Top 10 places to go shopping in Bangkok
Are you planning to travel to Bangkok soon and don’t know where to go for buying gifts or souvenirs? Don’t worry because there are plenty of shopping malls and markets here. Check out top places for shopping in Bangkok.
Bangkok is a paradise for shopaholics. In this beautiful city, you can find plenty of shopping malls with a selection of international and Asian fashion design brands as well as markets with cool and cheap stuff. Check out the best places for shopping in Bangkok in this article.
1. Terminal 21
Although Terminal 21 is not the biggest mall for shopping in Bangkok, many people go there because of its design. Visiting this mall, you will find yourself in different parts of the world, such as the Caribbean, San Francisco, Rome, Paris, Tokyo and London. If you are interested in Thai designed products, there are many outlets for you to shop. You will also have different choices of food in the food court from local, Mexican to Japanese food.
Although Terminal 21 is not the biggest mall for shopping in Bangkok, many people go there because of its design
2. Central World Plaza
Perhaps the most well-known shopping mall in Bangkok is the Central World Plaza. In Asia, it is the third largest shopping complex. It is also so close to Siam Paragon. Outside of the mall, there is a large open space where many exhibits and festivals take place. The 8th floor is filled with every shopping label in Thailand, along with bookstores, musical instrument shops, etc. After spending hours shopping here, you can go down to the 7th floor to enjoy different cuisines. Also, there is a large gourmet supermarket in the plaza.
Perhaps the most well-known shopping mall in Bangkok is the Central World Plaza
3. Siam Paragon
When it comes to shopping in Bangkok, Siam Paragon is one of the big names. Not only does it have the huge multi-floor mall with hundreds of luxury brand retail shops, but it also features a 15 theater multiplex cinema that includes the largest screen in Asia, the largest aquarium in Southeast Asia, a bowling alley, and a concert hall. Furthermore, there is a food court and Gourmet Market for your food options.
When it comes to shopping in Bangkok, Siam Paragon is one of the big names
This is one of the luxury shopping malls in Bangkok. You can find hundreds of brands in fashion and beauty all over the world, from Louis Vuitton to Jimmy Choo, and many more. Coming here on Christmas, not only will you get a lot of good deals, but you can also enjoy a festive atmosphere with music and colorful lights. In addition, many Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and Thai restaurants can be found here.
The EmQuartier is one of the luxury shopping malls in Bangkok
5.Chatuchak Weekend Market
Chatuchak is the most popular market for tourists who are interested in cool and cheap stuff. Chatuchak Weekend Market was primarily a flea market started in the 1950s. It has now become the largest weekend market in Thailand. There are more than 15,000 stalls selling different things from clothing, plants to amulets, pets, antiques, and of course there are plenty of food and drink. As it is more a tourist place now, it is always crowded and no longer cheap. But there will be interesting things that you can find here. Or even just come here watching people, enjoying a coffee or having a cold beer. As the name of it, the market is worth visiting on the weekend.
There are thousands of stalls for cheap stuff in the market
IconSiam is the most impressive shopping space in Bangkok. It features two condominium towers, a seven-story Takashimaya Japanese department store and many restaurants. You can also find a floating market, the National Heritage Gallery museum, a cinema and concert hall. Spend one day here and you will be satisfied with what IconSiam brings you.
IconSiam is the most impressive shopping space in Bangkok
7. Khao San Road
Another fancy place for shopping in Bangkok is Khao San Road. This road is a popular destination for backpackers and even Thais to come and have fun. There are some decent places that are cheap to shop, including second-hand English books and typical Thai souvenirs. More importantly, this is a perfect place for street food in Thailand. Come here and try some coconut ice cream, mango sticky rice, BBQ, and more. You can also find a massage place to relax or have a few drinks at a bar. Khao San Road is an exciting place to visit and go shopping in Bangkok.
Khao San Road is a popular destination for backpackers and even Thais to come and have fun
8. Asiatique – Riverside Area
Coming to Asiatique, you will find many great places for shopping and delicious foods. In particular, there is a night market that provides Thai street food for tourists and locals. Also, you will find plenty of nice restaurants inside the shopping mall with Asian, American and European food. Furthermore, there are some interesting entertainment and shows for you to enjoy at Asiatique such as Calypso Cabaret Show, Muay Thai/ Thai Boxing, Thai Puppet Theatre, Asiatique Sky.
Coming to Asiatique, you will find many great places for shopping and delicious foods.
9. Siam Center
Siam Center is another mall in the Siam complex. It is located between Siam Paragon and Siam Discovery, you can easily move around the Siam complex with a walking area pavement. Siam Center has only four floors and is very popular among Thai teenagers. There are some small shops filled with international and Asian brands. Apart from that, it has a great food court that is less crowded than the one at Paragon. You can also take a break at some coffee shops here.
Siam Center is another mall in the Siam complex which is located between Siam Paragon and Siam Discovery
10. MBK Center
MBK was built in 1985. In addition to being a tourist attraction, it is also a popular shopping place for Thai people to come on weekends. You can find cheap Thai souvenirs at some small shops and stalls, or electronics at the 4th and 5th floor. There is also a food court on the 6th floor and you can spend time bowling, karaoke, or movies on the 7th floor.
BMK center is also a popular shopping place for Thai people to come on weekends
To conclude, you can find a lot of attractive shopping places in Bangkok. Either splendid shopping malls or local markets offer plenty of interesting stuff and worthwhile things to buy. Let’s shop ‘til you drop in Bangkok.
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Questions & Answers (1)
When will you make a better list to update it? Since Chatuchak Weekend Market is included, I think should include the new Siam Square area too. BTW, the photo under Chatuchak is not from Chatuchak and I think the new Terminal 21 @ Rama 3, Emporium and Embassy are all better than MBK.
Hi! Thank you so much for your information. We are processing a big update plan for all of our travel guide articles and this articles will be updated soon with your precious up-to-date information.