Bangkok Shopping and Erawan Shine

*This review is part of our Bangkok 2012 Travel.



Shopping in Bangkok has become one of the key item in most tourist itinerary, Bangkok has a street full with shopping complex offer wide range of product at reasonable price. It not only the shopping complex instead at road side there is stall selling cheap product until midnight, it definitely a shopping spree.


The best way to shop in Bangkok is to stop at BTS Chitlom Station and start your day by showing respect to Erawan Shine. It is walking distance to Erawan Shine through elevated walkway, from the walkway you can see the whole Erawan Shine. You can come at evening time or night since it not that hot compare to afternoon under hot sun shine.


Erawan Shine


Erawan Shine


Erawan Shine


You can purchase joss stick package for reasonable price inside the Erawan Shine, we pay $50 for bigger flower, candle and joss stick. Remember to avoid buying from outside vendor as they sell at much higher price.


Erawan Shine


It is very important that you sincere while praying, some people will tell you to pray clockwise but some said anti-clockwise. I would say just follow the crowd since it always full of people there and we go clockwise.


You may start with the first Buddha by telling “I am { } coming from { }, my wish is { }, if my wish come true I will return { }. Thanks” , do the same for the rest of the Buddha. Just bear in mind that what you promise must be deliver. Some people will hire dancer for an amount to dance for the Buddha as well.


Erawan Shine


Erawan Shine


Lot of sincere prayer either local or tourist are praying even under hot sun.


Erawan Shine


After praying we lost our way, luckily got one friendly uncle come over and guide us. He share with us that on the floor there is actually a map showing where is the direction. Like picture below, 12 o’clock is Silom, 3 o’clock is SiamSquare, 6 o’clock is Rachadamri and 9 o’clock is Chitlom. It actually pretty simple but really help when you lost your way.


Road Sign


We will then walk our way to Central World, Platinum Mall, Panthip Plaza, Big C, Siam Square and Siam Paragon. It is so tired to walk so far.


I just did a quick summary for all shopping complex nearby.


Central World is the world third largest shopping complex, product sell here are branded and whole lot of different restaurant.


Amarin Plaza is a little bit run down and less people, not so interesting.


Gaysorn Plaza is a luxury shopping complex that has all the branded such as LV, Prada…etc.


Platinum Fashion Mall is a shopping complex that sell at whole sale price and it is the shopping complex that most tourist enjoy buying. Close at 7m.


Pantip Plaza is a IT Shopping mall that sell all IT related item and the most attracting is the counterfeit software.


Siam Paragon is one of the biggest shopping mall in Asia, Siam Ocean World is located inside here as well.


Siam Center is another shopping mall that just next to Siam Paragon


Siam Discovery which located next to Siam Center, 6th floor is Madame Tussauds Wax Museum


Shibuya 19 which is another shopping mall but less shop and not so interesting.


Big C is a hypermarket selling groceries and household item, lot of people like to buy local instant noodle and some local snack here.


All above shopping mall are within walking distance.


Central World


Central World


Central World


Big C


Big C


Platinum Mall


Platinum Mall


Platinum Mall


 Grand Diamond Plaza


Grand Diamond Plaza


Pantip Plaza


 Pantip Plaza


Pantip Plaza


Shibuya 19


Shibuya19


 The busy street


Busy siam road


 We walk until night time, we spend the whole day shopping in this area and trust me it never enough time if you are shopaholic.


Central World


 Amarin at night is spectacular.


Amarin Plaza