Silom has the ability to satisfy all types of shoppers. Carefully balancing a mix of old and new, the region consists of trendy new malls and treasured favourites to a promiscuous nightlife scene at Patpong Night market.
Shopping in Silom might seem a little lacklustre compared to its counterparts like Siam Square and Siam Centre. Though, that did not discourage us one bit. Instead, we bring you a humble selection shopping picks, including a photo gallery, Thailand’s prized Thai silk connoisseur and a couple of antique shops. Join us as we partake on the off-the-beaten-path to Silom, the Travelshopa way!
World-famous luxurious Thai silks
A prominent name in the Thai silk industry, this household brand needs no introduction. Having gained national and international recognition, the Jim Thompson shop in Silom continues to create exquisite and luxurious silk garments as well as traditional handcrafted Thai homeware. We were pleasantly surprised to encounter a range of sarongs, shirts, neckties and other soft furnishings at this four-storey shop.
Rediscovered gems from forgotten masters of Thai photography
Nestled in a beautifully restored Portuguese shophouse, Kathmandu Photo Gallery is the ultimate haven for all art and photography enthusiasts. With an inviting lime green storefront, the two-storey gallery dazzles with rediscovered gems from forgotten masters of Thai photography. The gallery is mended by Manit Sriwanichpoom, an avid photographer who heavily focuses on the society’s transformation and urbanization. The second floor also holds various temporary photography exhibitions of the works of aspiring photographers. Now this is one shophouse not to miss.
An emporium for all your favourite antique hunts
Shopping in Bangkok isn’t complete without purchasing an antique elephant home décor or two. If you are a closet antique collector, we suggest you take a tour ‘round OP Place. Also known as Oriental Plaza, this neo-classical shop boasts an astounding number (over 50 boutiques worth!) of antiques, carpets, home décor, handicrafts, jewellery and paintings – basically anything akin to Thailand’s rich culture. It’s great to know that all products at OP Place are certified by Thailand’s Fine Arts Department so you need not worry about dupes.
An array of cultural offerings
Apparently the last traditional Thai village on Silom road, Silom Village has undoubtedly become a big hit with tourists and locals alike – mainly because of the array of cultural offerings available – including their authentic Thai classical dance performances. The village is comprised of Thai handicraft shops, a restaurant and a hotel. Though many tourists flock the area, we have to admit that it is still a decent place to shop for your usual souvenirs, fashion accessories, handicrafts and furniture.