Thailand in Photos

Thailand in Photos

Merry Christmas from Central World Plaza

Central World Plaza is a shopping plaza and complex in Bangkok, Thailand. It is the tenth largest shopping complex in the world. The complex, which includes a hotel and office tower, is owned by Central Pattana.

Anticipating the opening of the luxury Siam Paragon, CPN started massive renovations and expansion on the site in 2003. The original mall structure was 300,000 square meters. The expansion plans boosted that to 550,000 square meters of shopping and 1,024,000 square meters of complex, topping nearby rival Siam Paragon in terms of size..

The renovated complex aimed to attract 150,000 customers per day, spending more than 7 billion baht annually. It marketed itself as a middle class shopping center, opposed to the upper class-market Siam Paragon.

Central World did not achieve its goal in term of daily visitors because of several reasons, including political turmoil and an ongoing economic downturn. However, shopper numbers soon increased, though reliable figures are lacking. Bangkok’s New Year countdown celebrations were held in front of Central World, which quickly became a tradition, with the number of people increasing every year.

On 19 May 2010, Central World was one of the many properties set on fire when the Red Shirts anti-government protesters were forcibly removed after months of demonstrations which included complete blockage of the Rachaprasong shopping district. The parts of the complex most affected were the Zen department store and its adjacent annex which reopened after months of repair.

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Late King Bhumibol Funeral at the Grand Palace

The Grand Palace has been the official residence of the Kings of Siam (and later Thailand) since 1782. The king and his royal government were based on the grounds of the palace until 1925.

King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX), resided at Chitralada Royal Villa in the Dusit Palace, but the Grand Palace is still used for official events. Several royal ceremonies and state functions are held within the walls of the palace every year. The palace is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Thailand.

Construction of the palace began on May 6, 1782, at the order of King Phutthayotfa Chulalok (Rama I), the founder of the Chakri Dynasty, when he moved the capital city from Thonburi to Bangkok. Throughout successive reigns, many new buildings and structures were added, especially during the reign of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V).

By 1925, the king, the Royal Family and the government were no longer permanently settled at the palace, and had moved to other residences. After the abolition of absolute monarchy in 1932, all government agencies completely moved out of the palace.

 

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Maxim Thailand at Terminal 21 in Bangkok

Terminal 21  is located on Sukhumvit road, near Asoke intersection, in Bangkok, Thailand. It opened in October 2011. The complex has two parts:

  • The retail area – having a total of 9 stories. I personally love the food court on the top floor. Great collections of food at cheap price. A lot better than Siam Paragon’s food court.
  • The hotel & residence, by Center Point – having a total of 42 stories, 202 meters high building

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Pattaya

From a small fishing village to the sex capital of the world!

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Pattaya “Coconut Bar”

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Siam Paragan – Bangkok

Siam Paragon is a shopping mall in Bangkok, Thailand. It is the 3rd largest mall in Thailand, following Central World and Central Plaza WestGate, and one of the biggest shopping centers in Asia. The mall opened on 9 December 2005, operated by Siam Piwat and the Mall Group.

Siam Paragon includes a wide range of specialty stores and restaurants as well as a multiplex movie theater (consisted of 15 large size theaters with one of them having the biggest screen and seating capacity in Asia) and the Sea Life Ocean World (Underwater world) aquarium (the largest aquarium in South East Asia). It is a joint venture by Siam Piwat, the company that owns the adjacent Siam Center/Siam Discovery shopping malls, and The Mall Group, which also owns The Emporium.

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From the streets of Bangkok

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