section of Silom/Sathorn is dominated by the Chao Phraya river, and the
riverfront hotels of The Oriental, Royal Orchid Sheraton, Peninsula, and
the Shangri-la. Further south down the river and just below the map lies
the Bangkok Marriott Resort and Spa. At the northern edge of the map lies
Bangkok's main railway station - Hua Lam Phong. To view both Silom/Sathorn
maps (Lumphini and Riverside) together, please click here.
and River City
One lies next to the Oriental Hotel and the other is next to the Royal
Orchid Sheraton. These two shopping areas specialize in higher priced
fine art and antiques, but also more moderatily priced handicrafts and
clothing. Though prices are high, the articles are more likely to be genuine.
There are several nice restaurants here offering fine views of the river.
There are numerous street stalls - similar to those on Upper Sukhumvit
- offering a variety of very low-priced item (some of them knock-offs)
on the small streets and alleys between The Oriental and the Royal Orchid
(Stations and lines in gray from left to right and/or top to bottom
on the map above.)
Line: (Sarasak and Saphan Taksin 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.