Siam Square/Central World Plaza

Siam Square/WTC: Interactive Map
Siam Square/WTC: Hotels
Baiyoke Sky Hotel Bangkok Indra Regent Hotel Bangkok Asia Hotel Bangkok Amari Watergate Hotel Bangkok Eastin Hotel Bangkok D'Ma Pavilion Hotel Bangkok Bangkok Palace Hotel Hilton International Hotel Bangkok Arnoma Hotel Bangkok Le Royal Meridien Hotel Bangkok Le Meridien President Hotel Bangkok Pathumwan Princess Hotel Bangkok Novotel Siam Square Hotel Bangkok Hotel Plaza Athenee Bangkok Regent Hotel Bangkok Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel Bangkok Upper Sukhumvit (Nana) Map Silom/Sathorn (Lumphini) Map
Area Map: Siam Square/World Trade Center, Bangkok, Thailand
Other Area Maps: Upper Sukhumvit (Nana), Lower Sukhumvit (Convention Center), Silom/Sathorn (Lumphini), Silom/Sathorn (Riverside)
Hotel Name
Amari Watergate Hotel Bangkok
Arnoma Hotel Bangkok
Asia Hotel Bangkok
Baiyoke Sky Hotel Bangkok
Bangkok Palace Hotel
D'Ma Pavilion Hotel Bangkok
Eastin Hotel Bangkok
Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok (formerly The Regent)
Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel Bangkok
Indra Regent Hotel Bangkok
Intercontinental Hotel Bangkok (formerly Royal Meridien)
Novotel Siam Square Hotel Bangkok
Pathumwan Princess Hotel Bangkok
Regent Hotel Bangkok
Siam Square/World Trade Center: Area Description

As far as we're concerned, this area is the center of modern Bangkok. And we're not alone - the sleek, new Bangkok Skytrain has its Central Station here where the Silom Line and the Sukhumvit Line join up. Just north of the station - behind their Siam Discovery and Siam Center properties - the Mall Group and Bangkok Intercontinental Hotels Corp. are planning a huge, high-tech shopping playground to be called Siam Paragon - stand on the Siam Square platform and watch it going up! Also here is the massive Central World Plaza complex (formerly the World Trade Center) anchored by the Isetan and Zen Department stores. Two of the classiest hotels in Asia - Four Seasons Bangkok (previously The Regent) and Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok - call the area home as well. Finally, sprawling Chulalongkon University, the Royal Bangkok Sports Club, and the embassy enclave surrounding Wireless Road complete the picture.                 

Siam Square
The area which is officially Siam Square is actually a rectangle, comprised of several short soi's (small streets) running south off of Rama I road between Phaya Thai and Henri Dunant roads. Though there are a few covered "cut-through's" here and there, this is definitely NOT a mall - the entrances for almost all of the individual shops are outdoors. The Hard Rock Café is here, while the Novotel houses the hip, active CM2 ("Siam Squared" - get it?) discotheque. On the west side of Siam Square, there is a covered walkway which goes over Phaya Thai road to the inexpensive, popular MBK (or Mah Boong Khrong) shopping center and the Pathumwan Princess hotel.

Central World Plaza (formerly the World Trade Center)
Down the street from Siam Square, near the Arnoma and Le Meridien properties lies the imposing Central World Plaza. This is a rather large seven level (eight in places) shopping mall with major department stores, many high-end shops, movies theaters, dozens of restaurants, and even an ice-skating rink. Modern and popular, get off at the Chit Lom station on the Sukhumvit line.

Siam Discovery Center/Siam Center
Back across from Siam Square are these upscale, trendy shopping centers. You can get off the Skytrain at the Central Station and enter directly into the complex - good to know if the monsoon is letting loose in October. Check out the luxury movie theater upstairs with the huge, soft, red-velvet reclining chairs - yes, we're talking Barcalounger stuff here. Convenient and fun with many places to eat, cool coffee shops, and numerous chic designer clothing outlets including Esprit, Benetton, LaCoste, Timberland, Guy Laroche, Calvin Klein, Armani, etc. Check it out.

Chalerm, Pratumwan, and Charoen Nakon Markets
Lest you think we are ignoring the traditional markets, you will find terrific bargains galore (especially for clothing) at these three markets next to the Amari Watergate hotel at the top-center of our map above. There are literally hundreds of stalls with busy, cramped, narrow paths winding between them under the semi-shelter of shanty-style roofs behind the store fronts. Hot, busy, and active this IS shopping in Asia at its core - a must, if you're a shopper. There are no signs, just look for where people are going in and follow. After shopping, head across Phetburi Road (go under the overpass) to Nai Lert Food Market for some of the best, cheapest seafood around.

(Stations and lines in gray from left to right and/or top to bottom on the map above.)
Sukhumvit Line: (Ratchathewi, CENTRAL, Chit Lom, & Ploenchit Stations); Silom Line: (CENTRAL, Ratchadamri Stations)
Completed in December of 1999, the Bangkok Skytrain glides above Bangkok's busy, busy streets quietly and relatively cheaply. The cars are new and modern and the system can whisk you quickly about in air-conditioned comfort - a must if you're out and about during rush hour, which is pretty much all day! Here at Siam Square lies the only point where the two lines cross - Central Station. We do have one gripe about the Bangkok Skytrain, however. For some unknown reason, only a few of the stations (Central is one of them) have escalators to take you up to the stations some 60-70 feet overhead. On a typical, sizzling Bangkok afternoon this inexplicable oversight (or was it the budget) is certainly less forgivable as you stomp up the stairs. Still, this beats the old days of taking meterless taxis (now, all taxis have meters) through permanently clogged streets. • Copyright © 1997-2005 • All Rights Reserved