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Bangkok's Prominent IT Shopping Mall
Pantip Plaza
Pantip Plaza

Note: The Mall has recently been renovated and as a result, there are fewer shops now and the assortment of products and services has decreased drastically.

Pantip Plaza (some call it Panthip) is likely the best place in Thailand to go shopping for any type of computer, IT (Information Technology) and PC parts and accessories. It is situated on the New Petchburi Road in the center of Bangkok, just around the corner from the most popular shopping malls and department stores the capital has to offer. It is Thailand's largest IT and computer shopping mall and the right place to find PC hardware and software: a new laptop, desktop or any other item of IT equipment.

From all kinds of PCs, new or used computer parts at discount prices, shiny laptops, desktops, monitors, projectors, printers, scanners, cameras, security systems, computer peripherals and so on, to pirated software, sexy movies, MP3 players, counterfeit games, CD's and DVDs it's all there, under one roof, scattered over five floors plus basement and mezzanine, as well as parking lots of Pantip Plaza. All of which are reasons for its success and notoriety.

Pantip Plaza Entrance
Pantip Plaza Entrance on New Petchburi Road

Pantip Plaza is open daily from 10 AM to 9 PM. However, the stores within the plaza are free to operate their own hours.

Inside Pantip Plaza
Inside Pantip Plaza

Pantip Plaza is housing many large brand names stores such as HP, Canon, Intel, Toshiba, Acer, Samsung, Sony, Brother, Apple and other major manufacturers showcasing their latest gadgets. It also houses a few computer superstores, like IT City (fifth floor), Data IT (second floor) and DVDR2U (mezzanine level). These stores are selling only genuine products at fixed prices. There are literally dozens of different vendors including service centers and numerous small repair shops where you can get your hardware fixed, shops selling high end computer parts for building or modifying your own computer.

Pantip's Computer Shop
High-End Computer Shop in Pantip Plaza

Pantip is also well known as a stellar place to violate copyright laws and get bootleg software for PC or Mac, playstation games for consoles, MP3's, VCD's, DVD's and such. Sporadic crackdowns on pirated media and occasional busts do not prevent the many vendors from selling counterfeit products. In a matter of hours after police raids, the situation returns to 'normal', i.e. an illicit trade is flourishing all over again. The vendors barely adapt and keep their stocks hidden.

All in all, techno-geeks will definitely enjoy spending a few hours in the mall sifting through a wide selection of shops offreing computer-related goods. If you're shopping on a budget, take your time and compare the prices. Normally, the shopping mall is rather crowded particularly on weekends. Food and drinks to the rescue, there are several coffee shops, a couple of food courts and fastfood restaurants like S & P and KFC.

Pantip's Hardware Shops
Computer Hardware Shops in Pantip Plaza

The polularity of Pantip Plaza led to establishment of a few additional branches:

  • Pantip Plaza 2 - on Ngamwongwan Road in Nonthaburi
  • Pantip Bangkapi - on Bangkapi Road, and also
  • Pantip Plaza Chang Mai - the corner of Chang Klan (Night Bazar) and Sri Donchai roads.

    There are some other malls in Bangkok with a similar, but limited range of products on sale:

  • Hollywood IT - 100 or so meters away from Panthip (close to BTS Ratchathewi station)
  • Seri Center - near Seacon Square
  • IT Mall in the Fortune Tower - intersection of Ratchadapiskek and Asok-Din Daeng roads
  • Digital Gateway - 4-storey IT mall on Ploenchit Road (BTS Siam exit 2) genuine stuff only
  • Zeer IT Mall - on Phahonyotin Road, three kilometers past Don Muang Airport.

    To be continued...  

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