The downtown area of Bangkok radiates out eastwards from the Old City and Chinatown. It is a densely built-up area that includes embassies and business offices as well as the city’s top hotels, restaurants, and entertainment venues. There are a few historical sights, including the Assumption Cathedral, and some gorgeous traditional houses, which contrast starkly with the surrounding skyscrapers. The lush Lumphini Park provides an escape from the concrete jungle, while Silom Road, Siam Square, and Ploenchit are the best shopping areas. Silom is also one of the city’s liveliest areas for nightlife; along its infamous side streets, Patpong ...

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