The shopping in Bangkok is regarded as one of the world's finest. On this page we have listed popular shopping malls, department stores, shopping areas and markets.
Siam Center, Siam Discovery Center
These two stores are located at Siam Square and were the first department stores of its kind in Bangkok. Here you will find restaurants, movie theaters and of course a lot of shopping facilities.
The air conditioner is refreshing after a walk in Bangkok's heat, and watching a movie could be a relaxing alternative. Cinema tickets in Bangkok are generally slightly more expensive than elsewhere in the country, but the seats are comfortable.
Go to Siam Square by taxi, tuk-tuk or skytrain (BTS - Bangkok Mass Transit) to National Stadium Station or Siam Station.
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MBK Center - Mah Boon Krong
MBK Center (Mahboonkrong or มาบุญครอง) is located next to Siam Center and Siam Square. This shopping center offers low prices and have become very popular among tourists. You'll find everything from clothing and handbags to mobile phones and toys. Varieties of food and beverages can also be purchased here.
This is definitely a department store we highly recommend if you want to find bargains among low-priced products and don't mind some crowds. Try to bargain down the price originally set by the seller. It is often possible to MBK.
Go here by skytrain to National Stadium Station or to Siam Station, or by taxi or tuk-tuk.
Siam Paragon opened its doors in December 2005. It is a very large, almost futuristic shopping center with a large number of shops offering clothes, sports, books, electronics, computers, beauty products, toys. There are also restaurants, fast food chains and a huge supermarket at the ground level called Gourmet Market. Normally it is not possible to bargain at Siam Paragon, but you can always give it a try.
To get here, use the skytrain and get off at Siam Station, or catch a taxi or tuk-tuk.
Central World is the largest department store in Thailand (and in Southeast Asia) with a floor space measuring over half a million square meters! The complex was renovated during three years and was reopened in 2006. Originally the name of this giant store was "World Trade Center", but for obvious reasons, they had to change its name after the terrorist attacks in New York.
Central World attracts particularly Bangkok's middle and upper class and they can visit hundreds of smaller shops and even international chain stores selling everything from toys and clothing to furniture and jewelry.
If you are going by skytrain, get off at Chit Lom Station or the Siam Station.
In Chinatown you will find a multitude of markets and all kind of businesses. Chinatown is one of Bangkok's oldest sites dating from the end of the 1700's. Yaowarat Road is one of the streets in Chinatown that you shouldn't miss.
The Thieves Market, or Nakhon Kasem in Thai language, has very reasonable prices on electronics, antiques, second-hand and much more.
Go to the Chinese quarters by taxi, tuk-tuk or by a river boat on the Chao Phraya River.
Pantip is the largest computer store in Bangkok. Here you'll find all equipment and accessories you could possibly need for your computer. You are also able to buy your PC, Mac, iPod or laptop here. Remember that the warranty may only be valid in Thailand. Do always check first! Do also compare with the prices in your home country. Not everything is cheaper here!
You'll also find tons of software here, of which a lot is pirated.
Pantip Plaza is located on Thanon Phetburi (Phetburi Road) fairly close to Siam Square.
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Emporium opened its doors in 1997 and it is definitely the department store you must visit if you like quality products or luxury goods. There is no problem to find a Versace suit, a Louis Vuitton bag, a Montblanc pen, or a Cartier watch here. Window shopping is always an option if the wallet isn't thick enough.
In the department store, real bargains might be possible during their frequent sales. Normally it's not possible to bargain here, but trying is not illegal.
Emporium also houses a giant Gourmet Market on the fifth floor. Here you'll find everything from breakfast cereals and cheese to cured salmon and sushi. Put simply, all kinds of food is available here, both Thai and international.
Next to Emporium, the Benjasiri Park is situated. It is a pleasant oasis of green space and perfect for a relaxing walk, a coffee break or a picnic.
The Emporium store is situated on Sukhumvit Road, Soi 24. Get here with taxi, tuk-tuk or sky train to the Phrom Phong Station.
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Offers a similar experience as The Emporium with exclusive merchandise and brand clothing that attracts the capital's affluent residents. It is normally not possible to bargain here as well.
Gaysorn is located opposite Central World Plaza. If you go here by skytrain, get off at the Chit Lom Station or the Siam Station.
Khao San Road - Thanon Khao San
Found in the Banglamphu area (Phra Nakhon district), in the West of Bangkok City, not so far from the Chao Phraya river and the Grand Palace. This street used to be the backpacking "Mecca" of Southeast Asia, and to some extent it still is, even if you find all "type" of tourists here nowadays.
Here you will find fake designer clothes, batik, bags, pirated CDs and DVDs, silver, souvenirs and miscellaneous trinkets. In the small shops along the street you will find a similar range, ie copies of designer clothes, handbags, ornaments, stuffed insects in frames, souvenirs, books, etc.
Do not forget to bargain, but always "with a smile". It is almost always more effective to not appear irritated when you are dealing with Thai vendors.
Bangkok is know for it's many market places where you can buy almost anything and often with small price tags.
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Chatuchak Weekend Market
Chatuchak Market, often referred to as JJ, is a huge market place covering approximately 150 000 m². Here you can find clothes, food, household goods, Thai handicrafts and many other things. The market is open Saturdays and Sundays (Fridays for the wholesale trade).
Do not forget to use your bargaining skills here and when the dealer refuses to go lower you will have an indication of where prices should be.
You will reach the market easily by taxi, tuk-tuk or MRT (the Bangkok Metro) to Kamphaeng Phet Station. You can also take the skytrain here. Get off at the Mo Chit Station.
The Pratunam Market is located in the inner city just a few minutes from Siam Square and the Central World store. Pratunam Market is opened daily and offer clothes, fabrics and thai silk to low prices. Don't forget to bargain.
Get there by taxi, tuk-tuk or sky train. The closest stations are Ratchathewi Station or Chit Lom Station.
Bobe Market is situated along the Khlong Phadung Krungkasem canal, in the Bobe district. The market is specializing in clothing of all styles. Behind the long rows of market stalls the garments are produced by women at sewing machines in small textile industries.
Bobe spreads and grows so be prepared for an impromptu stroll among the stalls, people and canals. Fabrics and simple garments are often sold per kilo.
It is easiest to reach by canal boat, taxi or tuk-tuk.
If you interested in visiting markets that offer "less traditional" goods we recommend also Pak Khlong Talat and Sampeng.
Pak Khlong Talat is located outside Bangkok's river, Chao Praya. The goods, which mainly consists of fruit and vegetables are transported directly from the other provinces, such as Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai.
Sampeng Market in Chinatown is one of Bangkok's center for gold and precious stones. If you are not a jewelry or gem expert and possess an adequate knowledge regarding this, give it a thought before you purchase anything!
Read about the Thieves Market under the Chinatown headline.
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