Siam Ocean World, Madame Tussauds, Shopping outside platinum.
My tour stated with direct flight to Bangkok. I already booked my hotel before coming. Hotels are relatively cheap in Bangkok. At just Rs 5000 you get recent 4-5 star hotels. As far as area is concerned then definitely Sukhumvit is the best one. I started my tour with some shopping fun so I went to Siam. Siam is unquestionably the best centre of shopping in Bangkok, home to some of the city’s most popular and important shopping centres like MBK, Siam Discovery Centre, Siam Centre and Siam Paragon. It also has Siam Ocean World and Madame Tussauds. Siam Ocean world is huge 2 storey aquarium. It is amazingly good and is a must one time visit. After finishing from Siam I proceeded ahead for some more shopping so went to the back side of Indra Mall – The wholesale market of apparels. It’s an open market with a small mall situated in between. This market offers huge variety at relatively cheap price. Almost all boutiques in India go to this wholesale market only. It closes at 5 PM sharp so need to be there on time. After 5 PM I went to Platinum mall which walking from this wholesale market. Platinum mall consist of all boutique shops only. It offer better quality and more variety than wholesale market but is relatively little expensive. Platinum mall closes by 7 PM. Right after 7 PM all shopkeeper put up road side stalls outside Platinum mall and Indra Mall and this market is open till 10 – 11 PM. Within the range starting from 60 TBH to 500 TBH you get lot many options in all these market from shorts, denims, jackets, clutches, hair clips, mobile covers, blankets, sweat shirts, skirts, blazers, all variety tops, footwear, trendy handbags, neckpieces, bracelets etc. One little tip is please be careful with these road vendors. Don’t stand and look for stuff if you don’t have to buy. If you spend time negotiating and checking cloth and then later don’t buy then you can end up listening ugly words from them. For shopping I have also been to famous Chatuchat market. It was a big waste of time. The other market has better rates better variety than Chatuchat market. You can also try Central Mall also if have enough time. I would also suggest to briefly study the market first before doing purchases. Many a times you will find these road side vendors selling same product cheaper than what is it was inside the mall. With so much of shopping I ended my first day with foot massage. Thai foot massage/body massage are must do thing. You will find so many massage parlour all throughout the city.