Shopping Pantip Plaza 604/3. Ratchathewi, Bangkok 10400 Thanon Phetchaburi, Ratchathewi Bangkok 10400, Thailand Published on: 17-06-2016
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Why Pantip Plaza is special ?
Pantip Plaza is the mother of all IT shops in Thailand and has gained legendary status as the place to find new and used computers and accessories at rock-bottom prices. Occupying a rather featureless building on Petchaburi Road, Pantip Plaza has also gained notoriety because of the widespread practice of selling counterfeit software, DVDs… and more sordid material. The mall itself has certainly seen better days, but like an old auntie that always has lots of candy when you go to visit, Pantip Plaza is still pulling in the punters thanks to unbeatable bargains and cheap technical specialists for things like repairs and upgrades.
What to explore at Pantip Plaza?
Firstly, everything a technophile could possibly want can be found here – often several times over: laptops, tablets, software, cameras, parts, printers, digital cameras, MP3 players …you name it. Pantip Plaza shopping mall is where other traders from around the country go to buy at wholesale prices so cut out the middleman and buy direct from one of the countless stalls to pocket some significant savings or bag some added extras. The art of negotiation is alive and well in Pantip so even if the trader won’t budge on a particular price, you can always ask for some freebies. With so much competition for your custom, shops are usually willing to throw in a few extras to secure the sale.
Along with the smaller trading stalls, there are also two anchor stores: Hardware House on the mezzanine level and IT City covering the whole of the top floor. These stores sell at slightly higher prices than other shops, but they still offer decent discounts together with the added security of a manufacturer’s warranty and reliable after-sales service. Another great feature of Pantip Plaza is the bargain bins that can be found outside many stores, selling anything from cute and funky phone accessories, to USB flash drives and mouse pads. Some of these bargain bins sell items for as low as 20baht an item, so keep an eye out to grab a cheap memento.
How to get to Pantip Plaza?
From BTS Chidlom, either hire a tuk-tuk/taxi or walk ten minutes down Ratchadamri Road past Central World on your left, over the Saen Saeb canal and then left on Phetburi Road. Walk about two blocks, and Pantip Plaza should be on your left.
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Pantip Plaza 604/3. Ratchathewi, Bangkok 10400 Thanon Phetchaburi, Ratchathewi Bangkok 10400, Thailand
Tips for you
A by now notorious element to the Pantip experience that only males will have experienced is the bunch of touts selling ‘naughty movies’. You will find them behind the food court on the second-storey, hanging around like a gang of errant schoolchildren. They will call at shoppers with a copy of Windows 8 in their hands, and then, in hushed tones, they will ask something like ‘you like naughty movie?’Scams
I used to love Panthip Plaza. Its vibe made it arguably far more interesting than its peers in Bangkok and the region. I would guess its high point was a couple of years ago. Hardware House had expanded to take over the large first floor storefront that was occupied by DataIT for many years. That might have marked the apex of the high-quality network of Hardware House outlets in Panthip and Thailand. However, earlier this year, Hardware House suddenly (and surprisingly) ceased operations. Now, it its place, are a few haphazzard places. The flagship 1st floor storefront is occupied by a mobile phone shop. The better photo outlets also seem to be gone, though replaced by a few others (which look like they're same-same semi-clones of each other). Panthip seems to have lost its vibe. And also much of its best outlets, over the past year or so