Bangkok shopping guide
- MBK CENTER (444 phayathai road)
If you’re looking for great value for money then the MBK Center is definitely among the best shopping malls in Bangkok. It doesn’t have the luxury feel of some of the other malls, but it’s an excellent place to treat yourself to a leather hand bag, or an electronic device, with its reasonable prices. The electronics stores are situated on the 4th floor, so head there if you’re looking for a new phone. After shopping you can relax with a bite to eat in the food court on the 6thlevel of this 8 level shoppers’ paradise. MBK Center is a busy place to shop at weekends, when the locals converge on the hundreds of stores to search for bargains. It may be best to visit during the week if you want to avoid the biggest crowds. One of the best things about this mall is its accessibility; exit the Bangkok Skytrain at National Stadium BTS Station. Take exit 4 and you can follow the Skywalk to MBK Center.
- SIAM PARAGON (991/1 rama 1 road)
This luxury mall is featured in our Bangkok shopping guide as a must see for high-end shopping purchases. If MBK Center is a joy for the bargain hunter then Siam Paragon is more likely to put a smile on your face if you’re looking to treat yourself, or a very lucky friend. Enter the mall on the second level, from BTS Siam Station, and you’ll walk into a world of high end designer stores where the wealthier Bangkok residents come to shop. If you like the idea of a digital map of Bangkok to download then you can purchase one at Books Kinokuniya. If you like a bit of nature with your shopping you can round your visit off with a visit to Siam Ocean World aquarium in the basement; although it’s worth noting that tourists pay a lot more for entry than Thai locals.
- CENTRALWORLD (rajdamri road)
If you want to swap your walking shoes for ice skates then head to the second floor of CentralWorld. Opened in 2010 The Rink, is an excellent place to let off steam while shopping, especially if you have children with you. You could spend hours in this mall, which is the largest in Thailand. From banks and hairdressing salons, to gourmet dining venues and the latest fashions, CentralWorld has something for everyone.
- TERMINAL 21 (2,88 sukhumvit soi 19, sukhumvit road)
You may still be in Bangkok but it doesn’t feel like it at the next mall to feature in our Bangkok shopping guide. Step into Terminal 21 and you’re stepping into one of the most ingenious concept shopping malls around. The building itself is intended to represent the terminal building of a modern day airport, with its glass and metal construction. You’ll be able to keep your feet firmly on the ground though, as you travel through the shopping experiences of cities including Tokyo, London and San Francisco. To complete the look the assistants at the help desks throughout the mall are dressed in flight attendant uniforms.
- PLATINUM FASHION MALL (222 petchburi road)
If you’re good at haggling, and you love fashion, then this mall is a must visit place in Bangkok. It features in our Bangkok shopping guide because if you want fashion at a reasonable price this is where you can find it. The mall specialises in wholesale provision, so you’ll get a better deal if you decide to buy several items. Think ofPlatinum Fashion Mall as a little like an indoor market place where you can haggle to your heart’s content in thousands of stores.
- CENTRAL EMBASSY SHOPPING MALL (1031 plooenchit road)
A list of the best shopping malls in Bangkok wouldn’t be complete without this ultra-modern home of high fashion. If you’re on a budget you may not be buying anything in the Gucci or Prada stores but it’s fun to window shop, and the environment inside Central Embassy Shopping Mall is pristine and impressive. If you want to treat yourself to a quick bite to eat then sample the gourmet dining experience in the food court, where providers include Dean & Deluca and Harrods. The 18 billion baht project was built on the site of the former British Embassy and it has transformed the area into the ultimate venue for luxury shopping in Bangkok.
- SIAM CENTER (989 rama 1 road)
This familiar mall has been a venue for Bangkok shopping for over 40 years, but that doesn’t mean it’s tired. The entire venue was revamped in 2013 and it’s a bright and eclectic inclusion in any Bangkok shopping guide. One of the great things about the Siam Center is its inclusion of products my many local up and coming fashion designers. This gives the mall a young, fresh and fun vibe. If you see an item of clothing you like there are even dress-up televisions which show how the clothes will look when worn. Come out of the Siam Center and you can take a short trip along the connecting walkway to one of our other featured malls, Siam Paragon.
- Chatuchak Weekend Market
A must visit market that only opens on weekends. Clothing, food, pets, drinks, watches, antiques, if you can name it, Chatuchak have it. The 35-acre (68-rai) area of Chatuchak is home to more than 8,000 market stalls. On a typical weekend, more than 200,000 visitors come here to sift through the goods on offer. Veteran shoppers would agree that just about everything is on sale here, although not all at the best bargain rates. But if you have one weekend in Bangkok, squeeze in a day trip to Chatuchak Weekend Market and you will not be disappointed.
Take note: it is quite HOT walking around Chatuchak, bring a hat, and drink lots of water. If you’re tired: spend 200-250 bath(price at 2015) at one of the foot reflexology kiosks there, you will feel refreshed and energized for your shopping spree.
Amulets, books, collectibles, food shops, café
Section 2 to 4
Collectibles, home décor, paintings, terra cotta
Section 5 to 6
Clothes, adornments, miscellaneous products
Section 7 to 9
Antiques, furniture, ceramics, handicrafts
Section 10 to 24
Clothes, consumer products, adornments, household appliances, pets
Section 17 to 19
Ceramics, fresh and dry food
Section 22 to 26
Antiques, furniture, handicrafts
Books, food and dessert shops, collectibles