Siam

The heart of downtown Bangkok and the soul of passionate shoppers, Siam is fashionably fast-paced.

Nearby commuters, far-away travelers, and clearance-savvy shoppers collide in Siam, the ever-beating heart of downtown Bangkok. Crowds cultivate day-to-night entertainment in this destination neighborhood. Most of Siam's independent clothing shops are converting to big-name stores, but the area's energy doesn't seem to diminish. Instead, its massive malls and art centers attract students after class, locals after work, and tourists after trinkets from today's sunrise until tomorrow's.

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On the Map

Siam is bordered by Silom, Ratchathewi/Phaya Thai, and Pathum Wan

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Difficult

Suvarnabhumi Airport: 30 minute drive or 45 minutes by public transit and Airport Link Express
Siam BTS Skytrain Station: 5 minutes walk
Khao San Road: 10 minutes by public transit
Asok BTS Skytrain Station: 10 minutes by public transit

The Bustling Center of Bangkok

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Alive in the core of Bangkok, Siam is the city's ultimate shopping destination.

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A labyrinthine collection of chaotic streets and shops that lead to wholesale marketplaces like MBK Center and glamorous destinations like Siam Paragon, Siam's commercial activity brings incessant energy to the neighborhood.

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Bargain marketplaces set up opposite Siam Center.

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Its tables and kiosks sell clothing and accessories for much less than Siam's mega malls, but be prepared to haggle for your price.

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In Siam, lunch breaks are often spent among this fashion center's stalls and shops.

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Scaffolds and skeletal frames of future malls punctuate Siam's surrounding spaces.

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Open lots will soon be sleek shopping complexes.

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[Home to] prime shopping centers, including MBK Center, Siam Center, Siam Discovery, Siam Paragon , Siam Square, Central World, and Central Chidlom."

Pop-Up Shops In Siam

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Ever-evolving, each day is different in Siam.

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In Siam, shoppers are everywhere, everyday.

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The streets' vendors change daily.

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In this neighborhood, sellers are generally guaranteed to find buyers for their goods.

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Street life isn't complete without snack food.

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...very close to some interesting landmarks, including the Jim Thompson house. The area is quite touristy but nowhere near the craziness of Khaosan, which for me was much appreciated."

Alex

Visited in 2013

Siam's Creative Spaces: The Art Center

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Siam's character is derived from more than sales and clearances at its super malls.

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The neighborhood is known as a hub for culture, arts, and academics.

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The Art Center in Siam Square hosts outdoor events and plein air concerts.

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Theatres like the Scala show foreign films and independent reels.

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Street art prevails in Siam.

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It's nearly photo-realistic.

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It's definitely photogenic.

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It is an ideal place for shoppers who shop at Platinum Shopping Mall and around the area."

Hector

Visited in 2012

Chulalongkorn University: Thailand's Oldest University

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Chulalongkorn University, colloquially called "Chula," is Thailand's oldest university within its modern educational system.

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Chula was founded in 1917 by King Vajiravudh who named it after his father, King Chulalongkorn.

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Getting Around and Staying Active In Siam

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The BTS skytrain is the city's most prominent public transit rail system.

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Located in the center of Bangkok's bustling core, Siam Station looms large and is consistently crowded.

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People come for Muay Thai matches, kickboxing competitions, and self-directed exercise classes.

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Bangkok's residents take advantage of their time waiting for, and riding on, its transit lines.

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Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Brent Lewin is an award-winning photographer residing in Bangkok and Toronto. His personal work largely focuses on the plight of the Asian elephant in Thailand. Brent's work has been profiled and featured in publications such as National Geographic, The New York Times, Discovery Channel Magazine, and the industry magazine Photo District News (PDN). Brent's work has also been recognized with over a dozen awards at many prestigious international contests.

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Paula Bronstein is an award winning photojournalist with over 30 years in the business. Originally from Boston, Bronstein worked for newspapers including The Hartford Courant and The Chicago Tribune before moving overseas to Thailand in 1998 to cover the Asian region including Afghanistan and Pakistan. Paula has been employed as a senior staff photographer with Getty Images for 10.5 years. Presently Paula has moved back to freelance and is being represented by Reportage by Getty Images.

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