Siam Paragon is a relatively new shopping mall (opened December 2005) in Bangkok – and it’s by far the fanciest one. Here you find all the luxury brands you could crave for. Brands like – Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Dior, Versace, Burberry, Gucci and more have flagship stores here.
The high society of Thailand likes to mingle and shop here, and show off the abundance of money they are able to spend on things unnecessary. And indeed, it is a great place to spend money if you have money to spend!
When you shop around, there are maps at the escalators so you won’t get lost (hopefully) in this vast shopper’s heaven. Also, down at the information counter you can get a map.
Siam Paragon has a huge food court, where you can walk around and eat at different food stalls, everything from fingerfood to expensive Japanese sushi. There really is a lot of stuff on offer, and if you are willing to sample different stalls, you will find some really yummy treats that suit your taste.
There’s also the gourmet market, which is a grocery store that covers an area of 8000 square meter – and they offer the widest selection of foods, both from Thailand and international, that you will find anywhere in Thailand. If you are someone who likes to cook, this is where you want to go.
And then of course, there are lots and lots and lots of restaurants. You won’t starve here, no matter what you are looking for.
There is also an amazing multiplex movie theater – if you feel like cinema, this is where you want to come and watch movies. They also have an Imax 3D, and of course, if you want so, you can get “deluxe seats” with all kinds of fancy treatments, kind of like “1st class”.
There’s even a 4D theater at Siam Ocean World.
Asias largest aquarium can also be found here, in the basement: Siam Ocean World. Here you also find the Sanyo 4D X-venture 4D theater.
There are vertical gardens directly in the main entrance area of the Siam Paragon.
For those of you who don’t know what vertical gardens are – they are a new kind of gardening, where a garden is created on a vertical surface, commonly along walls of buildings. Patrick Blank was the man who created this, and he is one of the foremost authorities on this new way of gardening. If you are interested in this, here’s a really cool article + interview with Patrick Blank on vertical gardening.
They wanted to create the experience as if you are standing in front of a mountain when you look at these vertical gardens – I think they have only partly succeeded in doing so, and in fact it is easy to walk past the vertical gardens without really appreciating how much work, attention and money has been invested in creating them. More than 50 different kinds of tropical flowers can be seen here, and tens of millions of baht have been invested in creating this.
In total, the vertical gardens occupy around 1000 square metres.
There is an entrance that directly connects the BTS skytrain with the shopping mall, which makes it very convenient to get there.
If you want, you can also hire a personal stylist at the Siam Paragon who will help you to find your perfect outfit – this is a service of Siam Paragon Platinum Club, which can be found on the main floor, and you will have to make an appointment in advance (call 02 610 8107)
Siam Paragon is a joint venture between two large retail companies of Thailand – The Mall Group (which owns all the “The Mall” shopping malls in Bangkok, and also The Emporium, which prior to Siam Paragon was the most upscale shopping mall in Thailand).
Building the Siam Paragon cost around 15 billion baht (approximately 450 million US-Dollar or 313 million Euro).
More than 100 architects, both local and international, have created this shopping complex.
The Siam Paragon shopping complex has about 120,000 people visiting on weekdays, and 150,000 people on weekends on average – but if you come during high season (around December), these numbers are a lot higher.