Located on South Pattaya Road between Third Road and Second Road. It sits in a very busy area surrounded by numerous small businesses. Within 500 metres, there is the Soi Buakhao Market, a temple. indoor markets and shops specializing in the sale of gold chains and other items that the ladies of Thailand love.
What Is Tukcom?
Effectively Tukcom is a collection of small retailers situated on seven floors. It is like an indoor shopping center with 90% of the stores being small ventures.
In the basement there is an excellent supermarket, which is the venue’s largest business by far. It takes up the whole floor. They sell most items that you would expect in a supermarket and it is well worth checking out for your weekly shopping.
This area is very much a pick and mix, assortment of shops. Here you will find banks, ATMs, Boots the Chemist, cosmetics, clothes, books, jewelry, sunglasses, shoes, bags, watches, cigarette lighters, cafes, lights, Studio 7 (Apple computer shop), and even a clinic specializing in breast enlargement. There is also Starbucks for when you need a break from the shopping and want to relax.
Ride up the escalator and you are presented with wall to wall mobile phone stalls, all of which are independent but many work in conjunction with each other. For instance, you may need a new battery for your mobile or a two-metre cable for charging it. The shop assistant may disappear and come back with the item you requested from another shop because they have sold out or do not stock that particular item. You can purchase an iPhone, Samsung or other brands of phones, cables, headphones, speakers or basically anything that could be considered mobile phone related. This is by far the busiest floor on the complex.
This area is almost solely dedicated to cameras and accessories. You will find all the branded camera and lenses here and most items that a photographer requires, such as cleaning kits. They sell new and second-hand gear and many will purchase unwanted camera equipment from you.
Computers and plenty of them. Do you need a laptop or a new PC? Then this floor has what you are looking for. Shops galore, all vying for you custom. The largest of these is probably a shop called “Banana” who have an excellent selection of computers and laptops. One thing to be aware of – many computers sold in Thailand, do not come with Windows. You have to pay extra for that. The shops will sell it to you either on DVD or USB and will happily install it for you for free. If you prefer Linux, they will install that for you too,
Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Floors
The top three floors sell a variety of goods but generally, it is more of the same. Computers, consumables, mobiles phones and accessories, DVD movies, games, printers, inks, paper etc.
Tukcom is a great venue if you are looking for a bargain. Most items are less expensive that the bigger shops, typically around the mobile phone market.
It is worth going just for the experience but it is like walking past a line of massage shops as staff from every stall try to entice you to buy from them. Not so much as “welcome sexy man” but “what are you looking for” or “you look for phone or charger”. Be prepared!