Enjoying the Resort Mall

Enjoying the Resort MallEver been to a resort mall lately? Regular malls are all pretty much the same. All you do is drive over, walk around the place and shop in different stores and stall. One mall can pretty much be the same as any other. Of course there are some specifics that may make you prefer one mall over the other such as their design, cleanliness, the stores they have and the items they sell but more or less a lot of people these days realize it saves much more time, money, and effort to just shop online. All of that changes the moment you discover what a resort mall has in store for you. You can take everything you thought of malls and throw them out of the window.

A resort mall will have two things that you would come to expect of a resort mall. It will have the shopping center where you can pretty much buy anything you want and it will have a separate department which functions as a hotel for guests who wish to stay over. The mall will have more than just shopping centers since it will need to have numerous luxuries and services to keep the hotel guests entertained. For this reason you will find numerous activity centers, parks, outdoor features and eco-friendly designs in a resort mall.

For example you could find an eco-friendly cinema in a resort mall. An eco-friendly cinema is where the carpets are made from recycled carpets and everything is colored green to be nature-related. All of the cups, popcorn holders and others will all be made from recycled materials. A resort mall would also have an open air design. This means that instead of just relying on air conditioning to get the air cool and ventilated, you can expect the building to be open, allowing the air from the outside to freely flow inside the building, creating natural ventilation.

So what kind of fun activities could you find in a resort mall? You will usually find bowling alleys, music lounges or karaoke lounges, arcades and numerous restaurants. Most of the time, you will also find a decent ice skating rink as well. This is a very special addition especially if the mall is built in a relatively warm area where snow does not fall all throughout the year. You could find numerous monthly activities like wall climbing events, billiards and others constantly coming up on the mall schedule.

So if you are looking for the ultimate adventure or if you want more for your money instead of just endless hallways filled with small stores then visit the nearest resort mall in town. You will have the option to stay over the night in their resort hotels and you will find numerous activities, indoor and outdoor sights to see and try, and more shopping stalls than any regular mall could have. Sure, you can pretty much find anything you want to buy online but you only get a first class hotel stay and a large scale outdoor or eco-friendly cinema experience if you decide to go out with friends and family to a resort mall near you.


Best Shopping Malls in Chiang Mai

Best Shopping Malls in Chiang MaiWhen you come to Thailand you will be amazed at the quantity of markets and malls in this country. There are markets next to almost every popular temple in even small towns and villages. Asians and especially Thais love shopping. As people in western countries spend a lot of time in front of their TVs, in Thailand people prefer going shopping. They especially like their modern malls which are not only places for shopping, but also places for entertainment, meeting friends and relaxation.

This is especially true in Chiang Mai, which is one of the most interesting cities in Thailand. You can find here beautiful temples, famous markets and modern malls. It is probably the most important place for Thai handicrafts and arts in whole Thailand. You can buy here handicrafts, arts and antiques cheaper than anywhere else in Thailand. This is also true about modern products that you can buy here. Although foreign tourists who visit Chiang Mai are mostly interested in Chiang Mai’s markets (especially the must see Night Bazaar), there are also very good malls in Chiang Mai.

Kad Suan Kaew Central Mall

Kad Suan Kaew Central Mall is the biggest mall in the city. It is located on Huay Kaew Road, not far from (about 100-200 meters) the old city moat. This place is very popular in the city, attracting shopaholics from all over Thailand and also abroad. Very popular among young and old. It is also a wonderful place to just come and relax, maybe drinking a cup of coffee in one of the mall’s cafes.

The shopping mall has very interesting Thai decor and is wholly air conditioned. The atmosphere there is very cool and relaxed. You can buy here almost anything. Whatever your shopping requirements are the Kad Suan Kaew Central Mall is the place for you. If you are hungry there are many restaurants where you can find both international and Thai food. The food is really delicious.

You can also stay at the Lotus Pang Suan Kaew Hotel, which is located at the mall and is famous for its hospitality and warmth. You can find at the hotel facilities like a games room, sauna, tennis courts, swimming pool, fitness center and gymnasium.

Central Plaza Chiang Mai Airport

The Central Plaza Chiang Mai Airport Mall is another very popular mall in Chiang Mai. As the name suggests this one is located near the Chiang Mai’s International Airport. It is a very modern mall. It is full of all kinds of shops, cafes and restaurants. It is famous for its delicious, but inexpensive Thai and international food. There is also a very modern movie theater with many cinemas where you can watch western and Thai movies, some of them in 3D.

Pantip Plaza

Pantip Plaza is, as the plaza of the same name in Bangkok, the place for IT shopping. Although it is much smaller than the one in the capital of Thailand, nevertheless if you are interested in shopping for IT products, it is the place to go in Chiang Mai.

Promenada Resort Mall

The Promenada Resort Mall which will open in Chiang Mai in 2012, will be the first resort mall in Thailand.


Top Ten Outlet Malls Within a Day Trip of Tokyo

La Fete Tama Minami OsawaFor those of you who love to shop and bargain, a great way to experience Japan is by visiting some of the outlet malls in and around Tokyo. They can make great date spots or be a fun way for the family to spend a day as there are usually facilities for kids too.

1. La Fete Tama Minami Osawa

Styled in to be a little like Provence in South France (little bit of a stretch) this spacious mall is a nice place to spend a day shopping and sampling the restaurants and cafes. There is also a toho movie theater nearby. Has the usual mix of sports, outdoor, fashion, lifestyle goods, pets, furniture etc. The spacious environment and greenery of Minami Osawa make this a relaxing day out.

