If you are looking for a shopping centre in the middle of Udon Thani that has excellent parking facilities in these times of traffic jams and queues, then give Downtown Plaza a try.
It sort of sprung up after a while, so I thought I would go and take a look. When you drive into the car park, the first thing I noticed was that there were in fact places where I could park. Trying to park in Big C at the wrong time of the month leaves me parking in the most obscure places after about 15 minutes of kerb-crawling. The police back in England would have a field-day!
I have been several times; however, today was the day that the first floor was officially opened and there was a fashion show to celebrate this event. Loud music followed an array of super models down a catwalk that had been made in the central walkway area.
What I did find noticeable was the fact that the clothes these models were wearing could be worn by the general public. Normally on television, when there is a fashion show reported on the news, the models sometimes wear the most stupid looking clothes that any sane member of the public would run a million miles away from.
All the action was taking place on the first floor which has been allocated as the fashion floor. A reliable source told me that the going rate is 3,900 baht a unit per month, which is not expensive at all; however, I do not know the ins and outs of the contract.
The ground floor is the Food Court where you can buy the normal tasty morsels that you would expect when you are shopping in this kind of place. This time I visited, it was considerably quieter than what was going on upstairs and it gave me a chance to recuperate before going back for another dose of fashion.
On the same floor, there are also small shops which sell clothes and accessories that would go with the fashion items that you have already purchase on the fashion floor. All of these units seemed to be occupied by small businesses, which meant that the items for sale were quite varied compared to some of the dross that seems to make its way to our high streets.
Those of you who have seen me staggering around Udon Thani of a weekend would testify that I am not the most fashion conscious of people, and I would agree with you. I am of the opinion that fashion fades and style remains.
Time will tell whether Downtown Plaza turns out to be a success, but I do believe that this place has a certain style, so who knows, I could well be a frequent visitor emptying my wallet to cater to the whims of my wife and daughter. What a terrible thought!