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If you want a day well spent with shopping, dining, fitness, as well as religious activities, all wrapped in one, Erawan is a one stop shop for all these activities. For those who love designer wear, this center offers the best of the best, with stores of Stella McCartney, Givenchy, Lanvin, Alexander McQueen, among several others to choose from. The Urban Kitchen offers you a wide range of ethnic cuisine and culinary delights, as well as some shops that actually sell kitchenware. The Erawan tea room offers quality beverages and refreshments to visitors, who can unwind with a cup of Thai tea. Locals can also visit the beautiful Erawan Shrine for prayers. Also having its very own fitness center, Erawan will give you everything you need in one destination.
Prepare to be dazzled by choice at the Pantip Plaza, one of the biggest, and best, places in the city to buy electronics. Its reputation is a little notorious, due to the abundance of counterfeit DVDs and CDs on sale but there are hundreds of stalls, specializing in everything electronic you could ever imagine. The mall has five tiers, meaning than entire days can be lost in here; be prepared to haggle with stall owners as it's standard practice. This is computer and IT heaven and, best of all, prices are almost as low as they can be.
Mah Boon Krong or MBK Center is one of the best places for shoppers who love a market-style atmosphere but prefer the comfort of air-conditioned spaces. It is packed with stalls selling everything from clothes, leather goods and fashion accessories to electrical supplies, furniture, cosmetics and all kinds of gift items. Bargains and discounts are common, but shoppers should guard against imitation clothing, watches and other items. The seventh floor includes a modern movie theater showing all the latest releases, a bowling alley and a karaoke place.
These are twin shopping malls in the Pathum wan district of Thailand. They house a variety of restaurants, fashionable clothing stores, boutiques, hairdressers, a food court and a multiplex. The Siam Discovery Center is more recent and plush. Its latest theme is the “One Floor, One Concept”, which groups similar stores on one floor. The shops at Discovery are more exclusive, including several designer stores. It is a delightful destination for shoppers and highly recommended. One of the major draws of the shopping complex is the indoor skating rink, which is called Ice Planet, that spans two floors of the shopping complex.
Siam Paragon is an upscale shopping mall which boasts flagship stores for many international brands including Versace, Armani, Hugo Boss, Gucci and Swarovski. On the top floor are movie theaters, bowling venues, an IMAX theater, and the Royal Paragon Hall, which holds exhibitions and entertainment events. If you happen to be famished after a day of shopping, check out the Gourmet Market food hall in the ground floor or any of the other cafes and restaurants. Finally, when the kids are bored with shopping take them to Siam Ocean World, one of the largest aquariums in South East Asia, situated in the basement, and the let the marine world wash your cares away.
Thailand's largest duty-free and tax-free shopping centre, King Power Complex in Downtown is a retail heaven for tourists and locals. The remarkable steel and glass building is home to some of the world's best designer products, including clothes, accessories, cosmetics, and other items. Brands like Salavotore Ferragamo, Gucci, Diesel, Armani, L'oreal, among several others sell their merchandise here. The complex also provides many dining options to its visitors and also houses a 600-seat Cultural Arts theatre within the facility.
Already a big hit with the teenage market, this recently opened, wholesale and retail shopping mall on five floors specializes in cheap clothing. Platinum Fashion Mall has many of the same goods that are available at Chatuchak but the shopping is in air-conditioned comfort. Goods are cheaper if bought in quantity, usually three items or more. Although women's fashion dominates here, there are also men's and children's clothing, accessories and shoes. A food court is situated on the top floor and small food outlets on the ground floor, and there is ample parking.
Initially known as the World Trade Center, CentralWorld is one of Bangkok's largest downtown malls, containing a massive variety of trendy shops. The flagship department stores of Zen and Isetan can be found here, but the core is a labyrinth of shops, restaurants and entertainment facilities, including cinemas and an ice-skating rink. Located on the seventh floor is the Thailand Duty Free Shop, which is the one of the only government-operated, downtown duty-free shop in the country. Much more than just your average shopping mall, CentralWorld also has an entire luxury hotel and a fully-equipped convention center within its premises.