CHIANG MAI - European Style Shopping

European style indoor and outdoor shopping district in Chiang Mai, Thailand with lots of retail shops, cafés and food stalls that share a modern space with a hip vibe.

Video Transcript

So I’m here at a place called “One Nimman” and this is like an indoor-outdoor shopping mall in Los Angeles, there’s a place called The Grove and it reminds me of The Grove in Los Angeles when you enter there’s a big outdoor courtyard here and they have different events going on here at different times of the year right now they have something called coffee camp so there’s a bunch of coffee spots and there’s a but and they’re all set up like makeshift campgrounds it’s really cool actually, look at this everyone just sitting on wooden crates over there behind me! it’s really hip, young, and cool right now but this is a high-end mall let me walk over this way past the trailer coffee and I’ll show you what I’m talking about uh right now it’s mostly Thai but there would be a lot of tourists here when it’s tourist season it’s uh just before Christmas to give you a little hint as to when I’m filming this teenee video but look at this, I’m gonna show you my point of view here it’s a really really cool building architecturally look at this you think Thailand is all little roadside checks that are a cafe I mean this is high-end stuff but unlike Bangkok. Chiang Mai’s high-end stuff has a character, it has its sophisticated. Bangkok has a ton of high-end stuff but it’s a lot glitzier, it’s a lot glimmer and Chiang Mai has really good quality stuff but in a low-key kind of more cool hip vibey type of thing if that makes sense. Anyway, this is One Nimman and it’s a really really cool spot, it’s also the start of the nimman area because it’s on Nimman soi one if you want to explore this neighborhood at night I’d recommend starting here at One Nimman and then heading out this way into Nimman Soi one, three, five, seven, nine and it’s a great neighborhood and this is a really cool place it’s the type of place that will surprise many of you to think that this is a version of Thailand that exists it’s really awesome come check it out, One Nimman!

 

Additional Information

Bangkok, Thailand has some of the most epic shopping anywhere on earth. Many of these massive mall complexes would put their counterparts in Europe or North America to shame. The Holy Grail of Bangkok shopping is IconSiam. This is a newly built architectural masterpiece located right on the east side of the Chao Praya river across from central Bangkok. It has anything and everything that you could think of. Whether you’re looking to purchase something from a luxury brand like Gucci, Chanel, Fendi, Rolex, etc. or simply want a basic Tee from Uniqlo, this place has it all. You can even buy a Ferrari right in the mall if you’re looking to spend some serious coin. There’s also an epic food court on the ground level of IconSiam which features all sorts of tasty Thai treats that you can get at street food prices. One thing that’s actually quite common across many Bangkok shopping centres is to have at least one or two food courts that act more like Thai markets than they do a typical eating area. The food in these areas are both tasty and cheap. The reason that these exist is because the developers or owners of these massive shopping complexes want to drive as much foot traffic as possible inside of their real estate. So, they give significant rent breaks to the vendors that would normally have to compete for space in an outdoor market. What ends up happening is that residents find a specific vendor or restaurant that they like, and make it a weekly routine to go and enjoy some food from that specific location, inside of whatever mall it exists in. The food courts inside of these malls actually become attractions on their own, resulting in more foot traffic inside of the mall.

 
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