Let's go back a few years. With big news announced was the Thalat Sao Mall 2. It was supposed to host shops, a Big C supermarket, a cinema, a hotel and parking space. Schedule for being opened was the 450 year celebrations. The schedule totally failed. The whole project is a symbol for mismanagement, incompetence, probably corruption and the planning chaos that seems to be the standard for projects in Laos.
There is no hotel, not cinema, no parking space. When you arrive better cover your ears because some
The selection of shops clearly shows that there is not concept. In the basement floor it smells like in a shoe factory, and the reason are cheap crappy chinese products. Even most of the sellers are Chinese.
First floor is partly occupied by some banks and wanna-be-brands, and third floor is the gold sellers floor (a magnet for shopping malls, for sure..)
As if this isn't enough, if you use the escalators (actually a surprise they are still working) and made it through the piles of trash and garbage between the floors, you may reach the recently moved food court. It looks a bit like i a zombie apocalypse movie: Concret floor, concrete ceiling, clearly a floor that wasn't build but nobody had any idea for what. It has the charme of a parking lot (wait, was it meant to be one?).
Some dirty food stalls around some equally dirty looking tables, a few fans accelerating the flies, and a very strong smell of something cooked with a lot of fish sauce: Welcome to the shame of Laos.
(For the ones having problems to identify irony: I like local food and eat from food stalls on the street. I actually built one. But in a shopping mall I expect something different, partly because I have to pay more there).