2. Grandberrry mall

Grenberry mall is quite large and although it is an outlet mall, it also includes all manner of shops, from pet stores and hairdressers, to lifestyle and fashion shops. This mall is divided into four zones; a family and family life themed zone, a fresh foods zone, an outlet mall zone, and a communication and entertainment zone.

3. Lala Port

Lala Port has continued to grow through successive additions since its inception in 1981. It is now home to more than 540 stores, including many brand name stores, fashion houses, movie theater etc. It is one of the largest shopping malls in Japan and is located just on the border of Tokyo in Chiba, Funabashi.

4. Karuizawa Prince Shopping Plaza

Fashion is the main focus for this outlet mall, although there is a little of something for everyone. There is an imax theater, bowling alley and there are plenty of restaurants to enjoy. In the vicinity there is also a ski field and a couple of Onsens to enjoy (Hoshino Onsen is recommended).

5. Premium Outlet Mall at Gotenba

This outlet mall is one of the more expansive shopping malls around and has views of Mt Fuji on a clear day. There is every manner of foreign and domestic fashion brand as well as lifestyle stores and some 20 fooderies. There is a large ferris wheel and a play area for the kids. This is a popular mall and can get very crowded on public holidays and at bargain times.

6. Mitsui Outlet Park Iruma

This large Outlet mall has over 200 shops, 180 of them outlet stores. The main focus is on fashion. There is everything from kids fashion, outdoor and sports fashion, to accesories and fashion magazines. 44 shops opened their first Japan outlet store here, so there is definitely value in taking a look.The food court has 11 shops. There are six restaurants and three cafes to choose from and you can even take your pet. There are also facilities for babies and you can rent a baby cart if you wish.

7. Outlet Park Makuhari

This outlet mall has over 90 stores, mainly fashion-focused. The mall is a fairly open planned two-storey complex and is easy to get around. There are more than 30 restaurants.

8. Outlet Mall Rism

This was the first outlet mall in Japan so is a little older than others on this list. However, with about 40 stores, it is a relaxed place to shop for an afternoon.

9. Outlet Park Yokohama Bayside

Outlet shopping mall near one of Asia’s largest marinas. This is a lovely spot by the sea packed with shops all selling at 30 to 70% off. Yokohama is a nice spot to shop as it is more open and expansive than Tokyo. Enjoy the big open skies of Yokohama and the lovely sea breeze while you shop or hang out at one of the myriad of open air cafes. There is everything from brand name clothes, outdoor goods, shoes, casual wear, to household goods and restaurants

10. Sano Premium Outlets

There are about 180 domestic and overseas brands in buildings styled on U.S. east coast architecture. This store has an open and green feel to it with Mt. Mikamo behind it to the east.

It is about 40 minutes by car or 90 minutes from Shinjuku’s south exit (JR Highway bus terminal).

All About Shopping Malls in Thailand

Central World, BangkokIn recent years, Thailand has opened its doors to more tourists as it provides more amenities and other forms of attractions for kids as well as adults. Tourists as well as local shoppers have a lot to look forward to, as there are a number of excellent shopping malls in Thailand, each of which offers remarkable convenience as well as overall shopping experience.

Here are some of the best Thailand shopping malls as well as their corresponding features that people can look forward to when visiting the country.

Central World, Bangkok

Owned by Central Patanna, this mall is the third largest shopping complex in the world. Its layout is primarily inspired by street mall concept, which allows people to scope out more storefronts immediately. Apart from the stores that sell apparel, shoes, furniture, appliances, and all the usual products one can expect from a mall, Central Word also has an ice skating rink and play zone for kids.

The Genius Planet Zone and Thailand Knowledge Park are two of the most popular attractions for kids in all of Bangkok as both feature some of the most amazing displays and facts about the physical world. Parents and kids alike are fond of this mall since it has almost everything they could ever want, and then some.

Central Festival Pattaya Beach Mall

This mall houses millions of products ranging from consumer goods, i.e. apparel, shoes, household supplies, gadgets, furniture, to other miscellaneous items. In addition to the countless stores that would make any consumerist tourist’s head spin, this mall is also popular because it stays later than most other shopping establishments around Pattaya.

The layout of this mall is straightforward but the sheer number of stores is staggering, which is why it attracts hundreds of thousands of shoppers in a daily basis.

Terminal 21 Bangkok

This mall’s layout is inspired by a 21st century airport and has one of the unique personalities as far as shopping establishments go. The basement is one of the most impressive parts of this mall with its Mediterranean theme and a collection of takeout restaurants.

This haven for food lovers definitely changes people’s conception of mall cuisine. For those who have rather discriminating palates, this is the perfect venue to indulge their most sinful cravings.

Pier 21 on the 5th floor of this mall is by far the most popular places to get succulent and satisfying Asian dishes in all of Thailand. Apart from the diversity of its menu, Pier 21 also provides convenience and affordability to budget conscious consumers.

Platinum Fashion Mall

This one is one of the best places for Bazaar lovers to shop in. Platinum Fashion Mall in Bangkok features some of the most affordable products anyone can find in Thailand, especially when it comes to shoes, clothing, and the latest accessories.

There is no shortage of shopping malls in Thailand and there are even more soon to be built. Locals as well as tourists will certainly not be disappointed being in this part of the world because it has everything consumers look for, as well as some great unexpected surprises.