Thursday, November 22, 2012

Siam Paragon - Bangkok


                       


In my last post Siam Ocean World I stated that the aquarium was located within the Siam Paragon, which is a most amazing shopping centre, or shopping mall depending if you use the British term or the American one. Anyway I felt I could not write posts about our visit to Bangkok without at least once mentioning a shopping centre of which there are many, but the Siam Paragon happens to be the pride of Bangkok. One of the largest shopping centres in Asia with over 270 different shops, restaurants, cinema, aquarium, concert hall, bowling alley, karaoke centre, exhibition hall and the Thai Art Gallery, so with a lot more to offer than just shopping!

Although the centre is itself logical in layout and fairly easy to explore, it is very closely linked to the many other shopping centres that cover this area. I warn you Siam Paragon is just a part of a huge shopping area which you would never explore in just a day. Siam Paragon caters more for luxury items for well off Thai's and international visitors but it is definitely the place to buy something extra special!  However you can still find the more affordable brand names for the price concious customer and there is also within the complex,  Siam Paragon Department Store where my husband treated me to a charm for my Pandora bracelet. That was the extent of our luxury shopping but we did have a couple of meals in the Siam Paragon Food Hall

When we first arrived in Bangkok and had not yet found our way around it was we thought an easy option to have lunch there, covering at least half of the ground floor floor area it was vast!  First you purchase a card at a central desk that gives you credit for purchasing your food, a hygienic and sensible option as none of the food booths have to handle money. There was an incredible choice of the best of local and international cuisines available all in one place and it was delicious, no photos of what was just a snack lunch of noodles. On another occasion though we ate at Cafe du Tu in the restaurant area within the centre and I did remember to take some photos.






At the bottom of the page you will find the link to more shopping centre photos from Bangkok as I have just shared a small selection here.

OpenedDecember 9, 2005
Hours:
Mon-Wed, Sun 10am–8pm
Thu-Sat 10am–9pm
AddressRama I, Bangkok 10330, Thailand
Location Map

Location:  The Siam Paragon Building is to be found in Siam Square
Bangkok 10330
Thailand.
Opening hours:09.00-21.00 (Last entry 20.00)
Transport: Buses 25, 501 and 508 or Train to Siam Station.

The following website links may also be of interest.  
 Siam Paragon - The Pride of Bangkok   Siam Paragon - Wikipedia  
 Bangkok.com   Google Reviews - Siam Paragon



All photos are my own taken in October 2011. 
 Copyright All rights reserved by LindyLouMac Photo Collection 
The full set of photos may also be viewed individually in my album entitled  


41 comments:

  1. You forgot to mention the best thing about Paragon: there's a huge bookstore called Kinokuniya and it's absolutely amazing! I go there at least once a month, forget the clothes, the food (all overpriced anyway except for the food court) but that bookstore....I could live in there...

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    1. I think my husband must have kept me well away from there Delia, but now I know about it, if we ever go back you know where I will be heading. :)

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  2. I love how D spoiled you Linda. My daughter and I love shopping centres. Thanks for sharing your adventures here.

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    1. He does every day Cathy and I know you and your daughter would love this place!

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  3. Hi Linda. How wonderful that your hubby spoils you every day! That shopping centre certainly does look amazing. I have a Pandora bracelet as well! Can't believe that you didn't find the book shop though!!

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    1. I know I am lucky Diane, Pandora is a great make of jewellery my collection is growing and I cannot believe I missed what is obviously a great bookshop!

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  4. Que coisa linda!!! Gostei de ver! beijos,chica

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  5. We do love our shopping malls here in Asia, if anything, to escape the heat of the day and chill out in an air-conditioned space!
    Duncan In Kuantan

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    1. How right you are Duncan, we have seen some impressive ones on our travels. You can stay cool when it is hot and dry when it is raining. :0

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  6. Hello kaoman kai(rice with chicken) :) I'm grinning on my seat. It's great to read about my own backyard from a visitor's point of view. Guess what - I have never been to the acquarium in Siam Paragon, at least not yet. I frequent Kinokuniya and the tea rooms there. Thanks for dropping by my nook. Maybe one day when I get to visit Italy I'll blog about some place and let you know too.

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    1. I am so pleased to have you call by and comment Hazel, hope you will get to visit your local aquarium one day. :)

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  7. It's a pity our former house in the Embassy compound has been knocked down. It was just by the front gate on Sukhumvit next to Central Chit Lom. It looks like a car park or building site at the moment, according to Google Earth.

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    1. It must have been very different when you were an ex pat there Susie as a I understand that a lot of the development in the centre of Bangkok is fairly recent.

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  8. Bangkok, a place I would love to visit again!
    Great pics.

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    1. So would I Indrani, so much more I would love to see.

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  9. Nice pictures of the mall, appetizing food. Greetings.

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  10. Shopping malls can be such tiring places but they are also wonderful for having so many things under one roof to explore. I do like how they formed the rice on your plate when you sat down to eat ;-)

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    1. They are I agree tiring places as there is just so much to see and do! The presentation of the rice is good isn't it.

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  11. Hi Lindy Lou,
    I found you over at Joyful's blog.
    We used to live in Bangkok, and still carry a deep fondness for the country and her people. I hadn't heard of the cashless food buying system. What a great idea!! Looking forward to reading more about your travels.
    Blessings
    Dotti from Australia
    New Friend :)

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    1. Welcome, Dorothy delighted to have you aboard as my latest follower. How exciting that you used to live in Bangkok, I hope you will continue find my posts of interest.

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    1. It was certainly interesting Rajesh.

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    3. Thanks for your interest but I am happy with the Travel Tales blog being left purely for my own posts.

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  13. What wonderful travels. Always fun to read and see what the different places are like.
    Thanks for sharing..As usual..a wonderful blog..
    xoCarolyn

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    1. I am pleased you find my posts fun Carolyn, the delights of virtual travel. :)

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  14. How lucky you are to travel to such wonderful places

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    1. We are indeed, having a daughter living in Asia was all the prompt we needed. :)

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  15. Hi. Nice trip to Bankok. The dishes look very delicious.

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    1. It was a lovely trip, highly recommend a visit.

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  16. What a vast place! And the food seems so delicious:)

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    1. Yes absolutely vast, Thai food is indeed delicious.

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  17. Hi. I enjoyed your former posts very much, Hong Kong Italy and Switzland . Do you have a plan to come to Japan?

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    1. I have a dream to visit Japan one day, one of daughters has visited your country more than once and says it is beautiful.

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