The and entertainment capital of Thailand, namely Pattaya, has many attributes to attract visitors to the seaside resort. One such attraction is the marvellous shopping opportunities that abound in the city. The Global Top Group have many developments right in the heart of Pattaya City, close to all the big malls, markets and independant shopping boutiques.<h2Central Festival is currently Pattaya’s biggest and brashest mall. It opened its doors in 2009 and has been dominating the city’s skyline ever since. Home to many global hight street brands such as; Marks & Spencer, Calvin Klein, H & M, Zara and Nautica. Over 300 units trade in the modern sophisticated mall and there is also a wide choice of food outlets and restaurants. It boasts a luxury Waitrose supermarket on the ground floor and a 10 screen cinema and bowling alley on the 8th.
Situated on Beach Road, Royal Garden Plaza was Pattaya’s first mall and is four storeys high. Although the shopping is not quite as varied as Central Festival it does house some big brand names including; Esprit, Guess, Jaspal, Swarovski and Jim Thompson. The top floor food court is extremely popular, as you can dine al fresco facing the sea. There is also Pizza Company, Sizzler and the Coffee Club. The mall is also home to Ripley’s “Believe it or Not” and a games / entertainment venue that fills an entire floor. A great place for rainy days or something to do with the kids.
A mall with a marketplace atmosphere, Mike’s combines the air-conditioned environments of modern shopping malls with small vendors selling unbranded or copied clothing. Mike Shopping Mall is a place to go to look for bargains, items like swimwear, T-shirts, souvenirs, fake sunglasses, handicrafts and snacks.
If you are really looking for bargains then a great place to go is the weekend night market on Thepprasit Road. It is as you would expect a true market to be, temporary stalls illuminated by precarious lighting jammed together selling everything under the sun. At Thepprasit market you will see locals queuing up for bargains, mostly at the clothing stalls. It is not the sort of place that you need to haggle, mostly the price you see is the price you pay and it is fair all round. If you are hungry there is a great food market as well, where you can pull up a stool and eat delicious freshly cooked Thai delicacies with other hungry bargain hunters. There are several new developments on the horizon to open in Pattaya in the coming months, which will expand the choice even more.</h2