The capital city of Bangkok, Thailand has many diversities. There’s a whole area called Bangkok, Chinatown and even an area called Bangkok, Little India. In the area of Little India which is located at Jakkraplach Road there’s a shopping mall called India Emporium (อินเดีย เอ็มโพเรี่ยม) right next to the Sikh Temple. The mall lives up to its name very well.
Right when entering the India Emporium Mall you’ll find yourself in Indian atmospheres, little vendors in the middle of the main hallway as far the eye can reach. The mall itself isn’t very large and has a total of 4 floors. The ground floor had diverse merchandise and just 4 restaurants which included Black Canyon Coffee, Dunkin’ Donuts and Oishi Delivery and the smallest MK Restaurant in Bangkok. Funny enough there were no Indian restaurants present. The second floor was more specific and sold Indian furniture cotton, bed sheets, curtains and rugs.
The ATM’s were spread out over the entire mall, at least every floor has one. If you are looking for Indian wedding dresses, traditional Indian shoes, Indian Buddha souvenirs or a Indian fortune teller the third floor is your final destination. The mall does have a tiny small entertainment center with just 5 PlayStation games, ping pong tables and two basketball hoops. There’s no other facilities present such as free WIFI or a cinema. The toilets are free of charge but for the use of toilet paper there’s a vending machine costing you 2.00 TH ($0.05) per package of napkins.
On the fourth and last floor the India Emporium Mall has a food court called “Food Paradise” which has a great mixture of Indian, Thai and International foods as well as deserts, drinks and anything food related you may think of. Food Paradise has the whole floor covered.
The India Emporium Mall can be visited every day from 10 AM till 10 PM, the restaurants on the ground floor are opened till 11 PM. When stopping by in Bangkok, the India Emporium Mall would be nice if you happen to be in Chinatown or Little India. Other central city malls include Union Mall Ladprao and Central Ladprao if you don’t want to be stuck in Bangkok traffic.
These pictures date Saturday 24th of October 2009 India Emporium, Bangkok.