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Know Our Neighbourhood: The Best Sights and Hangouts in Siam

Welcome to Bangkok's shopping and dining mecca.

Publish Date: 27 September 2019 / Story by: Wanvida Jiralertpaiboon

Located off Siam Square in one of Bangkok’s most vibrant, energetic neighbourhoods, Siam@Siam offers a one-of-a-kind launchpad for adventure. We’re sandwiched between the charming Old Town and the dynamic inner city, meaning the city’s best shopping, entertainment, dining and nightlife are all within effortless reach. Here, we’ve gathered our favourite neighbours into one handy guide. Happy exploring!

Jim Thompson House

Jim Thompson House & Art Center

Jim Thompson was an American businessman credited with sparking life into the Thai silk industry in the mid-20th century before mysteriously disappearing in 1967. His former home is an oasis of calm comprising six traditional Thai-style teak house that have each been relocated from Ayutthaya, Thailand’s ancient capital an hour to the north of Bangkok. Each house displays a jaw-dropping array of Asian artworks, antiques and other collectibles from Thompson’s personal collection, while an on-site restaurant serves up classic Thai dishes and desserts.

Kasem San Soi 2, Rama 1 Rd.

Tel: +662-216-7368

Open daily 9am-6pm

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Yelo House
Yelo House

Yelo House

Step out of S@S and head for the graffiti-strewn path that runs along the canal behind the hotel, and soon you’ll be greeted by this vast black-and-yellow art complex. Yelo House is the kind of place you could easily spend a breezy afternoon admiring exhibitions from emerging artists both local and international, shopping for artsy trinkets or chilling with a coffee while taking in the slowness of Bangkok canal life. Why rush to the BTS station when you can take this delightfully distracting detour? Read our interview with co-founder Liang-Salyawate Prasertwitayakarn here.

20/2 Kasem San Soi 1, Rama 1 Rd.

Tel: +6698-469-5924

Open Tue-Sun 11am-8pm

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Yelo House
BACC
BACC

Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC)

Bangkok’s art hub to end all art hubs sits just a few hundred metres from S@S’s doors. Across nine floors, you can immerse yourself in all manner of multimedia exhibitions, catch public talks and documentary screenings or shop for art books and other gift-worthy knickknacks. Whatever you do, take time out for a refuelling visit to the ground-floor Gallery Drip cafe. Their local coffee beans—ethically sourced, roasted in-house—are put to perfect use at the slow bar. You can also purchase some beans to take with you. Read our interview with BACC Director Pawit Mahasarinand here.

939 Rama 1 Rd.

Tel: +662-214-6630

Open Tue-Sun 10am-9pm

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National Stadium
National Stadium

National Stadium

Visit our rooftop (or simply look out your window) and you can’t miss it. The main National Stadium fits around 20,000 people, but we like to think we have the best seat going. Looking to stay in shape on your Thailand jaunt? Within the same complex is Thephasadin Stadium, which boasts a proper running track that’s open to the public. Throw on your trainers for a chance to run shoulder to shoulder with some of the country’s top professional athletes.

154 Rama 1 Rd.

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MBK Center

Open since 1986, this tourist haven remains one of the must-visit shopping destinations in Bangkok. Across 89,000 square metres and eight floors, you’ll be able to find it all, from mobile phones and affordable fashion to luxury furniture and, yes, plenty of Thailand-oriented trinkets to take home. The mall’s fifth-floor food court is a favourite of in-the-know foodies, while there is also a cinema and gaming arcade to while away the hours.

444 Phayathai Rd.

Tel: +662-853-9000

Open daily 10am-10pm

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Siam Center
Siam Center

Siam Center

Stylishly combining over 200 international and local brands, this fashionista’s favourite sits between Siam Discovery and Siam Paragon, with all three malls linked to the Siam BTS station by a skywalk. Aside from all the chic clothing, including many exclusive brands, the mall is also home to a food court that’s a bit of a hidden gem and it regularly welcomes openings from the region’s most buzzing dessert stalls, like Japan’s Ringo apple custard pies (here known as RAPL).

979 Rama 1 Rd.

Tel: +662-658-1000

Open daily 10am-10pm

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Siam Discovery

Siam Discovery

A mall that appeals to shoppers with an eye for modern design and an eco-conscious mind. Each floor is jam-packed with creative goods and hip fashion brands. Here, you’ll also find Madame Tussauds Wax Museum as well as Ecotopia, which takes over the top floor with a huge range of handicraft items and sustainable wares, home decor and clothing to cosmetics and organic food supplies.

989 Rama 1 Rd.

Tel: +662-658-1000

Open daily 10am-10pm

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Siam Square One

Siam Square One

This enormous seven-storey-high shopping maze comes packed with digital gadgets, lifestyle brands and wallet-friendly fashion labels that are a hit with the local student crowds. For something different, be sure to check out LINE Village, the text-messaging giant’s first indoor digital theme park—prepare for a cuteness overload.

388 Rama 1 Rd.

Tel: +662-255 9994

Open daily 10am-10pm

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Siam Paragon

Siam Paragon

Ranked as Bangkok’s most checked-in place across social media, Siam Paragon is home not only to 250 of the world’s trendiest luxury fashion stores but also Southeast Asia’s largest aquarium. A wealth of top local and international food names can be found here, from New York’s Clinton Street Baking Company to Osaka's oozing Pablo cheese tarts. The mall is super-accessible as it sits right in front of Siam BTS station, from where you can easily scoot off all over town.

991/1 Rama 1 Rd.

Tel: +662-610-8000

Open daily 10am-10pm

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CentralWorld
CentralWorld

CentralWorld

Don’t be overwhelmed by the largest mall in Thailand. CentralWorld is home to pretty much everything you could hope for in a shopping complex, from mega-chain restaurants and the latest fashion boutiques and sneaker stores to a massive cinema and even an ice-skating rink. Special mention goes to the adjoining Isetan department store which is a little slice of Japan in Bangkok.

999/9 Rama 1 Rd.

Tel: +66-02 640 7000

Open daily 10am-1pm

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Siam Square
Siam Square

Siam Square

Not so much a mall as a huge open-air shopping complex, Siam Square is Bangkok’s answer to Korea’s Myeong-Dong or Japan’s Ginza. Full of colourfully dressed youngsters day and night, this is the spot to head for clothing and accessories at every price point.

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Sam Yan Street Food

Visiting Bangkok is the stuff of street-food dreams. Stalls selling everything from pad Thai to colourful curries can be found on seemingly every corner. The offerings are so good that many vendors have made the cut in the hallowed Michelin Guide Thailand. Lucky for you, one of the city’s most bustling hubs for street eats sits within easy reach of Siam@Siam Bangkok. Read our full guide to the Sam Yan neighbourhood's star-worthy street-food vendors.

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