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Silom Village

A bit of Old Siam

Enjoy a little piece of old Thailand in the heart of Bangkok’s business district at Silom Village that is composed of a collection of 17 Thai houses built in the early 20th century. The Metropolitan Bangkok, a smart luxury hotel in Bangkok is well located to offer easy access to the city’s shopping and entertainment destinations.

Silom is one of Bangkok’s busy financial districts where many banks and other financial institutions have their offices. In this area devoted to modern commerce is Silom Village that is a perfect example of the houses in Bangkok of the early 1900s. A collection of seventeen traditional Thai houses among which are 10 teak houses built during the reign of King Rama V in 1908, the property of one family, has been tastefully converted into a commercial area keeping intact the original atmosphere of the place. The houses were in no way disturbed by the growing business district around them. They now form an enclave that highlights the city’s rich architectural and cultural traditions. The buildings on the two acre plot comprise of a complex of a hotel and a shopping arcade that features a collection of shops retailing antiques, handicrafts, lacquer ware, jewellery, Thai silk and furniture. Two restaurants serve authentic Thai and international cuisine and Italian food and the wine cellar on the premises is a popular place of gathering for locals and visitors. Daily Thai classical dance performances take place at two theaters specially built for the purpose. It includes a 5 course set menu. The Thai cuisine seems to enjoy popularity with many of its patrons who commend the crispy pork, cashew chicken and seafood preparations that are the establishment’s specialty. The large main house in the complex still retains its largely wooden original interior. Many of the houses overlook the garden around which they were built. This is where many patrons enjoy a relaxing drink after dark.

Uditha Dharmawardhane is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Roland Lefevre. He specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe.