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Pattaya Shopping - with Wired Destinations
As a leading tourist destination in eastern Thailand, Pattaya shopping provides numerous department stores, street vendors, shopping centers, open-air markets and supermarkets. Though many of the stores are small and some without air-conditioning, there are plenty of shops and services available to create a unique Pattaya shopping experience for all shoppers. Most shops and street stalls welcome bargaining. Department stores, supermarkets and Pattaya shopping malls have a wide array of products but bargaining is not allowed.
However, bargaining is accepted everywhere else. In some tourist hot spots like Jomtien Beach and Pattaya, prices may be inflated to twice the real price. Bargaining is the norm in Pattaya and you can expect to end up paying up to 40% less than the offered price. Credit card purchases are acceptable in department stores and supermarkets but some places charge a 3% handling fee. Also be aware of credit card fraud and only use your card at the reputable places.
Pattaya Shopping Malls
Major department stores in Pattaya are open daily from 10am to around 9pm. In general, many of them house the same items, with a bit smaller choice of brands.
Central Festival Pattaya, located on Pattaya 2nd Rd, is a two-storey shopping center with an open area for shows, events and concerts. Boutiques and retail shops, restaurants and famous fast food chains can be found here. The main drawings are the extensive food court and household goods market. There are four modern cinema theaters featuring some films in English with Thai subtitles. The theaters have comfortable seating and air conditioning. The main section of the shopping center, except the outdoor area, is air conditioned, creating the perfect meeting area and an outstanding Pattaya shopping paradise for the locals.
Laem Thong Department Store, located on Sukhumvit Road, Sri Racha, has a large shopping area with various small boutiques spread over two floors. A supermarket is also included within the area. Open daily from 10am to 9pm.
Mike Department Store is in south Pattaya, across the Beach Road from the marina pier. There is a snooker area on one side of the second floor while the rest are devoted to the business known as Mike Hotel. Mike Department Store features brand name clothing, shoes, handbags and other household equipment at reasonable prices.
The Royal Garden Plaza is a contemporary shopping complex which is located next to the Pattaya Marriott Resort and Spa, Soi Post Office. Tourists are provided with ample shopping opportunities as it is home to hundreds of shops both large and small, restaurants, food centers and huge entertainment centers. The plaza also includes two full size cinemas and an array of fast food franchise establishments. Pattaya Marriott Resort and Spa is tied in with the shopping complex and also features its own Garden Restaurant.
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