Silom is known as the financial district of Bangkok and is home to a lot of financial institutions, bank head quarters and office buildings. It is also home to the former trade quarter, the Bang Rak. Because of this reason a few restaurants, malls and luxury hotels have mushroomed in this area. Besides this it has the famous night life scene at Patpong. The Silom area is connected to both the sophisticated mass transportation’s systems of Bangkok namely BTS Skytrain & the underground MRT (Mass Rapid Transport). Let us try and explore the fancies of this area.
PatPong: One of the famous red light districts of Bangkok, this is where all the sleaze culture started with its range of Go Go bars. The two parallel side streets between Silom and Surawongse Roads house around hundred’s of neon lit strip bars offering sleazy shows and the famous pole dancing entertainment. It certainly is ranked higher than Soi Cowboy in the Sukhumvit area for the sheer variety of sleaze options it offers. Though most men are here for a visual feast rather than the real indulgence it has to offer. It is famous amongst men for the adult scene it offers and for the women it is the night market which is the biggest attraction of Patpong. The famous Go Go bars here are namely Electric blue and the BarBar, Bangkok’s only fetish club. Not far away from these is the Bada Bing Go Go bar located on Patpong Soi 2. This one is a particular favourite where every night twenty five sexily dressed women take to the stage. The bar is fairly modern in its décor and attracts a huge clientele because of the free entry that it offers. It has two type of women dancers, the coyotes and the go go girls, both of whom are equally willing to join you for a drink. The place offers cheap drinks and is the most relaxed bar you would find in Bangkok. It has become a popular haunt of the Expats.
Snake farm (Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute): Located inside the Thai Red Cross institute, this one produces the anti venom serum for the snake – bit victims nationwide. Be there in afternoon to witness a spectacular show in which the doctor introduces you to a particular snake, talks about it and how to handle a snake and talks about the snake species in general. Make sure to visit both the floors they have and also witness the new exhibition which houses a plenty of poisonous snakes in it. They also give you a demonstration of how to remove venom from these poisonous snakes.
Sri Mariamman Temple: This hindu temple was made by the immigrant Tamil community in 1826 and is dedicated to Goddess Mariamman who supposedly protects you from disease and death. It is the only Hindu temple in Bangkok and a must visit for the spiritually inclined. You can witness the prayers and offerings to the lord and be part of this holy ritual.
Eat me Restaurant, Somtum Der, Breeze, Scarlett Wine & Bar & La table de tee are the favourites in this area.
Le Meridien: It is amongst the best hotels in Bangkok. This one is a modern luxury with fabulous views from the rooftop.
Dusit Thani: This one overlooks the lush greenery of the Lumpini park. A great hotel, easily accessible by public transport systems.
Sofitel Silom Bangkok : Very good food, very spacious and a great ambience.