This weekend sees the grand opening of yet another shopping mall for Bangkokians. This one is called MEGA Bangna [MAP] and is billed as the largest low-rise shopping mall in Southeast Asia. I am not sure if that is true, but it is certainly large. They have 800 shops and parking for 8,000 vehicles. The anchor stores include: Robinson, Big C Extra, HomePro, Mega Cineplex and IKEA. Mega Cineplex includes 15 digital cinemas, 24 bowling lanes, 28 karaoke rooms & 1,000 sq.m ice skate rink. I watched a movie there the other day and I can say that it was both an enjoyable and comfortable experience. Ticket price was 170 Baht for a movie with an English language soundtrack.
The run-down of different kinds of shops include 200 leading fashion boutiques, 100 cafe and dining establishments, 30 kids stores, 35 stores giving pleasure to your leisure time, 30 IT, gadgets and electronic appliance outlets, 30 beauty and wellness providers, 10 home decor shops and 11 leading banks. MEGA Bangna is the first shopping mall in Samut Prakan Province. It is conveniently located on the intersection of Bang Na-Trad Highway and the Outer Ring Ring (Eastern). By skytrain go as far as BTS Udomsuk and take Exit 5. There is a free shuttle bus there that goes every 30 minutes.
At the end of the day, it is really just another shopping mall. Although the style of being a low-rise mall is different, you will find many of the shops are very familiar as most are chain stores. However, there are a few unique shops and I also saw that a few Bangkok restaurants had opened a second location here at the Mega Bangna. Which is good for us people living in the suburbs. I think that Mega Bangna will be of great interest to transit passengers at Suvarnabhumi Airport. This is because the mall is only 15 minutes or so away by taxi. Now there is time to watch a movie, play bowling or have a go at ice skating while waiting for your plane. There are also many first class restaurants.