Soi Thaniya in Silom Road comes alive after nightfall. That’s when neon signs glow brightly up and down the lane advertising a collection of gentlemen’s lounges, go-go bars and massage parlours, along with some of the city’s best Japanese restaurants as well as numerous street food vendors. With most signage in Japanese language and nearly all businesses targeting an exclusively Japanese clientele, it’s no surprise many in Bangkok know the soi as ‘Little Tokyo’. Think Patpong – another famous nightlife area and just 175 metres away – but without a night market.
Soi Thaniya is adjacent BTS SkyTrain – Sala Daeng Station. Novotel Bangkok Silom Road provides free shuttle van service from the hotel to Sala Daeng Station every day from 8.00 a.m. to 9.00 p.m. The ride is about 10 to 15 minutes depending on traffic.