Where To Shop Bangkok
Shopping Malls in Bangkok
Bangkok's shopping malls are shopaholic's From the legendary Mah Boon KKrong (MBK), to the sophisticated Emporium, the trendy Siam Discovery or Siam Paragon, and Southeast Asia's biggest lifestyle shopping complex Central World, the gleaming hallways of A, accommodate every tast, pocket and style.
Bangkok's markets vary from the hot and sticky mazes of Pratunam, Pahurat and Chatuckak Weekend Market, to the more sophisticated, and more orderly night market known as Suan Lum Night Bazaar. The variety of goods on offer is collosal, ranging from exotic fruit and vegetables to souvenirs, funiture and clothing. Remember bargaining is vital!
Department Stores in Bangkok
The department is modem-age shopping phenomenon that's all about convenience - and dedicated entirely towards helping you get a shopping overdose. Unlike malls, you don't en have to leave one store to go to another; it's an open-plan shopping environment with all kinds of merchandised offered in demarcated .ones and on various floors.
Bangkok Shopping Area
Where to start? It can be difficult to decide as choices are endless. Head f with a I local for good shopping and great bargains. Try Chinatown, around Sampeng Lane; Pahurat Textile Market; Pratunam Market for ready-to-wear clothing, Suan Lum Night Bazaar for furniture,
jewellery and gilt items.
The multi-storey MBK, or Mah Boon Krong, is probably Bangkok's most legendary shopping mall, popular with bell, tourists and locals. Eight floors packed with 2,000 shops that sell everything from clothing, fashion accessories, handbags, leather products ad luggage to funiture, mobile phones, electric appliances, cameras, stationary and DVD's (and then some). MBK (launched in 1986) is a beehive of activity, espycially on weekends, when half of Bangkok converges to shop for bargains. And plenty of bargains are to be found here!
Open: 11:00 - 22:00
Location: Phayathai Road, Pathumwan, BTS: National Stadium
- CENTRAL DEPARTMENT STORE
Hours: 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Tel: 02 655-1444 (www.central.co.th)
One of Thailand's leading department store chains with 11 branches in Bongkok.The stores feature leading international and Thai brands of clothing and sportswear, watches and accessories, cosmetics, home entertainment equipment and more.
- MBK (MAH BOON KRONG)
Hours: 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Tel: 02 620-9000
The best place to go for those who love shopping in a market-style atmosphere, but would prefer to do so in air-conditioned comfort. It is packed with all kinds of products that Thailand is famous for, including electronics and mobile phones. Moreover, it boosts seven movie theatres, a 40-lane bowling alley, a choice of restaurants and a food court.
- SIAM PARAGON
Hours: 10:30 a.m. - 10 P.M.
Tel: 02 610-9000
Siam Paragon features some 300 high-fashion brand boutiques, an exotic car gallery, fancy food outlets, an opera house and Siam Ocean World, the regions largest indoor aquarium. There's a 1,800 seat opera house, a 15-screen cinema for 5,500 people and a bowling alley.
- KING POWER DUTY FREE SHOP
Hours: 10:00 a.m.- 09:00 p.m.
Tel: 02 677-8899 (www.kingpower.com)
Located at Rangnam Road, Phyathai Ratchathewi, Bangkok.You can experience a wide range of luxurious brand name products and a variety of high quality local products.The Ramayana Restaurant offers tantalizing international buffet both lunch and dinner. In addition, you will be able to soak up spectacular performances at Aksra, a world–class theatre and to relax at the 5-star Pullman Bangkok King Power Hotel.
- O.P. PLACE
Hours: 10:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Tel: 02 266-0186/95
Situated next to the Oriental Hotel, O.P. Place offers a shopping atmosphere reminiscent of "Old Bangkok" This elegant two-storey neoclassic building with gabled porches and three-storey towers on each wing offers top-quality Thai silk, jewellery, antiques, carpets, paintings, leather goods and handicrafts. Ferry: Oriental Pier
- SIAM CENTER
Hours: 10 a.m.– 9 p.m.
