Sawasdee, shopaholics! If you’ve clicked on this blog post, that must mean you’re prepared to explore the streets of Bangkok, wallet stuffed with THB for all the great-value goodies you’re unlikely to find back home, at least for the price tag.
Maybe you’re looking for souvenir-gifts, a new wardrobe, or just want to go window shopping – whatever the case, we’ve listed down 15 of Bangkok’s super shopping destinations for literally A-NY-THING you could ever want.
Moolah at the ready? Let’s go!
1. Chatuchak Weekend Market: The mother of all BKK markets
Make sure to catch this during your stay in Bangkok because it is truly an experience to roam through more than 10,000 stalls that sell almost anything and everything. Plants, pets, odd knickknacks, souvenirs, clothes, food… you name it!
Kamphaeng Phet 2 Rd, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900, Thailand
2. Khaosan Road: Backpacker central
Dubbed as the center of the backpacking universe, this area is a melting pot of just about everything you can think of from hotels and guest houses to tattoo parlors, spas, restaurants, cafes, and so much more.
With a laid-back atmosphere, this 1km-long strip of shops is popular with young and hip Bangkok travelers.
Khaosan Rd, Khwaeng Talat Yot, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand
3. Mahboonkrong (MBK) Center: Mall queen
One of Bangkok’s most legendary shopping malls, this megamall has 8 floors filled to the brim with all kinds of merchandise ranging from clothing, accessories, furniture, gadgets, appliances and more. The stalls inside the giant air-conditioned building give off a market feel without the draining heat from the outside, making shopping in Bangkok easier.
444 Phayathai Rd, Khwaeng Wang Mai, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330, Thailand
4. Siam Paragon: Bling bling
If luxury items and brands like Armani, Chanel, and Maserati are what you’re after, then this sleek, high-end shopping center is for you. But don’t be discouraged by the expensive vendors, this place also has a 16-screen cineplex, dozens of food options, and one of the biggest aquariums in Asia.
991/1 Rama I Rd, Pathum Wan, Pathum Wan District, Bangkok 10330, Thailand
5. The Emporium: Trend alert
This place is another sophisticated shopping arena, with many of Bangkok’s local beauty and fashion gurus hitting up the wide variety of trendy stores.
622 Sukhumvit 24 Alley, Khwaeng Khlong Tan, Khet Khlong Toei, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110, Thailand
6. Siam Centre & Siam Discovery: Design sensibility
These fashion- and furniture-driven sister malls are set side by side, connected by an elevated walkway on the fourth floor. Siam Centre is popular with the younger crowd, luring them in with frequent live shows of up-and-coming pop stars, while Siam Discovery has a classier reputation, with many artsy furniture stores and upscale clothing brands.
989 Rama I Rd, Khwaeng Pathum Wan, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330, Thailand
7. Pantip Plaza: Tech planet
If you’re interested in electronics (whether it’s the newest gadget or a cheap imitation of it), this ‘IT World’ is for you. DVDs, video games, computers, electronics, adaptors, and more – you can find it here.
604/3 Phetchaburi Rd, Khwaeng Thanon Phetchaburi, Khet Ratchathewi, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10400, Thailand
8. Central World: Everything under the sun
One of the largest shopping malls in Thailand, this place houses a wide variety of stores like bookshops, clothing boutiques, electronic stalls, grocery stores, banks, salons, gourmet eateries, and even an ice skating rink.
999/9 Rama I Rd, Khwaeng Pathum Wan, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330, Thailand
9. Terminal 21: Travel zone
No where else in Bangkok will you find a shopping center with travel as its theme. The layout of this cutting-edge mall is inspired by different cities all over the world, including Tokyo, London, Istanbul, San Francisco, and more.
88 Soi Sukhumvit 19, Khwaeng Khlong Toei Nuea, Khet Watthana, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110, Thailand
10. Fortune Town: Electrify!
This is another place you can go to for cheap electronics such as cameras, cellphones, DVDs and DVD players, computers, and more.
1, 3,5,7 Ratchadaphisek Rd, Khwaeng Din Daeng, Khet Din Daeng, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10400, Thailand
11. Union Mall: Student trail
If you’re looking to shop away from the touristy areas, this place in the northern Bangkok area is a good place to start. Filled with local university students and a younger crowd, you can get items at cheaper prices too.
54 1 Khwaeng Chom Phon, Khet Chatuchak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10900, Thailand
12. Central Plaza: Professional malling
With over 300 stores and 90 restaurants as well as a large cinema area, you can practically spend the whole day in this mall and still have plenty of things left to do and see.
1693 Phahonyothin Rd, Khwaeng Chatuchak, Khet Chatuchak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10900, Thailand
13. Asiatique Night Market: Industrial chic
Once a busy international trade port, this night market has managed to combine the concept of a night bazaar and a mall. Explore more than 1,500 boutiques and 40 restaurants in this huge warehouse complex.
2194 Charoen Krung Rd, Khwaeng Wat Phraya Krai, Khet Bang Kho Laem, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10120, Thailand
14. Platinum Fashion Mall: OOTD-landia
If you’re shopping for a whole new wardrobe, then this is a good place to start. Basically an indoor version of the Chatuchack weekend market, most of the vendors in this mall sell clothing and fashion accessories, with a few stores selling food and electronics.
222 Phetchaburi Rd, Khwaeng Thanon Phetchaburi, Khet Ratchathewi, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10400, Thailand
15. Pratunam Market: Wholesale fashion
Looking to shop for fashion items wholesale? With cheap prices for everything from clothes and shoes to accessories, this is the perfect place to shop in bulk for all your friends and family members.
16/5 Khwaeng Thanon Phaya Thai, Khet Ratchathewi, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10400, Thailand
So what do you think of our list, shoppers? What is YOUR go-to Bangkok shopping spot when you’re in the city? Let us know in the comments below!