Silom and Sathorn roads are the boundaries of the fastest-growing business district in Bangkok. This successful financial hub boasts gleaming skyscrapers housing bank headquarters, embassies and corporate offices. Hotels in Silom and Sathorn are among the best in Bangkok.
The area is nicknamed the ‘Wall Street of Bangkok’, a fitting enough title considering the fast success of local financial institutions. While the daytime emphasis is on business and finance, the after-hours scene takes an unexpected turn. Patpong is Bangkok’s best-known after-hours district, with go-go bars and a neon night market that brings tourists of all ages and nationalities out in droves.
Hotels in Silom and Sathorn are popular with business travelers, and many have excellent conference facilities. They also feature chic lounges and restaurants where business deals are worked out on a nightly basis. Two of Bangkok's three open-air bars are in the Silom/Sathorn areas – Moon Bar, on the 61th floor of the Banyan Tree and Sky Bar on the 63rd Floor of State Tower – both venues with prices to match their altitudes. Whether enjoying a full-course dinner or stopping by for drinks, the views alone are worth the price.
While the best shopping districts are to the north in the Sukhumvit and Siam districts, there are a few smaller shopping malls in Silom and Sathorn. Central Rama III, close to the Chao Phraya River and the arterial Narathiwas Road, is the biggest in the area. There are also a few shops to the north around Wireless Road and Ploenchit.
Getting to and from Silom and Sathorn couldn’t be easier thanks to the skytrain (BTS) and metro (MRT). The skytrain’s Silom Line (Sala Daeng BTS) has an exchange with the metro (at Silom MRT), making it possible to connect to most districts in Bangkok.