What to Do at Siam Paragon?
Siam Paragon is the mother of all malls in Bangkok and despite the growing competition, it manages to remain one of the best malls in Bangkok. The shopping mall concentration in the Siam area is so massive that the Rama 1 road stretching from MBK to The Emquartier is nicknamed the shopping mile, with an estimated 4,500 shops and 495,000 square meters of shopping surface.
Siam Paragon aims at the upmarket clientele but ends up being a tourist destination on its own. Amazingly, it was the most photographed landmark on Instagram in 2013, worldwide! Since several major shopping malls are in this area, Siam Paragon is a bit of a logical starting point your shopping spree.
What do people like about Siam Paragon
The mall is immense, but the geography of it is quite logical and straightforward, not like the next largest mall CentralWorld where you get lost almost every time. The Mall has an L shape gallery with all the usual high-end fashion shops and a massive department store in the middle. There is no need to list the brands found here, you know them, and all the names are here.
What makes Siam Paragon Special
Direct access from the most central BTS station Siam is, of course, a big plus. The plaza outside the mall with its fountain is a popular meeting point and a permanent photo opportunity. A large part of the department store is dedicated to Thai fashion designers, and, if you are not familiar with these, you should have a look, they are very good.
The lower floor is an endless collection of restaurants and food stalls, from local cuisine to very sophisticated cuisine. We all know that people go to malls on the weekend to eat first, then to shop, and Siam Paragon takes full advantage of this.
The food has become such a customer magnet, and an entire section of the 4th floor has been added with even more restaurants. Expect to find a lot of international franchises that don’t need to be named, and a few local ones such as Chili Cafe, Nara Thai Cuisine, Another Hound and Coffee Bean by Dao.
What to Do at Siam Paragon?
Below the food court and restaurants floor is SEALIFE immense Aquarium with an underwater tunnel. It’s pretty good, but usually considered too expensive for tourists since the price they have to pay is higher than the local fare. At the top floor, you will find huge movie theatres, including IMAX and the one we enjoy most: the VIP Theater with fully reclining sofas with pillows and blankets.
Kidzania occupies an ample space at the top floor near the cinemas, offering a chance for young kids to pay real money and pretend to do a job! They learn how to fix cars, extinguish an imaginary building fire, extract some teeth from a mannequin of cook some hamburger at McDonald’s. That’s weird, but they love it.
Siam Paragon is a good mall in a great location with plenty of things to see and do even without having to spend money, probably our favourite mall in Bangkok. Siam Paragon is from the same company that built the popular EmQuartier Shopping Mall on Sukhumvit.
Once you watched your movie and your little casual lunch you can buy yourself a little Rolls Royce or a Maseratti if you have some pocket money left.
Siam Paragon Info
Address: 991 Rama I Rd, Pathum Wan, Pathum Wan District, Bangkok 1033
Open: 10 am – 10 pm
Retail surface: 495,000 m2
Built: December 2005