Thursday, 13 December 2018

Siam / Ratchadamri

Photos :en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Stadium_(Thailand), www.bacc.or.th, 
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Thompson_House, www.saovabha.com, www.facebook.com/pathumwanaram,

www.rbsc.org, baiyokesky.baiyokehotel.com, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siam_Square, www.siamcenter.co.th, 
th.wikipedia.org/wiki/สยามดิสคัฟเวอรี, 
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siam_Paragon, www.facebook.com/CentralWorld, 
www.naraiphand.com, 
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaysorn_Village, www.facebook.com/PantipPratunam,
www.facebook.com/indrasquarepratunam

Overview

This is the biggest and busiest shopping district in Bangkok, where almost all kinds of goods are on sale, including cloth, clothes, jewellery, handicrafts, books, antiques, etc. There are several large department stores located here, and also several shopping arcades and countless smaller shops as well as a dozen of cinema theatres and mini theatres. So you can satisfy all your needs if you stay in one of over a dozen first-class hotels in the area. The area is easily accessible by skytrain.

Location

The shopping venue starts from the junction of Rama I Rd. and Phaya Thai Rd. to Ratchaprasong Intersection (Rama I Rd. and Ratchadamri Rd.) and continue up north to Pratunam. Most of them are easily accessible by skytrain and linked by a skywalk.

Easy access

BTS : Siam Station (interchange station with skywalk) Silom Line - Ratchadamri Station
Canal Piers : Take Khlong Saen Saep Express Boat and get off at Pratunam Pier for CentralWorld, Zen and Pratunam or get off at Saphan Hua Chang Pier for Siam Square and MBK.

For taxi : สยาม - ราชดำริ

Map : Siam – Ratchadamri

Interesting Places

National Stadium

National Stadium

Apart from sports activities, the National Stadium is used for holding other public events on New Year’s Day and Children’s Day, concerts and occasionally political activities.

For taxi : สนามกีฬาแห่งชาติ

National Stadium

Bangkok Art & Culture Centre

Bangkok Art & Culture Centre collects and displays a wide variety of art works including Thai and international contemporary art.

For taxi : หอศิลปวัฒนธรรมแห่งกรุงเทพมหานคร ตรงข้ามมาบุญครอง

National Stadium

Jim Thompson House

This remarkable Thai-style wooden house once belonged to the late Mr. Jim Thompson, an American silk entrepreneur residing in Thailand. The house, now a museum, displays Mr. Thompson's splendid collection of Asian artefacts and antiques.

For taxi : บ้านจิมทอมป์สัน

National Stadium

Snake Farm

It is great fun to observe the breathtaking process when venomous snakes like king cobras are milked in the daily venom extraction shows and to learn about the life cycle of snakes at Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute.

For taxi : สวนงู สภากาชาด

National Stadium

Wat Pathumwanaram

Sandwiched between two gigantic malls—Siam Paragon and CentralWorld—is Wat Pathumwanaram, a temple housing three sacred Buddha images. Besides, royal ashes of the late King Rama VIII and the late Princess Mother are kept here.

For taxi : วัดปทุมวนาราม

National Stadium

Royal Bangkok Sports Club

The club offers a wide range of sports to its exclusive members, including rugby, soccer and field hockey. Horse racing here is open to nonmembers to watch.

For taxi : ราชกรีฑาสโมสร ถนนอังรีดูนังต์

National Stadium

Brahma Shrine

Located in front of the Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel, the shrine is always crowded with both Thai and foreign devotees of the Brahma, who come to make a wish. Wooden carved elephants or classical dances along with traditional Thai music will be presented as votive offerings by the devotees when their wishes are granted.

For taxi : ศาลพระพรหม แยกราชประสงค์

National Stadium

Baiyoke Sky Hotel

Baiyoke Sky Hotel or known as Baiyoke II Tower is the tallest building in Thailand. The building is 309 metres tall with 2,060 stairs from bottom to top. From the revolving deck on the 84th floor visitors can enjoy the vast panoramic view of Bangkok.

For taxi : ใบหยกสกายโฮเท็ล (ใบหยก 2)

Shopping

National Stadium

MBK

Mahboonkrong (MBK center), this market-style shopping centre is packed with stalls selling everything from clothing and leather goods to cosmetics, gift items, electrical equipment, furniture and travel and camping equipment. This place is popular for its wide variety of products at inexpensive prices.

For taxi : มาบุญครองเซ็นเตอร์

National Stadium

Siam Square

This is an open-air shopping ground for teenagers, office workers and foreign tourists. Comprising 6 lanes, each crowded with a myriad of shops, boutiques, chain stores and tutorial schools, the area is also popular for holding events and promotional campaigns.

For taxi : สยามสแควร์

National Stadium

Siam Center

This four-storey shopping centre features various designer label clothing shops as well as coffee shops, fast food chains, a funky food mall and many more in a trendy theme.

For taxi : สยามเซ็นเตอร์

National Stadium

Siam Discovery

The high-class lifestyle shopping mall with a skywalk connected to the fourth floor of Siam Center, BTS skytrain’s National Stadium Station and MBK Center.

For taxi : สยามดิสคัฟเวอรี่

National Stadium

Siam Paragon

Siam Paragon is a new vibrant shopping and entertainment area in Bangkok, featuring brand-name shops, world-class Thai and international cuisines, and popular fast food chains.

For taxi : สยามพารากอน

National Stadium

CentralWorld Plaza

After massive renovations and expansion, this is the largest lifestyle shopping and entertainment complex in the country with two Japanese department stores—Isetan and Zen— and a large outdoor activity square.

For taxi : เซ็นทรัลเวิลด์พลาซ่า

National Stadium

Gaysorn Plaza

This is another luxury shopping centre in Bangkok with various international high-end brands.

For taxi : เกษรพลาซ่า

National Stadium

Naraiphan

Naraiphan, the largest Thai handicrafts centre in Thailand, offers a comprehensive range of products and souvenirs from all regions of the country.

For taxi : นารายณ์ภัณฑ์

National Stadium

Pantip Plaza

Pantip Plaza, the largest IT mall in the city, offers a great variety of computer products and parts, IT accessories and counterfeit software at bargain prices.

For taxi : พันธุ์ทิพย์พลาซ่า ประตูน้ำ

National Stadium

Indra Square

Connected to Indra Regent Hotel, Indra Square offers children wear, men & women fashion accessories and many more.

For taxi : อินทราสแควร์

National Stadium

Platinum Fashion Mall

Platinum Fashion Mall comprises six storeys with hundreds of shops selling wholesale and retail street fashions and everything you need from all kinds of men and women clothes to lingerie and accessories like earrings, belts and bags.

For taxi : แพลตินั่ม ประตูน้ำ

Big C Ratchadamri

The biggest among its many branches, this superstore also features EGV cinemas and various shops selling clothes and Thai souvenirs.

For taxi : บิ๊กซี ราชดำริ

Pratunam Market

The Pratunam Market next to the Indra Square, though not a high-class shopping centre, is worth visiting if you want to broaden your vision and to see more about the ordinary Thai. It is also the market of garments for export.

For taxi : ตลาดประตูน้ำ

Eating

Food of all kinds can be found in this area. Both traditional and fusion Thai and international restaurants as well as fast food franchises are located in the shopping malls. Huge and trendy food courts are also a good dining option in the area. And similar to other areas in Bangkok, street stalls are scattered throughout.

Nightlife

The area is more suitable for shopping; it doesn’t offer much about night entertainment. Just a few pubs and bars are located here.

Nearby Areas

Chinatown / Silom - Surawong - Sathon

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