All about Pantip Plaza

Just for kicks: Here’s a lighthearted CNNGo story I wrote recently. It’s called “8 things you might not know about Pantip Plaza.”

From the intro:

Pantip Plaza is Bangkok’s most infamous IT-related shopping center. Located in a drab, five-story building on Petchaburi Road, it houses hundreds of shops selling computer hardware, software –- both pirated and legit — accessories and other tech-related gadgets.

Nearly every Bangkok resident, not to mention tech-loving tourists who have done even a tiny bit of research, knows that if you need new gear for cheap, go to Pantip. But while the shopping center is well-known to many, the fluorescent and neon-lit space still holds a few surprises.

Here are some of Pantip Plaza’s lesser-known qualities.

And one of my favorite tidbits:

8. Pantip is featured in the chorus of a popular Thai rock song

Several years ago, Thai band Loso — as in, the opposite of “high so,” or “high society” — recorded a popular tune called “Pantip.” In the chorus, the singer says he’ll go shopping with his girlfriend anywhere in Bangkok — except Pantip, since an ex-girlfriend works there.

Check out the video above. An english translation of the lyrics can be found at www.ethaimusic.com.

RSS readers: If the embedded video doesn’t show up here, you can find it on YouTube.

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Hi. I'm Newley Purnell. I cover technology and business for The Wall Street Journal. I use this site to share my stories and often blog about the books I'm reading, tech trends, sports, travel, and our dog Ginger. For updates, get my weekly email newsletter.

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