Silom and Sathorn Roads comprise the main business district area of Bangkok
and are the location of most of its taller buildings. Sathorn Nua (North)
and Sathorn Tai (South) are opposite sides of one street, separated by
a small klong (canal). This eastern half of the Silom/Sathorn corridor
we have designated "Lumphini", after Lumphini Park which dominates
the top-right corner of our map above. The western half is dubbed "Riverside"
for its proximity to the Chao Phraya which snakes along (and helps define)
the western part of central Bangkok.
Central & Robinsons
These two department store chains, now with one and the same owner, are
ubiquitous throughout Bangkok. There's one directly at the Sala Daeng
A host of Irish pubs are to be found in the area near and just off
Silom near the Patpong Soi's.
Patpong 1, 2, and 4
Soi's 1 and 2 are the infamous red-light district. A few years back,
they put a huge market (t-shirts, belts, watches, lighters, purses, shoes,
etc.) in the center of the street dominating every square foot. It's pretty
difficult if you simply want to go to the market - you can't avoid the
touts. Once you've had your five minutes of curiosity here, head a couple
soi's north. Patpong 4 is a packed, trendy soi for the (slightly) more
mainstream. The latest music and hip crowds make this a great place for
young Thai's and foreigners alike.
(Stations and lines in gray from left to right and/or top to bottom
on the map above.)
Silom Line: (Sala Daeng and Chong Nongsi stations)
Completed in December of 1999, the Bangkok Skytrain glides above Bangkok's
busy, busy streets quickly 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! We do have one gripe about the Bangkok Skytrain,
however. For some reason, only a few of the stations have escalators to
take you up to the stations some 60-70 feet overhead. On a typical, sizzling
Bangkok afternoon this inexplicable oversight 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.