‘gram.

Thai Taste Hub Mahanakhon CUBE
Opening Hours: 10AM-8.30PM, Daily
Address: 96 Naradhiwas Rajanagarindra Rd, Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500
Telephone: +66-2-677-8721
Nearest Train Station: BTS Chong Nonsi

Thai Taste Hub Mahanakhon CUBE website | Google Maps


Aesop’s

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The Happy Greek Set at Aesop’s restaurant
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Aesop’s is the latest addition to the list of unique restaurants to visit in Bangkok. Even though the eatery was first opened in Australia, it offers a wide selection of authentic Greek dishes from Spanakopita – a spinach pie – to pita bread dipped in sauces like Melitzanosalata, which is a classic Greek eggplant-based sauce.

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The highlight of the restaurant, however, is that at the end of every evening diners get to smash plates on the floor while yelling “Opa!”, which is a tradition common in Greek celebrations.

Aesop’s
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 5PM-9PM | Sat-Sun 12PM-9PM
Address: 120 Sala Daeng 1/1, Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500
Telephone: +66-6-2-567-7751
Nearest Train Station: MRT Silom / MRT Lumphini

Aesop’s website | Google Maps


Eat Me

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Favourite dishes from Eat Me
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Eat Me is one of the fine dining restaurants in Silom worth mentioning. Open for over two decades, the restaurant has never been one to run low on unique dishes, offering the best tastes with the best ingredients.

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The restaurant is as IG worthy as the way their dishes look
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It is popular to both locals and foreigners, with a likable feature of having both an exterior and interior dining area, perfect for any ambiance. 

Eat Me
Opening Hours: Sun-Thur 5PM-12AM | Fri-Sat 5PM-1AM
Address: 1/6 Soi Phiphat 2, Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500
Telephone: +66-2-238-0931
Nearest Train Station: BTS Saladaeng

Eat Me website | Google Maps

*At the time of writing, Eat Me is temporarily closed, but has announced that they will reopen once the situation improves and all of their staff members are vaccinated.


Tapas Cafe

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Tapas Cafe, also known as Pride Bar and Restaurant, is a casual joint that offers authentic Spanish food from tapas bites to giant plates of paella. Here, diners get to enjoy their meal while listening to salsa and timba beats in a modern space. 

The restaurant has become a favourite to both locals and expats who pop by just for a fun treat.

Tapas Cafe
Opening Hours: 1PM-11.30PM, Daily
Address: Silom Soi 4, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500
Telephone: +66-2-632-9955
Nearest Train Station: BTS Saladaeng

Tapas Cafe website | Google Maps


Fork & Cork by Sphinx

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The bartenders at Fork & Cork are friendly and will be up for a chat
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Fork & Cork by Sphinx is an LGBTQ+ establishment in Silom. It is a more affordable choice of a bar and restaurant that presents a wide range of cuisines including Pad Thai, roast chicken, or beef cordon bleu. It’s a cosy eatery just a soi away from Patpong with many tasty drinks like margaritas and house wine.

Fork & Cork by Sphinx
Opening Hours: 6PM-2AM, Daily
Address: Silom Soi 4, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500
Telephone: +66-2-234-7249
Nearest Train Station: BTS Saladaeng

Fork & Cork by Sphinx website | Google Maps

*At the time of writing, Fork & Cork by Sphinx is temporarily closed, but has announced that they will reopen once the situation improves.


Entertainment


Silom is one neighbourhood that has a vibrant night scene with most entertainment venues scattered in one of Bangkok’s oldest red light districts, Soi Patpong. It’s widely seen as an LGBTQ+ hotspot – many bars and clubs in the area often feature drag shows, plus a few other highlights.

The area also offers high-end hotels with rooftop bars standing high up in the sky for those looking for a quieter and more exclusive experience. These establishments offer fancy cocktail lists with a grand view of the city.


Patpong Night Market

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When compared to other night markets in Bangkok, Patpong Night Market is one that caters towards foreign tourists. It’s one of those Thai-style night markets that offer many sweet bargains from T-shirts with elephants to crafty souvenirs amidst the go-go bars in Soi Patpong.

Patpong Night Market
Opening Hours: 5PM-12AM, Daily
Address: 1 Patpong Rd, Suriyawong, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500
Nearest Train Station: BTS Saladaeng

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Maggie Choo’s

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What was once a vault of the East India Company Bank is now a joint full of mystery and romance
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Step down into Maggie Choo’s underground space and you’ll find yourself in a glam speakeasy, reminiscent of old Shanghai. It is a cabaret with live music and burlesque shows that are said to dig deep into your soul. 

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The bar also offers a comprehensive drink menu and is a major hotspot among locals and expats.

