By Heather Allen
Well I wish I could say that Chiang Mai is turning
into a shopper’s heaven and in some ways it is as each shopping centre
that has sprung up so far offers something unique from the others but
more often than not they all have the same shops.
I love the Rimping supermarket at the Promenada Mall
and they do have some unique shops (that Japanese beauty products store
is great fun for us women) and a few good shoe stores. One thing that
they could do well would be to offer local designers a venue to offer
their clothes and other designs. A really high end furniture store would
also be good.
I like Central Festival in that it has a Marks &
Spencer’s, always useful for those of us who are not a size 2. The
Payless Shoes there is also good for those shoes of all sizes (up to
size 11 U.S. for women). But, it is very large and I get tired after a
floor or two. Perhaps it is one of those places that requires more time.
Finally, there is this new shopping center opening up
at the Rincome intersection, it looks interesting but I am still at a
loss as to what shops will be in there. Another Rimping, which is great
for people on the West side of town, a giant movie theatre I understand.
But what else I am not yet sure. I am hoping it is not all the usual
high street shops that can be found in Chiang Mai and will have
something new and different.
That is the problem with many of the shopping centres
here, they seem to have much of the same. Chiang Mai is such a
wonderfully unique place, it would be wonderful if the shopping malls
also had some wonderfully unique products too.