Pantip Plaza: Computer hardware, software, accessories, gadgets, etc.
Pantip Plaza is a pioneer. It’s the first and the biggest computer mall in Thailand. If you ask for a recommendation from Bangkok people on computer shopping, 90 percent would suggest you to shop at Pantip Plaza.
Pantip Plaza first started as Big Bell shopping mall about 20 years. Big Bell attracted visitors for the cinemas and Pantip Chinese restaurant but not so for the department store. Shortly after opening, Big Bell could not withstand the fierce competition in the retail business. It was left deserted for years until becoming Thailand’s first all round computer mall during 1986-87. Since then, Pantip Plaza has become a playground for Thai computer shoppers and a stepping stone for others to duplicate. Fotune Town IT Mall and Tawanna are few samples of the followers.
Pantip Plaza truly boomed due to high demand in custom made PCs since 1991. Today, it is jam packed with computer hardware, accessories, digital cameras, software programs (bootlegs, from time to time), MP3s, books, computer repair service, etc. As for a custom made PC, you can have the parts assembled from any manufacturers you prefer. And in about 2 hours (or longer on a busy day,) your PC is ready and fully installed with software programs well enough to do your job. And, there is a warrantee for you too!
Pantip Plaza is popular among Thais and tourists. Its five-story building can keep computer lovers busy from floors to floors for hours and hours. See it for yourself.
Hours: 10:00-19:30 (Recommended 13:00-18:00,) Daily
At Pantip Plaza, you can have a custom made a portable hard disk or a computer desktop installed with the latest software programs. As the oldest computer mall, you may likely find your grandfather computer parts and accessories on the 5th. floor. Pantip Plaza is also a place for budget shoppers who are looking for used notebooks, desktops, monitors, etc. This is the only computer mall you’re likely to find what you’re after comparing to others in Bangkok.
Despite the opening hours from 10 am to 7:30 pm, some shops open at their own comfort and as late as 12 pm. You should better shop here between 12 to 6 pm. Also, do not expect the malls to be organized by categories like software programs, hardware, accessories, etc. Pantip Plaza turns over its shops all the time so any shop can be anywhere. This can be tiring for any shoppers hunting for the best deal.
Pantip Plaza is ideal for
Computer hardware and software shoppers 5/5
Camera and camcorder shoppers 5/5
Used computer part shoppers 3/5
|Pantip Plaza is near Pratunam and Baiyoke, the hotspots of Bangkok’s clothing market.|
|The mall’s ground floor is often occupied by computer fairs and trade shows.|
|The food court on the third floor carries cheap Thai food. If you’re a guy walking on this floor, you may be offered to buy adult DVDs by some vendors.|
Getting to Pantip Plaza Bangkok
- BTS skytrain Ratchathewi station(N1), Exit 4