BANGKOK will see its first Apple Store in the next year or so, and will mark the second Store outlet in Southeast Asia.
Information about the launch is still largely under wraps, but the company did mention that Bangkok’s rich cultural heritage and strong tourism track record was a huge draw for the company when deciding where in Southeast Asia they’d expand into next.
“We’re excited to begin hiring the team that will open our first Apple Store in Thailand,” the company said in a Thai statement on their site.
“Bangkok is one of Asia’s leading cultural and tourism centers, with a vibrant design and architectural scene. We look forward to providing customers an amazing space to experience all of our great products, services and inspiring educational programs that are loved by Apple customers around the world.”
Malaysians had been hoping that they’d get the next store since the first ever Southeast Asian store opened in Singapore last June. Rumors floated for a while after a property lifestyle portal reported that an unnamed source within the company said that Apple was studying the feasibility of opening a Kuala Lumpur store.
While disappointing for Malaysians, it’s probably unsurprising considering the fact that Thailand has a population just about double that of Malaysia, and is the world’s most visited city.
*This story first appeared on our sister site, Tech Wire Asia.