For those of under the belief the particular country you come from is the pinnacle of high technology, a visit to Pantip Plaza will be a revelation! Pantip Plaza IS 5 floors plus of IT heaven! Although prices are not as low as in countries such as Singapore, computers and related devices are state-of-the-art and prices are probably a shade lower than in the west. Where a place like Pantip Plaza excels is in locally made computers - just read through lists of components, tick what you want, and wander around the shops getting the best quotes. These 'prefabricated' computers are probably as good as any brand name but obviously won't have the after sales service, especially if you are taking a computer out of Thailand (check customs in your own country first!). There is also a good variety of software at good prices - there's not as much in terms of pirated software here these days and there are regular police checks to ensure things are kept in line. Probably best all round to look for the legitimate stuff. In addition to computers and software, Pantip offers as wide a selection of digital cameras, digital video cameras, VCD/DVD players and PDAs as you will find. In addition, you can buy clothes here, and on the ground floor there are a number of shops selling Buddha amulets and local folk music CDs.
If you are into IT leave your credit cards back at the hotel or you might have to cut your journey to Thailand seriously short!
Details: Pantip Plaza is open around 10:00 to 20:00 daily.
How to get there: Pantip Plaza is on Petchburi Road right next to the Indonesian Embassy. It's reasonably close to Ratchathewi BTS station.
The following buses will get you there:
Bus number: 511
New Petchburi Rd.