Today’s post brought to you by the letter “M” for mall.
On this day, I was toured through SIX different malls, which sounds really impressive until I confess that three were right next to each other. They were all multi-level and some truly impressive though. They included: Siam Discover, Siam Center, Siam Paragon, Central World, Amarin Shopping Center and Union Mall.
For as much as markets, like Chatuchak – a weekend market with just about everything – is popular, there are these AMAZING malls, that are always packed. My friend suggested this is because, Bangkok is so hot, people go there to escape the heat.
The malls are interesting to me because there are so many floors, with a consistency to what is on each level. Stationary/Office Supplies on the bottom, various clothing items (by gender or age), restaurants, then movies on top. I’m big into pens and pencils so the various fashions in between that and the movies is a bit lost on me. Mall may also specialize in certain items, for instance, we were on a quest for a yoga mat, so we went to Amarin Shopping Center (because they have a lot of sports equipment). Want a Japanese market or food, then Central World is the place to go. Central World also has a wonderful library (and so on).
The Siam Center mall had the most creative displays to date though. I could have photographed every window but then my friend would have probably abandoned me and there were more malls to see. With the skytrain and a bit of foot power they are all easily accessible though.
For me, they are beautiful malls, but I love the theory of a bargain, so JJ may get most of my shopping dollars. And oh yeah, I’m a minimalist-sort of, so even if I don’t make purchases, the various stalls are too much fun to look through. Love the chaos of the tight hallways and millions of different items within reach.
Care to shop?