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Bangkok certainly lives up to its reputation as a travel hot spot in Southeast Asia. The 'City of Angels' has funky markets, upmarket malls, a riverside full of surprises, a vibrant nightlife scene, many fabulous sights and attractions that reflect its unique heritage, and much, much more…
Say goodbye to traffic jams – thanks to the city's modern skytrain and underground systems that cover a large area. Or explore the riverside area by a long-tail speedboat or river taxi. Whether your trip is for business or pleasure, Bangkok bursts with exciting opportunities. Not sure where to go through? Have a look at our Area Guides.

Bangkok has a tropical monsoon climate and holds claim to being the hottest city in the world. Sitting at the same latitude as Khartoum and Guatemala City, it is both hot and humid in equal measure.
It may not be the warmest city in the world every day but, overall, it is unrelenting simply because it doesn't cool significantly at night. The two periods of April-May and September-October are the steamiest. The Southwest monsoons arrive between May and October and for many, this is a welcome respite.

Place for shopping
The Chatuchak
The Chatuchakarea acquired its name from the large public park of the same name. However, the area is best known for the largest market in Asia, the Chatuchak Weekend Market. Chatuchak also provides a convenient gateway to other areas like VipawadeeRangsit, Ladprao and Saphankwai with a variety of public transportations such as the Bangkok SkyTrain (BTS), the underground (MRT), and countless of bus lines.
For first-timers, ‘conquering’ Chatuchak may seem like an impossible task, but worry not. There is a system to help you navigate your way through Chatuchak. Inside, one main walkway encircles the entire market, and it branches off into a series of numbered alleyways called Soi 1, Soi 2, Soi 3, and so on.
Once only popular among wholesalers and traders, Chatuchak Weekend Market has reached a landmark status as a must-visit place for tourists. Its sheer size and diverse collections of merchandise will bring any seasoned shoppers to their knees – this is where you can literally shop ‘till you drop’.
The 35-acre (68-rai) area of Chatuchak is home to more than 8,000 market stalls. On a typical weekend, more than 200,000 visitors come here to sift through the goods on offer. Veteran shoppers would agree that just about everything is on sale here, although not all at the best bargain rates. But if you have one weekend in Bangkok, squeeze in a day trip to Chatuchak Weekend Market and you will not be disappointed.

These alleyways are grouped into sections, with 27 sections in all. You will find more than one category of goods contained in one section, and the same category of goods will appear again in the other sections. In terms of locating your category of goods, this system is rather useless; but it will come in handy when you try to locate your particular stall or where your exact location is on the Chatuchak map.
Another way to find your way around Chatuchak is to find points of reference as you go along. The BTS and MRT stations as well as banks and numbered entrance gates are good points of references, as you will come across them as you turn corners. Then again, use the map to locate these references to find your .

If you can dream it up, Chatuchak probably has it. Here, you will be amazed at the sheer variety of merchandise, whether a Moroccan lamp, an antique wooden chest, a pair of vintage Levi’s jeans, or, on the exotic side, a python.
Although it’s impossible to name all, the selection of goods being offered at Chatuchak can be roughly divided into 11 categories:
  • Clothing & Accessories (sections 2-6, 10-26)
  • Handicrafts (sections 8-11)
  • Ceramics (sections 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 25)
  • Furniture and Home Decoration (sections 1,3,4,7,8)
  • Food and Beverage (sections 2, 3, 4, 23, 24, 26, 27)
  • Plants and Gardening tools (sections 3, 4)
  • Art and Gallery (section 7)
  • Pets and Pet Accessories (sections 8, 9, 11, 13)
  • Books (sections 1, 27)
  • Antiques and Collectibles (sections 1, 26)
  • Miscellaneous and Used Clothing (sections 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 22, 25, 26)
When buying goods at Chatuchak, particularly ‘Antique’, it is wise to exercise a few precautions. Check your goods thoroughly to see whether there is any damage, as many vendors sell factory rejects. For ‘antiques’, don’t trust the vendor when he tells you it is genuine. It’s better to bring along an expert, unless you are happy with what you are paying for.


