Guide to ICONSIAM
ICONSIAM is one of the most massive shopping malls in Asia – located on the Chaophraya River, the whole complex covers 525,000 sqm. The complex holds so many dining and shopping outlets that it’s divided into sub-malls: SOOKSIAM, SIAM Takashimaya and ICONLUXE.
You can easily spend a whole day browsing through the entirety of the mall, but it’s sometimes it’s hard to pick a starting point – we’ve created a guide to ICONSIAM for exactly that purpose.
SOOKSIAM – Indoor floating market
Located on level G of the department complex, SOOKSIAM brings all the adventure and vibrance of floating markets – minus the brutal heat and occasional floods. It’s an indoor and stationary floating market for those who love walking through markets, where all the food boats are always parked to the side.
Traditional Thai house
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Authentic Thai cuisine
With the amount of Thai restaurants across the globe, it’s no surprise that people come to Thailand excited to try locally-made cuisine. SOOKSIAM in ICONSIAM has tonnes of dining options with dishes from all over the country – such as Pad Thai, Roti, and Thai curries.
Over 40 years ago, boat hawkers usually paddle around in small canals around Bangkok and stopped by with their boats from door to door selling food – from noodles, fruits, to beverages.
Immobile boats with fruits and beverages
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Basically, it’s food hawking but on boats – with the added convenience air conditioning and not having to board and disembark tiny boats on canals.
Shopping for handicrafts
The floating market has more than just dining options – SOOKSIAM also presents numerous cultural souvenirs that you can take home to your loved homes.
Handmade clay pots at SOOKSIAM
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Like the architectural design, the handicrafts come from all of Thailand’s four regions – Central, South, North and Northeast.
Handcrafted bag made from straws and dyed decorated with a ‘Yak’ or ‘Thai giant’
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Besides the handicrafts, there are also stores that specialise in chic Thai-style clothing suitable for our hot and humid climate
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SIAM Takashimaya – One of Japan’s Iconic store in Thailand
Takashimaya is a well-known department store in Japan that has branches across Asia – its first expansion into Thailand is SIAM Takashimaya in ICONSIAM.
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The store is seven levels high and has everything – from name brands, groceries and dining options straight from Japan – it’s basically a one-stop-shop for those looking to buy Japanese products while experiencing the nation’s shopping culture.
For Japanese food fanatics, it’s almost like a Japanese food market – like the ones typically on the bottom floor of Japanese Takashimayas
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Japanese food and desserts
Those who miss walking along the narrow streets of Japan for that perfect restaurant where you can sit right at the bar, SIAM Takashimaya captures the sentiment. For example, they have an Okonomiyaki – Japanese-style pizza – countertop restaurant like in Japan.
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Kyoto Uji Saryo at SIAM Takashimaya is the only premium matcha cafe in Thailand, where green tea enthusiasts can ndulge in grade-A soft serve and Japanese pastries made with the utmost ingredients.
In addition to soft serve ice cream with toppings, Kyoto Uji Saryo also serves a Baby Castella Parfait that comes in different flavours – Mix for ฿195 (~USD6.42), Plain for ฿185 (~USD6.09), Matcha for ฿205 (~USD6.75)
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An added bonus: the restaurant also offers some top-notch Somen, thin and dainty noodles in bone broth.
Soy Milk Pork Somen, ฿195 (~USD) for mini and ฿260 (~USD) for a big portion
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Japanese name brands
At SIAM Takashimaya, they also got the latest fashion from some of Japan’s name brands like Snidel and Akira Naka – from pre-collections, sales and winter clothes.
ICONLUXE – designer brands
Located close to the riverside, ICONLUXE covers three levels – Level G, level M and level 1. The subsection of ICONSIAM holds only hi-so and luxurious name brands from all over the world.
Louis Vuitton Designer Trunk
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Whether you’re shopping for labels or love – #tb to 2006 – this mall has it all; that is, if affection comes in the form of Cartier love bracelets.
The section is covered with golden decorations that shout posh
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Fancy name brand lovers can enjoy shopping without going to travelling anywhere else outside of Thailand
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Bonus: Apple Store – First one in Thailand
The Apple Store at ICONSIAM is the first and only Apple Store in the country. It was ranked at the fourth more beautiful Apple Stores in the world in 2019 and is located on the second level of the ICONSIAM complex.
With a terrace to check out Bangkok’s city view from the top
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The whole building comprises only 1 level and it kind of gives off an intergalactic vibe with its design.
It has panoramic views of Bangkok’s skyscrapers
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With tables and stools to sit and try out new apple products
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ICONSIAM’s massive selection
ICONSIAM is not only a shopping mall for window shopping but also a complex that has a variety of spots to see and do.
If you are unsure what to do around Bangkok, ICONSIAM is almost like a cultural playground for shopping and dining. Besides luxurious brands, many can still enjoy delicious food and a lot of walking.
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