The shopping milestones in Bangkok

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Shopping Complexes in Bangkok's down town area - The Central world

Bangkok has always been known as a Mecca for great shopping especially when it comes to the annual ending year sales. There are few places in the world that boast so many enormous, opulent shopping venues in such a concentrated area. But there have been drastic changes in the past few years. 'Mall wars' is an apt description, and many visitors pop into Bangkok just for the shopping. As each mall attempts to outdo the others with upgrades, renovations and expansions, consumers are the beneficiaries.

Bangkok's 'Golden Mile' is unique to the city. Not only can shoppers hopscotch from great mall to great mall, but they can do it from the comfort of an elevated walkway. Each mall, in its own right, is a spectacular shopping experience. So imagine having close to a dozen, one after the other. You could spend most of your life in these malls, and indeed many visitors to the city seem to!

Many of Bangkok's malls are located near the famous so is of Siam Square, a shopping destination housing numerous boutiques featuring independent designers.

Shopping Complexes in Bangkok's down town area - MBK
The most established mall is MBK, a perennial favorite with both locals and visitors. It's the place to go for a mobile phone, DVDs or just as a gathering point when meeting friends. In the evening, singles flock to the Novotel Siam Square's popular nightclub, CM2, just across the street.

A quick hop from MBK is Siam Discovery. Designer fashion outlets wait to put a hole in your budget, and there are a number of good restaurants. But the Golden Mile doesn't begin to end here. Right next door is Siam Center, a timeless classic. Well-designed and a pleasure to stroll around in, it's an especially good destination for shoes and bags.

Next is the "Crown Jewel" of the Golden Mile. Billed as the largest mall in Southeast Asia when it opened, Siam Paragon has quickly established itself as a major player. Grab a map: It's so big you can easily get lost! The shops are all upper-end, designer establishments, and you can also pick up quality furniture, clothes and ornaments. The restaurants are extremely popular, and there's a tasty and affordable food court. When the shopping gets overwhelming, visitors can check out Ferraris or retreat to the mall's own aquarium, Siam Ocean World. A mall where you can swim with sharks? Only in Bangkok!

But wait! There's more. Continue along the Golden Mile until you reach Central World Plaza - the biggest mall in Southeast Asia (Once again, mall one-upmanship rears its head in Bangkok.) Central World Plaza will boast a cineplex, an ice rink and open air concerts plus a newly opened Centara Grand at Central World Hotel which will accommodate every shopper in this downtown areas. There are so many shops and restaurants it's not worth trying to figure out exactly what is there. Everything is there!

There's no time to take a breather on the Golden Mile, so continue up the walkway. Gaysorn is conveniently located near the Arnoma Hotel and Intercontinental Hotel. Gaysorn is a typical big spender's paradise. It has exclusive boutiques from top designers and is a great place for window shopping or blowing your budget.

But the Golden Mile is still not complete. Directly opposite Gaysorn is the Amarin Plaza, closely followed by Erawan, which is connected to the Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel. A little further down, close to the Four Seasons Hotel, is Peninsular Plaza, where you'll find designer boutiques and a branch of Christie's. It's enough to make the most hard-core shopaholic cry "Enough!"

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