Bangkok is one of the best cities to shop in the world! Bangkok has a fantastic selection of huge modern shopping centers with hip international and Asian fashion design brands. And once you step out on the streets you can continue to shop all kinds of cool and cheap stuff at markets and night markets.
I haven’t found any other city in the world with this kind of awesome combination of markets and malls (Vietnam comes second so far). One minute you can shop cheap local designs at one of the many markets in Bangkok and the next minute luxury brands like Louis Vuitton and Chanel in a shopping mall nearby.
It can, however, be a bit difficult and overwhelming to find the best shopping in Bangkok since the city has so many shopping malls and markets. I’m not a big shopper but I was so awestruck by the sheer amount of malls that I had to write about it. So here’s a brief info article about shopping in the city.
1. MBK Center (Siam)
If you want to buy a new phone or tablet the MBK Center is the place to go. You won’t find any place in Bangkok that offers a higher concentration of phone shops and everything that is connected to that (cases, batteries, accessories, sim cards, software). You can even get the phone screen you broke while rushing to the airport fixed!
2. Pantip Plaza (Pratunam)
Pantip Plaza is a paradise for any kind of computer shopping. It has the widest range of laptops, desktop computers and accessories from speakers, keyboards, computer screens to hard disks and mainboards. You can’t find any kind of computer electronics cheaper elsewhere in Bangkok.
3. Fortune Town IT Mall (Rama 9)
You can find the most diverse range of electronic products in the IT Mall of the Fortune Town building. If you are out for a new TV or a digital camera you might want to come here as you probably can’t get it somewhere cheaper in Bangkok.
The things to buy in Bangkok are countless in variety and endless in quantity.
4. Gaysorn Bangkok
Gaysorn is a luxurious white marble , gleaming chrome complex offering a wide range of top-end clothing.
5. Siam Paragon
From sporty yellow Ferrari branded glasses to a pair of Jimmy Choo shoes, Siam Paragon is a shopping mall without rival for upscale purchases.MBK Shopping Center -The multi-storey MBK is popular with both tourists and locals. Eight floors packed with 2,000 shops that sell everything from high-end brands to retail clothing. At one end of this shopping area you will also find souvenirs.
While Thailand is still one of the world’s cheapest places to shop for souvenirs, prices have definitely increased in recent years.
But, shop at these inexpensive souvenir places, and the cost will be the least of your worries. You may not have enough room in your suitcase. BUT! Don’t forget to bargain.
6. Chatuchak Weekend Market
The place you must shop in Bangkok, it has more than 15,000 stalls sell every type of cheap Thai souvenir.
At Chatuchak, you’ll find hundreds of stalls selling Thai silk scarves, Thai silk shawls, wood carvings, incense, jewelry, silk pillow covers, artwork, paintings, vases, wooden boxes, Buddha statues, ceramic ware – just about every souvenir made in Thailand is available at Chatuchak.
7. Talad Rot Fai (The Train Market)
A wonderful recent addition to Bangkok’s night market scene is the Talad Rot Fai, or ‘Train Market’, which sells tons of unusual Thai antiques from the 70s and 80s, Thai t shirts and clothing, snacks and candy, even old car parts and radios.
If you want to buy a Thai souvenir that’s not only dirt cheap but truly unusual, Talad Rot Fai is the best place to buy it. Plus, it’s cool – packed full of food and drink stalls and has a party atmosphere so, if you’re looking for something to do on a Saturday or Sunday evening in Bangkok, this is the place to shop, eat and drink.
8. Siam Square
This is the hangout spot for teenagers and university students and is packed with tiny boutiques, market stalls and shops selling clothing, shoes, t shirts, hats, bags, belts, purses, jewelry, CDs, DVDs, posters, hand-painted items – and some of it is even made by local Thai artists or Thai university students.
Common questions about shopping in bangkok tailand
Bangkok is known for its vibrant shopping scene, and some popular shopping areas include Pratunam Market, Chatuchak Weekend Market, Siam Paragon, MBK Center, and Platinum Fashion Mall.
Yes, bargaining is a common practice in Bangkok’s markets and street stalls. However, in shopping malls and department stores, fixed prices are more common.
Bangkok offers a wide range of unique souvenirs, including Thai silk, gemstones, handicrafts, traditional Thai spices, wooden carvings, and trendy fashion items.
Yes, there are several duty-free shops in Bangkok, particularly in major shopping malls and at the airport. These shops offer a diverse range of products, from cosmetics and perfumes to electronics and alcohol.
Some shopping tips for Bangkok include wearing comfortable clothing and shoes, carrying a reusable bag for your purchases, always having small cash for street vendors, and comparing prices before making a purchase to ensure you get the best deal.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to book tickets for the Ella train ride in advance. The train tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis at the Ella train station. It is recommended to arrive early to secure a seat, especially if you want to experience the scenic journey from Ella to Kandy.
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