Overview

The Silom and Sathorn Road areas are in the middle of the central business district of Bangkok. Life is very fast paced with a number of banks and embassies along both streets. However Lumpini Park is also in the area, which is one of the most peaceful places in all of Bangkok. Come sit by the lake and let the noise of the city fade into the background. Or take a run around the 2.5km jogging track. In the evening many market stalls open up along Silom road where you can get anything from clothes to dinner.

Transportation

Transport to and from the area is easily accessible through the BTS Sala Daeng(sky train) or MRT Silom(subway). The MRT is connected to Bangkok’s major railway station Hua Lumphong and the BTS will get you straight to the river taxi dock on the Choa Praya River.

Hospitals

The hospitals in Bangkok are easily the same standard as western hospitals, BNH Hospital in the Sathorn area is one of these. It is recognized as one the leading international hospitals in South East Asia. Just down the road you will find St Louis Hospital which is one of Thailand’s largest hospitals, it is a non-profit catholic hospital with a very clean and sterile environment.

Shopping

When it comes to shopping, you are spoiled for choice in the Silom Sathorn area, with malls like Silom Complex, Central and Robinsons and don’t forget the side streets, especially Soi Lalaisup where you will find reasonably priced local food , clothes and accessories. If you fancy doing some retail therapy at night then head to the Patpong Night Market where you can buy anything from souvenirs to watches to funny t-shirts , CDs and DVDs.

Supermarket

If you are looking for groceries around the Silom Sathorn area, you will find  Tops Supermarket as well as a Tesco Lotus and a Tesco Lotus Express. On the ground floor of the Charn Issara Shoppin Center there is a Japanese Food Store.

Schools

There are also international schools in Sathorn, for example New Sathorn International School, St Andrews International School and Garden International School which all have a British curriculum and International Community School which has an American Christian Curriculum, to name but a few.

Restaurants

Looking for restaurants in the area, you will find everything from Molly Malone’s and O’Reillys Irish pubs to classic French cuisine at D’sens Restaurant which is on the 22nd floor of the Dusit Thani Hotel overlooking Lumpini Park. Niu’s on Silom, jazz club, wine bar and restaurant is a place to relax with soulful live jazz and blues acts, with an excellent Italian menu and a wine selection of note. The Blue Elephant in Sathorn is definitely a place you have to visit in Bangkok, where not only can you enjoy amazing Thai food but learn how to cook it as well.