Silom may seem like a characterless area of high-rise banks and hotels but keep to the streets instead of the vertigo-inducing floors and you'll find some really cool art galleries, temples, and street markets. This simple self-guided tour through Silom will introduce you to all of these and then reward you with a much deserved tipple in the sky.
The first stop and meeting point is at Kathmandu Photo Gallery, a restored two-storey pre-war shophouse that very well might be the only gallery dedicated to photography in the city. Downstairs, juxtaposed against green walls, you'll find black and white photographs of the owner's personal travels while upstairs you'll find the temporary exhibitions.
Around the corner from the gallery on Silom Road is Wat Khaek or Sri Maha Mariamman Temple, a temple founded by Hindus from Tamil Nadu, India. The temple is dedicated to the devi Uma, who is a consort to the god of destruction, Shiva. She is popular among believers who seek her blessings related to love and fertility. Remove your shoes, pay your respects, and you just might find a little romance!
If you have an insatiable love for food then your prayers at the temple will be inevitably answered as some of the best street food is Silom is just across the street. Cross Silom Rd. to Silom Soi 20 or Soi Pradit to find yourself surrounded by vendors serving everything from noodles, southern Thai Muslim food, and (surprisingly) roasted pork tossed with wheat noodles. Walk up and down the street and taste anything that looks even the least bit appetizing!
If you're all dressed appropriately then it's time to take a cue from the Hangover and visit Sky Baron the 63rd floor at lebua.
Meeting point: Main entrance to Kathmandu Photo Gallery.
Leaders, Kathmandu Photo Gallery is open from 11am-7pm Tuesday through Sunday.