Which Bangkok Shopping Center
Is the Best ?
Given the great variety, it is hard to tell which Bangkok shopping center is the best. The ultimate shopping destination, Bangkok Thailand is packed with shopping malls and department stores of all kinds, allowing avid shoppers to fulfill all their wild dreams. Shopping centers are conveniently located within MRT and BTS lines, and provide a luxury shopping experience comparable to that in the West, but with prices being lower in most cases.
If you love glamour and grand ambience, probably, the best Bangkok shopping center for you would be Siam Paragon. Relatively new and much hyped, Siam Paragon Shopping Complex, situated right on Siam Square in the heart of the city, is a major attraction for young and beautiful (and moneyed, of course!). Apart from posh boutiques flaunting best international brands, the complex is packed with entertainment and cultural activities most of the time, and features Siam Ocean World as the largest of a kind in Asia.
Central World Plaza is another giant in the Bangkok shopping center scene. Located close to both Chidlom and Ploenchit skytrain stations, it is one place combining head-spinning shopping, exquisite dining, and a variety of entertainment activities. Touted as the biggest lifestyle shopping complex in Southeast Asia, it is a good place to sit back and watch the hippest and trendiest of Bangkok city passing by.
If you haven't had an overdose of chic yet, visit Emporium, which is easily reachable by Bangkok skytrain (Phrom Phong station). Fashionistas will love the place for the three floor exclusive clothing and accessory department, featuring world-class brands and international designer creations. This shopping center is also known for its huge collection of upgrade home décor items, both Thai and international.
If you prefer cozier environment with more competitive prices and informal feel, Robinson and Central department stores with multiple branches across the city can easily be found and accessed via public transport. Central Chidlom and Central Latphrao are particularly loved by both locals and tourists, and have numerous sales all the time. For cheaply priced wholesale clothing, visit Platinum Fashion Mall – it is basically Pratunam Market in a more convenient air-con package.
However, the most popular Bangkok shopping center is indisputably MBK (Mah Boon Krong), located in Pathumwan area (National Stadium BTS station). What makes it so special to both Thai people of all social levels as well as tourists from different parts of the world is, perhaps, its ever friendly and lively feel along with a mind-blowing merchandise range and very competitive prices. In most privately owned boutiques it is possible to bargain and actually bring the price down! MBK is also stuffed with cafes and restaurants of all sorts and is proud of its international food court.
If you don't care about fashion and glamour much, but all things IT turn you on, Panthip Plaza on Petchaburi Road is surely a must-visit. Here, you can find virtually any IT brand and any product you have been looking for. This Bangkok shopping center definitely has a class of its own along with some of the greatest bargains around.
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