The King Power Mahanakhon Tower stands out on the Bangkok skyline in Silom
Bangkok’s first business district maintains several colonial buildings by the river, dating from when Portugal was granted land in the city, in the late 18th century. Other European countries soon followed, resulting in a mix of Eastern and Western architectural styles, as seen in the elegant Holy Rosary (“Kalawar”) Church and the Assumption Cathedral. It was here that the city’s first hotels were built, like the legendary Mandarin Oriental, which has now been joined by other big-name hotels.
Skyscrapers housing offices, apartments and more hotels nearby have created a modern district which is essentially downtown, extending to Siam.
This is the place to be at night, for the notorious Patpong entertainment (red light) district and its famous market. During the day, Lumphini Park is a cooling, green escape.
The hotels across the river have some of the most attractive boats on the Chao Phraya. They’re free, and although they’re technically meant for hotel guests, the uniformed crew doesn’t generally ask questions, so you can use one to cross the river, and take a few photos. We recommend that of the Peninsula Bangkok Hotel , which you may catch by the Sathorn pier every 10 or 15 minutes, outside the Saphan Taksin station of the BTS Skytrain station. Take the opportunity to splurge at one of the hotel’s riverside bars and restaurants, or enjoy a treatment at the spa.
How to Get to Silom
Take the BTS Skytrain to one of three stations: Sala Daeng (for Patpong), Chong Nonsi (closest to Silom Road and King Power Mahanakhon Tower’s Skywalk), or Saphan Taksin (for the riverfront and the Chao Phraya Express boats). You may also take the MRT (subway) to the stations of Silom and Lumphini. By river boat, the pier is Taksin, outside the Saphan Taksin station of the BTS Skytrain.
What to See and Do in Silom
-Lumphini Park - Bangkok’s “Central Park” for a green escape.
-Patpong - Raunchy nightlife and a night market.
-Snake Farm - A curious antivenom-producing, snake-breeding farm.
-SkyWalk at the King Power Mahanakhon Tower - Bangkok’s tallest observation deck to literally walk over the city.
-Kalawar Church - A Catholic church originally from the 1700s, built by Portuguese settlers.
-Sri Maha Mariamman - Colorful Hindu temple.
Recommended Hotels in Silom for Every Budget
- Lebua at State Tower
- W Hotel Bangkok
- Crowne Plaza Bangkok Lumphini Park
- SO Sofitel Bangkok
- Mandarin Oriental Bangkok Hotel
- Triple Two Silom
- Mode Sathorn Hotel
- Baan Pra Nond Bed & Breakfast
- The Cube Hostel
- Lub d Bangkok Silom
- Everyday Bangkok Hostel
Famous as the hotel of the “The Hangover II” film, it’s also known for its breathtaking views over Bangkok, from the rooms and rooftop bar and restaurants.
Ultra-modern hotel around the corner from the King Power Mahanakhon Tower and its Skywalk.
Five-star services catering to business and leisure travelers, with an inviting pool and spa.
Sleek hotel with an infinity pool and rooftop bar overlooking Lumphini Park.
Bangkok’s first hotel, still offering world-class services and facilities that include an outdoor swimming pool, tennis court, spa, as many as ten restaurants, and rooms with views.
Spacious, comfortable rooms halfway between the riverfront and Lumphini Park.
Stylish hotel with a rooftop bar, two restaurants, a spa, and infinity pool.
A classic 3-star bed-and-breakfast with a garden and small outdoor pool.
Well designed and perfectly-located hostel, within walking distance of several attractions, the BTS Skytrain and the MRT metro.
Modern hostel within walking distance of the Patpong nightlife.
Colorful hostel with dorms and private rooms.