Platinum, Paragon, Chatuchak… We all know that. What ELSE is there in Bangkok?
No matter how many times you’ve visited Bangkok, you will never miss out Platinum. It’s normal. But let’s be honest here, don’t you want to explore more for once… see what else Bangkok has to offer?? Trust me, there are so much more to Bangkok malls than our usual Platinum, Paragon, Chatuchak… Here we list down the TOP 5 malls you must visit in Bangkok. You’ll be surprised at what you can find!
Introducing to you the latest, hottest addition to Bangkok fanciest MEGA malls: ICONSIAM. Inspired by cultural values and beliefs tied to the Chao Phraya River, this architectural wonder stands just at the side of the Chao Phraya River. So you can already imagine how majestic it looks from the outside during the golden hours. And as the night falls, the magic begins here at ICONSIAM.
Labelled as Thailand’s shopping mecca, ICONSIAM offers an extensive number of high-end retail stores and a colossal seven-storey Takashimaya outlet across a sprawling 525,000 sqm.
Another most visited store here is the Apple Store – the first in Thailand and second in Asia after Singapore.
Here just to shop? Think again. From indoor floating market to world-class cineplex to Michelin star restaurant, there’s so much more to the mall besides its retail stores, you get to fully experience the life of Crazy Rich Asians!
End your night watching the dancing musical fountain featuring stunning lights and special effects. Then take a stroll along the River Park to enjoy the scenic riverside landscape.
Photo credits: IconSiam
Nearest BTS station: Saphan Taksin
How to get there: The fastest way for tourists to get there is the free shuttle boat from Sathorn Pier (beside Saphan Taksin BTS station)
2. SIAM DISCOVERY MALL
Having clinched at least six major global design awards in just the past year along, it is no wonder Siam Discovery is known to have the front line design in the world. I mean, just see for yourself..
Design-wise, it looks like a brightly-lit, massive contemporary photo studio perked up with edgy modern sculptures. Instead of individual stores like your typical malls, you’ll find an open-concept retail space.
Photo credits: designboom.com
Here, products are grouped based on style rather than brand. Siam Discovery introduces an unprecedented experimental shopping experience with a fresh concept of combining space with experiential design.
Furthermore, connected to Siam Center and MBK (via an elevated walkway), it is no doubt a place worth a visit if you’re in the area to enjoy the shopping.
Also, happening ONLY this June, Siam Paragon presents for the first time ever in Thailand – Peanuts Global Artist Collective X Absolute Siam Peanuts lifestyle items collection.
Now not only is this so instagrammable, your kids will also enjoy immersing themselves in the various interactive games.
Photo credits: Siam Discovery Website
Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00 daily
Nearest BTS station: Siam
3. TERMINAL 21
Yes, resembled after the airport, Terminal 21’s theme is what makes this mall so unique. The moment you step inside, you will see Arrival signs in particular cities. Ride the escalator and see how each floor is named after a different part of the world, complete with its trademark icons. One minute you can visit the Caribbean, and the next moment you will be teleported to Tokyo.
Nine-storey Terminal 21 offers designer brands, international cuisine, a supermarket, boutique shops, and many more. At some parts, the shop layouts will remind you of Platinum. However do take note, only some shops in Terminal 21 accept bargaining!
Haven’t had enough “travelling” the world? Try toilet-hopping! Wait what? Trust me, it’s one-of-a-kind adventure! Want a taste of the Caribbean? Check out the restrooms at the lower ground floor. Feeling like Paris or Rome? They are just an escalator ride up!
Nearest BTS station: Asok (direct access via Skywalk)
Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00
4. THE MARKET
Haven’t had enough of Platinum?
Standing just a stone throw’s away from Platinum Mall is its brand new sister – The Market. Recently opened in 14 Feb 2019, The Market offers everything you would expect in Platinum has, but new.
Consisting of a line up of fashion boutiques and a wide variety F&B outlets, you can get the ultimate Bangkok shopping experience here. And when you’re tired after all that shopping, simply pop by one of the many massage parlours here for a quick therapeutic Thai massage.
On top of the list of F&B options here is unanimously the Domo-kun Café (G Floor). Topped with our favourite pearls, the soft serve ice cream is to die for and definitely instagrammable.
Photo credits: yyitravelmaker’s Facebook
Opening hours: 10am-10pm
Nearest BTS station: Chit Lom
An outdoor riverside mall, Asiatique is going to charm you with its theme-park look. Beautifully designed with fake railway cars and bags of Thai rice, this place replicate the warehouses that you’ll still find in parts of Bangkok.
Not only can you find a wide selection of boutique stalls, you also have a huge range of F&B outlets to dine in. Looking for some last minute souvenirs for your family and friends back home? Fret not as they sell local spa products and a variety of souvenirs here too!
How to get there: The fastest way to reach there is via boat. Take the free shuttle boat at the end of the pier (boats run until 23:00)