I really love Silom Village. It's a self-contained microcosm of all the things I want when I visit Bangkok: good shopping, great food, cultural shows, massage and spa services and comfortable rooms.
Let's talk about food. They have a great seafood menu. Everything's fresh! At lunch, there's an open-air food court where each station prepares your food on the spot. They have stir-fried noodles, noodle soups, rice dishes, desserts and more. The food-prep areas are clean. And the value can't be beat -- even local business folks come here on their lunch breaks! In the evening the main restaurant offers live Thai music. And if you're tired of Thai food, they have Italian and options, too. There's a dinner show that includes a khantoke meal with Thai classical dance and music. And yes, you can still go elsewhere to find victuals because the location is central to everything.
The rooms are tidy and comfortable. The accomodations are not lavish, but they're great, especially for the value. It's about US$40 (1300 baht) per night. The a/c in my room was working *very* well. The bathroom was spotlessly clean, but small. I had to sleep on a roll-away bed, and the sheets were a bit disappointing, but I was still comfortable.
All around the hotel are shops that are operated by independent vendors. They sell all manner of knick-knacks, jewelry, clothes, silks, furnishings and so forth. They're pricey and charge tourist prices, but you can still bargain them down to a reasonable sum. If that still doesn't suit you, you can check out Suanlum Night Bazaar further down Silom. It's just a short tuk-tuk ride away. Pretty much everything is a short tuk-tuk ride away.
There's a spa and massage parlor onsite, too. But they make it *VERY* clear that it's "not that kind" of massage parlor. It's clean and totally legitimate. So don't even try to hit on the masseuse, or you will be canned. I got a traditional Thai massage. She pulled me like a piece of taffy, and I felt like a million (very limber) bucks afterward. I had a facial at the spa around the corner, and my skin was clear for weeks after that.
So yes, I will be returning to this place next time I go to Bangkok. I'd rather stay here than with my relatives.
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- Also Known As:
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