Intercontinental Hotel Bangkok

Intercontinental Hotel Bangkok is next to Siam Square. And the shopping in this exotic, tropical nation is great. There are many markets in Bangkok to spend your baht and get interesting trinkets in the process.


973 Ploenchit Road, Lumpini, Pathumwan, Bangkok

It is a beautiful hotel with prices per room of well over 100 US$.

"If shopping or business is high on your agenda and you require a location slap-bang in the middle of all the action, this is it. The area around Ploenchit Road and Chidlom is to Bangkok what Orchard Road is to Singapore, and Knightsbridge to London. Some of Bangkok's finest malls can be found here � the likes of Gaysorn, Peninsula Plaza, Amarin Plaza and the newly-revamped CentralWorld, the latter which is now the largest mall in Southeast Asia. The area in front of CentralWorld is also Bangkok`s official New Year countdown venue. Along with these great malls come some wonderful hotels, restaurants, two skytrain (BTS) connections (Chidlom and Ploenchit) all conveniently connected with modern, elevated walkways. Central Chidlom department store is another highlight, and many embassies are also located closeby in Wireless and Rajadamri Roads. A variety of good restaurants and fine serviced apartments can be found down Langsuan Road, while the Siam area with more high-end shopping at Siam Paragon, Siam Centre and Siam Discovery is very close (and MBK for bargain shopping!). So too the attractions of Silom, and the Sathorn business district. Did we mention that Bangkok`s biggest park, Lumpini Park, and Suan Lum Night Bazaar is just ten minutes away by taxi?"

by Wayne Burns

The Flower Market, locally called Talaat Tehweht, runs along the mouth of the Klong Krung Kasem canal. This permanent plant and flower market is open throughout the week from dawn to dusk. The stalls display an amazing variety of orchids and flowering shrubs.

Pratunam Market extends around the Petchburi-Rajdamri-Rajparop Toads crossing where, throughout the whole area, usually in small second and third floor rooms, hundreds of sewing machines whir until late at night. They churn out millions of shirts every year, which are then sold right there by hundreds of busy street vendors.

Sampeng Lane or Soi Wanit 1 is a narrow alleyway crowded with sellers and shoppers, running from Pahurat, where Bangkok`s Indian community gathers, right through Chinatown. Close to the beginning of the lane are some of the city`s best Indian restaurants and sweet shops.

Klong Toey Market, close to Bangkok`s riverside port, is a hive of commerce with many imported items for sale. Located just off Rama IV Road, this market also offers the largest selection of fresh produce at the best prices in the city. A stroll will be rewarding.

The more upmarket shopping districts in Bangkok are in two different areas, one along Sukumvit Road and the other in Silom Road. Air conditioned buses or taxis are one way to get there.

Finally, shoppers can find a vast array of shops in an area known as Siam Square, right in the heart of Bangkok on Rama I Road. Across from the chic Siam Center, bordering on the huge Mahboongkrong Shopping Center and opposite the Siam Intercontinental Hotel Bangkok, Siam Square has many fast food outlets, clothing and shoe shops, book and computer stores, movie theatres, and rows of stalls selling leather goods, CDs, clothing and fashion jewelry.

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