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The Ultimate Guide to Visiting ICONSIAM in Bangkok

The Ultimate Guide to Visiting ICONSIAM in Bangkok

If you’re looking for an unparalleled shopping experience in Bangkok, we definitely think that ICONSIAM is the place to be. Although, given its size, it’s quite tricky to navigate — you wouldn’t want to miss out on its best features, right?

To help you out, we crafted this guide so you can discover the ultimate shopping, dining, and entertainment experience in ICONSIAM. Join us, as we take a tour of this upscale destination and share tips to help you make the most of your visit!

What is special about ICONSIAM?

There are many things that make ICONSIAM special, from its impressive collection of high-end designer shops and restaurants to its breathtaking views of the Chao Phraya River. 

ICONSIAM is fast becoming Bangkok’s go-to attraction that visitors cannot afford to miss. To see if it lives up to the hype, we visited ICONSIAM to experience its world-class shopping, dining, and entertainment options—and we weren’t disappointed!

From what we’ve seen, ICONSIAM offers a unique blend of traditional Thai culture and modern luxury. Overall, this luxury shopping complex is set to impress! 

Guide to Visiting ICONSIAM in Bangkok
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Is ICONSIAM worth a visit?

ICONSIAM is worth visiting in Bangkok due to its unique offerings. It is one of Bangkok’s best luxury shopping malls which consists of around 7,000 stores such as boutiques, restos, entertainment options, and many more!

You can find anything in this lifestyle complex, from shoes and jewellery to everything in between!

Is ICONSIAM worth a visit
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How big is ICONSIAM?

ICONSIAM occupies an impressive 750,000 on the banks of the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok’s Khlong San District. With this, it holds the record as the mall with the largest occupied lot area in Thailand.

In terms of gross leasable area (GLA), ICONSIAM is the second-largest shopping mall in Thailand, with 525,000 m² of space for its outlets. This is 5% less than Central Plaza Westgate’s space, which has 550,278 m² available for leasing

Although ICONSIAM’s GLA comes second among Bangkok’s largest shopping malls, it has the most number of stores, with over 500 retail and entertainment outlets. It also offers 100 dining options and features over 7,000 brands.

How big is ICONSIAM
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In addition to its impressive shopping and dining offerings, ICONSIAM also features multiple entertainment venues, art installations, and cultural attractions. It also has extensive outdoor areas, including a riverside promenade.

We took the time to visit each of the sections of ICONSIAM to see everything the mall has to offer thoroughly. To make the most of your visit, consider spending multiple days exploring the complex.

What are the best things to do in ICONSIAM? 

There are plenty of exciting things to do in ICONSIAM, like watching movies, shopping at high-end designer stores, dining at gourmet restaurants, and taking in stunning views of the Chao Phraya River. 

We also recommend seeing the light show at the River Park and visiting the Heritage Museum. However, given the vast offerings and attractions in ICONSIAM, we will list down some of the best, one-of-a-kind experiences you can have here!

1. Watch movies at its impressive cineplex: ICON CINECONIC

Watch movies at its impressive cineplex ICON CINECONIC's Homepage
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The ICON CINECONIC provides one of the most outstanding viewing experiences in Bangkok. It has 14 cinemas, each featuring a VIP Screen, IMAX Screen, and a 4DX Screen among others.

One feature we noted that is most appreciated by families is the Kid’s Cinema, which is complete with a play area! It even has slides, a ball pit, and a child-friendly layout where kids can run around safely.

Here are some of the details you may be interested in about ICON CINECONIC:

VIP Screen:Thai Smooth as Silk Premier Cinema2,400 Baht per pair seating
IMAX Screen250 Baht per person
4DX Screen400 Baht per person
Kid’s Cinema220 Baht per person
Normal Screen110 Baht per person
Living Room Theatre30-seat theatre rented for private parties

Watching a movie in one of ICONSIAM’s cinemas is luxurious, as with most of this mall’s features. 

With comfortable seats and ample legroom, you would definitely have a premium movie viewing experience, even in ICON CINECONIC’s basic cinema. If you want an elevated experience, try the Laserplex, IMAX, and 4DX cinemas.

