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At first, shopping in Silom might feel a little lacklustre compared to Siam Square. Silom's department stores and malls are bland at best but if you're in need of something, they are not short on supply. However, if you're looking for antiques, arts, handicrafts, silk and suits, then Silom is the place to be. Bang Rak is a good area to start since that's where rich potential buyers stay in expensive riverside hotels. There are also hundreds of jewellery and silver stores lined up along Charoen Krung Road.

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Bang Rak Market
Charoen Krung Soi 46 (BTS Saphan Taksin or Sathorn Pier). Operating: daily from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
A beacon of cheapness among the luxurious hotels in Bang Rak and essentially a flower market. There are flowers on sale for all occasions and for every budget, including wholesale prices. There's especially a large supply of cut flowers including orchids and there are also the usual clothing stalls. If you're hungry, there's ample supply of food stalls offering varieties of Thai dishes.

Lalai Sap Market
Silom Soi 5 (BTS Chong Nonsi). Operating: daily Monday-Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
This street market caters to the many secretaries and bank employees working in the surrounding office buildings in Silom. 
It's busiest and liveliest around 1:00 p.m. when white-collar workers have lunch, so it's best to visit the market around that time. There are plenty of goods for sale including garments and personal hygiene products and small accessories for 50-100 baht. It's a good food market too and in the afternoon try the fruits and snacks at the hawker stalls and in the evening there is ample seafood.

Patpong Night Market
Soi Patpong 1 (BTS Sala Daeng). Operating: daily from 6:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
The night market is situated between the strip clubs and bars along Soi Patpong. It was designed in the 1980s as a modest flea market but nowadays it is probably the most visited, touristy and some say least interesting market of Bangkok. It is home to a variety of counterfeit merchandise including watches, clothing, bags and cosmetics as well as Thai tourist products such as model tuk-tuks and kick-boxing shorts. Prices at this market are exorbitant and anyone brave enough to buy here should bargain extensively. Most items at the Patpong Night Market are available for much less than at other locations in Bangkok.

Patpong Night Market by eric molina

Chamchuri Square
319 Phaya Thai Rd (MRT Sam Yan). Opening: daily from 10:00 a.m to 10:00 p.m.
One of Silom's newest shopping malls. It is clean and modern and many of the big chain stores have moved in. It caters towards the needs of the many nearby Chulalongkorn University students, so there are many book shops, ice cream parlours and other eateries.

Silom Complex
191 Silom Rd (BTS Sala Daeng). Opening: daily from 10:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Silom's largest mall, though a bit quiet but the restaurants and TOPS Supermarket in the basement aren't bad. Central Department Store is situated at the rear of the complex and is accessible at every level of the building. The top floor of Silom Complex has a large electrical goods retailer and a well-stocked office supplier.

Thaniya Plaza
52 Silom Rd (BTS Sala Daeng). Opening: daily from 10:00 a.m. to 21:00 p.m.
Two connected malls which run along Soi Thaniya, a street which is populated predominantly by Japanese restaurants and hostess bars. Thaniya Plaza consists almost exclusively of golf equipment shops (except for a few Japanese restaurants).

Jim Thompson Store
9 Surawong Road (BTS Sala Daeng). Opening: daily from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. 
The flagship store of the famous Thai silk brand, offering well-designed pieces of high quality silk at equally high prices. Spread out over four floors, this store offers the full range of Thompson's products including lengths of raw silk.

O.P. Place
30/1 Charoen Krung Soi 38 (Oriental Pier). Opening: daily from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
This luxury neo-classical building is a great starting point for your antiques hunt through Silom. 
The mall has a high-class atmosphere and therefore expect expensive prices. There are many floors with shops selling antiques, carpets, decorations, handicrafts, jewellery, paintings, silk and other cultural objects. The third floor is an arts and crafts gallery. 

Silom Village Trade Center
286 Silom Rd (BTS Surasak). Opening: daily from 10:00 a.m. to 21:00 p.m.
Supposedly the last traditional Thai village in Silom Road. Silom Village comprises of 15 teak houses as well as three buildings that were constructed in 1908. The compound has been converted into Thai handicraft shops, a restaurant and hotel. It is a touristy theme market but still a good place to look for souvenirs, handbags, handicrafts and furniture.

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