LUXE City Guides - Bangkok - - Silom Road -

Gems are big busi­ness in Bangkok, and you can get badly ripped. Go see the nice folk at Lambert In­dus­tries / 4/F / Silom Shang­hai Bldg. / 807 Silom Rd. / cor­ner Soi 17 / 02 236 4343 / 9am-5pm Mon-fri / 9am-4pm Sat / closed Sun. Harry Win­ston’s it ain’t, but there’s no pres­sure to buy, and there is a no quib­ble cash back guar­an­tee with no time limit. How good is that? Their crafts­men will set your stones, help you re­alise a de­sign and copy loved or lost pieces. Com­ing out of Lambert In­dus­tries across Silom Rd. you will espy Silom Vil­lage / 286 Silom Rd. Over you go, and re­mem­ber to bar­gain hard. Don’t en­ter through the main arch, go up the al­ley on its ex­treme left, and about five shops up on the right is J.J. Gift Shop / 02 635 6295. This lit­tle shop is chokka with great mango, teak and co­conut plates, bowls and vases. Op­po­site is Cabou­chon / 02 235 9070 / for some nifty bags; ask to see Khun Pen. Carry on into the open court­yard to find Ar­ti­san’s / 081 444 5919 / on the left for an­tique Si­amese and Asian fur­ni­ture and arte­facts. Exit into the cen­tre court­yard, bear right and go past the lit­tle foun­tain, and turn left to find girlyville Only Sugar. To the left of the carpark is funky hard­ware cen­tral Sil­pakhom / 02 635 6283 / with a trea­sure trove of old-style door han­dles, light­ing, fans and wind-up toys. Re­trace to Silom Rd. and turn right to find Anita Thai Silk at #298/2 for great dress silks and plaids, by the me­tre plus ties n’ more to go / 02 234 2481 / 8am-6pm / closed Sun. Mo­tif and Maris at #296/7 / 02 635 9111 / has fab kidswear/toys and gar­den para­sols. Now, cross the road, head left and you’ll come to a Hindu tem­ple on the cor­ner of Thanon Pan, turn right here and al­most im­me­di­ately to your left you’ll find Kath­mandu Photo Gallery at #87 / 02 234 6700 / kath­ / the space it­self isn’t the best, but Manit Sri­wanich­poon is one of Bangkok’s best pho­tog­ra­phers and you can buy his prints here, as well as a sprin­kling of arty books, T’s and trin­kets. Hang out with Bangkok’s art crowd and hop up to the gallery on the 2/F to see if you can catch one of the quirky ex­hi­bi­tions they of­ten host. Back out onto Silom, turn right skip two streets up to De­cho Rd. on the left for the lovely House of Chao (see An­tiques) at #9/1. Grab a cab and zip along to the ex­cel­lent H Gallery at 201 Sathorn Soi 12 / (see Art) close by, set in a beau­ti­ful house, sell­ing Thai mod­ern art. H. Ernest Lee runs the joint and is in­for­ma­tive, browser-friendly and aw­fully nice. H Gallery is also ac­ces­si­ble through Silom Soi 9. By now you’re prob­a­bly chaf­ing for a chomp. Fret not, the fol­low­ing are all close by: Nahm (see Rest./smart), Gar­den Gallery (see Coffee), as well as Opus (see Rest./smart) which hap­pens to be our fave winebar in the city (if it’s that hour), or, pam­per your­self silly at metro-swish COMO Shamb­hala (see Spa). Oh, go on dolly, you’ve earned it!

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