One of the world's most famous red-light districts, Patpong is where Thailand's Go-Go culture all started. It has even been immortalised in a James Bond chase-sequence. Its two parallel side-streets, found between Silom and Surawongse Roads, house dozens of neon-lit strip bars offering naughty shows and the famous pole-dancing entertainment. Patpong has long since been usurped as the 'king of the scene' by Soi Cowboy, its counterpart around Sukhumvit.
However, its reputation means it's still a huge attraction, mainly for sightseers more interested in seeing the famous spot for themselves. Alongside the adult entertainment is a sort of night market as the whole area teems with hawkers and humble stalls selling mostly tourist tat.
Sri Mariamman Hindu Temple Bangkok
You may be well and truly over visiting temples, having seen Bangkok’s headline sites like the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Wat Pho, and Wat Arun. Do not dismiss Silom’s religious buildings, though, as the area is home to some beauties. For starters, it is home to one of the nation’s most sacred Hindu temples, the colourful and ornate Sri Maha Mariamman Temple. An intricately carved gopuram stands above the main entrance and there are many statues and images inside devoted to various Hindu deities. The glorious temple dates back to the late 1870s and it was built by Tamils from southern India.
The Bangkok Seashell Museum
If you are fond of very exotic and niche experiences, then you cannot afford to miss The Bangkok Seashell Museum. If you have a real interest in exploring marine life and getting in touch with this exotic form of natural beauty, then this is the place for you.
Here you will find over 3000 specimens of 600 species. What makes this museum special is that the seashells are placed artistically to create a beautiful and stunning exhibition that will touch your artsy side. Even if you are not a geek for seashells, you are going to have a great time here, because this is where they adopt a completely new sense, by getting in touch with art.
Lalai Sap Market
Lalai Sap Market is a hidden bazaar tucked in narrow back alleys of Silom area and while Bangkokians all know about this place, anyone new to town driving or walking pass the market's discrete entrance would probably miss it, no matter how vast it actually is. This market is a complicated mix of shophouses and boutiques connected by stalls and sidewalk vendors to air-conditioned mini malls and food courts.
Located down the road from the famous Patpong market, Lalai Sap is a more interesting and more real, a bazaar mixed with a market selling less touristic stuff, offering an interesting window on Bangkok daily life.
This bar, which is 63 storeys up, is considered to be one of the best not only in Asia but also the whole world. The mysticism brought by the movie, always-incoming crowd of clients and great quality of service preserve its reputation.
Here you can enjoy the most exquisite dishes prepared by experienced and creative chefs. Furthermore, you will also have a wide variety of wines and cocktails at your disposal. The music is pretty good as well, and even though some say that it is “overcrowded”, it is still one of the main attractions of Silom and you should definitively visit it if you are looking for nightlife fun.