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Shopping Malls

Airport Plaza

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Airport Plaza


As an ex-pat living in Chiangmai I believe the best shopping malls can be found at the Airport Plaza. This is located on the corner of Mahidol Road and Hang Dong Road which is close to Chiangmai Airport, very convenient indeed for those people who adore shopping. The actual address for visitors to Chiangmai who are strangers to the area, is 2 Mahidol (Highway 1141), Chiangmai 50100. For shopping lovers, opening times are 11.00 a.m. until 10.00 p.m. weekdays and 9.30 a.m. until later, Saturdays and Sundays, plenty of time to buy those goodies you want.

There are excellent indoor and outdoor parking facilities and a range of public transport that will take you there, such as tuk-tuks, songtaew or taxis which should all be quite inexpensive.  The Airport Plaza itself is designed in a giant L-shape and has four floors complete with western style and oriental shopping opportunities.  There are many escalators which take you up and down to each floor and a glass lift which is ideal for people with small children or for the elderly. This also gives you a wonderful view of the Plaza itself. There is no need for concern if your funds are running low, as there are various cash points situated on each floor and incidentally, toilet facilities are on each level too.

The largest department store within the Airport Plaza is called Robinsons, which I have visited myself on many occasions. They sell a wide variety of goods from cosmetics and clothing to household goods and appliances, all competitively priced. For holidaymakers who wish to take back a memento for themselves or a gift for folks back home, there is also the Northern Village which is situated at the other side of the mall and contains many boutique shops that sell superb northern craft products. I have found however the prices a little high, but worthwhile for the quality of the goods that are on offer.

On the ground floor is one of my favourite supermarkets called Tops, they supply a wonderful array of food and everyday items that westerners and Thai people both like. Also on this floor there are a number of pharmacies, banks and one of my favourite indulgences, many eateries.

The first and second floors have a fabulous range of modern shops, ideal for those people  who like to buy clothing,   jewellery and sporting goods. There are also hairdressers and opticians who always give first class service and value for money. The third floor of the Airport Plaza is ideal for gadget buffs. There are IT stores, mobile phones, arcades, audio, visual and camera shops too selling brand names from Sony, Apple to Samsung, naming but a few.

The top level, the fourth floor, is one of my favourites as it contains themulti-screen cinema complex which in my humble opinion, is the best in Chiangmai.  I have enjoyed many western and Thai films here in comfortable surroundings and first class cinema experience. Just outside the cinema is a Thai style food court which again is one of my favourites. All you have to do is purchase a voucher from a booth and then choose the food you like from one of the many stalls that are within the food hall itself. It is amazing value for money and I can honestly say the quality of the food has always been very good.

For food lovers there are of course many other eating options available including Sizzlers Steakhouse, Japanese and Thai restaurants and wonderful ice cream parlours, yummy, yummy. The mall is spotlessly clean, air conditioned and is beautifully decorated to represent each season, so if it is shops you are after, then I highly recommend the Airport Plaza as the best option but some other prefer Kad Suan Kaew Shopping mall.

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Lamphang

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       ited in mid-town, Wat Phra That Hariphunchai was built during the reign of King Arthitayarat, a descendant of Queen Chamthewi some 800 years ago.A principal landmark is the 46-metre tall golden Chedi which contains a hair of the Lord Buddha, having nine-tiered umbrella, made of gold weighing approximately 6,498.75 grams...

Chiang Rai

      on the bank of the Kok River within town area, contains what is believed to be the oldest Holy Relic even before King Mengrai built Chiang Rai. Doi Chom Thong has been a sacred site for aextremely long time. The site was surely reverenced as the home of local spirits before Buddhism arrived in the area.

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