Tel: 02 658-1000
Established in 1973, Siam Center is the first shopping complex in Thailand and has enjoyed undiminished fame for over three decades. With over 200 trendy and now hot international fashion boutiques, Siam Center is a symbol of the latest in lifestyle for the young trendsetters.
- THE EMPORIUM
Hours: 10:30 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Tel: 02 664-8000 (www.emporiumthailand.com) Rated as one of Bangkok's top malls, this shopping mall is full of upmarket boutiques selling designer labels. Shoppers will also find jewelers, an arts and crafts pavilion, bookstores, great restaurants and a cinema.
- PANTHIP PLAZA
Hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Tel: 02 254-9797 (www.pantiplaza.com)
This five-story IT mall is totally dedicated to competitively priced PCs, peripherals, software, hardware and anything to do with computers. Hard-to-find parts can also be found
here, as can a huge selection of computer programmes, CDs, DVDs and MP3 compilations priced under Bt 200.
- SILOM VILLAGE
Hours: 10:30 a.m - 11 p.m.
Tel: 02 235-8760/1 (Silom)
Tel: 02 258-4502 (Sukhumvit 31)
One-stop shopping arcade with about a dozen shops specializing in fine hand-woven Thai silk, handicrafts, leather goods, precious silverware, gems and jewelry, and more.Thai food and classical Thai dance presentations enhance your shopping experience.
- ERAWAN BANGKOK
Hours: 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Tel: 02 650-7777
This boutique mall is adjacent to the Erawan hotel and is joined to Amarin Plaza by an elevated walkway. Apart from the main entrance at street level next to the Erawan Shrine, there is also an entrance via a sky bridge from the skytrain station.The complex also features a wellness and beauty center and a variety of restaurants.
- RIVER CITY SHOPPING COMPLEX
Hours: 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Tel: 02 237-0077 (www.rivercity.com)
Located next to the Royal Orchid Sheraton on Si Phraya Road, the four-storey complex is home to a number of prestigious art and antique galleries.
Free River City Shuttle Boat Service from BTS Saphan Taksin
Hours 11 a.m.-midnight
Tel: 076 600-111
An international shopping and leisure destination in Phuket, this new Patong landmark covers over 200,000sqm. Jungceylon revolves around the whole concept of "Life Leisure" from shopping, fashion, dining, nightlife, entertainment, hotel stay, plus one-of-a-kind Musical Fountain;
all under one roof in tropical island resort ambience. www. jungceylon.com
Hours: 10 a.m. -8 p.m.
Tel: 02 656-1149 (www.gaysorn.com)
Located in the popular Rajprasong shopping district, Gaysorn's five levels feature flagship stores for chic international brands. Gaysorn also houses a large variety of stores specializing in fashion accessories, home decor, collectibles and other lifestyle products.
- SIAM DISCOVERY CENTER
Hours: 10 a.m.- 9 p.m.
Tel: 02 658-1000 (www.siampiwat.com)
Siam Discovery Center holds some 200 shops selling modern home decoration items, leading international and local fashion brands, and more. On the 6th and 7th floors is the luxurious Grand EGV theatre complex with exclusive four and 16-seat D-CINE venues for screening movies.
- CHAMCHURI SQUARE BANGKOK
Hours: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m., Mon-Sun
Tel: 02 746-6850/3
One of Bangkok's newest shopping malls, Channel Square is more geared dining and hanging-out than real shopping. Plenty of places to eat and drink. It is actually made up of three buildings: one is a luxury apartment building, one is for office rentals, and the center is the shopping mall, also hailed as an "edutainment gateway." Clean, new and quiet, it is nearby Chulalongkorn University and therefore it is yet mainly a hangout for students.You can reach it by taking the MRT (subway system), Get off at Sam Yan at Exit 2.