Meanwhile, snacks and beverages are even delivered right to the VIP Opera Chair seats in the ICONIC Dine-In Cinema! This one is perfect for impressing your date, as you’ll get to enjoy gourmet food served by a personal butler.

Finally, ICONCINECONIC’s Popcorn Bar is an experience in itself. It features unique flavours like Satay and Crab Curry Sauce—where else can you find these?

ICON CINECONIC

Operating Hours: 10:30 AM – 11:00 PM, Daily

Location: ICONSIAM’s  6th, 7th, and 8th floors

2. Delight in various attractions and parks that seem like works of art

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ICONSIAM itself is a work of art. The building itself has been called an “architectural masterpiece” because of its clever division which allows visitors to shop with ease.

Currently known as “the fanciest mall in Bangkok,” ICONSIAM is a cultural attraction in itself. If you want to experience Thai culture and explore artistic pieces while shopping, it’s a must-visit!

River Park

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Located in front of ICONLUXE, River Park provides a stunning view of the Chao Phraya River surrounded by lush, green auspicious trees.

Furthermore, it’s amazing that each plant at River Park was carefully chosen to correspond with Thai beliefs and “Thainess”.

The ICONIC Multimedia Water Feature

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The multimedia water and light show at the Outdoor River Park in ICONSIAM is a must-see attraction for anyone visiting the mall, but especially for those with kids in tow. 

This particular attraction is renowned to be the longest show in Southeast Asia. It forms water shapes that move in all directions in 2D, 3D, and 4D.

The outdoor park features a massive LED screen stretching over 400 metres along the Chao Phraya River, which comes alive with a dazzling display of lights and sound every evening. 

From ICONSIAM

Currently, The ICONIC Multimedia Water Feature tells the story of Thai culture and history through stunning visual effects and music. It’s an immersive experience watching the spectacular show featuring stunning visual effects set to a captivating soundtrack. 

For us, this is a unique and unforgettable experience that leaves visitors with a lasting impression.

Best of all, the show can be viewed for free from the park’s outdoor seating areas. People can catch the show twice daily at 06:30 PM and 08:00 PM, making it an excellent winding down activity.

Alternatively, watching the show while aboard a river cruise boat is also a great idea! Here are some of the top Chao Phraya River dinner cruises in Bangkok with rooftop seating that boards from ICONSIAM Pier:

Meridian Cruise

Cruising Time: 19:30-21:30 hrs

Alangka Cruise

Cruising Time: 19:15-21:15 hrs

Chao Phraya Princess Cruise

Cruising Time: 19:30-21:30 hrs

Smile Riverside Cruise

Cruising Time: 19:00-21:00 hrs

White Orchid River Cruise

Cruising Time: 19:45-21:45 hrs

The ICONIC Multimedia Water Feature
Schedule: 6:30 PM and 8:00 PM
Location: River Park

ICONSIAM Park

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The finest spot to go is ICONSIAM Park to completely appreciate the vista of ICONSIAM and the nearby attractions. It’s mostly beautiful during the night because of the mall and city lights reflecting the river.

3. Learn about prestigious Thai artefacts at the Floating Museum

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Sri Mahasamut, or the floating museum at ICONSIAM Heritage Museum offers an educational and immersive experience for visitors of all ages. 

Here, visitors with inquisitive minds can gain an insight into Thailand’s rich history and culture through a range of exhibits and interactive displays.

The museum showcases the evolution of Thai culture and society, from ancient times to the present day, through various exhibits and multimedia presentations. 

There are items like royal costumes, ceramics, musical instruments, and ancient manuscripts, providing us with a glimpse into the rich cultural heritage of Thailand. 

The museum’s design and layout are also impressive, with state-of-the-art technology and immersive displays that bring the artefacts to life. 

Overall, visitors of all ages will enjoy visiting the ICONSIAM Heritage Museum! We think this is especially true for those who want a riveting learning experience about Thailand’s history, culture, and art.

The ICONSIAM Floating Museum: Sri Mahasamut Ship
Schedule: 11:00 AM- 8:00 PM, Tuesday to Sunday (closed on Mondays)
 Location: Deck of ICONSIAM

4. Experience global cuisine in ICONSIAM’s wide variety of restaurants

Experience global cuisine in ICONSIAM’s wide variety of restaurants' Homepage

ICONSIAM features restaurants from all over Asia—and from around the world—that is serving up some of the best food you’ll ever taste. And we’re not just talking about Thai food; we’re talking about everything from Mexican to Italian and beyond!

