If you are planning a trip to Bangkok any time soon, make sure to leave at least half of your suitcase empty as you are going to buy a lot of stuff. Bangkok is heaven for people who love shopping and good deals; basically it is heaven for all of us. The city is packed with huge shopping malls, plenty of different markets and endless shops. The best thing about shopping in Thailand is the fact that almost everything is cheap compared to other destinations. Even though you will be able to find luxury malls in the city as well, most of the items in Bangkok are so cheap, you simply cannot stop buying.
If you don’t want to get lost in this whole shopping craze, check out our Bangkok ultimate shopping guide and don’t forget to take notes!
MBK shopping mall
This amazing shopping mall should definitely be your first stop in the city. With more than 2,000 shops spread over eight floors, the MBK is probably the most popular mall for tourists and locals alike. Strolling around the MBK you can find anything; from cheap yet fashionable clothing, endless shoes stalls, music and DVDs, cell phones and other electric devices, and many more items for ridiculous prices. For those of you who are interested in more luxury shopping and famous brands, take a look at our next stop.
Siam Paragon shopping center
If you were lucky enough to be born rich or you just want to feel like that for a day, this will be the perfect place for you. The Siam Paragon shopping centre is a 500,000 square meters mall full of luxury. Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Prada, Dior, Jimmy Choo and even Porche, Ferrari and Lamborghini shops, all located under one roof! It is needless to say most of the people who actually shop there, are very, very rich. The mall is divided to six different levels. Each one has its own shops: Lifestyle & Leisure, Luxury Living, Explorium & Global Entertainment, Fashion Venue, IT & Paragon Passage and Living & Technology. Even if you don’t plan to buy anything there, it is still nice to visit the Siam Paragon and have dinner in the huge food court, watch a movie in the cinema or go to the magnificent “Siam Ocean World” aquarium which is located in the basement.
Sukhumvit road is the most well known shopping street in Bangkok. Here you can find the best bargains, food stalls with real Thai food, (cockroaches and grasshoppers are part of the menu) souvenirs, fake brands, clothes and shoes, crafts work and pirated DVDs. The Sukhumvit market is a spot full of life and people. The stalls are colourful and busy, Thai music is being played all over and the walking tourists carry loads of bags with clothing and gifts to take back home. When you feel like taking a break from the heavy heat and all the masses, just enter one of the close-by malls. Even at night time Sukhumvit road stays lively – the area is overloaded with bars, restaurants and different clubs. For more of the same kind of cheap markets, visit Khao San Road, Patpong Night Market and Chatuchak Weekend Market.
Siam square is one of the trendiest spots in the city. This is the place where all the fashionable people of Bangkok come to shop, eat, drink and go out. The area is filled with different malls, (MBK is located here as well) electricity shops, excellent tailors stands and small boutiques. Siam Square is extremely popular with tourists and locals due to the fact that there is so much variety. You can find a lot of cheap things here, and more expensive and unique things. The small boutiques are especially nice for people who like to dress different and over the top. You will be surprised by how talented Thai designers are! After a long day of browsing through the shops you will for sure get an appetite. The square is packed with different restaurants and food stalls. You can either eat a traditional Thai meal which contains noodles and fried rice or if you prefer there are a lot of more luxury restaurants with international food.
Tours for shoppers
For the hardcore shoppers, this option is perfect. Why bother walking through all these different shopping areas if someone can just drive you around? There are different shopping tours in Bangkok for people who want to make sure they don’t miss any market, shop or mall. For more info about the offered tours, click here.