Apple’s first store in Thailand Opened in ICONSIAM

Apple’s first store in Thailand Opened in ICONSIAM

A couple of weeks ago was a special day for Apple fans in Thailand. The country’s first Apple store and the second in all of Southeast Asia opened at Bangkok’s ICONSIAM shopping center. The landmark retail complex is significant both for Bangkok and Apple’s overarching goal of making Today at Apple available to more customers and in more countries.



Connected to the Chao Phraya River, ICONSIAM is a brand-new development known as “The Icon of Eternal Prosperity.” The project’s retail portion, encompassing over 565,000 sq. ft., celebrated its grand opening alongside Apple’s new location. Over one dozen other flagship stores from various luxury brands are situated in adjacent spaces.

Apple’s first store in Thailand Opened in ICONSIAM

Apple’s first store in Thailand Opened in ICONSIAM
For its first store in Thailand, Apple secured the best real estate in the mall. Apple Iconsiam is centered right underneath the mall’s main signage and opens to a second story rooftop deck supported by the longest pillarless glass facade in the world. Apple’s watch band partner, Hermès, occupies a store on the floor below.



Apple’s first store in Thailand Opened in ICONSIAM
Opposing glass walls offer two entries to Apple’s Forum, one indoors and one outdoors. A gigantic cantilevered roof extends toward the landscaped rooftop deck, finished with wood slats spaced to allow light to shine through. Circular planters with reflecting pools and curved benches anchor the front of the Foster + Partners-designed store, and a terrace planted with ground cover foliage and pavers lies just beyond.

Apple’s first store in Thailand Opened in ICONSIAM

Apple’s first store in Thailand Opened in ICONSIAM
In contrast to the organic exterior, Apple’s indoor entry greets customers with slowly curved stone walls abutting the glass doorways. A pair of escalators guide visitors to and from the doors. Apple has spoiled its Thai customers at Iconsiam. For many, their first experience with an Apple store will be among the best in the world. Two sets of Ficus trees — twelve in total — line the sides of a Genius Grove leading to the store’s 6K Video Wall. Twenty tables house Apple’s products, workspaces, and Forum displays for Today at Apple sessions. Eleven Avenue display cases plus a Living Wall with leather seats are set into the stone walls on opposite sides of the store.



Apple’s first store in Thailand Opened in ICONSIAM

Apple’s first store in Thailand Opened in ICONSIAM

Apple’s first store in Thailand Opened in ICONSIAM
Beyond the architecture, the big story for Apple is the launch of Today at Apple sessions in a new country. The free, community-oriented events have become the best way for Apple customers to get more out of their devices and be inspired by the creative community. “New Beginnings” is a special collection of sessions developed for ICONSIAM.



Apple’s first store in Thailand Opened in ICONSIAM

Apple’s first store in Thailand Opened in ICONSIAM

Apple’s first store in Thailand Opened in ICONSIAM
Prior to an official store, Apple resellers were the company’s primary interface with customers in Thailand. By offering a unique support and education experience, Apple says that it doesn’t see itself as competition to resellers like iStudio, a dominant brand around Bangkok. Likewise, resellers say they’re optimistic about the new store and hope it will drive interest and broaden their customer base in the long run.



Apple’s first store in Thailand Opened in ICONSIAM
Interest certainly seems high, as customers lined up more than ten hours before opening at the nearby Millennium Hilton Bangkok Hotel to be among the first inside the new store. Shuttle buses carried the dedicated fans to a line outside when morning arrived. Apple Iconsiam has been anticipated since at least September 2017, when Apple began hiring retail talent in Bangkok. 110 employees speaking 10 languages will staff the new store.

Apple’s first store in Thailand Opened in ICONSIAM

Apple’s first store in Thailand Opened in ICONSIAM

Apple’s first store in Thailand Opened in ICONSIAM



Apple fans in Thailand might not have to wait as long for a second store as they did for the first. According to rumors, Bangkok’s CentralWorld shopping complex may soon house Apple’s next Forum. Construction is currently underway for a structure that could be completed next year.

If you are visiting Thailand, make sure you drop by at this famous Apple store.

Congratulations, Apple Thailand!


xoxo, Blair



34 LOVES AND COMMENTS:

  1. Nice Blog about apple first store in thailand

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  2. Wow! That is a big step and a great one at that! Way to go apple

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  3. The store is absolutely stunning. Thank you for sharing. Love your photos.

    Sultan
    www.justsultan.com

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  4. It always amazes me how neat and organized they make all of their stores, it is neat that you guys got your first!

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  5. Wow that's very exciting! I wasn't aware they didn't have other apple stores.

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    1. And now it's massive and inside this iconic shopping mall!

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  6. Nice! I'm happy to see that there is improvement in that place. :) I hope to see a Jollibee there someday. Hahaha

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  7. This is such great news for Thailand! Congrats- and great post!

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  8. This store looks so bright and pretty! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. It is so spacious and they offer free workshops as well for Apple customers.

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  9. It’s exciting to have a new Apple store in Thailand. It will do well. Keshia Richmond

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  10. This is really a great news for thailand. I'm happy to see that there is improvement in that place.

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    1. Yes and Thailand modernization has no sign of stopping!

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  11. Certainly good news for apple fans of Thailand, they must be very excited.

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  12. This is amazing. Similar yet different from the stores in the USA

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    1. Thanks for visiting, and hope you will visit Bangkok soon!

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  13. Looka t all those people :D Unbelievable :D But great report and really nice pictures :)

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    1. I guess its a great celebration and worth waiting-in-line!

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  14. This is great news for Apple fans in Thailand. While I am an Android/Windows person, I do admire Apple's branding and marketing strategy.

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    1. I am interesting in their free workshops for customers :D

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  15. Urgh why can't the interior look like that in our Australian Apple store? I'm jealous.

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  16. Wow, it was amazing that Thailand got their first Apple Store!

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    1. That's true. Now many locals and guests would come here for their Apple items.

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  17. Congratulations on the Apple Store Opening. This is such a great news

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