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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Terminal 21 @ Asoke, Bangkok

Last chance post for 2011!

I've neglected writing for a while but I haven't forgotten. I was in Idaho for my friend's wedding, in Connecticut visiting family, then back in Bangkok working, then off to Koh Samet and now it's the last day of the year! How time flies.

In between all that I've squeezed in some holiday shopping. Most of that shopping has taken place at Terminal 21 - a new mall that popped up in October at the Asoke intersection.

Think Siam meets MBK meets an airport. Each level has a different theme, from bottom up: Rome (larger flagship stores), Paris (boutiques), Tokyo (cheaper fast fashion stalls), London (men's), Hollywood (accessories).

Despite some large chain stores, there's lots of small Thai designers and vintage shops to be found. With rent cheaper than Siam expect prices to be slightly lower. I usually stick to Paris and Tokyo and of course the accessories floor. Ballet Shoes 1959 has a store here, as does Madame H (flamboyant shoes also found in Baan Silom, Silom soi 19), and Sugar and Cream (vintage duds originally from Lido).

In Paris find trendy work appropriate clothes, dresses and evening wear. In Tokyo find everything you would in Siam or Chatuchak and more.

One piece of advice - skip the food. Gourmet Market on the bottom floor is teeny tiny (much like most of the clothing on the upper floors) and other than that the Thai/Japanese/Western fusion upstairs doesn't seem to get anything right. Find a small ramen restaurant in the labyrinth of sois from 23 - Thonglor, if you ask me!

Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00 
Location: Sukhumvit Road (between Soi 19 and 21) 
MRT: Sukhumvit 
BTS: Asok (direct access via Skywalk) 

Read more: Terminal 21 Bangkok - Bangkok Shopping Mall http://www.bangkok.com/shopping-mall/terminal21.htm#ixzz1i6FcgiW2

Terminal 21 | Bangkok shopping | BK Magazine Online

Happy Holidays everyone!

Tokyo Floor

Paris Floor