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It was the beginning of the end the day it opened......didnt it open when only two businesses were ready?

I went for the first time in the run up to xmas. I was looking for shoes. Findig or Bata sorted but they are not there just some cheap charity affair. No shoe shops.

Ok i need to destress where is the coffee shop must be at least 4; haha i didnt find one!

What a depressing place it was. I was one of 50people and felt like everyone was staring at you.

I will never go back its the biggest waste of many peoples money i think i have seen in chiang mai.

Sad for the lessees inparticular.

It was obviously intended to cater for the rich of the north, given that there is no viable public transport to get there. Perhaps there just aren't enough rich people prepared to go there. The trendies go to Central Airport or the new malls closer to town.

I like going there for the movies and Rimping ( I loathe driving in C M, anywhere, so Promenada is great for avoiding the traffic and it is easy to get there ), but the prices in the shops are ludicrous, so I don't buy anything. The food court is OK, but with those prices for places like Dukes w00t.gif .

They must specialise in building malls in the wrong places/ wrong designs in LOS. Avenues in Pattaya was/ is a disaster, and I knew it would be on opening day. Who wants to walk around shops in the heat? The point of shopping malls in LOS is surely that you are in AC comfort once in the mall.

I don't think the prices are at all ludicrous. Chi Chang Promenada often has sales and prices are cheaper than anywhere else; Power Buy, Siam Electric, etc., etc. We bought a number of things there last year (vacuum cleaner, WD external drive and a couple of other items) as the prices were so good and they were very helpful and accommodating.

Food court? Closed as far as I know. Prices like DUkes? I don't get that one... Promenada has ice cold A/C available. I remember one time while watching a film at their cinema, I didn't think I could make it all the way through the film as I was absolutely freezing!

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I've been here for about a year and have no idea where this mall is or why I'd want to go there.

" why I'd want to go there. "

To gaze and wonder with absolute amazement how a development company with a track record could have made so many overly ambitious assumptions in this casesad.png

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The location doesn't work for me but it sounds like a nice place. No crowds, easy parking, great restaurants and a cinema.

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It was the beginning of the end the day it opened......didnt it open when only two businesses were ready?

I went for the first time in the run up to xmas. I was looking for shoes. Findig or Bata sorted but they are not there just some cheap charity affair. No shoe shops.

Ok i need to destress where is the coffee shop must be at least 4; haha i didnt find one!

What a depressing place it was. I was one of 50people and felt like everyone was staring at you.

I will never go back its the biggest waste of many peoples money i think i have seen in chiang mai.

Sad for the lessees inparticular.

It was obviously intended to cater for the rich of the north, given that there is no viable public transport to get there. Perhaps there just aren't enough rich people prepared to go there. The trendies go to Central Airport or the new malls closer to town.

I like going there for the movies and Rimping ( I loathe driving in C M, anywhere, so Promenada is great for avoiding the traffic and it is easy to get there ), but the prices in the shops are ludicrous, so I don't buy anything. The food court is OK, but with those prices for places like Dukes w00t.gif .

They must specialise in building malls in the wrong places/ wrong designs in LOS. Avenues in Pattaya was/ is a disaster, and I knew it would be on opening day. Who wants to walk around shops in the heat? The point of shopping malls in LOS is surely that you are in AC comfort once in the mall.

I don't think the prices are at all ludicrous. Chi Chang Promenada often has sales and prices are cheaper than anywhere else; Power Buy, Siam Electric, etc., etc. We bought a number of things there last year (vacuum cleaner, WD external drive and a couple of other items) as the prices were so good and they were very helpful and accommodating.

Food court? Closed as far as I know. Prices like DUkes? I don't get that one... Promenada has ice cold A/C available. I remember one time while watching a film at their cinema, I didn't think I could make it all the way through the film as I was absolutely freezing!

My wife always takes a shawl to cover with in cinemas as she finds them too cold. Perhaps if you take a blanket they might get the message.

Prices like DUkes? I don't get that one

Must be great being so affluent that you don't get it. A meal there can cost as much as a rice farm worker's monthly wage.

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I've been here for about a year and have no idea where this mall is or why I'd want to go there.

It's in between Don Chan interesection and the Middle Ring underpass on the New Sankamphaeng Road.

You might want to go there to visit a restaurant like Duke's without parking trouble, to buy kids toys, visit banks without a billion people waiting there, see a movie, or just soak up the free air-conditioning when its 40 degrees out.

It's not mandatory to visit though and neither is any other shopping mall.

Hope this helps.

Hmmm, let's see.....don't drive here so no parking problems, no kids here, don't have any problems with banking lines, can see a movie in plenty of other places, and can afford my own air conditioning.

I can see why I don't go there if that's the sum of its offerings. Perhaps that's why no one else seems to go there either...and hence the title of thread.

You've been very helpful and I am most appreciative that you took time from your busy day to provide such thoughtful advice.

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It was obviously intended to cater for the rich of the north, given that there is no viable public transport to get there. Perhaps there just aren't enough rich people prepared to go there. The trendies go to Central Airport or the new malls closer to town.

