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Silom, the Riverside and Lumphini could be considered South Bangkok. Silom is a small district that leads away from the river towards Sukhumvit. The area is concentrated between Silom Road and Sathorn Tai Road. It can be explored in a day; however, there is much to see, and you could easily spend a few days in this area alone.
Silom Road seems slightly Americanised, with large avenues & overhanging traffic lights, and it is a great place if you love Oriental food. There is an abundance of Chinese and Japanese restaurants, as well as a few Indian ones. Silom Road itself can be walked in 25 minutes from the Riverside to Lumphini Park. There are quite a few high rise hotels in this area, and this part of the city is known as the business district.
There are many sois (small roads) that lead off of Silom Road. Opposite the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple is Soi 20. Pop down there for a cheap Thai meal if you're tired of all the expensive restaurants in the area.
There are a considerable amount of tuk-tuk drivers offering to take you anywhere for 20 baht, but definitely ignore this offer. Further away from the river is Sala Daeng Skytrain.
Around this area is Soi Patpong, the original girly bar area that caters for foreigners. There are touts in this zone asking you come into their clubs. Bars on Patpong are ok to visit, though keep an eye on your bar tab. For those looking for a less eventful night out, Maggie Choo's and the Skybar are on Silom Road.
Best reached by the Silom MRT station or Silom BTS Line: either Sala Daeng, Chong Nonsi and Surasak stops will get you to the Silom area. Saphan Taksin will have you by the Riverside close to the Central Pier and the Skybar.