Terminal 21 – Concept Shopping
- Posted onFebruary 11th, 2013
If there’s one thing Bangkok isn’t short of its top quality shopping malls, from the glitzy, high-end Emporium malls and its sister the Siam Paragon, to the cheap, popular fashion outlets of Platinum and MBK, and all the quirky malls and boutique stalls in between. However, somehow Bangkok has managed to erect a new concept mall that’s left us scratching our heads, wondering how we lived without it previously.
Terminal 21, towering above the busy Asoke junction, is a shopping mall with a difference. With the signs, elevators, and floor entrances fashioned on a fictional airport, and each floor themed on a famous world location, the design and decor is impressive to say the least. There’s clearly little expense spared, every level of Terminal 21 is decorated with iconic images and stunning statues, replicating the vibe and look of world city locations, with every shop and stall fully integrated into the theme.
Starting at basement level you’ll find yourself on the Caribbean themed supermarket floor. This gourmet supermarket has no shortage of ‘eat now’ sweets and treats, with lots of cool beach imagery, all centred around a giant lighthouse, strutting up, piercing through the next few floors.
The next two floors up can be accessed directly from the Asoke BTS station and sky walkway. Here it’s all about big name fashion, with a number high streets brands and international chain stores leading the way. Aptly styled on the European fashion capitals of Rome and Paris you will also find over 40 unique fashion stores showcasing local Thai designers.
The next two floors up are styled on Tokyo and London, focussing on lots of smaller brand shops and boutiques. Wandering around Tokyo don’t be surprised to find sumo wrestlers and geishas planted between over 100 shops selling beauty products and female clothing and accessories. While the London level is styled on the modish Carnaby Street, exclusively selling male clothing and clobber, aimed at the fashion conscious gent.
Up one more level and you’ll find yourself in Istanbul, a floor filled with souk style gift shops, selling all manner of knick knacks, brick-a-brac, gadgets and accessories, and pretty much most of the stuff that doesn’t fit in elsewhere.
The last three levels up are USA territory and all about eating and entertainment. Not only will you find the latest toilet gadgets here, to help you partake in some ‘hands free’ bottom pampering, but you’ll also discover eateries covering just about every style of cuisine you could desire, with lots of fun, quirky and concept dining options at affordable prices.
The two floors of dining are themed on San Francisco’s Chinatown, with a reconstruction of the Golden gate bridge the centre point, and restaurants such as Canton House, Sunrise Tacos, Mo’s Burger, and Manhattan Fish Market trying their best to tempt you in. The malls very own food court is worth the visit itself, known as Pier 21 Food Court, this incredibly cheap dining hall offers a massive choice of dishes, cuisines and beverages. With the average dish around 20 to 40 bht, it’s no wonder this huge canteen is literally packed to the rafters with local office workers during lunch hour.
On the very top floor you’ll discover the Hollywood zone, centred around a giant Oscar statue. With an SF Cinema City, here’s where you catch the latest movie blockbuster with the option of VIP seating. This is also where you’ll find a small telecoms area, with the trade mark Thai phone stalls and tech shops, albeit with a little more pizzazz.
Other highlights of the mall include a state of the art Fitness First gym, a huge 26-metre escalator which helps you fast track between key floors, and free WIFI throughout. Bangkok may not have been desperate for another shopping mall, but this one has firmly made its name as a star shopping attraction.
How to get there
It’s hard to miss Terminal 21, sat large and proud on the busy Asoke/Sukhumvit junction. The mall is well served by both the MRT an BTS lines with the Sukhumvit MRT station and the Asoke BTS station offering direct access via the connecting bridge.