If you are in a shopping mood in Bangkok, you might want to explore Siam Square, the small streets and lane opposite Siam Paragon Shopping Mall. It is not sophisticated and not as shiny as shopping malls, but you will find many young designers and fun boutiques. Of course, you will have to find the gems among all the usual cheap stuff and angry birds tee shirts, but that’s part of the fun!
Siam is, as everyone knows, the shopping heart of Bangkok, and there is a high chance for any traveller to end up at Siam Paragon Shopping Mall or its giant neighbour CentralWorld. In fact, it is the same area; you also have Siam Center, Siam Discovery and even MBK. If you don’t mind walking a bit, on the far side of CentralWorld, you will find Pantip Plaza or get lost in the humongous Pratunam Market.
Siam Square is always buzzing with youngsters, and you will soon notice that most of them care a lot for their look. Music is loud, screens are flashing everywhere, and stage performances often occur in Siam Square, usually just in front of the Hard Rock Cafe.
Among a thousand shops, you will spot easily the Digital Gateway, a large multi-story electronic shop, a large library and even an old fashioned cinema. Not far is the ancient ‘Bonanza Mall’, which connects to MBK via a bridge where you can find all the school uniforms and accessories for teens. Everywhere it is a maze of tiny shops the way they like it in Asia: two by three meters, cramped with so many items you wonder how they fit everything inside when closing time arrives.
Thai fashion designers are very inspired; few shops will catch your eyes with their fancy windows, and many sell really original creations. A trendy shop called ‘Its happen to be a closet’ (that’s how the name is written) now also sells in the fashion department of trendy shopping malls…
Add to the place many eateries, from a very cheap but busy food court to very popular Som Tam, Hong Kong Noodles and Thai Suki shops, and you have the perfect city hang out for the young generation.