First Time in Silom - What To Do

Silom Survival Guide

First time visitors to Silom will be amazed by how much this downtown area of Bangkok changes throughout the day. During working hours, sharply dressed business folk create a professional vibe. At lunch, the masses descend from the glass and steel office towers to enjoy the many restaurants and food markets all around Silom.

But once the sun sets, a different side of Silom can be seen. Market traders move in from sunset onwards, turning the whole area into a lively street market, with all manner of items for sale. Patpong is a big draw for visitors, with its brand-name replicas and naked girly bars appealing to huge cross-section of visitors to Bangkok. So too are the famous gay streets of Silom – namely, Soi 2 and 4 – which cater to the LGBT community with bars, restaurants and nightclubs. The changing nature of Silom is fascinating to experience and for that reason everyone is encouraged to do a little exploring here. Plus, there’s Bangkok’s biggest downtown park at one end and the mighty Chao Phraya River at the other, so you can escape the urban jungle if the sight of concrete and cars gets too much.

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Silom at a Glance

Here’s a summary of what we like about this area, and also what we don’t like. We have tried to give a balanced view so you can decide in seconds if this is the right place for you.

  • Vibrant nightlife
  • Genuine ‘big city’ vibe
  • Quite easy to walk from one place to the next
  • Loads of fancy restaurants
  • Skytrain and Subway make travelling easy
  • Lacks traditional culture
  • Busy

Things You Can Do in Silom

Silom has a diverse range of things to see and do. From exploring the famous night markets, to heading to sky-scraping rooftop bars, and even doing aerobics at sunset in Lumpini Park, you have plenty of options. It’s not the best place for cultural or heritage sightseeing, but Silom is full of cool spots to explore.

  • Sky Bar Rooftop

    Sky Bar Rooftop at Lebua

    Made even more famous by hosting the Hangover II boys during filming in Bangkok, Sky Bar rooftop at Lebua State Tower Read More»

  • Lumpini Park

    Lumpini Park

    Lumpini Park, Bangkok's oldest and largest park, is an inner-city haven of tranquility, fresh air and shade - offering Read More»

  • Patpong Night Market?

    After cleaning up its act, Patpong's become one of the 'must' night shopping destinations for avid shoppers. The place Read More»

Best Places to Go at Night in Silom

Nightlife in Silom is fantastic. You’ll find some swanky bars all along the main strip, several rooftop bars inside five-star hotels, and some naughty nightlife along Soi Patpong. Add to that the famous gay streets and you might understand why Silom is so popular at night. The highlight of Silom’s nightlife is the range of swanky bars.

  • Patpong in Bangkok

    Patpong in Bangkok

    One of the world's most famous red-light districts, Patpong is where it all started. Located in Silom, its side-streets Read More»

  • Maggie Choo's Bar in Silom

    Maggie Choo's Bar

    From the famous designer Ashley Sutton and located under the Novotel Silom, Maggie Choo's is both a restaurant and a Read More»

  • Park Society at Sofitel So on Sathorn Road

    Park Society Sofitel Rooftop

    Rooftop bars seem to be the latest craze in Bangkok, so much so that I wonder just how many cities in the world have Read More»

Restaurants We Like in Silom

If you like fancy dining and cutting-edge cuisine, you’ll love Silom. This neighbourhood is home to several Michelin star restaurants and there’s food markets and local joints for more down-to-earth fare. Just remember that around 12:00 on weekdays, thousands of office workers flood the streets looking for lunch. Silom has the best concentration of fine-dining restaurants in Bangkok.  

  • Bunker Restaurant Bangkok

    Bunker Restaurant Bangkok

    Bunker Restaurant in Bangkok, set in a cool three-storey building in Sathorn, serves refined cuisine, picking dishes Read More»

  • Le Du Restaurant

    Le Du Restaurant

    Le Du restaurant is a new shining star of Bangkok, bringing a new creative cuisine that was definitely missing in town. Read More»

  • Eat Me Restaurant

    Eat Me Restaurant Silom

    Eat Me - The name is less of a suggestion and more a promise of something irresistible. This restaurant in Silom lives Read More»

Best Places to Shop in Silom

Silom has enough shopping options to satisfy most people. There’s a large shopping mall right next to Sala Daeng BTS station and several markets. The most popular with first time visitors is Patpong Night Market. You’ll find loads of souvenirs and no-so-genuine designer gear here, with a row of naughty red-light zone bars running next to the market. Shopping is convenient in Silom thanks to a shopping mall and a night market next to the BTS skytrain.  

  • Silom Complex

    Silom Complex

    Although there are plenty restaurants and nightlife along Silom Road, one Thai staple that was missing was a shopping Read More»

  • Patpong Night Market?

    After cleaning up its act, Patpong's become one of the 'must' night shopping destinations for avid shoppers. The place Read More»

  • Lalai Sap Market

    Lalai Sap Market in Silom

    Lalai Sap Market is a hidden maze of small boutiques, stalls and food courts tucked in narrow back alleys of Silom area. Read More»

Best Hotels in Silom

We’ve picked three of our favourite hotels in Silom to give you a hand in case you haven’t got a place to stay. These three cater to different needs and budgets, so have a read and see which one suits you best.

Tower Club at lebua (The World’s First Vertical Destination)

There is a sense of prestige that pervades Lebua Hotel and especially the Tower Club room category housed on the 51st to 59th Read More...

Le Meridien Bangkok

Le Meridien Bangkok is a sophisticated five star hotel in the Silom area of Bangkok.This location is known as an excellent Read More...

Novotel Fenix Silom

Novotel Bangkok Fenix Silom is prominently positioned in the midst of the financial district of Bangkok, surrounded by gleaming Read More...


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