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► Elegant Lifestyle Shopping Complexes Enhance Thailand's Appeal as a Shopping Paradise

From the elegance of Thai silk to some of the world’s best-designed jewellery, the healthy spa and therapeutic products to the best brand-name products, Thailand is known as a shopper’s paradise. Visitors find it an excellent place to stack up on some really amazing products for both personal use as well as to take back home as gifts for friends and family. At dozens of department stores, shopping complexes and retailers in Bangkok and all the popular tourist cities, visitors can find an amazing range of high quality goods, e.g. clothing, jewellery, leatherwear, bags, shoes, etc. The best gift items are the unique locally-made products, including those from the Royal Projects, handicrafts, Thai silk products, decorative and designer items, and household products.

In recent years, Thailand has seen a number of amazing new retail centres that offer a total shopping experience — from the latest designer goods to traditional Thai arts and crafts. These add to existing centres such as the Siam Paragon and the CentralWorld, both world-class shopping and entertainment complexes which are linked by direct walkway to the mass transit system, the skytrain.

Here are some of the world-class new centres and shopping showrooms that have come up:

Terminal 21 located on Sukhumvit Soi 19 (Wattana), Sukhumvit Road brings a whole new experience of shopping with a Market Street Style. It combines the best of popular global destinations into one fully-furbished department store that present a perfect combination of fashion, food, and film in 600 shops. Easily reached by both the BTS and MRT train services.

Contact information:
2/88 Sukhumvit Soi 19 (Wattana) Sukhumvit Road
North Klongtoei, Wattana, Bangkok 10110
Tel: +66 (0) 2108 0888
Fax: +66 (0) 2108 0800
Operation time: 10.00 – 22.00 hrs
Web site: www.terminal21.co.th

Crystal Design Centre (CDC) Phase Two, the first of its kind in Thailand the Crystal Design Centre (CDC) is the most comprehensive and integrated Design Centre in Asia showcasing architectural, interior, decorating and construction products. CDC facilities include product showrooms, an architecture and decorative resource centre, exhibition and conferences facilities, business lounge, design library, office spaces, and meeting facilities housing in several distinctive designed buildings. It is located on Praditmanutham Road, the main thoroughfare that links downtown Bangkok with the major commercial districts of Lad Prao, Kaset-Nawamindra, Ram-Indra, Ekamai and Sukhumvit. It is being positioned as a prime base for local conference delegates and business travellers.

Contact information:
1420/1 Praditmanutham Road
Klong Chan, Bangkok 10240
Tel: +66 (0) 2101 5999
Fax: +66 (0) 2101 5900
Operation time: Mon-Thu 10.00 – 20.00 hrs, Fri-Sun & Holidays 10.00 – 21.00 hrs
Web site: www.crystaldesigncenter.com

CentralPlaza Grand Rama 9 celebrated its grand opening in December 2011. The six-billion-Baht complex with a futuristic design is located at the intersection of Ratchadapisek and Rama 9 Roads. The plaza boasts over 214,000 square metres of shopping area spread over 11 floors with more than 300 shops, restaurants, world-class cinemas and a large number of restaurants.

Contact information:
9/8-9 Ratchadaphisek Road (Corner of Rama IX and Ratchadaphisek Roads)
Huai Khwang Bangkok 10320
Tel: +66 (0) 2103 5991, (0) 2103 5992
Operation time: 10.00 – 22.00 hrs
Web site: www.central.co.th

IKEA Thailand showroom offers a wide range of well-designed, functional home furnishing products at low prices. More than 2,000 suppliers in over 50 countries manufacture IKEA products, all well-designed and high quality items with a distinctively Scandinavian look. The low price is literally built into the production and the flat packs facilitate a rational distribution, self-service and immediate take-away. The showroom is located on Bangna-Trad Km. 8, Samut Prakan province.

Contact information:
38 Moo 6 Bangna-Trat Road Km. 8
Bangkaeo Sub-district, Bangphli District,
Samut Prakan 10540
Tel: +66 (0) 2708 7999
Operation time: 10.00 – 22.00 Hrs
Web site: www.ikea.com

Asiatique the Riverfront: the first and the biggest lifestyle project in Asia on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, and soon to become Bangkok’s trendiest landmark. Owned by Riverside Masterplan Company, it was designed to be restoration of the original architecture in 1907 and rebuilt in 1947 to be part of the natural beauty of the architecture in the reign of King Rama V.

