Pantip Plaza is one of the most popular Bangkok electronics malls. It’s often considered the mother of all IT shops in Thailand and has gained legendary status as the place to find new and used computers and accessories at rock-bottom prices. Occupying a grand building on Petchaburi Road, Pantip Plaza has also gained notoriety because of the widespread practice of selling counterfeit software, DVDs… and more sordid material.
Firstly, everything a technophile could possibly want can be found here – often several times over: laptops, tablets, software, cameras, printers, MP3 players. Pantip Plaza shopping mall is where other traders from around the country go to buy at wholesale prices so you can cut out the middleman and buy direct from one of the countless stalls to pocket some significant savings or bag some added extras.
Along with the smaller trading stalls, there are also 2 anchor stores: Hardware House on the mezzanine level and IT City covering the whole of the top floor. These stores sell at slightly higher prices than other shops, but they still offer decent discounts together with the added security of a manufacturer’s warranty and reliable after-sales service.
Another great feature of Pantip Plaza is the bargain bins that can be found outside many stores, selling anything from cute and funky phone accessories to USB flash drives and mouse pads. Some of these bargain bins sell items for as little as 20 baht an item, so keep an eye out to grab a cheap memento.
To put it simply, if you’re looking for electronics equipment in Bangkok, Pantip Plaza is a must, especially if you’re shopping on a budget. Even just for the experience, it’s well worth your time to explore the bright and flashing stalls and the extensive variety of IT products offered, packed from floor to ceiling.
To get there, from BTS Chidlom, either hire a tuk-tuk or taxi or walk 10 minutes down Ratchadamri Road past Central World on your left, over the Saen Saeb canal and then left on Phetburi Road. Walk for about 2 blocks and Pantip Plaza should be on your left.