With towering skyscrapers filled with office workers, Silom is viewed as the epitome of Bangkok business but down on ground level the area is bursting with life and character. As the sun sets, Silom Road erupts with energy as famed entertainment areas open for custom and the other side of the district's personality is revealed.
Patpong is probably the highlight ... More>of Silom with a reputation that precedes it. Neon lights glare, touts bark promotions and people walk around taking in the surreal atmosphere. Patpong is known for its go-go bars and dodgy shows but nowadays it is also home to a family friendly night market. Just down the road is the Japanese equivalent, Soi Thaniya, which also houses a few nice pubs in amongst the madness. With a range of affordable and luxury Silom hotels available, it's never too far to retreat back to bed in case the night gets too much.
During the day Silom's sober face is just as interesting and it actually has a reputation for art and antiques. OP Place on Charoen Krung Road is floor upon floor of antiques for sale with some exquisite items on offer. Another hidden attraction is Neilson Hayes Library. Dating back over 100 years, this glorious colonial building is well worth looking around. Finally, if your Silom hotel doesn't provide the skyscraper style panorama of the city you had hoped, check out some of the lofty bars in the area for a memorable experience.