Our clinic is located at the stylish Amarin tower is linked to BTS Chitlom via a skybridge. The five-storey shopping plaza has an almost festive aura to it, drawing in a mixed crowd – from affluent Thais to expats and business travelers. The building is in a walking distance to many Bangkok landmarks, including the legendary Ratchaprasong Intersection. There are many hotels located around the area ranging from a world class 5 stars hotels to affordable quality suites. Shopping malls
1. CENTRAL WORLD
Central World mega-shopping complex offers one of the most exciting shopping experiences in Bangkok. It has everything from brand name clothing boutiques, funky fashion, high-tech gadgets, bookshops and designer furniture to imported groceries, a lineup of banks, beauty salons, gourmet eateries and even an ice-skating rink. With so many tantalizing options to explore, you could easily spend half a day here without realizing it. It will come as no surprise to anyone who has experienced the incredible size of Central World that this is, in fact, the largest mall in Thailand and among the largest in the world. We think it’s safe to say that if you are looking for a shopping fix in Bangkok this place will deliver.
2. CENTRAL EMBASSY
Central Embassy Bangkok is an ultra-luxury lifestyle mall, boasting an impressive collection of high-end designer stores, fine-dining restaurants, swanky cinema screens, and an extravagant six-star hotel set to open soon. Built on the grounds of the former British Embassy – hence the name – this 18 billion baht mega-mall projects the capital’s status even further as one of the world’s leading shopping destinations. Located in the heart of Bangkok’s retail district near Siam, this huge shopping centre stands out from the rest of the gauntlet of megamalls with its futuristic design as well as impressive, minimalist white interior, allowing all the big-name stores really stand out. Central Embassy Bangkok can be directly accessed from either Ploenchit or Chid Lom BTS Skytrain stations.
3. GAYSORN PLAZA
Gaysorn is a luxurious, up market marble and chrome complex housing exclusively high-end luxury goods and designer labels. Its contemporary design and innovative retail concept create a very exclusive shopping experience. Located in the legendary Ratchaprasong shopping district, the cool and infinitely sophisticated Gaysorn is walking distance from other shopping malls like CentralWorld and Erawan, and presents a tranquil and refined retreat from the neighborhood’s hustle and bustle. There is direct access to the skywalk leading to Chit Lom BTS Station and on the second floor there is a passageway into InterContinental Bangkok Hotel for the convenience of travelers who reside there.
4. SIAM PARAGON
Siam Paragon is an immensely popular shopping mall housing a host of international high-end fashion brands, Southeast Asia’s largest aquarium, a 16-screen Cineplex, and a comprehensive selection of world cuisine. Located prominently in front of Siam BTS Skytrain station – the interchange of the two BTS lines – it is considered by many to be the centre of Bangkok. Considering the mall contains over 250 shops, the layout is logical and fairly compact, certainly when compared to the sprawling Central World mall nearby. However, this mall provides mainly luxury items for well-heeled Thais and international visitors with cash to splurge. If you are looking for something extra-special then Siam Paragon is definitely the place to find it.
5. SIAM CENTER
Siam Center’s re-launch in January 2013 brought a different kind of shopping experience to Siam : over 200 international and Thai brands including the boutiques of some brilliant promising local designers as well as renowned Thai couturiers. On top of that, the slick renovations have taken their fresh ideology out of the stores and into the corridors, with a quirky mash-up of nature and technology. Carved wooden horses greet visitors at the entrance and interactive dress-up televisions display how the clothes will look without entering a changing room. Although Siam Center may have been around for over 40 years, it is still enlightening and surprising its customers with cutting-edge, unusual fashion.
Ratchaprasong Intersection is also known as the “Holy Intersection” or “Deity Intersection”, which coincidentally serves as a spiritual refuge for the many. It offers far beyond what most tourists may expect.
Erawan Shrine in Bangkok is Brahman, not strictly Buddhist. And yet, this famous shrine attracts more visitors than many of the city’s temples. It was erected during the mid 1950s, after the Thai government had decided to build the luxury Erawan Hotel on this location. However, the first stages of the construction were beset with so many problems that superstitious labourers refused to continue unless the land spirits were appeased.
Almost directly across busy Ploenchit Road from the Intercontinental is Amarin Plaza, home to the Indra shrine. Since Hindu shrines are meant for protection, the location of one across from the other makes sense since the evil forces that are repelled from one site could easily come to the other if it were not also protected. Indra’s shrine is constructed from dark jade, the most valuable type of jade. Indra holds a bow in his right hand and thunderbolt in his left. As you can see in the pictures below, worshipers leave gifts of food, incense, and garlands of flowers at the shrines.
The shrine to Vishnu is located in front of the Intercontinental Hotel, which is next door to the Gaysorn. Vishnu is one of three gods in the Hindu triumvirate. Brahma is responsible for the creation of the universe, Vishnu for the preservation of the universe, and Shiva for the destruction of the universe.
Lakshmi is the Hindu goddess of wealth, beauty, fortune, wisdom, and prosperity, and this shrine is surely located in an area in which she should feel at home. This was the most difficult shrine to find since it is located outside on the fourth floor of the luxurious Gaysorn shopping center. According to the Hindus, Lakshmi brings good luck and protects her worshipers from misery and suffering.
The shrine was constructed in 1989 and it is a replica of the original in the old Thai capital Ayutthaya. The statue has two heads and the lower one has four faces. The Trimurti shrine has become known as the Lovers Shrine and it now associated with the gods of love and romance. On Thursday evenings at 9:30 p.m., Thais gather at the shrine to wait for Trimurti to answer their prayers. The typical offering here is nine red candles, nine red roses, nine incense sticks, and fruit. On Valentine’s Day, huge crowds come to pray and make offerings at the Trimurti Shrine.
Ganesha Shrine in Bangkok
Directly adjacent to Trimurti stands another important Hindu shrine, this time for Ganesha, the son of Shiva and Parvati. Ganesha is considered a master of intellect and wisdom, and visitors here seek to be blessed with artistic success and accomplishment. The deity is one of the more recognizable (at least for non-Hindus) because of his elephant head, human components (many arms), elements of serpents, and the big belly that it is depicted with. His attendant is a mouse. Ganesha is often linked to the field of arts, but is, in fact, the Destroyer of Obstacles. Craftsmen would invoke Ganesha before embarking on a delicate process like stone carving, hence the link with the arts. He is also believed to be the god of good fortune, and revered by businessmen who wish for success in their ventures.
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