Pantip Plaza, Bangkok
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...
Known for the thai computer lovers as a place you can buy cheap pirated softwares, Pantip Plaza is also the ultimate source for electronics.
Five-story mall with floor after floor of computers and electronic gear.
If you cannot find any computer product you want here, it probably didn't exist.
If I am not mistaken on the name, this is the place where you can shop for any electronic components you might need. This 5 floors shopping center focus on only computer and electronics.
What to buy: Computer, DVD, mobile phones, ink cartridge, etc.
What to pay: You can negotiate... but not as much as in the street for other products!
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.
You will find small shops selling every imaginable Hollywood movie and PS2 game that you can think of. When I was there in March 2004, I already managed to obtain the latest Lord of the Rings DVD. Each pirated DVD costs only 150 Baht (US$4) and you can bargain for a further discount if you order 5 or more items. The irony of it is that there is a banner displayed in the shopping center encouraging people to report any infringement of intellectual property and copyrighted material to the Thai authorities! The vendors will take your orders from the catalogue and ask you to come back half an hour later. Go for a drink or a meal and by the time you come back, you have your DVDs ready. The DVDs work in Singapore but if you are from another country, do check that your DVD player is comptable.
What to buy: DVDs, PC games, PS2 games.
What to pay: 150 Baht per item, negotiable if you buy 5 or more.
It is a mall of computers, software and accessories. Floor upon floor. Those who enjoy shopping for this kind of stuff will go apeshit over this mall. One of the best places to find Mac equipment in the city.
What to buy: Hardware - in Thailand, it isn't much cheaper than in N. Am. i think it is on par or actually a little more expensive, esp name brands like HP and Compaq. Laptops are definitely more as they are not assembled in Thailand, therefore must be imported. The only equipment that is cheaper is locally assembled local brands, and i wouldn't trust them. Good technical support can be difficult to come by in Thailand.
Software - man, you will die when you see it all. There are vendors on top of vendors in this mall. Almost all of it is bootleg but there is licensed software for sale too (very pricey). CDs loaded with software sell for 100-200 baht - cheap. Some of the software is shareware, but sometimes you can find hundreds, even thousands of dollars of software on one CD.
Movies (VCDs) cost 100 baht. but are somtimes poor quality (shot by someone with a camcorder in a theatre). Some of the movies have not even been released in Thailand (or western countries) yet.
Lots of games available too. Sometimes you need to ask about patches that you must physically copy and paste after you have installed the game or your computer will constantly ask for the CD - and it is in the CD player! About 100-200 baht per CD.
Plus language programmes, MP3 compilations, - almost anything you can imagine is available there. DVDs were not widely available when i was there last (Nov 2000) but might be now.
Accessories like scanners, printers, ink, etc are all a bit more expensive in Thailand than in the west.
What to pay: Bootleg software is illegal of course, even in Thailand. There have been crackdowns on Panthip in the past, but someone high up in the govt must be making money on this business because it keeps on functioning. Post offices in the vicinity were watched for a time to see if anything suspiciously CD-like was being mailed out of the country, and it was confiscated. Not sure how tough it is today.
Panthip Plaza is the place in Bangkok that is most similar to some of the places in Singapore such as Sim Lim Square. It is big and full of shops selling computers, cameras and other electronic equipment.
There is also lots of pirated software, CDs, DVDs, etc.
What to buy: Computers, cameras etc.
What to pay: Do your research and make sure that what you want really is cheaper than what you can buy it for at home.
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.
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)
Best place for shoping computers and electronics.
If I can remember, there are six floors.
The only problem is the guaranty.
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
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 a plaza full of Electronics, Movies and Software. Are they legal? No. But you can get some good deals here......