Bangkok Malling: Terminal 21’s “inner sanctum”

If you’ve been to Terminal 21 in Bangkok, you’d know what I am referring to. But to those who haven’t let me give a brief description of the mall.

The lifestyle shopping mall is designed as a 21st century airport terminal with the reception and security dressed up like airport personnel.

 

Airline look for the receptionist of Terminal 21 in Bangkok, Thailand
“Hello ma’am, sir.” Terminal 21’s service team is dressed up like airline crew

 

Each level in its interior themed after world-famous destinations—Tokyo, Paris, San Francisco, London, Istanbul, Rome, etc. Enter or exit each city via the escalators, which serve as the departure and arrival gates and the brief ride on it as your plane ride to the next destination.

 

Each floor of Terminal 21 mall is a world destination

Where is your destination today, or destinations rather?

 

It’s traveling to your dream destinations in one roof to which you can boast that you went on a shopping spree in the souks of Istanbul, Barnaby Street in London or went on a food trip in San Francisco all in a day.

 

 

World destinations at Terminal 21 mall's levels
Each level is themed after a world tourist destination

 

But let’s raise your bragging rights. How about saying, “I went to London to just use the loo.” And Japan, and Turkey, and Paris. It’s making the visit to the toilet sound chic. LOL.

Terminal 21 takes the visit to each floor (and city) a total experience that it took its themes all the way to the “inner sanctum” aka the restrooms.

The “tube” leading to the loo on the London floor is a Metro Train stop complete with a train map just in case you need directions to the rest of the WCs across the UK city, and a cab to take you there; a wall of bamboo against a Japanese fir and lantern offers “the path to relief”; Moroccan lamps give light to the Moorish design details on the Istanbul alley; and while in Rome and you need to go, you can enter the Roman bath; and the French toilette can make you vain with its wall of antique-like framed mirrors.

 

Terminal 21's Japanese themed toilet
Take the path to personal serenity. Japanese tranquility on the Tokyo level

 

Morroan-themed toilets at Terminal 21 mall in Bangkok
Moorish details on the Morocco level’s restrooms

 

Bakery-themed toilet at the the Bakery floor of Terminal 21 mall in Bangkok
Follow the flour trail. Colored bowls & brick walls in the bakery floor restroom

 

Perhaps the most interesting restrooms are on the top floors of the mall. The restaurant floor, which is themed after San Francisco, added the “personal business trip” a walk to the Fisherman’s Wharf. Crabs crawl out of nets on the ceiling, crates line up the alley and barrels hold the lavatory.

 

San Francisco's Fisherman Wharf as toilet theme at Terminal 21 mall, Bangkok
Crates & crab barrels at along the alley of the Fisherman’s Wharf on the San Fransciso floor

 

A gigantic, golden Oscar statue stands majestically to welcome you to Hollywood, where the cinemas on the topmost floor of the mall are.

 

The Golden Man statue at the Terminal 21 mall
And the Oscar goes to….. The golden man will lead you to the cinema floor

 

But aside from catching what’s new on the silver screen, what is there to do in Hollywood? Why not walk on the red carpet? I highly suggest you do it.

The path to the restrooms of Hollywood is red with your walls of fans (literally) and paparazzi eagerly awaiting your arrival and cheering you (from the speakers triggered by a monitor) as you strut across the floor. You are the star!

 

Screaming fans at the red carpet of Terminal 21's hollywood floor toilet
When in Hollywood, you gotta walk the red carpet…where your adoring fans await you

 

Movie posters fill up the walls of this inner sanctum.

 

Hollywood theme toilet at the cinema floor of Termnial 21 Bangkok
Your business is to be a star in Hollywood

 

So which ones are my favorites? The Roman bath and the Hollywood walk of fame.

It’s ingenious how Terminal 21 is designed. From shopping, dining and minding you own business, it’s makes the visit to every corner of the mall an experience.

When you make it to this mall the next time you’re in Bangkok, make time to check out all the restrooms.

Terminal 21 connects to the Asok BTS (with a direct access via Skywalk) and the Sukhumvit MRT stations making it a convenient stop.

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Email me at jinggoysalvador@yahoo.com. For more lifestyle & travel stories, visit ofapplesandlemons.com and jeepneyjinggoy.com

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on July 28, 2016.
 

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