Walking Tour of Attractions in Bangkok’s Silom District

By Mark Wiens 32 Comments

Before you do anything WATCH the video above.

The Tour of attractions in Silom begins at Lub d Hostel in Bangkok, Thailand. If you are looking for Bangkok’s most stylish and friendly hostel in a great location check it out!

You can even book your room with Lub d right now, so you will be right in the vicinity of all of Bangkok’s Silom action.

So after you’ve watched the video, you can now take a look at the numbered destinations of all the places visited. The map at the very bottom is also number coordinated so you can figure out exactly where to go on this walking tour of Silom attractions.

1. Neilson Hays Library – Morning Coffee

The Neilson Hays Library is a great place to enjoy a quiet morning coffee, view the latest art gallery, and check out the selection of English library books. The facility also offers exhibitions and creative workshops.

Open: Tuesday to Sunday – 9:30 am to 5 pm | Click here to see their official website.

2. Silom Soi 20 – Street Food and RestaurantsSilom Attractions, Bangkok

In the early morning hours, Silom Soi 20 is a market, full of vendors selling all kinds of Thai treats, fresh produce, and daily goods. Try the the khao neow dam sang kaya (sweet black sticky rice with custard), one of my favorite Thai desserts. The market ends by around 10 am, and a series of Thai street style restaurants open their doors for lunch and dinner.

Located on Silom Soi 20 | If you are interested in Thai food check out my guide here.


3. Sri Maha Mariamman Hindu Temple

Right across the street from Silom Soi 20 is the Sri Maha Mariamman Hindu Temple. Down the same street are a few vegetarian restaurants, some Indian restaurants, and even an authentic Persian restaurant.

4. Bangkok Seashell Museum

Ever thought seashells were interesting? The seashell museum is stocked with over 3000 different seashells from more than 600 species. Check out all the shapes, sizes, and colors!

Cost: 200 THB per person | Open: 10 am – 8 pm

5. Sky Bar – The Dome LebuaLub D Hostel Bangkok

The Dome at Lebua State Tower in Bangkok, Thailand is one of the most famous sky bars in the world! Sipping on a cocktail while peering over the glass ledges at Bangkok’s shining skyline is a surreal experience!

It’s not Bangkok cheap – expect to pay about 300 THB per drink | Click here to visit the official website | Open at night

6. Charoen Krung Street – Silver and Jewelry Stores

If you are interested in purchasing jewelry, especially silver, Charoen Krung Street is the spot to shop. There’s also a great selection of amazing Thai food in the area.

7. Assumption Cathedral and Neighborhood

The neighborhood that surrounds Bangkok’s Assumption College and Cathedral is a tangle of narrow streets and preserved buildings – a fantastic place to take a stroll. The Assumption Cathedral itself is one of the the main Roman Catholic churches in Bangkok.

Services are still held on Sundays in English at 10 am

8. Bangrak General Post Office

Want to send a postcard or package home? The Bangrak general post office is conveniently located on Charoen Krung Soi 32.

Address: Soi 32 Charoen Krung Road, Sathorn, Bangkok, 10500 | Open: Monday to Friday 9 am – 3:30 pm and Saturdays 9 am – 11:30 am

9. Wat Hua Lamphong

One of the largest Buddhist temples in Silom is Wat Hua Lamphong. The golden Thai style temple contrasts the modern sky-rise of glass and steel that makes up the central business district of Bangkok.

10. Chamchurri Square

Right across the street from Wat Hua Lamphong Temple and right at the Sam Yan MRT station, is the modern Chamchurri Square shopping center. The center is a giant air conditioned complex filled with an assortment of sit down restaurants and ice cream stores.

Note: Don’t expect a shopping experience like MBK.

11. Bangkok Snake Farm – Queen Saovabha Memorial InstituteLub d Hostel

The Bangkok snake farm is located on the Thai Red Cross campus in Silom. One of the coolest things about the the snake show is that the commentator calmly goes over the various forms of anti-venom’s, as deadly King cobras are bravely being handled!

Open: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm | Cost: Adults – 200 THB, Kids – 50 THB

12. Thaniya Street

Thaniya Street which is also sometimes referred to as Japanese street, is perpendicular to the Sala Daeng BTS station in the heart of Silom. There is an abundance of Japaneses restaurants, bars, karaoke clubs, and a number of questionable Japanese adult entertainment joints.

13. Sala Daeng – Downtown Silom

There’s almost always some form of action in the downtown Silom Sala Daeng area of Bangkok. During the weekdays, the area is filled with business office workers and executives. At night Silom turns into a chaotic marketplace of street vendors and party goers.

Thai Massage: 200 – 300 THB per hour

14. Soi Convent – Street FoodLub D Silom Tour

Luckily, Silom is not all upscale restaurants where you need to be dressed in long pants and loafers. Soi Convent is stocked with a share of street carts that serve up a medley of delicious things to eat.

15. Patpong Night Bazaar

Searching for skin tight Armani shirts, Louis Vuitton purses, butterfly knives, or dvd’s? Patpong begins to come alive at about 5 pm when an entire makeshift market erects and FAKE brand name products start to emerge from giant gunny sacks.

