Bangkok, Thailand



Siam Square

The Siam (Skytrain) Station at Siam Square is often considered as the centre of the city. While Rattanakosin represents Thailand's history and culture, Siam Square represents Thailand's newly emerging economy. The first buildings here were only constructed in the 1970s - on land belonging to Chulalongkorn University, which the university tried to get some extra income from rental. It started with ordinary shops but has since expanded to an entertainment and shopping mecca with luxury shopping malls and glitzy department stores filled with designer labels and trendy fashion boutiques.

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Despite the name, it is not a square in the traditional sense. It could better be described as a warren of roads filled with hundreds of tiny boutiques, restaurants, caf├ęs, record stores and bookshops frequented mainly by upper-class 20-something Thais, working ex-pats and tourists seeking retail therapy. Within a short walking distance from the Skytrain station are the Siam Discovery, Siam Center and Siam Paragon shopping malls.

Siam Paragon shopping mall by Lerdsuwa

Heading east on Rama I Road, the shopping experience continues at Ratchaprasong, an area that received worldwide fame when red shirted political protesters set up their camp here in May 2010. Ratchaprasong is home to CentralWorld, the largest shopping mall in Bangkok and the whole of Thailand. Moving further east, it gets more quiet as Rama I Road changes its name into Phloen Chit Road. There are some shops and restaurants here but the area is mainly home to foreign diplomatic missions and airline offices.

Road in Siam Square by Globetrotter

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