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Bangkok Siam Area Guide

Bangkok Siam Area Guide

By Chris QuanUpdated May. 31, 2021

Nearby commuters, far-away travelers, and clearance-savvy shoppers collide in Siam, the ever-beating heart of downtown Bangkok. Crowds cultivate day-to-night entertainment in this destination neighborhood. Most of Siam’s independent clothing shops are converting to big-name stores, but the area's energy doesn't seem to diminish. Instead, its massive malls and art centers attract students, locals, and tourists.

The area around Siam has seen an increase in impressive hotels in the last 5-10 years. Most of them are in the 4- and 5-star category. It is also strategically located, wherever you want to go in Bangkok.


  • Siam is an area in the Pathum Wan District of Bangkok.
  • The area is famous for its shopping malls.
  • If you really want to explore every part of Siam, it can easily take up a day!
  • Other than shopping malls, there are some historical places in this area too.
  • Continue reading down below to make your discovery of Siam area easier.
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Siam Area

Siam is located in the midst of Bangkok city and there are many things to do there. BTS Siam station is also an interchange station, so you can expect a huge volume of people travelling through there every day. Exploring the area is pretty easy; you can take the BTS, a taxi or a tuk-tuk to get here, or if you are staying nearby, walking is always a good choice.

Siam is unquestionably the center of shopping in Bangkok, home to some of the most popular and important shopping centers in Bangkok, like MBK Center, Siam Discovery Center, Siam Center, and Siam Paragon.

Other than shopping malls and markets, this area offers family-friendly attractions too! You could spend the afternoon at the world-famous wax works of Madame Tussauds, posing with your favorite celebrities, or get up close and personal with many aquatic creatures at Siam Ocean World.

Main Attractions in Siam

If you’re looking for things to see and do in Bangkok, Siam offers more variety than any other area. Go to the biggest art gallery in Bangkok, visit the Ocean World or take a trip to one of the places mentioned. Here are some of the attractions in Siam that are worth a visit.

Jim Thompson House

This magnificent garden-enclosed compound on the bank of the Saen Saeb Canal would have gone completely unnoticed, had it not been for a legacy left behind by a middle-aged American man named Jim Thompson.

The Jim Thompson House is a museum in central Bangkok, Thailand, housing the art collection of the American businessman and architect Jim Thompson, the museum designer and former owner. This museum was built in 1959.

In the shadow of surrounding trees, the house’s inconspicuous façade belies a tastefully decked entry foyer - itself an unconventional architectural feature in traditional Thai houses - and a preamble to Jim Thompson’s signature East-meets-West style, permeating throughout the house.

Erawan Shrine

Erawan Shrine is one of the most popular places of prayer in all of Bangkok, despite the fact that it is Brahman, not strictly Buddhist. It is conveniently located in front of Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel, corner of Ploenchit and Ratchadamri Road, which is close to all the shopping malls around Ratchaprasong Junction.

It is believed that if your prayers at Erawan Shrine are granted, you must return and pay for a team of dancers to honor the four-faced Brahma God, Than Tao Mahaprom.

Bangkok Art and Culture Centre

The Bangkok Art and Culture Centre is a contemporary arts center in Bangkok. Art, music, theatre, film, design and cultural/educational events take place in its exhibition and performance spaces. It hosts a number of changing exhibitions from both Thai and international artists

It is located near the National Stadium BTS. Entry is free and the center is open from 10.00 - 21.00 every day, except Mondays. The area spans over 4000 square meters. It also has some shops, an art library and cafés serving snacks and coffee.

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Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World

Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World is the largest aquarium in Southeast Asia. It covers approximately 10,000 square meters, with hundreds of different species on display, the aquariums totaling about 5,000,000 liters.

If you expect more from your visit to an aquarium, Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World won’t disappoint you. Your choice ranges from observing the marine creatures from a glass-bottom boat and touring the ‘back of the house’, to combing the ocean floor in a diving suit and 180-degree helmet, as well as diving with the predators and their prey in the ‘Open Ocean’.

Heaven Bangkok (Central World Shopping Mall)

Heaven might be a prime location to attract tourists, but the quality of the food and drinks across its seven restaurants, three cocktail bars, wine bar and beer bar means, most of its clientele are in-the-know locals. It’s also one of the best venues in the city for events.

Being right in the heart of the city, Heaven’s 360 degree views of Bangkok’s beauty are one of the reasons people go there. The relaxing atmosphere, the good food and drinks, will help make your visit to Bangkok unforgettable.

Red Sky Rooftop

This conveniently-located rooftop allows you to enjoy a different view of Bangkok city from every angle. Gaze at the vibrant urban colors by day, and the radiant iridescent skyline lights by night. Kick your feet up on the comfortable lounge couches, or dine at the impressive modern table set-ups.

Red Sky offers a large selection of high quality drinks to satisfy your taste buds. Starting from 7 pm, you can enjoy the dynamic music played by local jazz bands.

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