|Central World and Big C Ratchadamri Bangkok|
|Big C and Platinum Fashion Mall Bangkok|
|Ganesha Temple outside Central World Mall Ratchadamri Bangkok|
There are three beautiful temples outside Central World Mall where devotees can be seen offering prayers all day. The scene is particularly mesmerizing in the evening. One can return to this place to spend a few peaceful minutes after a hectic day of shopping.
|Pavement outside Big C at Ratchadamri Bangkok on a rainy day|
The pavement outside Big C has several stalls selling drinks, snacks, ready-mades and all types of other roadside shopping stuff that is seen all over Bangkok. The above picture was taken on a rainy day, otherwise a sea of people is always passing by from here.
Super Rich Thailand Money Exchange, Ratchadamri, Bangkok
|Super Rich Thailand - Money Changer at Ratchadamri Bangkok|
After Big C and before the waterway bridge, one can take a right turn to find two of the popular money changers, Super Rich 1965 and Super Rich (Thailand). Both offer very good exchange rates but Super Rich Thailand's rates are better of the two.
Pratunam Pier, Saen Saeb Canal, Bangkok
|Pratunam Pier on Saen Saeb Canal Bangkok|
Pratunam Pier is used by an express boat service for public transport on a portion of the Saen Saeb Canal. This picture was taken standing on a bridge that is on the way from Big C towards Platinum. Turn left after the bridge to go to Platinum and Pantip Plaza.
Platinum Fashion Mall, Petchaburi Road, Bangkok
|Platinum Fashion Mall Bangkok|
Platinum Fashion Mall, as the name suggests, is the place to shop for the latest fashion in clothes and accessories in air conditioned comfort. The mall is always very crowded. There are separate wings for men's and women's shopping. Prices are not fixed but only moderate haggling is encouraged. Buying three or more pieces of a similar variety qualifies for a "wholesale" price that is about 33% lower than the one-piece price. Platinum Fashion Mall is the air-conditioned alternative to hot and sweaty street shopping for clothes and accessories in Bangkok, so one should expect to pay about 5-10% extra over the street prices.
Pantip Plaza, Petchaburi Road, Bangkok
|Pantip Plaza Bangkok|
|Christmas 2011 Promotion at Pantip Plaza Bangkok|
Pantip Plaza is Bangkok's electronics and IT destination. If you can't find something in electronics and IT here, you probably can't find it anywhere else in Bangkok too. Both locals and tourists come here to buy computers, laptops, cameras, MP3s, cell phones, memory cards, TVs and what not, and not to forget spare parts for everything. Both prices and quality of products here vary from shop to shop and one can get cheated easily in terms of both. Never buy anything here before checking the price and quality in 5 different shops. If you find the quoted price in one shop lower than what you pay back home, don't hurry your purchase. The next shop or may be the shop one floor above will charge another 10% less for the same thing. Some of the things like memory cards are costlier here as compared to their prices in India, but digital cameras are cheaper. Tablets, particularly the Chinese lot are very cheap. But do some research online before buying one in this place. Most shops offer manufacturers' or dealers' warranty. Don't forget to ask for a warranty card. It is a good idea to take a picture of the shop from where you buy something. It will be easy to locate it when you need to go back there.
|Posted by Narinder Singh|