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The MBK Center and Siam Central

Shopping on Heat!

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One thing I did not realise when I booked a hotel next door to the National Stadium Skytrain Station in Bangkok was that I would be next door to the most expansive shopping mall I had ever seen. I had heard of the MBK Center but until I experienced it I did not appreciate how unbelievably immense with an unexhaustable range of small stalls and shops it was. There are 7 floors and each floor seems to go on for ever, each time you think you have reached the end another bazaar of stalls and shops seems to open up before you.

The entrance to the MBK Center at night

The entrance to the MBK Center at night


Skytrains on multiple levels above the street outside the Siam Paragon

Skytrains on multiple levels above the street outside the Siam Paragon


Inside the MBK Center, escalators everywhere and you can not see all the floors!

Inside the MBK Center, escalators everywhere and you can not see all the floors!


The escalators to the lower floors of the MBK Center

The escalators to the lower floors of the MBK Center

You can buy just about anything you can think of in the MBK Center, the free directory of shops is 20 pages long! I wanted an off the shelf pair of specs to replace my tatty 2nd pair and instead ended up with my old pair fixed up as good as new for next to nothing while I waited; a concave piece of glass to my prescription was lazer cut and fitted to my frames right there in front of me. I never appreciated before how complex the process was - facinating! Thai Street Food is rightly famed across the world but for the mega lazy there is an international food hall at the MBK Center where you take a ticket, get anything you want to eat from the stalls - Greek, Japanese etc. as well as the more usual Thai and Chinese and then present your ticket to pay when you leave.

Crowds shopping in the MBK Center

Crowds shopping in the MBK Center


Shops and stalls as far as the eye can see (and further) in the MBK Center

Shops and stalls as far as the eye can see (and further) in the MBK Center


Descending down onto the Ground Floor of the MBK Center

Descending down onto the Ground Floor of the MBK Center

Anyhow enough with shopping! Equally interesting was how all the shopping centres competed with each other to attract shoppers. On my first night I stumbled on a Thai Boxing Tournament outside the MBK Center, not something on my list but a spectacle none the less.

Thai Boxing underway outside the MBK Center

Thai Boxing underway outside the MBK Center


One of the boxers is floored during a Thai Boxing Bout

One of the boxers is floored during a Thai Boxing Bout


The final Thai Boxing bout of the night was Female

The final Thai Boxing bout of the night was Female

Meanwhile the large more convential shopping centres next door had a free fashion show for a new product launch while another had a pop concert being broadcast live on radio.

The Entrance to the Siam Paragon Shopping Mall

The Entrance to the Siam Paragon Shopping Mall


Fashion Show at the Siam Center

Fashion Show at the Siam Center


Fashion Show at the Siam Center Shopping Mall

Fashion Show at the Siam Center Shopping Mall


Free Concert underway by the dancing fountains between the Siam Center and Siam Paragon Shopping Malls

Free Concert underway by the dancing fountains between the Siam Center and Siam Paragon Shopping Malls

Posted by FrancisRTW 02:00 Archived in Thailand Tagged buildings markets sport city videos solo

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