Set along the western bank of the Chao Phraya, IconSIAM is Bangkok’s newest entry for record-breaking, luxury developments. The shiny, $1.5-billion complex includes two high-end shopping malls, a riverside park, and numerous entertainment options. Plus, as is expected in Bangkok, over 100 tempting places to eat await!
The 70-story Magnolias Waterfront Residences at IconSIAM became Bangkok's tallest building in 2018. The first officially sanctioned Apple Store in Thailand found a spacious home with an impressive view on the second floor. Nearly 2.5 acres of waterfront park line the development for happy strolling.
How to Get to IconSIAM in Bangkok
IconSIAM is situated just across the Chao Phraya River from Silom and some of the nicest hotels in the city. Crossing by boat is the most enjoyable way to bypass the heavily congested traffic in the neighborhood. Boat service typically doesn’t stop until 11 p.m. or so.
Take the BTS Skytrain to Saphan Taksin Station (Silom Line) then follow signs for the 5-minute walk to Sathorn (Taksin) Pier. IconSIAM boats cross over to the mall every 10 minutes. The various hotels along the river, such as the Royal Orchid Sheraton (look for the little boat shaped like a house) and the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, also provide complimentary river crossings.
If river conditions are rough, or for some reason, you don’t want to take a boat, you can ride the BTS Skytrain on to Krung Thonburi Station then grab the minibus (parked at Exit 1) or a taxi to IconSIAM.
- Directory: http://www.iconsiam.com/en/directory
- Hours: Open every day from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m.
- Address: 299 Soi Charoen Nakhon, 5 Charoen Nakhon Road, Khlong Ton Sai, Khlong San Bangkok 10600
- Phone: +66 2 495 7000
- Stay Connected: Free Wi-Fi is available throughout IconSIAM.
- Lockers: If you’re exploring IconSIAM before flying out, you can store your luggage at the locker service facility on level B2.
Shopping at IconSIAM
Without too much of a stretch, one could compare shopping at IconSIAM with shopping at Suria KLCC, the luxury mall beneath Kuala Lumpur’s Petronas Twin Towers. Both are in the city’s tallest, most dazzling building. Both feature luxurious Western and Asian brands in an eye-pleasing setting.
Strolling the IconLuxe half of IconSIAM provides some entertainment in itself. It’s the sort of place to gawk at $30,000 watches on display while sipping a bubble tea. But don’t worry: The 5.6 million square feet of retail vying for your attention also includes many affordable brands from home. The three-story H&M shop is unlike any you’ve seen.
Along with Thailand’s first official Apple Store (there were many unauthorized ones), IconSIAM is home to the first Takashimaya—a famous Japanese department store—in Thailand.
One glimpse of IconSIAM from the outside is a reminder that this probably isn’t the best place to score cheap souvenirs and handmade trinkets. For those, head to MBK Center or the Chatuchak Weekend Market, but beware of the many fakes.
- Floating Market: Perhaps one of the most exciting features inside of IconSIAM is Sook Siam, an indoor floating market on the ground floor. Unlike the big floating markets outside of Bangkok, tourists don’t ride in the boats—that’s a good thing. Sook Siam functions as a microcosm of Thai culture with food, handicrafts, and performances, providing a taste from 77 provinces. The lighting and décor are beautiful.
- Parks: The waterfront park in front of IconSIAM puts on an impressive light-and-water show every evening. When you need a break from shopping, the smaller IconSiam Park just outside the Apple Store is a tranquil respite with seating and city views.
- Heritage Museum: A three-gallery heritage museum by the Ministry of Culture of Thailand’s Fine Arts Department displays relics and artifacts, not unlike their Bangkok National Museum across the river.
- Cinema: The Icon Cineconic cinema on the 6th floor shows movies in Thai and English until 10 p.m.
- Fitness: You can pay by the hour for access to the gym at Fitness First on the sixth floor.
Eating at IconSIAM
Along with the many “street food” options in the floating market on the ground floor, additional eateries pleasing all budgets are scattered throughout the mall. Grab an inexpensive, regional snack at Sook Siam to hold you then work your way up the floors to scout for a sit-down restaurant.
The fourth floor is home to a Food Republic food court with inexpensive offerings. More international dining possibilities await on the fifth and sixth floors. Most impressive is perhaps “Alangkarn” on the sixth floor; even if you aren’t hungry, go have a look at the art features and aesthetic layout!
This sixth floor is also home to a satellite location for Thip Samai, one of the most famous places to try pad thai noodles. Although claiming to be the “best pad thai in Bangkok” is subjective and hotly debatable, Thip Samai’s original location earned a Michelin star in 2018 for their famous noodles.
More Entertainment in the Area
If for some mad reason you want another riverside shopping and dining experience after IconSIAM, Asiatique the Riverfront is a waterfront promenade just a short boat ride away. Look for the tallest Ferris wheel in Bangkok to light your way.
All of Silom is at your disposal just across the Chao Phraya River. The infamous Sky Bar atop the Lebua at State Tower Hotel is nearby. For a cozier experience, keep your feet closer to the ground at Maggie Choo’s basement speakeasy.