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Located right by the Asok-Sukhumvit intersection, Terminal 21 offers Bangkok shoppers a wealth of convenience and a world of choice.
The colossal retail development, which officially opened its doors late last month, can be reached in a matter of minutes from the Sukhumvit MRT subway station or the Asoke BTS skytrain station.
I was impressed during my recent visit by the development's cool yet functional design. The complex was apparently named Terminal due to its similarity to an airport terminal, while the reference to number 21 refers to its position on Asoke (also known as Sukhumvit 21).
A Shopping Trip With a Difference
One of the most impressive features within the building's interior is a 36-meter-long escalator, which is said to be the longest in Thailand. When it comes to the layout, the overall theme is based upon a kind of retail 'journey'. Shoppers are whisked off to various 'destinations', including Istanbul, London, Paris, Rome, San Francisco and Tokyo.
The nine-story building plays host to over 600 outlets, including a local section, which features 44 stores selling clothes produced by Thai designers. The developer is apparently also planning to invite more local brands that currently sell their goods at major markets such as Chatuchak Weekend Market and Siam Square to open flagship outlets at Terminal 21 in an effort to develop a reputation for offering high quality goods at affordable prices.
When it comes to international fashion-related goods, head for Paris, Rome and Tokyo on the building's lower floors. There are over 100 stores aimed at female shoppers within the Tokyo section, while men are well catered for in London.
There is a Caribbean-themed Gourmet Market supermarket outlet based on the lower ground floor, which has been decorated to resemble a beach, featuring an anchor and a lighthouse, along with banks, book stores and restaurants.
World of Diversity
When it comes to brands, you'll find plenty of clothing and leisure goods produced by multinational corporations such as AIIZ, Adidas, Camel Active, Esprit, G2000, Hybrid, Levi's, Quiksilver and Puma, along with local brands, such as Chaps and Hybrid Outfitters.
Most of the outlets based in Istanbul (on the 3rd floor) are devoted to modern gadgets, food and entertainment. There are 27 leading coffee shop and restaurant outlets based within the Pier 21 Food Terminal, which is located across two floors (the 4th and 5th [San Francisco]). Among these you'll find branches of Bar BQ Plaza, Chabutan, Coffee World, Fuji, Ootoya and Secret Recipe.
The theme is Hollywood (Los Angeles) on the 6th floor, where you'll discover six, state-of-the-art cinemas run by SF Cinema City. Floors 7 through 9 are office units, which are available for rent.
The development also plays host to The Grande Centre Point Hotel & Residence Sukhumvit-Terminal 21, a 42-story development run by Centre Point Hospitality, a company owned by the SET-listed Quality Houses.
Overall, it's easy to understand why Terminal 21 sells itself as a one-stop shopping destination, as it clearly manages to successfully live up to this billing. Terminal 21 opens daily from 10 am to 10 pm.
For further information, call Tel: +66 (0)2 108 0800 or visit Terminal 21's official website at http://www.terminal21.co.th/.
Train: The easiest way to reach Terminal 21 is to take an MRT subway train to Sukhumvit or a BTS elevated skytrain to Asoke station. Just follow the signs on exiting the station.
Writer: Youthapong Charoenpan