Chamchuri Square

Chamchurri Square is the tallest building in Silom and the 38th tallest building in Thailand (as of 2009 according to Wikipedia). It is a high-rise building that consists of commercial office space, residential space and a shopping mall. The high-rise building sets the tone for the Silom skyline and makes a good landmark for a […]

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Lesbian Bars in Silom

Silom, and in particular Patpong, has become the unofficial home of the gay community in Bangkok as well as a the original red light district in the capital. While the Patpong red light district grabs the attention of the night market shoppers and sex tourists, few (straight) people notice the thriving gay scene just two […]

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Brief History of Silom

Silom in Thai means ‘windmill’. This gives you a clue to the humble origins of an area in Bangkok that is now the financial heart of Thailand. In the Nineteenth Century Bangkok was growing rich from trading with European merchants. As a result the Chaophraya River and the klongs or canals were the main places […]

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Guide to Gay Silom

While Thailand is generally regarded as a Buddhist and conservative country that frowns on such exhibitions of personal freedom such as topless sunbathing and men parading around off the beach in tight speedos there is a certain unofficial tolerance for the gay and lesbian community. The term ‘katoey’ is used to cover a whole range […]

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