Located on New Phetchaburi Road in Pratunam district of Bangkok, Pantip Plaza is an indoor IT shopping mall, where one can get very good deals on software or other similar items. In fact, it is one of the best places in Thailand to pick computer accessories, at very cheap prices. Innumerable shops in this multistory mall are loaded with an extensive range of products, which makes it one of the most frequented places in Bangkok, by all gadget and gizmo freaks. If you are good with differentiating between genuine and counterfeit software and DVD's, Panthip Plaza will no doubt offer some very good bargains to you.
Divided into two anchors, the IT City on the top floor and Data IT on
the mezzanine level, the whole place literally brims over with huddles
of small shops, each specializing in computer hardware, software and
other accessories, including networking, second hands, laptops,
Macintosh and peripherals. Most of these shops also do repairs and
modifications. However, one needs to be extra-careful while making any
form of purchase in the mall, as the shops here have a notorious
reputation of selling phony computer related products and hacked
versions of software programs also.
Normally, counterfeit software, DVDs and games comes for a price of
about 100 (on CD-Rom) to 300 (on DVD-Rom) baht. Especially, in the
ground floor of the plaza, sale of illegal software is open and rampant.
Besides, many tourists love visiting the mall for its huge array of
second-hand business machines from popular names such as IBM, Dell and
Gateway. In addition, the prices of new hardware, digital cameras,
printers, computers, etc come at very affordable prices. Even though
there are occasional clearouts on the plaza by Thai police, the place
manages to pull through its popularity every time.
Apart from extensive selection of software and hardware, Panthip Plaza
also has some very good eating joints and restaurants, at all the
levels. Therefore, once you are done with browsing the shops of the
place, you can eat your fill at any of these eateries. There is a string
of restaurants, including brands like KFC and A & W on the ground
floors. On the mezzanine level and second floor, there are food courts
that are best to sample some excellent Thai delicacies. Normally, food
comes quite cheap, at a standard range of 30 baht to 40 baht. Both Thai
and Western deserts are also available at a nominal price of around 15