Silom & Sathorn Area
The areas of Silom and Sathorn in Bangkok have become the major financial centres of Thailand. Located in the southeast of Bangkok, these districts are dominated by corporate high-rise office buildings, bank headquarters and insurance companies. You’ll also find a number of superb restaurants, boutique hotels and small shopping malls intermingled within these. Yet at night, these areas transform. Home to the famous Patpong region, among many other evening hotspots, these are some of the top nightlife locations of Bangkok. You’ll find an abundance of bars, karaoke establishments and restaurants, all of which stay open through the night until the early hours of the morning (and sometimes even until sunrise).
The sub-district of Silom centres on Silom Road, a cosmopolitan street that is increasingly referred to as the ‘Wall Street’ of Thailand; this is where the embassies and top banking headquarters are located. It is part of the wider Bang Rak district and sits just north of the Sathorn region. Don’t miss the colourful Mariamman Temple, also known as Wat Khaek. Silom is where you’ll find the infamous Patpong area, as well as Thanon Thaniya (Little Tokyo), making it the place to be for nighttime activity. For something a little more sophisticated, the top of the Banyan Tree Building or the State Tower are magnificent places to sip exotic cocktails while enjoying some of the best views of Southeast Asia. Silom is served by two of Bangkok's most sophisticated mass transportation systems - the Skytrain (BTS) and the underground.
The district of Sathorn stretches from Lumpini Park south to the river. You’ll discover trendy hotels, modern apartments and gourmet restaurants. Being one of Bangkok’s ‘newer’ areas, Sathorn has undergone rapid development over the past few years due to its desirable location next to Silom and the riverside. One of the main roads running through the district is Sathorn Road, where you’ll encounter an assortment of upmarket hotels, the famous 'Robot Building' and the Vatican Embassy. It is also home to Wat Yan Nawa temple, which dates back to the Ayutthaya period and is one of the best-known temples of Sathorn. The region is particularly popular with Bangkok’s expat community, as well as long-stay visitors and business travellers.