Bangkok, Thailand



Siam Square

Siam Square is the shopping destination in Bangkok, especially for big shopping malls and small designer boutiques. The obvious entry point to Siam Square is the BTS Siam Station, which is surrounded by Siam Center, Siam Discovery and Siam Paragon. Though technically not a part of the Siam area but within walking distance is MBK Center. With the exception of Siam Paragon, these malls are somewhat dated but are among the most popular as they are the most affordable.

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MBK Center
444 Phaya Thai Rd (BTS National Stadium). Opening: daily from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
MBK is a vast and packed mall full of tiny stalls (2,500) with heavy emphasis on clothing, especially the cheap and trendy teen type. However, the fourth floor is devoted to electronics including mobile phones, MP3 players and digital cameras. The fifth floor focuses on furniture in the rear and electronics in the front. Part of the sixth floor is dedicated to handicrafts and souvenirs. The top floor has film theatres, restaurants and a large Tokyu department store on the north side.

Bonanza Mall
Phaya Thai Rd (BTS National Stadium). Opening: daily from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Bonanza Mall is located across the street from MBK Center and connected by a walkway on the second floor. Offers more of the same as MBK Centre and popular with students and teenagers looking for hip clothing, accessories and cosmetics.

Siam Center
Siam Tower, Rama I Rd (BTS Siam Station). Opening: daily from 09:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
This four-story mall was
constructed in 1976 and is the first in the Siam Square area. Though renovated in 1995, it might feel a little dated compared to Siam Paragon. Most of the stores focus on fashion, shoes and handbags for trendy teenagers and students. There's also a good range of eating option including a food court on the fourth floor. A bridge at the fourth floor connects the shopping centre with the Siam Discovery Mall.

Siam Center by Terence Ong

Siam Discovery Mall
Rama I Rd (BTS Siam Station). Opening: daily from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Siam Discovery is a newer and more upmarket addition to the Siam Center, catering to a slightly more mature audience. Just like its twin mall, most stores are for the fashion savvy but prices are somewhat higher. This is the only mall in Thailand that offers the official Diesel designer store at the ground floor. Worth browsing is Loft on the third floor, a large and quirky Japanese home decoration store. There is the EGV Grand Cinema on the
sixth floor.

MBK Center, 444 Phaya Thai Rd (BTS National Stadium). Opening: daily from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Tokyu is not a mall but a massive department store occupying four floors! Every thing you'd expect in a department store is available here including clothes, luggage, shoes, cosmetics, stationery, household appliances and even a supermarket.

Siam Paragon
991 Rama I Rd (BTS Siam Station). Opening: daily from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 pm. This is a massive shopping mall occupying no less than ten floors. You can spend a full day here and it is not just a shopping complex but also includes Siam Ocean World, Paragon Cineplex and a whole floor of dining facilities. Paragon is one of the most upmarket malls in Asia with designer brands such as Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Pierre Cardin. The fourth floor has a very good selection of modern Thai arts and crafts as well as a large Kinokuniya bookstore. In the basement there is a gourmet supermarket, two food courts and several fancy restaurants.

Siam Paragon by Terence Ong
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