The Silom area is a mecca for skyscrapers and important business people working in the area. However, it’s also got some interesting places to visit hidden among this business-oriented part of Bangkok. Indeed, this part of Bangkok has been getting more trendy among the young set with new shopping malls and busy restaurants popping up regularly.
Let’s see what things there are to do in Silom during a stay in Bangkok.
Taking a stroll away from your five-star hotel in Silom Road Bangkok, you’ll discover the laid back, peaceful place known as Lumpini Park. The size is an impressive 0.5million square meters, so you can enjoy the abundant trees and flowers through the park. There’s a lake with skyscrapers overlooking it, a gentle swan boat to ride on the water or several fitness groups working up a sweat if that’s your thing. The park has a long history going back to the 1920s and is in many ways, Bangkok’s Central Park.
Kathmandu Art Gallery
If you’re someone who likes to “get their art on,” then this gallery situated in a shop house that dates back to before the World Wars displays many pieces of art across two floors. There are regular exhibitions with a central theme like a changing Thai society to delve deeper into. An accompanying bookstore offers books on art, religion and other topics. Beyond the artwork, the building, its windows and atmosphere all play a part in making this not just another art gallery to visit. Located at 87 Pan Road in a side street off Silom Road, it’s not difficult to find and a tuk-tuk driver can easily locate it too.
Shopping Areas to Explore
There are several newer shopping areas to explore in Silom proper and along SalaDaeng Road too. Before you get to the larger malls, there are plenty of small stores selling their wares. Going beyond local vendors, the shopping centers of Robinson with its upmarket Western clothes, the Central Shopping mall with all manner of popular brands and the refreshed Silom Complex all have their attractions for air-conditioned browsing at your leisure. At night, there is also the local night market which is a great place for bargains.
Off the Beaten Path Shopping
Skipping the congested Patpong night market which is a mecca for tourists and higher prices, the Lalai Sap Market hosts far fewer foreigners but delivers a more authentic experience and lower price tags too. Avoid the lunchtime workers who pile into the small food stalls and try the stalls out a little later in the afternoon for a more affordable bite to eat. There are food stalls, full retail stores and everything in between with a real Thai feel to the place.
There’s plenty to do in the Silom area. It’s very central within Bangkok making other places to visit a short, inexpensive tuk-tuk or taxi ride away to mix things up for the afternoon or evening. One thing is for certain; you’ll never get bored as there’s so many varied things to do.