Gems Gallery, 555 Moo 6, North Pattaya Rd, One of several “World’s Biggest” jewellery stores, this one also has a theme park
Central Festival. One of the largest malls in Asia. Opened in mid-January of 2009, this sprawling complex has really put Pattaya on the map for grand scale shopping and dining. It is the best shopping mall in the region and now attracts customers from all over, adding to the traffic chaos of Beach Rd. Fashion, electronics, health & beauty, kids’ activities and food are all here. With the obligatory cinema complex and bowling alley on the top floor, this mega-mall is styled on the big Bangkok destination shopping areas like Siam Paragon. The Food Loft has the best view of the bay and great variety at reasonable prices. The anchor store is Central Department Store itself, offering high-end designer labels from abroad and Thailand. A supermarket and budget food hall is in the basement. Enter from Soi 9, Pattaya Beach Rd, or on Second Rd after the new View Talay complex. Easy to find, just look for the traffic jams.
Mike Shopping Mall, (on Beach Rd between Soi 11 and Soi 12). The ground floor has many small stalls selling clothing, tourist souvenirs and many other inexpensive items; above that there’s a department store; on the 5th floor there’s a food court; and up on the roof (10th floor) there’s a public swimming pool.
P.S. Plaza, (at the junction of Second Rd and Central Pattaya Rd). Tops supermarket and cooked food outlet occupies most of the ground floor; billiards, books, massage, and a handful of other shops on the first floor; and P.S. Bowling on the second floor.
Royal Garden Plaza, (adjacent to the Pattaya Marriott Hotel on Beach Rd between Soi Post Office (Soi 13/2) and Soi Pattayaland 1 (Soi 13/3)).
Tuk.Com (Com City), South Pattaya Rd. A new and predominantly IT mall. In the basement is a Tops supermarket, a food court, and various other (mostly clothes) shops as well as a spare parts department that sells a variety of electronic (e.g., transistors) and other parts (e.g. clothes washing machine lint filters), and the ground floor hosts an assortment of regular shops. However the upper floors are almost exclusively mobile phones (1st floor), computer software and MP3/video CDs (4th floor), and computers and handheld electronics (2nd/3rd/5th floors). Prices are significantly higher than in Bangkok though.
There are many bazaar-style markets in Pattaya where you can haggle ’till you drop, including:
- Thepprasit Market, (on Thepprasit Rd near the junction with Sukhumvit Rd). F-Su 18:00-00:00. You can find the cheapest books in Pattaya at this night market.
- Soi Buakhao Market, (on the corner of South Pattaya Rd and Soi Buakhao, across from the Friendship Supermarket). Daytime on Tuesday and Friday; plus an evening market further along the same road. Just a few hundred metres from the hostel.
- Made in Thailand Night Bazaar, on Second Rd near Soi 10. 08:00-23:00. despite the wrongly spelled name, it is also open in mornings.
- The Market Pattaya, (on Second Rd near Soi 5). This market is a little lonely, but some evenings it has students giving music or dance performances on a small stage.
- Floating Market, Sukhumvit Road, Jomtien (south of the junction with Soi Chaiyapruek)Pattaya’s own Floating Market opened to the public in November 2008 and claims to be to be the biggest floating market in the eastern region, featuring 111 boutique-shops selling native food and specialties from all over Thailand. Designed to resemble Bangkok’s famous Floating Markets, the entire compound covers an area of 67 rai (100,000m²). The Pattaya Floating Market opens daily from 10am to 11pm. There are about 80 boats on standby to ferry visitors around the extensive network of canals and wooden bridges, where freshly cooked Thai delicacies are available from the water vendors. Stalls sell the usual souvenir and handicraft touristy bits, though usually cheaper than in the “tourist traps” on Pattaya Beach Road, and vendors are less pushy and friendlier, too.
The compound also features rice farming, sunflower fields, a wood carving museum, and outdoor cultural performances like Thai classical dance or martial art demonstrations.
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