If you are into (affordable quality) sporting goods, then Decathlon is THE place for you. I first made acquaintances with Decathlon in Malaysia here. After reading that Decathlon made their first foray in the Southeast Asia (SEA) region in Thailand, I wanted to check out their store in the Kingdom. I assumed that they have more choices in Thailand, since it was their first SEA market with 9 stores opened.
In Bangkok itself, there are few stores, but none with close MRT/BTS access.
Their Bangna store could be the best option for those that would like to rely on public transportation.
Their store is located at Tesco Lotus Bangna-Trad road, opposite Mega Bangna, but separated by the Bang Na Expressway. Geographically, it is not located in Bangkok, but at Samut Prakan province.
All you need to do is to get to BTS Udom Suk (E12).
From there, you can continue with taxi for another 10-15 minutes. Or you can make use of IKEA’s free shuttle bus from BTS Udom Suk to Megabangna, and walk for approximately 10-15 minutes to Tesco Lotus.
At BTS Udom Suk, take Exit 5 for the Shuttle Bus Service to Megabangna.
At the end of the stairs, make an U-turn and wait in front of 7-Eleven.
Many people use the shuttle service, and the bus is usually full.
There is also free shuttle service to CentralPlaza Bangna; make sure you board the right bus.
From Megabangna, the drop-off point at BTS Udom Suk is at the opposite side of the road, in front of Honda showroom. Some people also board the bus here, possibly to secure a seat. The bus will then follow the route map and head back to the pick-up point in front of 7-Eleven.
The bus comes at 15-20 minutes interval, and here is the bus schedule. The journey from BTS Udom Suk to Megabangna takes approx 15 minutes. The return journey takes longer 20-30 minutes, depending on traffic and also because of the need to pick up at Ikea.
Here are the bus pick-up points. Despite indicating that there are no other stops apart from designated points, the bus did stopped once along the way to pick up some passengers.
There are two stops at Megabangna, and most people board and alight at Megabangna’s Transport Hub at Green Zone. The second stop is near Ikea.
Getting There: to Decathlon
At Megabangna, just follow the ‘Pedestrian Bridge/Fitness First‘ directional signage at Yellow Zone, and look for a pedestrian bridge (saphan loy สะพานลอย) next to Fitness First.
From the starting of the bridge, the walk is around 5 minutes until the end of the bridge + another 5 minutes along the road to Tesco Lotus. No proper pathway for pedestrians, so do be careful.
You’ll be able to see Tesco Lotus from the bridge.
More or less they offer same product offerings like Decathlon Malaysia.
But in Thailand, they carry Dancing category, specifically Ballet product range under Domyos brand. The goods are dirt cheap. Example, 249-299 baht for ballet cardigan, usually selling at more than RM 100 back in Malaysia. Some of the ballet leotards were selling as cheap as 199 baht.
Things To Note
Just like in Malaysia’s store, they do not provide plastic bags and no shopping bag is given for purchase of five items and above. You can pay for the plastic bags though.
They also ask for phone number, for them to contact customers in case of product recall.
Exchange of product was done easily without any questions asked.
Most of the product info is in Thai language; lack of product information in English.