Tasana Nakorn

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Location: 6th floor

Tasana Nakorn is a high-rise restaurant that serves Thai and Italian food and drinks. This zone is perfect for visitors who want to eat while enjoying the view of the Chao Phraya River.

Alangkarn

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Location: 6th floor

Alangkarn is known as ‘The Paradise of Eatery’. This is where visitors usually dine if they want to explore the 10 semi-sculptural Dining Pavilions designed by three amazing Thai artists.

Dining on the 5th

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Location: 5th Floor

As its name suggests, this is a restaurant on the 5th floor of ICONSIAM. This might be your best bet if you’re in the mood for Thai or Chinese food and also want to enjoy the stunning view of the Chao Phraya River.

Rose Dining

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Location: 4th floor

Rose Dining is your finest choice if you’re craving Asian food. This area of ICONSIAM is home to six iconic Japanese eateries and one Michelin-starred Chinese restaurant.

Dining on the 4th

Location: 4th floor

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If you don’t feel like eating heavy meals, Dining on the 4th is your go-to zone for eating. There are ten different shops located here, including ones selling milk tea, pastries, barbecues, and many more.

The Veranda

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Location: Ground floor

The Veranda is ICONSIAM’s first dining area that offers full-course meals. There are ten renowned restaurants here, along with ten more eateries that serve drinks, desserts, and sweets.

SookSiam

Location: Ground floor

SookSiam
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Aside from being an iconic cultural attraction, this zone at ICONSIAM also serves different Thai cuisine. 

5. Shop until you drop, with over 7,000 brands in over 500 shops

Shop until you drop, with over 7,000 brands in over 500 shops' Homepage

ICONSIAM is home to over 500 retail shops, ranging from luxury fashion brands to popular Thai labels, offering visitors a wide variety of shopping options to choose from. 

It’s where you can get your fix on everything from designer clothing to high-end jewellery, as well as all the latest gadgets and tech. We were amazed at the dedicated luxury wing that houses some of the world’s most renowned designer labels.

Moreover, if you’re up for something more affordable, there are plenty of options as well—you can find everything from local Thai brands to international favourites like Gucci.

SookSiam 

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Located on the ground floor, SookSiam was designed as a zone in ICONSIAM that showcases the distinctive cultural legacy of each of Thailand’s four major geographic regions. It showcases visual and performing arts as well as traditional knowledge.

Known as Bangkok’s “Indoor Floating Market, SookSiam features vendors selling various traditional Thai goods, including handicrafts, clothing, and souvenirs. 

The best part here is that visitors can explore the usual offerings found in Thai marketsminus the heat! Visitors can explore the market by boat and buy from vendors selling wares from small wooden boats floating along the river. 

And the best part? You can take a break from shopping and indulge in some delicious traditional Thai food while enjoying live performances by local musicians and dancers.

But remember to bring loose change as some vendors at the Floating Market still only accept cash. The market is open daily and attracts both locals and tourists alike. 

Siam Takashimaya

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SIAM TAKASHIMAYA is a seven-floor Japanese department store on ICONSIAM that carries internationally known brands, and exclusive Japanese labels which have never been sold in Thailand.

ICONLUXE

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The ICONLUXE is home to more than 20 luxury brand outlets, including well-known labels like Versace, Louis Vuitton, Fendi, Bottega Veneta, Hermes, Dior, Gucci, and more.

6. Visit Thailand’s first official Apple Store

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The Apple Store is the first official Apple Store in Thailand. Like the typical Apple Store, it has the latest Apple products. 

Also, customers can receive support from Apple Geniuses trained to provide technical assistance and troubleshooting advice. 

What we liked about it, though, was its simple and elegant interior–much like its products. Its two-story-high windows create an open atmosphere, giving customers a view of a terrace overlooking the Chao Phraya River and Bangkok’s skyline.

There are also plenty of sitting areas and tables where people can wait and hang around while waiting in the queue. 

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A huge flat-screen TV dominates the central space where creative programs are held, and this is a refreshing space, with trees and small wooden chairs dotted around it. 

