There is nothing you can't find here. Basically you could live in the Siam Paragon (yes, there's also a hotel in the complex) and you wouldn't have to set a foot in front of the door ever again. On an incredible area of 500.000 square meters the power-consumers can decide between 250 shops, 16 cinemas, 52 bowling alleys, three fair halls, five meeting rooms, dozens of restaurants, one food hall and a big aquarium. On the luxury-floor brands like Dolce&Gabbana, Chanel and Gucci outdo one another with extraordinarily designed stores. If you don't feel satisfied with a bag at the price of the average monthly wage of a Thai you can swipe your credit card in the Ferrari-showroom and drive home in a new sports car. In short: the Siam Paragon is (beside the Emporium) the most exclusive and expensive shopping center, and it is twelve hours a day, seven days a week jam-packed. The Thais went their way to this shopping-temple because they love entertainment. And in the Siam Paragon some event, show or fair takes place everyday. For bargains you rather visit the Night Market.
The historic market in Old Town brings an extraordinary charm with it. Even though it is near the Grand Palace, one will hardly see any tourists. The local shops and little stalls have very often been in the same family for generations. And it fits the offer: Different than on many Thai markets, there are hardly any mass-produced goods around the Moon-Pier, as it would be called in English. Instead, there are antique coins, Moroccan lamps, bronze figures, vintage-jewellery, Buddhist amulets and talismans. The Thai Sompong lies his cards onto a little, shaky table, a few meters away an old hippie wearing a dozen pearl necklaces shows his jewellery proudly, and on the end of the street pendants made of boar tushes have been sold for over 40 years. One thing is certain though: On Tha Prachan you can find a souvenir which is out of the ordinary and which you will want to keep for yourself at the end.
Imagine all the electrical stores you know together with a few hundred little tradesmen in a shared apartment. This is Pantip Plaza, the mother of all IT-malls. Already at the entrance into the shopping center one is overwhelmed by the sheer masses of stuff. Little stores are right next to huge selling spaces. On each floor (overall eight) there are about 100 shops. Pirated material, desktops, laptops, cameras, mobile phones, IT-accessories, simply everything. While hardware is relatively expensive in Thailand, everything else is ridiculously cheap. Of course the pseudo-iPod shuffle for three Euros won't last forever and the Photoshop version is screaming: pirated material! However especially the big assortment of exotic devices that have never been seen in Europe makes techies' hearts leap for joy. How about a portable 3D printer, for instance? What is also very convenient is that one can get their laptop or camera repaired in Pantip Plaza. You will most certainly find an English-speaking fuss-pot who will get your equipment going again and who can give you the latest hints for your products.