Ratchada Shopping (Ratchadapisek)
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Thousands of cars pour along Ratchadapisek Road - a busy, car-infested northern artery - each day. Consequently options for suburban shoppers have blossomed here, imposing shopping warehouses and malls popping up all along it. Superb MRT subway access means it's easy to get to. But the appeal for tourists is limited - besides the Ratchada Night Bazaar, there's nothing here you can't find more centrally.
Fortune Town (at the lower end of Ratchada, near Phra Ram 9 MRT station) is a four-floor IT mall that's great for computer gear. Comparable to the better known Panthip Plaza, it offers stall after stall of mobile phones alongside everything tech related. And not far from there is the Esplanade, a seven-floor shopping complex sporting a sleek curving steel facade - looks more like a futuristic art gallery than a shopping centre. In fact its both - aside from international brand stores and restaurants (think Puma, Rip Curl, Adidas, Swatch, Apple, Au Bon Pain and Fuji) it's also a centre for Bangkok arts appreciation.
Further north on Ratchada Road is the Ratchada Night Bazaar, a laid-back, more local equivalent to Khao San Night Market. It's especially good for those with a penchant for used goods.
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Central Plaza Rama 9 brings a ‘one-stop lifestyle entertainment shopping’ concept to the Ratchadapisek area. The seven-story shopping plaza houses some 300 shops, plus restaurants, cafés, SFX Cineplex, The Rink Ice Arena and anchor stores such as B2S, Power Buy, Uniqlo and Robinson Department Store. Occupying a prime location at the intersection of Rama IX and Ratchadapisek Roads, Central Plaza Rama 9 has direct access to the MRT underground’s Rama IX Station at the basement level. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00
- Location: Corner of Rama IX and Ratchadapisek Roads
Papaya vintage is like no other shop you have even seen before. Many have heard of it but few have actually stepped inside it. It is so bizarre that some of the greatest and genuine vintage items on display are not even for sale! So, what kind of shop would do that?
If you haven't been there before, you won't be impressed by the location and even less by the exterior of the warehouse. Because that's what Papaya is; a warehouse in the suburbs of Bangkok. Read More...
- Location: Soi Lat Pharo 55/2, Lat Pharo Road Wang Thong Lamg, Bangkok 10310
- Tel: 02 539 8220
Fortune Town IT Mall
The Fortune Town shopping mall is attached to the Fortune Hotel, with the IT mall beginning on the fourth floor. Similar to Seacon, hardware items are more reliable than Pantip, while software is sold at extremely low prices. The IT area is spacious with friendly staff, making it an overall nicer shopping experience than Pantip.
- Opening Hours: 10:00 - 20:00
- Location: The corner of Rama IX and Ratchadapisek Roads, directly in front of the Rama IX MRT subway station
Thousands of cars pour along Ratchadapisek Road - a busy, car-infested northern artery - each day. Consequently options for suburban shoppers have blossomed here, imposing shopping warehouses and malls popping up all along it. Superb MRT subway access means it's easy to get to. But the appeal for tourists is limited - besides the Ratchada Night Bazaar, there's nothing here you can't find more centrally. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 12:00 – midnight
- Location: Ratchadapisek Soi 14
- Price Range: Admission to Dark Mansion - 320 baht (30 minutes)
The Esplanade is a seven-storey shopping and entertainment complex with an innovative ‘artetainment’ concept. It offers a host of retail shops, restaurants, 12-screen Esplanade Cineplex, Sub Zero ice skating rink, B2S Bookstore, Tops Supermarket and the 1,500-seat Ratchadalai Musical Theatre.
With the Thailand Cultural Centre MRT underground at its doorstep, The Esplanade is very easy to get to. From the outside, the structure features organic contours constructed with glass and steel and, at night, colourful LED lighting effects enhance the futuristic look. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:00 - 22:00
- Location: Ratchada Road
- MRT: Thailand Cultural Center
Strategically located opposite the ever-busy Central Lad Prao, Union Mall caters especially for a younger crowd, mainly university students, young office workers and those who find Central Lad Prao too expensive and Chatuchak Weekend Market too hot. Union Mall stands eight storeys tall with a total area of 150,000 square metres, housing over 1,000 retail shops. It boasts easy access from the MRT Phahon Yothin station, an international food court, a myriad of fast food chains, entertainment areas, tutorial schools, a fitness centre and a supermarket.
The open-air market just outside the air-conditioned mall is also worth a browse (open everyday from 17:00 onwards). You'll find an interesting range of clothing items, bags, shoes, and fashion accessories at affordable prices.
- Opening Hours: 10:00 - 22:00
- Location: Lad Prao Intersection, opposite Central Lao Prao
- MRT: Phahon Yothin station
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