Oct 6-20, 2014
The Shopping Malls of Bangkok
GPS waypoint: 13°45'43.4"N 100°29'35.1"E
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Malls of Bangkok
I was told that going to the mall is a Thai pastime. This is evidenced by the number and size and specialization of their malls. I was impressed. The Philippines is also a malled country, but it's homegeneous - you go to 2 malls (SM, a Henry Sy mall catered to a broader demographics and Ayala Malls, owned and managed by the Ayalas with well-heeled folks as target market) and you'll more or less see the same merchandisers, same layout, same look-and-feel on every one. Thailand is so varied. I've gone to a few of them and was impressed by 3 of them - Siam Center, Siam Paragon and Platinum. Overall, the cluster of malls can be found along the Sukhumvit area.
For cutting-edge design and layout, this mall got my attention. It doesn't look like a typical mall. It looks more like a huge la artsy-styled boutique - but we're talking huge spaces on several floors.
You usually find shops in malls. But not Rolls Royces (US$1.3 million!), Lamborghinis and Aston Martins. For high-end items (jewelry, clothing, etc.) catering to those with deep pockets this is the place. The sheer size of this mall perhaps extends a full city block.
What's unique about this mall is its specialization. It sells clothing...and nothing but clothing, both wholesale and retail. These clothes find themselves across the globe with all the international trade conducted here. You find rows upon rows of stalls selling specialized clothing - only white clothing, high fashion, summer clothing, etc.
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Location: 1541 Phahonyothin Rd., Payathai, Bangkok, Thailand
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Hours: open 24 hours
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Location: 184/2 Ratchapakhinai Rd, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, 50200 Chiang Mai, Thailand
Tel: 061.272.8008 / 053.326.583
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Nawa Saraan Hotel Chiangmai
Location: 37/1 Singharat Lane 2, T.Sriphum, Muang Chiangmai, 50200 Chiang Mai, Thailand
Features: upscale container-themed, luxury appointments, central location
- one mug draft beer
- 1.5 liter drinking water
- one hour massage
- muesli breakfast
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- cheap dorm lodging
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- bus ride
- You can get around Bangkok using the trains, buses, tuk-tuks or the boat. Here is the transport map to give you a heads-up.
Oct 6-20, 2014
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