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 / closed Sun. Harry Win­ston 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. Bling sorted, strut across Silom Rd where you’ll espy faux-vin­tage re­tail­vana Silom Vil­lage / 286 Silom Rd. In 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 / a dinky store chokka with great mango, teak and co­conut plates, bowls and vases. Carry on into the open court­yard to find Ar­ti­san’s / 081 444 5919 / on the left for an­tique Si­amese and Asian fur­ni­ture and arte­facts. Con­tinue to the lit­tle foun­tain and swing left to­wards the carpark where you’ll find kooky hard­ware cen­tral Sil­pakhom / 02 635 6283 / with a trea­sure trove of old­style door han­dles, light­ing, fans and wind-up toys. Re­trace to Silom Rd and turn right to find Anita Thai Silk at #298/2 for boun­ti­ful dress silks and plaids by the me­tre, plus ties n’ more to go / 02 234 2481 / 8am-6pm. Now, cross the road, head left and you’ll come to a Hindu tem­ple on the cor­ner of Thanon Pan. Dive right here and al­most im­me­di­ately to your left is Kathmandu Photo Gallery at #87 / 02 234 6700 / The pis­ta­chio-hued space is a tad ram­shackle, but Manit Sri­wanich­poom is one of Bangkok’s best pho­tog­ra­phers and you can buy his prints here, as well as a sprin­kling of arty books, tees 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, skip right two streets up to De­cho Rd on the left for the lovely House of Chao (see An­tiques) at #9/1. Next, grab a cab and zip along to the ex­cel­lent H Gallery at 201 Sathorn Soi 12 / also ac­ces­si­ble via Silom Soi 9 (see Art) / rep­ping Thai mod­ern art in a beau­ti­ful house. H. Ernest Lee runs the joint and is in­for­ma­tive, browser-friendly and aw­fully nice. By now you’re prob­a­bly chaf­ing for a chomp. Fret not, the fol­low­ing are all close by: Rocket Cof­fee­bar (see Cof­fee), Opus (see Rest/smart) if it’s closer to wine-o’clock, or pamper your­self silly at metro-swish COMO Shamb­hala (see Spa). Oh, go on dolly, you’ve earned it!

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