Neighborhood Travel Guide: Silom, Bangkok

Home to several banks, Th Silom is almost the Wall Street of Bangkok. But this is Bangkok, and the eastern stretch of the double street is the city’s gay nightlife area. That means there’s a little bit of everything here – shopping, dining and nightlife. Whatever you are looking for, it’s easy to get there, as MRT and BTS stop here.

Bangkok Screening Room

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The sweltering heat means that the cinema is an inevitable part of life. Watch a movie in this comfortable self-contained house. Movies come from almost every era and region of the world, and you can pair your show with local craft beer from the bar.


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It’s a cliché, but this bar is where locals – local and foreign – hang out. And it’s easy to see why. The atmosphere is very eclectic (yes, it’s a Paris zinc bar and a giant Ultraman in the ceiling), and Smalls hosts a variety of music and dining events.

Kad Kokoa

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Thailand is home to a booming chocolate industry and this new cafe is the best place to sample its progress. Choose from rich chocolate drinks, desserts and chocolate bars uniquely sourced from different parts of the country. If he’s there, the chocolatier will show you the steps from pea to bar.

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Lower Th Silom is Bangkok’s unofficial gay district, and this crazy, dead end street is nonexistent. People watch from street tables at Telephone Pub and Balcony, catch a variety show at The Stranger or sing along to karaoke tunes at Hugs. Everyone is welcome.


Want to buy a gift but are disappointed because of the tat sold on the street? Drop by this shop – by far the most fragrant shop in Bangkok – for scented candles, aroma diffusers, oils and other olfactory delights. With its fancy scents and packaging, you’ll probably buy something for yourself, too.

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