The Silom road (Silom) in Bangkok
The Silom road (Silom) – Bangkok wall street, the business center of the city, dotted with skyscrapers, banks, financial institutions (a silo on the map). Generally a silo is only part of the vast district Bang Rak, named for Silom Road, but among tourists it is all known simply as Shiloh. This is one of the largest areas in the Central part of the city, but tourists are only interested in its southern part. It was here, next to the Skytrain station Sala Daeng and along Silom road the whole tourist activity of the area.
See also other areas of Bangkok:
- Tourist near Khaosan road
- The Pratunam Area
- The Sukhumvit Area
- The Siam
- The Chinatown
- The Thonburi District
Day here everything is the same as in any business district: strictly business-like. There are many shopping centers, people rushing to work. But with the arrival of the dark character of the streets is changing and offers many places of entertainment. We can say that it is the center of nightlife and centre this centre is the famous Patpong street (Patpong Soi) with its Go-Go bars, strip clubs, sex shows and discos. With the coming of darkness it turns into a real street adult only, although the scale is not the same as Walking Street in Pattaya or Bangla road in Phuket.
Patpong street is quite small, or rather they are just two: Soi Patpong 1 and 2 go hand in hand. On one of them streets of the night market, and the other busy bars, restaurants, clubs. There is a separate street for fans Boy boys Town Silom. The tourist infrastructure in the form of hotels, travel agencies, cafes and restaurants, massage parlors, currency exchange, etc. is not only on the streets but also on many of the nearby streets and alleys.
To stay in this area but because of the proximity to these institutions, there is little sense. If you great interesting attractions or shopping, it is better to go to the areas of Khao San road or Pratunam, respectively.
Attention! Be vigilant when visiting the discos, bars and sex shows, where you will ask the touts on the street. Here is a very popular layout, when on the street you beg for a free show and I assure you that as payment you will only need to buy for 100 baht beer at the bar. But after you order you can bill a few hundred or even thousand baht per Cup. Avoid places or ask for a price menu in the bar before ordering.
Accommodation options abound here, hotels and hostels scattered around a huge area. But if you decide to stay in the area for evening entertainment, it is best to choose a hotel near Patpong (in Bangkok on the map of Bangkok), and other tourist infrastructure (currency exchange, travel agencies, transport) are here. Most budget hotels and hostels are on the streets, parallel street to Patpong. Another convenient tourist street - Saladaeng Road.
Find and book hotels in Silom in Bangkok you can go to the following websites, or by using the search, and for choosing the hotel for its location see the map below:
Map of Silom attractions, hotels, transport
How to get to Silom
Through the Silom branch is the BTS Skytrain and MRT underground train. Here the center of the station, which are closest to the tourist streets:
- Sala Daeng BTS (Skytrain) just a few minutes walk to Patpong.
- Silom MRT (Underground subway) about 10 minutes on foot.
Through the region passes a huge number of buses.
But ways like to here/from here to reach different places in the city:
From Suvarnabhumi airport
From Suvarnabhumi by taxi in Bangkok can be reached from 350 baht (737.79 RUB, see the currency of Thailand and the exchange rate) when using a counter, the time 40-60 minutes. Taxi is best to book at the counter when you exit the terminal on the ground floor (follow the signs to the Public taxi), or using the app Grab taxi, Uber Asian replacement. See more information about Grab-taxi in Thailand and how to use it. In addition to the fare on the meter you need to pay 50 baht for the toll road.
Much cheaper and can be reached by airport metro with a transfer. There are several options to transfer, here is the short and cheap:
- From the airport by metro ARL (goes from the ground floor of the terminal) to get to Makkasan station for 35 baht.
- From Makkasan station go to the underground metro station Phetchaburi.
- From the station Phetchaburi reach the station Silom is 24 baht.
