Bangkok sure does like its shopping malls to be gigantic! Located half way between Suvarnabhumi International Airport and the centre of Bangkok, Mega Bangna is the latest mammoth to hit town. This 35,000 square metres low rise shopping mall is mainly known as the home of IKEA, attracting a huge crowd of 'Do It Yourself' home decorators. It's a bit far out of town but the access has been well planned and for those who don't have a car, a shuttle connecting Udomsak BTS station and the mall is available. This is not a high end shopping mall for tourists but a very convenient escape for loacls and residents during the weekend.
"Everything Under One Roof" is the motto of Mega Bangna and in many aspects, it works. In addition to the large distribution centers Home Pro, Big C, Robinson and IKEA, 450 brand shops share this oval shaped mall, which obviously has been designed to make sure you keep going round in circles course! The place also features an oversized ice rink, a food court, a 24 lane bowling alley and a huge major cineplex. Well basically everything is oversized, even the car park can accommodate 8,000 cars!
Now this is not a high end mall like Siam Paragon or Centralworld but more of a living mall where families like to spend the weekend. So don't expect to find luxury fashion boutiques here, but a huge array of young popular brands. The same goes for dining, all are local or international franchises and the only restaurant that sticks out above the crowd is the very popular Four Seasons and its famous Peking Duck.
If you plan to go to Mega Bangna for the day, here is a list of restaurants to choose from. As usual in Thailand, food attracts crowds so there are almost more food outlets than there are shops in here, we can guarantee you won't get hungry. With the mall being so huge, you will definitely need several breaks at the many coffee shops. Here is a quick list of some of the brands you can expect to find at Mega Bangna.
If you happen to be in transit at Suvarnabhumi International Airport for a day, this could be an way to spend few hours, it's easy to reach by taxi usually within 30 minutes, just make sure you plan a bit of extra time in case traffic gets busy on the way back.
Lau Shan Dong Restaurants
Ai Japanese Village
Hua Pla Chong Nonsri
Jiang Fishball and Khanom Jeen
Joom Sap Hut
MK Suki Restaurant
Coca Suki Restaurant
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Charles & Keith
... and a dozen sports shops
- Opening Hours: 10 am -11 pm