Bangkok – A Shopper’s Paradise
Bangkok is a world-class city for shoppers, offering everything from cheap and chic accessories to super luxury premium goods. Here is a primer for Bangkok’s best.
Siam Paragon Bangkok is one of the biggest shopping centers in Asia
All over the city, you will be able to find exquisite antiques and handicrafts, stylish local fashion labels and beautiful home furnishings. Start in the heart of the city. Clustered around the Siam BTS Skytrain Station, the Ratchaprasong area offers a heady mix: trendy shopping such as CentralWorld and Siam Paragon, dining, hotels, leisure, entertainment and even a sacred site, the Erawan Shrine of the famous four-face Buddha.
Central Chidlom sells many luxury products
Just a short walk away are ultra-modern shopping centres such as Siam Discovery Center, Siam Paragon and Gaysorn Plaza, which attract the most discerning shopaholics as well as bargain-hunters.
The Emporium Shopping Complex is a favourite hangout for well-heeled teenagers and Bangkok’s elite
Another hotspot is the Sukhumvit Road area. The upmarket Emporium shopping complex is filled with hip international designer labels and lifestyle shops and the Emporium department store. It is a favourite hangout for well-heeled teenagers and Bangkok’s elite
Siam Square – a favourite hangout for Thai teenagers
Mah Boon Krong (MBK) is an expats, tourists and local’s favorite mall
Nearby, in the city’s garment district known as Pratunam, street stalls overflowing with shoes and clothes draw the masses. The Platinum Mall, located on the busy Phetchaburi Road offers quality wholesale clothing and accessories at attractive wholesale prices.
Pantip Plaza – one-stop shopping for all your electronic and computer needs
Pratunam Market is Thailand’s largest clothing market
A few metres down the road is Pantip Plaza, a seven-floor one-stop shopping for all your electronic and computer needs. Across the street from Pantip is Pratunam Market, a sea of stalls selling everything from handbags, beachwear to affordable souvenirs for the whole family.
Suan-Lum Night Bazaar has an excellent selection of items and gifts
Along Silom Road, the Suan-Lum Night Bazaar is always buzzing, and is a favourite with visitors who are after some local shopping, food and entertainment. Located in the north of the city, the Chatuchak Weekend Market is the biggest and best. Reputed to be the biggest bazaar of its kind in the world, it’s a maze of colourful, small shops. Shop for home decorations, artworks, Thai handicrafts and lots more. Prepare to spend at least half a day browsing and haggling here.
Bangkok’s Chinatown – plenty of traditional Chinese herbal medicine shops
The Thieves Market ( Nakorn Kasem) operates only on Saturday night in Bangkok’s Chinatown
Bangkok’s historic Chinatown, Yawaorat, is known for its vast array of street delicacies. It is also a treasure trove of electronic goods, gold jewellery and Chinese-style art and crafts. Nearby is Pahurat, or Little India, which is the largest textile market in the country.
Khao San Road – the famous backpacker street
??Khao San Road – Collectable Lights
The Buddy Village located on the famous backpacker street, Khao San Road features nearly everything a visitor may find interesting. The basement offers some sterling opportunities to pick up some precious metal at the Silver Trade Centre.
The Grand Thailand Sale – A Sale Worth Waiting For!
Looking for more reasons to visit The Amazing Thailand Grand Sale is a two-month shopping promotion in the country’s principal tourist centres. The event, taking place from 15 June to 15 August 2010, offers a diverse selection of quality products and services, special discounts of up to 80 per cent and promotional offers in leading department stores. Simply look out for the “Amazing Thailand Grand Sale” decal on display at participating outlets.