I like going there for the movies and Rimping ( I loathe driving in C M, anywhere, so Promenada is great for avoiding the traffic and it is easy to get there ), but the prices in the shops are ludicrous, so I don't buy anything. The food court is OK, but with those prices for places like Dukes w00t.gif .

They must specialise in building malls in the wrong places/ wrong designs in LOS. Avenues in Pattaya was/ is a disaster, and I knew it would be on opening day. Who wants to walk around shops in the heat? The point of shopping malls in LOS is surely that you are in AC comfort once in the mall.

I don't think the prices are at all ludicrous. Chi Chang Promenada often has sales and prices are cheaper than anywhere else; Power Buy, Siam Electric, etc., etc. We bought a number of things there last year (vacuum cleaner, WD external drive and a couple of other items) as the prices were so good and they were very helpful and accommodating.

Food court? Closed as far as I know. Prices like DUkes? I don't get that one... Promenada has ice cold A/C available. I remember one time while watching a film at their cinema, I didn't think I could make it all the way through the film as I was absolutely freezing!

My wife always takes a shawl to cover with in cinemas as she finds them too cold. Perhaps if you take a blanket they might get the message.

Prices like DUkes? I don't get that one

Must be great being so affluent that you don't get it. A meal there can cost as much as a rice farm worker's monthly wage.

You are right. We often duck a trip to the movies if we have forgotten extra clothes. But still warmer than MK Restaurants which we also avoid without extra clothing. The cost of keeping these places unpleasantly cold is huge. Daft.

Wine Connection is great at Promenada - they run their 'lunch promo' until 6pm- any pasta/pizza for 149baht incl soft drink,. And the normal pizza/pasta alone for the highest price of both is 240baht. I like the food, service and ambience but I guess it wont suit all, given some of the other threads about pizza (yawn).

And once you work out that portion sizes in Dukes are vast, and order 1 lasagne for 2 people (enough for us) the cost is certainly not prohibitive- unless you choose to compare with 25baht Pad Thai in the street.

Will they allow you to buy one meal between two people ie pay for one meal only with two sets of cutlery?

I've tried to get my wife into Sizzler on that basis, but she won't do it as she says they won't allow that.

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Prices like DUkes? I don't get that one

Must be great being so affluent that you don't get it. A meal there can cost as much as a rice farm worker's monthly wage.

In recent years I have kind of lost my taste for large western meals

so cannot really comment on Dukes meals prices but............

I will say I do still need a burger once a month or so & the burger at Dukes is not only quite good

& consistent but priced lower than a dbl cheeseburger set at Mcdonalds

That is saying something considering the two meals. I don't know about rice farmers but at both Dukes & McDee's I always see many Thai

customers at prime times

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So Prom is a great place to go precisely because it is quiet. I find Central Festival just too noisy and too busy so i avoid it.

On Friday and saturday from about 6pm there is live music (free) between the two buildings by the small lakes and fountain. For that event there are about 40 food and drink stalls and plenty of tables and chairs. They have even set up a beach and paddling pools and there are a few live animals. It seems to be a predominantly thai audience.

There is also a rolling skate rink where you can hire all the gear (skates,helmets,knee/elbow pads) and an astro turf off rink area for kids to practise.

They run a free shuttle service to various hotels and the City, which may even be detailed on their website now.

Their marketing for footfall is poor to put it mildly, and I guess that with few rents ( and those tenants they have are probably on a deal), the marketing budget is non existent.

But running the website/ facebook better to highlight events is not a high cost item. Maybe they just lack the drive and/or knowhow.

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Prices like DUkes? I don't get that one

Must be great being so affluent that you don't get it. A meal there can cost as much as a rice farm worker's monthly wage.

In recent years I have kind of lost my taste for large western meals

so cannot really comment on Dukes meals prices but............

I will say I do still need a burger once a month or so & the burger at Dukes is not only quite good

& consistent but priced lower than a dbl cheeseburger set at Mcdonalds

That is saying something considering the two meals. I don't know about rice farmers but at both Dukes & McDee's I always see many Thai

customers at prime times

I always see many Thai customers at prime times

??? Plenty of very wealthy Thais around, but I guarantee you won't see any rice farm workers eating at Dukes, though their children might be serving you.

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Prices like DUkes? I don't get that one

Must be great being so affluent that you don't get it. A meal there can cost as much as a rice farm worker's monthly wage.

In recent years I have kind of lost my taste for large western meals

so cannot really comment on Dukes meals prices but............

I will say I do still need a burger once a month or so & the burger at Dukes is not only quite good

& consistent but priced lower than a dbl cheeseburger set at Mcdonalds

That is saying something considering the two meals. I don't know about rice farmers but at both Dukes & McDee's I always see many Thai

customers at prime times

I always see many Thai customers at prime times

??? Plenty of very wealthy Thais around, but I guarantee you won't see any rice farm workers eating at Dukes, though their children might be serving you.

What is your problem? Who cares if rice farm workers eat there or not. Their prices are certainly affordable. These days the clientele is something like 70% Thai. If you can't afford it go eat pad thai on the street.

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