Siam Square is one of the most happening places in Bangkok. If Rattankosin showcases the rich cultural side of Bangkok, Siam Square is its cosmopolitan face representing the fast moving economy and cultural progression. Siam Square sits on the land rented by Chulalongkorn University back in 1970s. Started out with very few shops back then, Siam Square exploded into a shopping destination with the economic boom.
A perfect place for the young to find hip modern boutiques and gadgets, the place also caters for family shopping. You could find many restaurants, cafes to burn some extra time, if you have any. If you’re not in the mood for shopping or cafes, taking a stroll in Siam Square can be fun too. Most shops close by 11p.m, so make sure you reserve some extra time to cover the whole of the Square.
You can reach Siam Square either by getting down at the Siam station if you’re using the BTS Skytrain system or take the Saen Saep Express Boat approaching from Khao San road. Considering the fact that Siam Square is right at the city centre and the Square gets lively during the rush hours, taking a bus is so not recommended.
Tip: If you are a tourist shopping above 5000 bhats, ask the Sales executive for a VAT Refund Form (P.P10) and fill it out with the original tax invoice. You would be exempted from the VAT tax and save some bucks while you’re at it!