Another Bangkok riverside mall is in planning

Another Bangkok riverside mall is in the early stages of planning after the Port Authority of Thailand (PAT) said it will develop Klong Toey land it no longer needs.

The land is located at the Klong Toey port, not far from Bangkok’s CBD where the authority currently has about 900 rai 1.44 million sqm. PAT says it plans to use only about half that area in the future and will hand the balance over to a developer to create a landmark on the Chao Phraya River.

The 400 rai which has become available will house retail space, a business centre and other commercial space, according to PAT director-general Kamolsak Promprayoon.

“It will be something like IconSiam,” he said. “The format will basically be a large business city with the goal of becoming a new landmark and tourism centre in the capital that offers convenient links to river-based tourism.”

A private company has been appointed to conduct a feasibility study on the plan.

Meanwhile, the Thai government is preparing to progressively evict about 12,500 families who are illegally occupying a nearby area, commonly referred to as the Klong Toey Slum. According to the Bangkok Post, the government has allocated four 25-storey apartment buildings to house the people in 6144 apartments, measuring just 33sqm each.

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