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Shopping around Siam Square

This part of Bangkok is one of the most intense and best shopping areas in Thailand and South-East Asia. You will probably find what you are looking for to a price, often far less expensive than in Europe, Japan or USA. Prepare yourself with a good sleep and a decent breakfast, and then you'll be able to 'shop till you drop'. Afterwards, a movie in a refreshing, air conditioned theater or a cold Thai beer (Singha, Chang, Leo etc.) can be a relaxing alternative.


Siam Discovery Center and Siam Center

These where the first large shopping centers that was built in Bangkok. Here you will also find restaurants and movie theaters at the top floor. The two shopping malls are connected with a bridge on the 4th floor.

  Skytrain (BTS) to: National Stadium or Siam Station


MBK Center - Mah Boon Krong


Found close to Siam Square almost where Sukhumvit Road starts. This is the low price giant of the capital city. Here you will find both copies and original clothing brands together with mobile (cellular) phones and all kind of electronics. There are also some jewelry and gold shops here as well as a movie theater, bowling alley, karaoke rooms and restaurants.

  Skytrain (BTS) to: National Stadium or Siam Station


Siam Paragon

Located on Rama I Road and next to Siam Discovery Center and Siam Center. This shopping mall was finally opened in late 2005. It is a very large mall with a impressive number of shops (selling; electronics, sports equipment, clothes, household equipment, books, toys etc.) and a huge supermarket, called Gourmet Market, at the ground level. You will also find a bowling alley, karaoke rooms, a concert hall and Siam Ocean World, one of the largest aquariums in Asia.

  Skytrain (BTS) to: Siam Station


Central World Plaza

The largest shopping center in Thailand and South-East Asia with an amazing floor area measuring more than 500,000 square meters. It was renovated and reopened in 2006. Originally the name was "World Trade Center", but because of 9-11 the name hade to be changed. The shopping mall attracts the middle and upper class in Bangkok and is a department store, but you will also find hundreds of retail shops in Central World.

  Skytrain (BTS) to: Siam Station or Chit Lom


Pantip Plaza

One of the largest computer store in Thailand and definitely the most famous. All equipment and accessories you might possibly need for your computer are found here. You can also buy a new PC, pocket computer, laptop (all common brands) or Macintosh here for a reasonable price. Just mind that the warranty is maybe only valid in Thailand. Pantip is located on Phetburi Road in Pratunam, rather close to the Siam Square area.

  Skytrain (BTS) to: Chit Lom


The Emporium

A department store and a very exclusive shopping complex in one. For the one who are into luxury brands, fashion and quality goods. There is no problem to find your Chanel dress, Louis Vuitton handbag, Montblanc pen or Rolex watch here in the small boutiques. The prices can be fair in the department store, though, especially when they are having a sale (20-50% discount). The Emporium is located on Sukhumvit Road, Soi 24, next to Benjasiri Park.

  Skytrain (BTS) to: Phrom Phong station


Gaysorn Plaza

Attracts a similar clientele as The Emporium with exclusive brands and goods. Located just opposite Central World Plaza.

  Skytrain (BTS) to: Siam Station or Chit Lom


Pratunam Market

Pratunam Market is located just a few minutes by taxi, skytrain or tuk-tuk from Siam Square. It is opened daily and offer a lot of clothes, fabrics (including Thai silk), cheap jewelry, watches and handicraft to low prices. Don't forget to bargain here!

  Skytrain (BTS) to: Chit Lom


Museums


Jim Thompson House

Still today a few teak houses with a collection of valuable antiques. Jim Thompson was a military intelligence officer and businessman who contributed to make the Thai silk (or silk of Thailand) famous worldwide. Bangkok was his base, but he disappeared 1967, on a trip to Cameron Highlands, Malaysia, and was never found. To celebrate his memory, a mini museum was built in his house with his personal belongings. The Jim Thompson House is opened daily and located at Soi Kasem San 2, Thanon Rama 1.

  Skytrain (BTS) to: National Stadium






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