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Shopping in Bangkok is the dream to most people who like shopping. All the big brands have their collections here and the malls are often very large.
Bangkok is also a shopping paradise to people who like copies or cheaper less well known brands.
No matter if you are looking for clothes, gadgets, books, jewelry or anything else you will definitely find it here.
Pathum Wan District
This area is probably to most visited when it comes to tourists looking for shopping. The MBK Center with its huge variety and then the Siam Discovery and Siam Paragon with its brand shopping. It is easy to get between the stores. From MBK you can cross the road via a bridge and Discovery and Paragon there is only a small park area to cross. There are also a huge number of other stores in this area.
If you go by BTS Skytrain you find this area by going to the Siam Station.
The MBK Center “real name Mahboonkrong” in the Pathum Wan district is a haven that offer luxurious items in a good mix with lower price bargains. In this huge eight storey mall you will probably be able to find everything you search for. Brands and non brands, copies and gadgets, food court and so on. This is well worth a visit and will probably be very popular no matter age and hobbies. The MBK Center is the favorite shopping place for many people.
The prices here are not the the best price even if many people are more than happy for the low price. In many of the stores you will be able to negotiate about the price while in other stores you will have to accept the set price. A guideline is that the fancier store the less you will be able to lower the price. Parts of this mall is more or less as a market place and here you can will be able to negotiate.
Just across the street from the MBK Center you will find Siam Discovery is a more “hi-so” (hip and trendy) place which you will notice right away. The feeling of the mall is empty and the structure feel designed. The mall consists of two buildings that feel very different from each other. If you want brands and are tired of markets this might be a good option. Here you can enjoy a great meal of Sushi or Thai food (surprisingly for a very good price) or you can buy a luxury donut.
Siam Paragon is the most “hi-so” mall of the places around here. This is a trendy place to visit not least for teenagers. The mall opened in December 2005 and the bill for the mall ended at 15 billion bath. Here you can buy some exclusive clothes, buy a set of speakers in a any of the audio stores or check out the latest innovations from from Bang & Olufsen. If you are dropping in as a tourist with shorts I can assure you that you will be the only one strolling around without long legged pants.
If you are a freak of famous brands the Gaysorn Plaza (Gaysawn) is where you should not miss out on. The Gaysorn Plaza have five stories and more than 100 stores filled with brand stores such as Hugo Boss, Gucci, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, DKNY and many more. The place is really a place for people who need brand items around them. Gaysorn Plaza is found in the Ratchaprasong shopping district. However any taxi driver know the way to any famous place in Bangkok so you only have to care about that if you want to head there at your own.
Another recommendation for brand shopping is The Emporium situated on Sukhumvit Soi 24, and the station is Phrom Phong Station if going with BTS Skytrain. This mall has most of the brand names such as Prada, Chanel and so on and also lots of restaurants, food court, cinema, huge book and CD store and jewelry stores so the variation is good.
Time for serious Thai shopping? Welcome.
This place is only a few minutes north east from well known MBK Center in Pathum Wan. A huge outdoor market is set here with small narrow alleys in under the big houses where you will be able to spend more hours than you have time for. Also there are three malls close by which I list here under.
This area if far better if you want to get clothes for the best possible price. Best price in town!
The malls are filled with clothing of all kinds and the design changes all the time so even if you were here a few weeks ago you will find new things.
This area is where many retailers from around Bangkok comes to buy the clothes for their store or market place. A tip is to be here in the afternoon since it will probably be more crowded in the morning.
This is where to go if you want good prices and also be able to find an enormous range of, in first hand, clothing but also accessories. The prices are very good but you will many times have to buy at least 3 items to get a big discount. In many cases this will not be a problem not least if you are with some friends. If you like it here don’t miss out on the City Complex just across the street. The mall is ok, not very fancy but just as a regular Thai mall. You will also find KFC, Mc Donald’s and other places to eat here.
This building is in first hand filled with pants but other clothes is found here as well. Just as with the other stores here you will most often have to buy 3 or more items go get the super low price.
The feeling of the mall is one step below The Platinum but I think that doesn’t matter since you are here for an other reason than that.
Krung Thong Plaza
This mall have a lot of shirts, but other clothes as well. The number of stores are many and since this place is so close by The Platinum and City Complex I think it is worth a shot as well. My advice is to start here and save the Platinum as last.
If you want to enjoy shopping in a market style the Jatujak might be your holiday favorite. It is open on Saturdays and Sundays and this market is set on an enormous area with everything you can imagine and then some more to that. The middle area is covered by a roof and the narrow walking paths is like a labyrinth and you will need days here to have time to explore the complete area. Furniture, clothing, animals, food, antiques, handicrafts, gadgets, shoes and so on, all in a classic Bangkok style.
If you aren’t tired you can keep on shopping or just strolling around in the night market Saphan Phut, a place that might seem spectacular because of the easy nature of the surroundings. Don’t be surprised if you think you are the only tourist here but be very careful with the traffic. The market is set just at the side of the road where cars and bug busses are passing by, and it is also set in some sharp corners which can feel a little unsafe. Here you will find painters that for a small amount will transform you into a painting of any style in just a few minutes, a good variation of shoes, not least jogging and sport shoes, dresses, t-shirt and much more. This market is not any fancy farang place but a real Thai night market with all the things that comes along with that.