This shopping and dining complex is located on the area of 72 hectares with 1,500 stores and 40 restaurants. The shops included shop tourists, fashion and jewellery shops, food and beverage stores, furniture and home furnishing stores including the Shows of Joe Louis Puppet Theatre, and Calypso Cabaret. A 300-metre long riverfront pathway, the longest such pathway in Thailand, will feature a range of international restaurants and wine bars with a breathtaking panoramic view.

It can be reached by car, boat, yacht, express buses, MRT, BTS Taksin station and a Shuttle Boat of not more than 5 minutes. Website: www.thaiasiatique.com

Contact information:
2194 Charoen Krung Road
Wat Phra Ya Krai, Bang Ko Laem, Bangkok 10120
Tel: +66 (0) 2227 9567, (0) 2227 9185
Operation time: 08.30 - 17.00 hrs Mon-Fri
Web site: www.asiatiquethailand.com

The Mansion 7 on Ratchadaphisek Road, is a 41-store retail complex targetted at upper segment customers aged between 25 and 35 and upper income first job employees. It is a great place to mix and mingle with its primary target customers - the upper income residents and staff of prominent companies located in the office buildings on Ratchadaphisek Road.

Open from noon to midnight daily, Mansion 7 has been divided into three major zones: fashion, restaurants and playground. The key entertainment magnet is the three - floor Dark Mansion haunted house. In addition, there is a Garden Area with a fashion and accessories boutique, a nails salon and other shops for the new generation of chic yuppies. A Playground Area is equipped with challenging games and surrounded by kiosks serving a wide range of popular local foods; such as, black rice noodle and boran (ancient traditional) coffee, etc. Web site: www.themansion7.com (Thai version).

Contact information:
Ratchada Soi 14 Ratchadaphisek Road
Huai Khwang Bangkok 10320
Tel: +66 (0) 2692 6311
Operation time: 12.00- 24.00 hrs
Web site: www.themansion7.com

In addition to the shopping complexes, Thailand is also seeing new entertainment and performance facilities, such as:

Siam Niramit Phuket: located on Chalermprakiet Road, Phuket. The USD 66 Million theatre and entertainment complex boasts world-class performances of Thailand's arts and cultural heritage, with over 100 performers, lavish costumes and stunning set designs. Enhanced special effects and the world's most advanced technology are used to produce a realistic, stimulating and inspiring experience. The theatre capacity is for 1,740 seats and 20 wheelchair spaces. The Siam Niramit Phuket show runs every day except Tuesday, starting at 20.30hrs.

Before watching the show, visitors can walk through a Village of the Four Regions in Thailand with its portrayal of the traditional rural Thai lifestyle, complete with demonstrations of arts and crafts and a Phuket floating market to experience the traditional way of buying and selling fresh products from small rowing boats.

Visitors can also enjoy small open-air performances of traditional Thai music and dance in the elegant surroundings of the courtyard, elephant rides, and souvenir shopping with a broad range of top-quality handicrafts from all regions of Thailand.

For MICE event planners, Siam Niramit has a range of spaces suitable for one-day meetings, while the theatre itself can handle larger events; such as, conferences or awards ceremonies.

For the convenience of Muslim guests, Siam Niramit has a prayer room located in the Thai village. It also provides services for the elderly and handicapped patrons such as parking spaces reserved for wheelchair users, wheelchairs on request, ramps offering easy access to all areas of the theatre and facilities, as well as handicapped-friendly restrooms. Web site: www.siamniramit.com.

Contact information:
55/81 Mu 5, Rassada
Amphoe Mueang, Phuket 83000
Tel.: +66 (0) 7633 5000
Fax: +66 (0) 7633 5055
Operation time: Buffet dinner – 18.00 – 20.15 hrs, Show - 20.30 hrs Wed- Mon
Web site: www.siamniramit.com

Amazing Thailand Grand Sale 2012: To help visitors better enjoy Thailand and get the best value for money, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) in cooperation with VISA International (Thailand) and many other partners in the public and private sectors will again organise the Amazing Thailand Grand Sale 2012 during 15 June to 15 August 2012.

More than 10,000 shops, department stores and retail outlets nationwide are due to participate in the “Amazing Thailand Grand Sale 2012”. Visitors will enjoy price discounts ranging from 10-80 per cent, plus special offers for other services including spas, hotels, travel agents, airlines, restaurants, hospitals, golf courses, duty - free shops and jewellery shops.

VISA cardholders will be also eligible for prizes, special offers and gifts, bonus shopping points, lucky draws and a jackpot prize worth 1 million Baht for Thai cardholders and “Miracle 30 Days in Thailand” prize for foreign visitors.

Friday, May 29, 2020