Take a peak past the fake Rolex watches and you’ll notice a throng of scantily clad humans; wrapped around the Patpong shopping bazaar is one of Bangkok’s most famous red light districts, the headquarters of go-go bars and those notorious “Bangkok shows.”

Open: about 5 pm – till late at night

Zoom in on the number to see the exact location on the Silom Map!

View Bangkok Silom Tour – Lub D Hostel in a larger map

All 15 steps on this Tour of attractions in Silom are possible to accomplish in a single day, but feel free to break it up into sections as you please!

Have a great stay at Lub d Silom and hope this guide can help you locate some fun things to do in Silom, Bangkok!

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  • Reti

    6 years ago

    Thank you for the great post. Will surely try to visit some of them today.

  • Jay Dee

    9 years ago

    Thanks for this, if fortune permits my 3 days in Bangkok to happen this December, I think I’m going to spend a day walking around here for some local color. Staying in Center Point Silom

  • Peer

    9 years ago

    The dessert looks delicious, I am going to try today before I fly out of Bangkok tonight. I have checked out Patpong night bazaar, soi silom 20, Mariamman Temple and neighborhoods around BTS. Wish I had seen this blog the first day I landed. Never too late, I will include the snake farm on my list today. Good job Mark. Hopefully I’ll explore the rest in my next trip..

    • Mark Wiens

      9 years ago

      Thank you Peer, sounds like you had a great trip to Bangkok!

  • David @ That Gay Backpacker

    11 years ago

    I start my travel adventure in Bangkok, and specifically Silom, on Dec 31st.

    This post has achieved the double whammy of giving me some really useful info and getting me bonkers excited as well.

    Officially cannot wait.

    • Mark Wiens

      11 years ago

      Hey David, Awesome to hear you’ll be coming to Bangkok! You must visit Chinatown during the evening for some great street food. Will you be traveling all around SE Asia after that?

  • Bluegreen Kirk

    13 years ago

    Thai dessert, snake charming, and street food says it all for me. I still need to check out that Guide to Thai Food.

    • Mark Wiens

      13 years ago

      So many diverse and interesting things to do in Bangkok…but it’s all trumped by the street food!

  • Adam Mayfield

    13 years ago

    Nice job on the video! I stayed at Lub D Silom when I was there at the beginning of the year and loved it. My favorite place for breakfast was that little market around the corner. I miss sticken (Chicken on a stick) and Thai tea for breakfast!!

    • Mark Wiens

      13 years ago

      Hey Adam,
      Thanks for leaving a comment. Yah, Lub D is a great hostel and that market around the corner provides some awesome street food snacking! Did you get a chance to try the whole chicken cooked in a big clay pot, on that market street in the morning? Really good too!

  • Laurel

    13 years ago

    I used to work just off of Silom Road and never got tired of the street food which I had everyday for lunch. Never did make it to the Snake Farm though, I’m petrified of snakes. Great video!

    • Mark Wiens

      13 years ago

      Awesome, was that when you were teaching English? Yah, if you are not a fan of snakes, the show could be a bit frightening.

  • Sophie | Sophie’s World

    13 years ago

    Another excellent video. First time I was in Bangkok, I stayed in the Silom district. Years and years ago (early 90s), but I remember I liked it back then.

    • Mark Wiens

      13 years ago

      Wow, cool, so it’s probably changed quite a bit since then, but I’m sure it was just as interesting!

  • inka

    13 years ago

    Great video. Very professional Mark. I won’t visit Bangkok any time soon but if I ever do, I’ll remember to consult this post first.

  • Jillian

    13 years ago

    Love the video! Perhaps my favorite part is the indoor shopping mall where you suggest to cool off- had to laugh out loud, that’s exactly what we used those shopping centers for when we were in Bangkok. Would defintely skip the snake farm if I get there again…

    • Mark Wiens

      13 years ago

      You build up such a heavy sweat anytime you are walking around Bangkok, so it’s always nice to walk into a mall or into a train that blasts you with a cool air breeze of air condition!

  • Jeremy Branham

    13 years ago

    Hmm, I have a feeling I have seen some of these on a list somewhere about Bangkok! You have any idea where? 🙂

    Great post Mark! Love the detail you share in your posts in the places you cover! Quick, easy, hit the highlights without overwhelming the reader.

    • Mark Wiens

      13 years ago

      Hehe, thanks Jeremy! Cool, glad to know that it is easy to follow and not overwhelming.

  • David @ MalaysiaAsia

    13 years ago

    haha great breakdown. To be honest with you, after about 20 times visiting Bangkok in my life, the only place I remember is Patpong and Soi 20. lol. I started visiting Bangkok back in 1987 when the city was rapidly developing and saw the changes throughout the years which are fascinating.

    • Mark Wiens

      13 years ago

      Wow, you’ve seen a huge change in Bangkok over the years. Those are the places that stick out! I’ve just been here for a couple years and I’ve seen many changes.

  • The Travel Chica

    13 years ago

    That Thai dessert looks delicious. I think I would like Thailand 🙂

    • Mark Wiens

      13 years ago

      I think that’s one of my top 5 Thai desserts!

  • paulo

    13 years ago

    Great job on this video Mark. Captures the noise and bustle of the city and packs a lot of info in a brief time.

    • Mark Wiens

      13 years ago

      Thanks Paulo! Hope to see you in Bangkok someday!