If the Riverside & Old city are the perfect examples of getting to know Thailand’s History & Culture then Ploenchit Road, Chidlom promises to be the new face of Bangkok. It is low on sightseeing options but does well to cover up through its luxury based shopping and hotel options. This area’s newly developed high rises, apartments and embassies give the area it’s much deserved rich look and feel. This place a must visit for a fashionista, wanting to splurge heavily on the designer labels. Good food courts and restaurants also abide in this area. The area is fast becoming a rage amongst the city’s local elite. Let us immerse ourselves in this heavenly paradise.
Central Chidlom Department Store: This place is a delight for any shopper wanting to buy the world’s best designer labels. It is fast becoming the most sought after option amongst the affluent Thai, the Expat community and the rich traveller. The store caters to the need of fashion for both men and women besides children. Along with this, it also has sections on home décor, kitchen ware and bathroom accessories showcasing the best of designer brands. Women can find a range of beauty products coming from premium brands such as Shu Uemura, SKII, MAC, L’Occitane, Urban Rittuale, Anna Sui, Lancôme and many more. The best part is that the store doesn’t have any entertainment options or a Cineplex and so one can exclusively savour the shopping experience. Another winning factor is the location of this store as it is located next to the Chidlom BTS Skytrain station, making it a favourite haunt.
Gaysorn Plaza: Another shopping marvel home to high end and luxurious International Brands is the Gaysorn Plaza. Some ace designers of Thailand have also set up shop here like the Fly Now, Senada Theory and Kloset Red Carpet. Some of the well known International brands which find place here are the Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Prada and the Hugo Boss. It is smaller in size but has everything on high end fashion that you could probably ask for. One of the features of this place is that it has a ‘Lifestyle Consultant’ team which helps in making your shopping experience highly memorable.
Erawan Bangkok: This one’s a boutique shopping mall hosting a wide variety of elegant lifestyle brands. The Grand Hyatt Erawan has direct access from this shopping arcade. Renowned brands like Burberry, Helmut Lang, Comme des Garcons, Mc Q, Citizen of Humanity set stage here. It’s a huge shopping expanse given its five storey’s and a massive area of 13000 square metres. The ground level is host to a lot of eateries and is collectively known as the Urban Kitchen.
Amarin Plaza: The best place to buy souvenirs from the Thai Craft Centre located on the 3rd floor.
Central Food loft: Located at the seventh floor of Central Chidlom Department store. This place with its innovative food court concept is fast becoming popular. The awesome variety here is bound to overwhelm the customer.
The Grand Hyatt Erawan: Styled famously like a resort, it offers traditional Thai hospitality. It is easily accessible from the most famous shopping centres such as Siam Paragon, Central Chidlom, CentralWorld and Gaysorn Plaza. The Chidlom BTS Skytrain is at the hotel’s doorstep. It is renowned for its famous buffet.
Holiday Inn: Centrally located and wonderful service. It is a good value for money option.