Crowds by the famous Erawan Shrine
The heart of Bangkok’s continually-expanding downtown is Siam and the adjacent Ratchaprasong. These two areas are essentially one big shopping mall, a transportation hub, and the center of modern Bangkok. It’s where locals go shopping, at the stores around Siam Square and at the several malls that stand next to each other. It’s also where many luxury hotels of international chains have opened, and is home to one of the city’s main attractions, the Jim Thompson House.
Many of the malls and hotels are linked by the Skywalk, a covered elevated walkway beneath the Skytrain tracks along Rama I Road, meaning you can avoid having to cross the streets.
How to Get to Siam and Ratchaprasong
Take the BTS Skytrain to one of three stations: Siam, Chit Lom, or National Stadium.
What to See and Do in Siam and Ratchaprasong
-Bangkok Art & Culture Center - The place to see modern art exhibitions in central Bangkok.
-Jim Thompson House - A must-see house-museum offering a unique look into traditional Thai architecture, art and design.
-Erawan Shrine - A statue attracting thousands of daily visitors hoping for good fortune.
-Siam Square - Outdoor shopping hotspot.
Recommended Hotels in Siam and Ratchaprasong for Every Budget
- Siam Kempinski Bangkok
- Centara Grand at CentralWorld
- Novotel Bangkok on Siam Square
- Mercure Bangkok Siam
- Lub d Bangkok Siam
One of Bangkok’s most luxurious hotels, with the city’s largest pool.
Stylish design hotel with colorful rooms and an infinity pool.
Family-friendly hotel located in the heart of Bangkok’s shopping district, with a large swimming pool.
Four-star hotel with bright rooms and a rooftop pool.
The only real budget option in this part of town, with modern and colorful dorms and private rooms.