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We are Michael and Pinky, a Bangkok-based couple who loves to travel, explore, and go on adventures all over the world. We are always looking for the greatest experiences for adventurers on a budget.

ICONSIAM: Bangkok's newest, craziest, most unbelievable shopping mall

ICONSIAM: Bangkok's newest, craziest, most unbelievable shopping mall

Forget everything you knew about Bangkok shopping malls. Siam Paragon, Emquartier, Central World, Central Westgate… none of these malls can compare to the brand-new IconSiam Shopping Mall, the city’s newest, fanciest, most unbelievable mall, located right along the Chaophraya River. Visiting IconSiam is an experience in and of itself. As crazy as it sounds, I always recommend tourists and visitors in Bangkok to visit the city’s “hi-so” malls. It’s a unique experience, and one that absolutely represents the decadent capitalism and shocking luxury of the City of Angels.

IconSiam, Bangkok

IconSiam, Bangkok

Recently, I paid my very first visit to ICONSIAM. It’s a little out of the way for my, but this unique pilgrimage to capitalism was on my list of things to do for a very long time. The other day, I headed to the river to check it out and see what all the fuss was about. Here’s my experience at the city’s newest big mall.

shuttle boat to IconSiam mall on the Chaophraya River, Bangkok

shuttle boat to IconSiam mall on the Chaophraya River, Bangkok

ICONSIAM sits on the banks of the Chaophrya River, and is easily reached in just a few minutes by the free shuttle ferry that carries passengers back and forth from Saphan Taksin Pier (Central Pier) near Saphan Taksin BTS Station to ICONSIAM Pier.

A river boat approaching IconSiam mall. The shuttle runs between Saphan Taksin and IconSiam and is free.

A river boat approaching IconSiam mall. The shuttle runs between Saphan Taksin and IconSiam and is free.

Exit Saphan Taksin BTS station and keep to the right. The shuttle pier is clearly marked, and located and the right-hand side of the Central Pier. The shuttle is free, and runs from Central Pier to Icon Siam Mall before making stops at Lhong 1919 and Chinatown.

IconSiam interior

IconSiam interior

Entering IconSiam is an immediately luxurious experience. Burnished gold, silver, and bronze metalworks decorate the ceiling like autumn leaves. The mall looks elegant and even smells perfumed and new.

shops inside IconSiam shopping mall, Bangkok, Thailand

shops inside IconSiam shopping mall, Bangkok, Thailand

IconSiam is an extreme. It’s excessive. It’s too big, too fancy, too aggressively capitalist. But, it’s perfectly Bangkok. As a representation of the city, it’s just perfect. Somehow, the expressiveness really works. It’s not shocking or overwhelming. It’s a relaxing shopping experience, even if you just want to browse, sit for a beer by the river, catch a movie, or visit the museum that is opening up inside the mall.

multi-story IconSiam shopping mall

multi-story IconSiam shopping mall

Before leaving, head to the upper balcony where you can have a bit to eat at one of the restaurants, or a beer at the HOBS (House of Beer) overlooking the river.

balcony overlooking the river, IconSiam mall, Bangkok

balcony overlooking the river, IconSiam mall, Bangkok

IconSiam is home to:

  • HOBS (House of Beers) on a balcony overlooking the river and old town area.

  • Thailand’s first official Apple Store

  • An amazing water and light display

  • A brand-new museum of Thai historical art and artifacts, the Heritage Museum

  • Some of the best dining options along the river with an elegant upper-story food court and a uniquely Thai “floating market” where you can buy snacks and Thai handicrafts.

Bangkok’s newest and fanciest shopping mall

Bangkok’s newest and fanciest shopping mall

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