Places to visit near Lub d Silom
- Sri Mariamman Hindu temple, dedicated to the goddess of rain and disease, is surrounded by Indian shops, restaurants and CD stalls filling the air with Hindu chanting. Built by Tamil immigrants in the 1860s, it is one of only two Hindu temples in Bangkok and bustles with both local Hindu and Buddhist worshippers.
- Annapurna Restaurant serves tasty home-cooked Indian food. Check all prices before ordering – as you would in India – or face rampant overcharging on soft drinks. (On Pan Road.)
- Persia Iranian Restaurant, where you can sample mouth-watering Iranian cuisine. This modest-looking restaurant is run by a Tehrani. The lamb kofte and baked eggplant with whey (kashk-e bodenjoon) made us even more eager to reach Iran. (Next door to Annapurna Restaurant on Pan Road.)
- Assumption Cathedral was designed by a French architect and completed in 1821.
- Haroon Mosque is located within one of Bangkok’s oldest Muslim communities, established by Indonesian immigrants around 200 years ago. The mosque itself is ornate and beautiful, and the surrounding neighbourhood has enough home-cooked Halal food – briyani, curries, stuffed roti and local desserts – to be worth the trip alone.
- The Sky Bar on the 63rd floor of the State Tower boasts spectacular views for the price of a 300 baht beer.
- Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute Snake Farm – also Thailand’s leading anti-venom centre – has venom extraction and snake-handling shows at 11:00 and 14:30 Monday to Friday. (1874 Rama IV Road – BTS Sala Daeng or MRT Silom.)
- Lumphini Park has a lake with boats for rent and a cycle track within its large, leafy grounds. (05:00-19:00 daily – BTS Sala Daeng, MRT Silom or MRT Lumphini.)
- Patpong red light district is where you’ll find Bangkok’s famous Go-Go bars and ping pong shows.
Ultra-modern and self-consciously chic, Silom abounds in malls, coffee shops and trendy nightclubs. It is also beguilingly diverse and, in parts, feels like Bangkok’s most cosmopolitan neighbourhood. Hindu temples, mosques and churches speckle the cityscape. Hualampong’s Chinese and Vietnamese temples are a short walk away. Where there are large enough communities for places of worship to exist, you’ll also find culture and cuisine.
Lub d boutique hostel is located in the centre of Silom, a fifteen minute walk from to Chong Nonsi BTS station to the east, and fifteen minutes from the Chao Phraya River to the west. Convenience is one reason that Lub d – which means “a good night’s sleep” in Thai – is usually full. Its central location and on-site facilities are especially appealing if you’ve got limited time in the city. The hostel is also popular with people travelling alone because, like the classic European hostels it was modelled on, Lub d is a sociable place.
Owned by the same family that owns the Narai Hotel on Silom Road, Lub d was set up after the owner’s nephew went backpacking around Europe and decided that a modern, service-oriented hostel was exactly what Bangkok needed. When its Silom location proved a success, a second branch was opened in Siam, in the centre of modern Bangkok.
Lub d Silom has three levels of accommodation: bunk beds in dormitories (single or mixed sex), Railway Twins (two bunk beds in a private room with a desk, safe and shared bathroom) and Double Rooms, which are more spacious and equipped with desks, sinks, safes and en suite bathrooms.
The shared single sex bathrooms at Lub d are immaculate, spacious and air conditioned. Power showers adjoin private changing cubicles, and clean bathmats, towels and complimentary peppermint shampoo make showering more of a hotel than a hostel experience.
Internet access is free and a computer station is available on the ground floor. WiFi reaches some rooms better than others.
A restaurant-bar on the ground floor serves microwave meals, drinks and basic breakfasts – but no eggs. There’s no shortage of travellers in this ground floor social area, and TVs, board games and Jenga to keep you entertained.
Large lockers are provided inside dormitories.
A DVD theatre, self service laundry room with washing machines and a notice board with maps, flyers and free events are also available.
Rates tend to be lower if you book online and start at 350 baht a night. The hostel is often full, so making a reservation in advance is recommended.
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