Silom

Polite in the daylight and suggestive in the red-light.

Silom's towers comprise another of Bangkok's business centers. Car traffic and foot traffic are comparable in this crowded neighborhood, but Silom somehow manages to feel more serene than its central counterparts, Siam and Sathorn. The sound of blaring horns intermingles with the sight of scantily clad women as Silom's neon colored erotica clubs set the evening alight. When residents want to leave the noise of the city behind, they seek solace in Silom's favorite green space, Lumpini Park.

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On the Map

Silom is bordered by Chinatown, Pom Prap Sattru Phai, Siam, Sathorn, Pathum Wan, and Thonburi

Suvarnabhumi Airport: 30 minute drive or 45 minutes by public transit and Airport Link Express
Siam BTS Skytrain Station: 10 minutes by public transit
Khao San Road: 30 minutes by public transit
Asok BTS Skytrain Station: 20 minutes by public transit

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Difficult

Commercial and Colloquial Pursuits In Bangkok's Core

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Situated in central Bangkok, Silom's sidewalks fill with office workers, shoppers, street food vendors, and board game connoisseurs.

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The neighborhood feels more relaxed than its central city counterparts, Siam and Sathorn.

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Silom's mix of old traditions and modern technologies lends its an approachable charm.

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Despite the crowds, Silom maintains a tranquil pace.

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In Silom, patience is practiced.

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Workers take breaks and traffic flows more freely.

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[Home to] Silom Road, the Wall Street of Bangkok, and Lumpini Park, the Central Park of Bangkok...you can walk for less than 5 minutes to get to bustling Silom road, BTS skytrain, MRT subway, as well as the famous Patpong area."

Local Gathering Grounds: Lumpini Park

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Residents consider Lumpini Park Bangkok's central park.

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A favored green space in the heart of the city, Lumpini Park attracts everyday exercisers to its wide plazas and stationary strength apparatuses.

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Whether practicing Tai Chi or juggling a soccer ball, Lumpini Park offers Bangkokians the perfect place to play together.

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The organized activities are free of charge.

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This area is famous for its food options. Lots of infamous street stalls (i.e. Bangkok's most famous goose stew) that have been there for 20+ years, and also French/Italian/Japanese hidden eateries with incredible value high-end courses."

Sidewalk Lifestyles: Buying on the Street

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Silom's sidewalks are famous for their street food vendors.

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Spicy papaya salad, Som Tum, and traditional Thai noodles sell themselves.

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Clothing racks and textile tables also proliferate in Silom.

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At Second Glance: The Quiet Side of Silom

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In Silom, you're surrounded by commercialism and consumer temptations.

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Take a closer look and you'll find serenity. Many of the neighborhood's temples remain tucked away.

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Spirituality is important, and in Silom, citizens often stop to pay their respects to Buddah.

Exotica: Evening Entertainment In Silom

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Silom's evenings are known for their x-rated entertainment venues.

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Exotic dancers take the stage and audience members enjoy the shows.

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More than erotic performances, Silom features night markets and craft bazaars.

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The Patpong Night Market is known for selling high-end copies of high-end couture.

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Chanel, Gucci, and Louis Vuitton labels look familiar at Patpong.

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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

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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.

Paula Bronstein

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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.