Siam is an emerging destination for all your shopping activities. It is possibly the most swankiest shopping streets that you would find in Bangkok. Home to some of the shopping centres like MBK, Siam Discovery center, Siam center and Siam Paragon, it is fast gaining repute as a shopping destination for both local as well as foreign visitors. The Siam Square taking inspiration from the Siam area that it belongs to, houses some of the best known designer brands and is increasingly becoming a hot favourite amongst the upmarket teenager crowd as well as the visiting tourist elite. The rhythmic pulse of this place can be easily comparable to Champs de Elysees in Paris & Fifth Avenue in New York. The Siam Square area which stretches from Rama 1 Road down to the Chulalongkorn University Campus and from Phayathai Road to Henri Durant has become a nerve centre of buzzing activity ranging from shopping, to eating, to partying and to immersing yourself in the whole host of entertainment options available here. It is hip hop meeting place for the city’s university students, the media people and the fashionistas of the town. The Siam Square is easily reachable as it is well served by the Skytrain BTS, with Siam & the National Stadium being the nearest stations. Both of these stations have walkways leading to the main shopping centres of the Siam area. To make your trip worthwhile, let’s have a look at the possible options one could explore while one was here.
The Siam area in Bangkok is home to 4 major shopping malls located closely to each other and all have a tale to tell. These are:
MBK Shopping center – This eight storey shopping center is nothing less than a giant when it comes to shopping for the Bangkok locals as well as the foreign tourists. Spread over 89,000 square metres it has
everything that you can ask from a shopping center. It is in operation since 1986 and promises to be a great bargain market for the Bangkok locals over the weekend. It is a huge favourite amongst the middle class.
Siam Discovery – A true discovery this mall is as it spells nothing but sophistication. It houses all
sought after designer label brands and is home to the likes of Guess, DKNY, Karen Millen, Swarovski and many more. The ambience exudes a sense of luxury and every floor here is themed. Its mid sized area makes sure you don’t get lost. It also houses the famous Madam Tussaud’s museum.
Siam Center – Serving customers since the last 40 years, this mall houses almost 200 international and local Thailand brands. It also has boutiques run by promising Thailand local designers. The carved wooden horses at the entrance serve as a majestic welcome to the guests. The interactive television screens here allow a customer to view how he would look without the need for going to the trial room. Inspite of Siam center being there for 40 years, it still continues to enthral its customers with its fine understanding of today’s fashion sense.
Siam Paragon – Siam paragon is the state of the art shopping center catering to the likes of the elite class. It runs boutiques of high end international brands, is home to South East Asia’s largest aquarium (Siam Ocean world), a 16 screen Cineplex and serves a comprehensive selection of world cuisines. Located prominently in front of the BTS Skytrain station, it is a hot favourite amongst the rich and the famous.
Siam has a plenty of hotels but one could do well to restrict himself to a few chosen ones. In the five star category, Hansar Bangkok, Kempinski Residences Siam and Centara Grand at Central World are the few names to reckon with. Whereas the four star category can be chosen from amongst The Twin Towers hotel, Evergreen Palace hotel & The Lit Bangkok hotel.
So next time you want to head for a shopping spree, just unwind at Siam and it won’t let you down.