Maggie Choo’s
Opening Hours: Thurs-Sat 7.30PM-12AM
Address: Fenix Novotel 320 Silom Rd, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500
Telephone: +66-9-1-772-2144
Nearest Train Station: BTS Surasak

Maggie Choo’s website | Google Maps


The Stranger Bar and Lounge

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The Stranger Bar and Lounge is one of the most famous drag bars in Thailand and is often visited by tourists
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The Stranger Bar and Lounge was voted as the gay bar of the year in 2016 and 2017 and is often crowded with LGBTQ+ locals and foreigners. Run by an Irish man, Mr. Sean Lestrange, and a Thai drag queen, Miss M Stranger Fox, the highlights of this eccentric bar are the series of drag performances.

They also have what is perhaps the naughtiest cocktail list in the city, with drink names like “Sperm” and “Stranger Slut”.

The Stranger Bar and Lounge
Opening Hours: 5.30PM-11PM, Daily
Address: 114, 14 Silom 4 Alley, Suriya Wong, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500
Telephone: +66-2-632-9425
Nearest Train Station: BTS Saladaeng

The Stranger Bar and Lounge website | Google Maps


DJ Station

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DJ Station’s cabaret show
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DJ Station, is the epitome of an international gay club, is right here in the “city of angels” and seems to always be filled up to the brim on the weekends. The crowd here is a playful mix of locals, expats, and tourists who all celebrate one thing in common – pride.

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Tourists posing with the funky decorations in the club
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Despite the weary setup, the club is still a favourite to many, often playing house remixes of ballads by major pop divas.

The dance floor is further jushed up by the entertaining multimedia projected onto screens behind it.

DJ Station
Opening Hours: 9PM-1AM, Daily
Address: 11 Soi Si Lom 2/1, Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500
Telephone: +66-2-266-4029
Nearest Train Station: BTS Saladaeng

DJ Station website | Google Maps


Sky Bar at Lebua

Lebua’s Sky Bar is an open-air bar sitting high up in State Tower – one of the tallest buildings in Silom. It offers drinks with prices parallel to its setting, with a Signature cocktail called “The Hangovertini” to honor the establishment’s appearance in the Hollywood blockbuster, The Hangover II.

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The best time to arrive is just before the sun sets
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The highlight, however, is its grand view of Chao Phraya River as well as the city at night, which is hands down the perfect spot for a fancy celebration.

Sky Bar
Opening Hours: 5PM-11PM, Daily
Address: 1055 Si Lom, Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500
Telephone: +66-2-624-9555
Nearest Train Station: BTS Saphan Taksin

Sky Bar at Lebua website | Google Maps


Silom’s very own hidden gems


Though more well-known for its many night attractions, Silom also has its fair share of quieter activities for you to enjoy. There are many places for you to do a little exploring or enjoy some time with your loved ones.


Lumphini Park

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Sitting adjacent to the “Wall Street” is Thailand’s very own “Central Park”, a.k.a. Lumphini Park. Being in the middle of Bangkok’s busy streets, it’s often renowned as the city’s oasis, offering a large green space for residents to stop by after work. Activities in the park range from running, cycling, outdoor aerobics to simply sitting with a book by the lake.

Lumphini Park
Opening Hours: 4.30AM-9PM, Daily
Address: Rama IV Rd, Lumphini, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330
Nearest Train Station: MRT Silom / MRT Lumphini

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Sri Maha Mariamman Temple

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Thailand is known to be a home to several temples including ones that are inspired by its neighbouring countries. Among them is Sri Maha Mariamman Temple, which is a Hindu temple right here in Silom that has been admired for its beautiful architecture characterised by intricate design and colours. 

It was built by Tamil immigrants who arrived in the 1860s and is dedicated to a Hindu goddess “Mariamman”.

Sri Maha Mariamman
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 6AM-8PM | Sat-Sun 6AM-8.30PM
Address: 2 Pan Rd, Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500
Telephone: +66-2-233-7027
Nearest Train Station: BTS Saint Louis / BTS Surasak

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Bangkokian Museum

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A tourist participating in a drawing workshop at the museum
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Bangkokian Museum, also known as “Bangkok Folk Museum”, looks just like a residence house on the outside, but it’s in fact a homey museum filled with Thai history, as well as decorations dating back to the Rattanakosin period, which lasted from the late 18th-century to early 20th-century.

For those looking to learn about Thai culture in a more serene environment than bustling convention centres, this is the place for you.

Bangkokian Museum
Opening Hours: Tues-Sun 9AM-4PM
Address: 273 Saphan Yao Alley, Si Phraya, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500
Telephone: +66-2-233-7027
Nearest Train Station: BTS Surasak

Bangkokian Museum website | Google Maps


The eclectic neighbourhood of Silom


With decades of history behind its construction, Silom is one eclectic neighbourhood with many distinctive establishments hidden within its sois. Despite its “suit and tie” image, it’s a striking balance of internationality and locality, and a haven for people of all genders and identities.

Whilst Silom is unquestionably one of the top choices of places to live in Bangkok, there are other neighbourhoods with as many offerings and twists of their own. 

Are there any areas you’re interested in in particular? Where else should we cover? 

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Cover images adapted from: Jeban (Bottom Left), Maggie Choo’s (Bottom Right)

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