There are so many computer and electronic shops all congregate inside this one mall that if you can find the parts or items that you want here, you will not find it anywhere else in Thailand! Just kidding... but seriously you will find the stuffs that you want here. Both hardware and software....
One place that I can recommend visiting if you are at all into technology is Pantip Plaza on New Phetchaburi Road in Ratchathewi.
The plaza is open from around 10am until 8-9pm every day. Each shops sets its own hours so it's best not to go right at opening or closing times.
Most of the stores I visited did business on a cash basis, no credit cards taken. But don't worry if you start getting low on funds, there are several ATMs in the plaza! Using cash means that vendors normally do not charge VAT...and you probably won't get a detailed receipt either.
What to buy: Pantip is a computer/technology geek's dream come true. The plaza doesn't look like much from the outside but once you step inside it's like coming into a technology wonderland. There are five stories of computer hardware, software, electronics, and accessory shops at very affordable prices.
If you need quick computer repairs or upgrades, Pantip is also the place to go as the shops have good service and great prices!
Pantip is sometimes the object of police raids as some stores do sell counterfiet software and Playstation games.
What to pay: You can normally save aroun $50-100 off normal retail prices on electronics and computer accessories but you really should know what you are going to buy and research the prices before going shopping.
The prices are slightly negotiable but you won't get most shops to budge much off the price because they are already discounted. To get an idea of retail prices, you can go to the top floor and look in Data IT...then go downstairs to the other smaller shops and check for discounts :)
This will be my Shopping Tips on Pantip Plaza
Staying in the Center of the Pratunam Area and at the Petchaburi Road. I have to see Pantip Plaza as I haven't been there in my previous visits to bangkok. The Pantip Plaza is touted to be the main IT and electronic Hub of Bangkok and part of it's popularity (or notoriety as some will say) is that they also sell assorted counterfeit and pirated and jail break DVD Movies, PC Programs like Microsoft Office or Windows 7 and other assorted PC and Xbox 360 Games and a lot more counterfeit stuff and the stalls here have no pretense in selling these items (no attempt to hide them) hehehe. Aside from the counterfeit stuffs, they also sell legitimate electronics and mobile phones and smart phones and even appliances for the home. there is also some restaurants and a mini food court in the comples and a large selection of street food outside,
open daily from 10 AM to 9 PM.
What to buy: computer hardware, software, both pirated and legitimate accessories and other tech-related gadgets. mp3 ringing tones, jailbreak programs for Iphone, assorted pirated applications and computer programs, Pirated DVD's and Downloadable games and apps, the new 64 gigabyte SD and Micro SD Cards and a lot more.
What to pay: haggling is expected as the prices of the goods here, even the counterfeit ones are negotiable.
Imagine a five story high shopping mall selling nothing but computer hardware and software!
This is Pantip Plaza and it's an absolutely amazing place. There must literally be 500 small shops (plus a few big ones) selling motherboards, processors, accessories, original and bootleg software for PC and Mac, VCD, MP3, DVDs. As you might imagine in such a cutthroat environment, the prices are very competitive! If you're building a computer, you could pick up the pieces here for a song.
If you're after software or dvds, you can flip through a book of titles, pay the person and five minutes later it appears for you to pick up. It's a copy of course, though original software is also very cheap. The days that this will continue are likely to be numbered.
Not surprisingly with all the copying, blank computer media is everywhere. You can pick up a drum of blanks for half the price it would cost in elsewhere.
The place also contains cash machines and a food court.
What to pay: Software 150-200 baht per CD (€3-5)
MP3 CD 100 baht (€2.50)
DVDs 200 baht (€5)
If you love to shop computer gadgets, games etc. you should visit Pantip Plaza. It's the world of computers and pheriperals. You can buy cheap computer programs and games but no-one can assure you that those are working properly in your own computer. I have bought couple of games which didn't work at all. You have also remember that it's illegal to export the illegal computer programs, games, CD's or other stuff.
What to buy: Computer items, CD's, DVD's etc
What to pay: Not much...
This arcade is especializing all computers and electronics stuffs. many different stalls inside to the 2nd floor, there's also a small food center , if i'm not mistaken that was a japanese resto and some thai food stalls also.
What to buy: Computer stuffs, cameras, cellphones are i think those interesting to buy in this area.
There are lots of vendors for DVDs and software. It's best to shop around to get the best prices. For one purchase I got some software for 300 baht that most others were asking 500 or more baht. So it pays to be look around for making the purchase. Most of them seemed to be using the same catalogue to sell their stuff so you are going to get the same product regardless of who you buy it from.
The best place to go for any type of computer shopping is the multistory Panthip Plaza. Prices are very cheap and the range extensive, but not all the vendors speak a lot of English.
Pantip has 5 floors of almost completely computer related hardware and software booths and shops. In the same complex are restaurants, fast food, coffee shops, cinema, and a scruffy food court. You can even find a Kentucky Fried Chicken in this complex while across the street is a 7-Eleven store.
And if you happen to be (or get) short of cash there are plenty of ATM machines within Pantip Plaza and also a money changer at the bank near this complex.
Although there is a wide range of computer related products on sale, Panthip is most famous for the huge amount of pirated software available. And many of them are located in booths next to factory outlets. Somehow, they happily co-exist. There are literally dozens of different vendors selling hacked versions of software programs, and even the most up-to-date software is available amazingly quickly.
Haggling over price is a time-honored tradition. I went to pick up a 256MB memory stick that finally cost me about US$45 to purchase here. I have been using it and it is fine, it even came with the box and warranty.
DVD Shop on the ground floor: This is a low quality bootleg shop owned or managed by crazy chinese woman. Actually even after you get burned buying your 200bht DVD or CD she tries to take it form you and won't give you the item. Also should have known better byt got a CD form them totally VIRUS INFECTED. Tried to let them know in a nice way that their merchandise ha a virus and she blew up at u and told us dirty farang get out of Thailand. However she is quite happy to take that Farang money.
If you are a traveller with any common sense STAY AWAY form this place you will get burned on basically anything you buy here. If you want reputable electronics go to the Airport Shopping Centre, Tescos or Robinsons. At least you can return things if they aren't right or exchange them PANTIP IS DODGY AS! I believe anyone posting good things about this place must own a shop here because it is good for nothing!
What to buy: Nothing worthwhile
What to pay: A fortune on garbage
Best place for shoping computers and electronics.
If I can remember, there are six floors.
The only problem is the guaranty.
This is a plaza full of Electronics, Movies and Software. Are they legal? No. But you can get some good deals here......
The biggest shopping arena or complex in Thailand for IT products and computer accessories. But beware of those imitations DVD's, CD's and VCD's!
This is the biggest IT shopping Mall in Bangkok
What to buy: The place to buy all your copied computer software and dvd's.expect to pay around 100-150 baht