If you definitely want to get to the station Sala Daeng BTS, it will have to do two transfers: from Phaya Thai airport metro station to Phaya Thai BTS; then, on the BTS Siam station change to another line directly to the Sala Daeng BTS.
From don Muang airport
From the don Muang airport is a taxi ride from 280 baht (590.23 RUB). Order also better on the official stand or using Grab and from services at a fixed price should be abandoned. The toll road also need to pay 50 baht, but if no traffic you can go for free.
Much cheaper and can be reached by Shuttle bus A3. It departs from outside the terminal every 30 minutes from 7 to 23 hours, costs 30 baht. It stretches from the Lumpini Park and stops near the Silom MRT station, where you need to go.
More from don Muang you can take the train to railway/Hualamphong station, and there go to the underground station Hualamphong MRT, where MRT to Silom in just two stops. Travel by train from the airport to Hualamphong train costs only 5 baht, here is the schedule - railway.co.th. Trains depart from the railway station and DonMuang Railway Station, which leads from the airport flyover.
What to see in Silom
The Silom area is not rich with sights. Here is the Hindu temple Sri Maha Mariamman, the Museum of Bangkoka, and the MahaNakhon skyscraper with an observation deck. But given the large size of the district, even before these places have to commute. The only place walkable from the tourist area in Silom – Lumpini Park.
The observation deck of a skyscraper at King Power Mahana Khon
The observation deck of a skyscraper at King Power Mahana Khon – new attraction (opened in the year 2081,), which much surpassed the previously highest viewing Bangkok hotel-the skyscraper Baiyoke Sky. It is higher (314 metres), modern, interactive entertainment, and much more. Today it is the highest viewing platform in Thailand. Upstairs on the 74th floor there is a closed viewing platform with an interactive map of the city and checked sites; 75 to 87 floor you'll ascend the transparent escalator, and 87 is directly open to observation and balconies with glass floors. Read more about observation deck of a skyscraper at King Power Mahana Khon here...
🕐 Working time: from 08:00 to 24:00, last entrance at 23:00.
💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: Tickets are sold separately to the enclosed observation deck on the 74th floor (adults – 765 baht, children and the elderly – 250 baht; to open space and balconies with glass floor to 87 floor (adults – 965 baht, children and the elderly – 450 baht.
🚶 How to get: a skyscraper located in the Silom area (quay on the map). Located next to Skytrain station Chong Nonsi BTS. From areas where there is no subway, can be reached by taxi or city buses: 15 (from Kasaan road), 16, 77, 187, 34
Hindu temple Sri Maha Mariamman (also Wat Khaek, also Wat Kak)
In Bangkok, only two of the Hindu temple and the most beautiful of them. Built in the 1860's, immigrants from India and now it is one of the main places of worship of the Indian community of Bangkok. Entrance is free, but to take photographs inside without permission is impossible. However, to obtain a permit is easy, just leave a donation and ask if someone from the Rangers.
🕐 Working time: from 6:00 to 20:00
💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: admission is free.
🚶 How to get there: the temple is located a 10-minute walk from BTS Surasak and Chong Nonsi (temple on the map).
Bangkoks Museum (Bangkokian Museum) is one of the hidden gems of Bangkok that are worth visiting. Consists of two wooden houses on the territory of one of the estate belonging to the family of Bangkok residents during the Second World war. The houses are surrounded by gardens and the manor house itself is surrounded by a fence, which protects the courtyard from the hustle and bustle of the city, and you can just forget that this place is in the heart of one of the most bustling cities in the world. Inside recreates the atmosphere, corresponding to the time when the family lived there, many of the exhibits belonged to family members. Read more about the Museum of bangkoka here...
🕐 Working time: 09:00 to 16:00, Monday - closed
💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: free
🚶 How to get there: located in Bang Rak at the address 273 Saphan Yao Alley (Museum map). You can reach it by public transport without too much difficulty, but you will have to walk because it is located on a quiet street with virtually no signposts, and it is difficult to recognize among the other houses.