Pratunam Market
Rising an impressive 88 storeys high, the Baiyoke Sky Hotel is Thailand's tallest building. A distinctive feature of Bangkok's skyline, it also marks the spot for one of the city's all-time, favourite pursuits: Shopping! A scandalous variety of goods are on offer, with something for everyone - no matter how deep or shallow your pocket may be.
One of Bangkok's most colourful and chaotic areas, and famously popular for its fashion factory outlets, street markets, bazaars and armies of local vendors, Pratunam offers bargain prices for all kinds of clothing, apparel, fashion accessories, shoes, watches, jewellery, belts, luggage and then some.

Pratunam Market is a major market selling clothes, shoes, and fashion accessories at wholesale prices. Enter the small alleys and jam-packed small streets and you will find yourself in the middle of a clothes-maze. Prices are very cheap, and most shops offer retail prices for single pieces.
Located at the intersection of Ratchaprop and Petchburi roads (next to Amari Watergate Hotel), Pratunam Wholesale Market is filled with shops and tiny stalls flowing over to the sidewalks and extending all the way to Baiyoke Towers I and Baiyoke Towers II on RatchapraropSoi 3. More than a shopping experience, the market offers an immersion in the local way of life – vendors working their sewing machines, packing and unpacking orders, carting trolleys up and down the narrow aisles, and shouting gossip at each other for lack of a better thing to do. It offers a stark glimpse into what shopping used to be like before air-conditioned malls.


Mah Boon Krong (MBK)
MBK Center is under “One stop shopping” concept which placed on a 23 rai of land which comprises of office building 20 stories, Pathumwan Princess Hotel 29 stories, and shopping center the 8-stories that operate retails business with 140,000 square meters rentable area under management of MBK Public Company Limited.The details of areas in MBK Center Building are as follows:

A. Area for rent includes the following:
1. Shopping center area (MBK Center) 142,358.31 Square Meters. These areas consist of:
  • Area rented out to shops 92,557.601 Square Meters.
  • Common area 49,800.71 Square Meters.
2. Office area for rent (MBK Tower Building) Area from 9th to 20th Floors23,330.072 Square Meters. These areas consist of:
  • Office area for rent 17,760.78 Square Meters.
  • Common area 5,569.29 Square Meters.
B. Area not for rent includes the following:
1. Hotel area (Pathumwan Princess Hotel) 47,840.71 Square Meters. These areas consist of:
  • Hotel guest rooms (29 floors) 26,127.61 Square Meters.
  • Common area 21,713.10Square Meters.
2. Car parking area 57,273.66 Square Meters.

The area rented out by MBK can be divided into two types as follows:
1. Area for long-term rent with the rental period of over three years and the rental fees collected in advance is calculate into 18% of the area rented.
2. Area for short-term rent with the rental period ranging from one to three years and the rental fees collected monthly is calculate into 82% of the area rented.

MBK has already extended the long-term lease contracts in advance for a period of 10 years with the lessees whose contracts will expire in 2010 to 2013. The term of the extended leases is the same as the term of the previous leases. The purpose is to enhance the confidence of the lessees in doing their businesses.

Note:
1st From July 1 – December 31 2011, the space in the shopping center increased by 80.26 square meters because the rental space on the 7th floor, zone D, was changed from karaoke to restaurants.
2nd The area rented out to Thanachart Capital Public Company Limited with the rental contract expiring in 2012

1. Tenants renting space for their businesses in the shopping center. These tenants include the following:
  • Anchor tenants which include the department store, the movie theaters, the bowling alleys, the karaoke rooms, the center for mobile phones and their accessories, the furniture center, the international food courts and bank center. The anchor tenants have been carefully selected. The Company wants to make sure that the businesses of the tenants are in line with the needs of the target market and that the tenants have a strong financial position.
  • Retail tenants such as the retail shop. As well, these tenants have been carefully selected. The Company wants to make sure that their goods and their services are of good quality and varieties.
2. Customers and people who buy things in the shopping center which include the group such as student, working person and tourism.

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