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Bangkok - Siam Square, Pratunam, Phloen Chit & Ratchathewi (PDF Chapter)
This is the Siam Square, Pratunam, Phloen Chit & Ratchathewi chapter from Lonely Planet’s Bangkok guidebook.
Siam Sq, Pratunam and Phloen Chit combine to form the de facto geographical and commercial centre of modern Bangkok. Huge malls, towering hotels and open-air shopping centres dominate the area – if you’re serious about shopping, you’ve come to the right place.
- visit Jim Thompson House, the teak mansion that put Thai style on the map – before its ex-spy owner disappeared off that map
- make a wish at the crossroads of commerce and faith that is the Erawan Shrine
- explore Baan Khrua, the canal-side Muslim village where Jim Thompson first encountered Thai silk
- restaurants & bars
Coverage includes: Neighbourhood Top Five, Explore: Siam Square, Pratunam, Phloen Chit & Ratchathewi, Local Life, Getting There & Away, Sights, Eating, Drinking & Entertainment, Shopping and Sports & Activities.