Malaysia’s largest Thai festival at Tropicana Gardens Mall

Amanda M. Rye

PETALING JAYA: Tropicana Gardens Mall, the retail arm of Tropicana Corporation Bhd partnered with the Royal Thai Embassy and Thailand’s Department of International Trade Promotion to host Malaysia’s largest Thai festival, Think Thailand.

Running until June 6, the 12-day extravaganza will allow shoppers to experience the best of Thailand with exciting activities such as cooking and martial arts demonstrations, lively cultural performances, and a Thai bazaar.

Think Thailand leverages on revitalised retail interest.

Andrew Ashvin, managing director of Tropicana Gardens Mall and Group Assets Management, shared more on the mall’s aspirations to provide a vibrant mix of engaging activities for shoppers and visitors.

“Malaysians are ready to shop, dine out, and travel again, and Tropicana Gardens Mall aims to cater to this demand and provide more exciting experiences with Think Thailand.

“Thanks to our partners in the Royal Thai Embassy and Department of International Trade Promotion, the festival will feature authentic Thai experiences for visitors to enjoy, as well as products from more than 50 Thai exporters at over 50 booths onsite.

“It also aligns with evolving consumer preferences for experiential engagement in retail, following shifts to digital and online platforms during the lockdown, as Tropicana continues Redefining the Art of Shopping,” he said.

Visitors to the mall can whet their appetites with an enticing array of Thai delicacies and cuisine, including fare from Thai Select restaurants, as well as the Thailand International Halal Showcase.

Other attractions include Muai Thai demonstrations and a boxing tournament. Thai products will also be showcased throughout the festival, including newly launched and specially priced goods, supporting both Malaysian importers and Thai exporters as economic sectors reopen.

Brands represented at Think Thailand include Jonesalid, ChaTraMue, J-Deli, HappiLuv, Hommern and more, featuring a diverse range of food and beverage, lifestyle, cosmetic products and more.

“We are pleased to work with Tropicana Gardens Mall in encouraging Malaysians to Think Thailand. With its strategic location, spacious design and prime connectivity, the mall is well suited as a venue for the festival.”

“Think Thailand caters for renewed interest in travel as international borders reopen, and we hope to showcase the finest that Thailand has to offer over the course of the event, with 50 qualified exporters and a projected RM6mil in sales during the festival.

“Additionally, online and onsite business matching has been arranged, with an expected trade value of RM30mil within the year,” said Chainarong Keratiyutwong, Ambassador of Thailand to Malaysia.

Every RM50 purchase of Thai products at designated outlets during Think Thailand will entitle shoppers to participate in a lucky draw to win prizes such as return AirAsia flight tickets, hotel accommodation in Thailand, an Oppo smartphone, Thai Select vouchers, Thai Odyssey vouchers, travel luggage, and hampers.

Part of the 17.6-acre Tropicana Gardens integrated and transit-oriented development, Tropicana Gardens Mall itself is a one million square foot retail landmark with seven floors and more than 160 stores.

This commercial hub offers a unique mix of curated lifestyle, dining, and entertainment brands, such as the largest JONETZ by Don Don Donki store in Malaysia, the largest Starbucks Reserve in Malaysia, Village Grocer, H&M, Taco Bell, Sports Direct, Adidas, Puma, BookXcess, Royce, Golden Screen Cinemas, Thai Odyssey, and more.

Tropicana Gardens Mall is also home to a 50,000sqft convention centre, with ample facilities catering for up to 300,000 visitors a month. It also aligns with Tropicana’s approach to environmental, social, and governance principles through its sustainable design, as recognised in its Silver Green Building Index certification.

Tropicana Gardens’ connectivity profile includes frontage along Persiaran Surian, as well as proximity to major routes such as the North Klang Valley Expressway (NKVE), Damansara Puchong Expressway (LDP), and Sungai Buloh Highway. A direct connection to the Surian MRT station also provides access to Klang Valley’s growing integrated transit system.

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