If you’re shopping here as a tourist, remember to bring your passport to take advantage of the tax refund. Ask the staff for a VAT refund form and keep the invoice.

Depending on the day, waiting times are longer here and can take up to an hour. But, overall, ICONSIAM’s Apple Store provides a good shopping experience, with its up-to-date facilities and multilingual staff.

7. Work on your body in Asia’s largest Fitness First facility

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Gym time is a great way to keep your body and mind healthy. If you’re looking for a gym with everything you need, ICONSIAM’s Fitness First is the place for you.

This branch of Fitness First is noteworthy because it has the biggest floor space in all of Asia. Plus, it provides the most modern and innovative gym equipment to achieve the greatest precision and efficiency in working out–which we found very impressive!

The fitness centre offers an extensive range of equipment, including treadmills, rowing machines, weight benches, dumbbells, and more. 

We adore its swimming pool with views of the Chao Phraya River. Plus, it has a sauna where people can relax after working out.

If you’re a tourist and want to try out this magnificent place, or if you’re interested in trying out the gym but aren’t sure if it’s right for you, we have great news for you!

ICON Fitness First offers a free trial that’s good for 30 days! Just sign up on their official website and wait for the confirmation, and you can use the clubs and amenities, including the pool, without paying a single Baht.

To be clear, group fitness classes are not included in the free Access Pass; it is solely intended for use on the gym floor.

On the other hand, with an active member plan, you receive unlimited use of the gym facilities and access to unlimited group classes. Members can also focus on recovery on the HydroMassage Bed in the Reactivation Zone. 

There are a lot of benefits to going to the gym, and we definitely love ICONSIAM’s Fitness First since it has almost all of our favourite fitness solutions in one place. With its vast array of classes and amenities, it’s sure to have something to offer even the most discerning fitness fan.

When is the best time to visit ICONSIAM?

The best time to visit ICONSIAM is during the weekdays, especially in the morning or early afternoon, when it’s less crowded and easier to navigate. For a livelier atmosphere, go on the weekends to enjoy a more bustling vibe.

We also recommended visiting during the cooler months from November to February. During this time, temperatures are more comfortable, and there is less humidity, making it easier to explore the outdoor areas. 

Additionally, these months coincide with several festive events in Thailand, such as the Loy Krathong Festival and the Chinese New Year, which are celebrated in and around ICONSIAM. 

ICONSIAM is also beautifully decorated during the holiday season, creating a festive atmosphere for visitors. However, it’s worth noting that this time of year can be busier, and prices for hotels and transportation may be higher.

ICONSIAM: Visiting Information

Address: 299 Charoen Nakhon Rd, Khlong Ton Sai, Khlong San, Bangkok 10600, Thailand 

Contact Information: +66 2 495 7000

Operating Hours: Daily, 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM

How to Get to ICONSIAM

How to Get to ICONSIAM
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ICONSIAM is at the BTS station called “Krung Thonburi Station” on the Silom Line. Get off at Exit 3 and change to Sky Train Gold Line, then alight at Charoennakorn Station.

There are several other modes of transportation available to reach ICONSIAM, including public boats, public buses, hotel boat services, and ICONSIAM shuttle boats. 

We will discuss these options in further detail to provide you with more information on how to get there.

Shuttle Public Boat• Boat Route: Nonthaburi-Rajsingkorn
• Mon to Fri, 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Shuttle Public Bus• Bus Routes: 3, 6, 84, 88, 89, 111, 149, 167, and 177
• ICONSIAM Bus Stop on Charoen Nakhon Road
Hotel Boat ServiceSeveral hotels in Bangkok offer boat services for their guests, which can be a convenient way to reach ICONSIAM. Inquire at the front desk regarding the schedule and route to reach ICONSIAM Pier.
• The Siam Hotel
• Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel
• The Peninsula Bangkok
• Mandarin Oriental Hotel
• Baan Chao Praya
• Banyan Tree Residences
ICONSIAM Shuttle BoatICONSIAM also provides a free shuttle boat service for visitors travelling from Sathorn Pier and Si Phraya Pier. 
• Sathorn Pier – Daily, 9 AM to 11 PM
• Si Phraya Pier – Daily, 9 AM to 11 PM
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