Bangkok Journals

Bangkok - a Shopper's Paradise

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A June 2007 trip to Bangkok by LenR

Chinatown market Photo, Bangkok, Thailand More Photos
Quote: Bangkok has emerged as one of the world's great shopping cities. We look at the options from the markets to the up-scale malls.

Bangkok - a Shopper's Paradise

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Overview

Chinatown market Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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When I told my wife I was going to write a journal about shopping in Bangkok, she laughed. She knows that I am close to being the world’s worst shopper. Twenty minutes wandering aimlessly around a shopping center going in and out of stores is my absolute limit. I would be happier stopping off in a café for a coffee and let her do her own thing.Her laugh, however, was a major challenge so on my recent visit to Bangkok, I spent some time exploring the opportunities for shopping. What I found amazed me and after talking to several other international visitors I can say that we all agree that Bangkok has taken the mantle as one of the world’s great shopping centers. The city is undoubtedly the bes...Read More

The Markets

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Chinatown Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Bangkok is a city of markets and no visitor should leave without visiting several of them. The markets are generally the cheapest places to shop. This doesn't necessarily reflect on the quality of the goods sold either, and some excellent bargains are for the taking if you know where to look.Any serious Bangkok shopping binge, however, has to start at the sprawling and sweaty Chatuchak weekend market. Wildly popular among locals and visitors alike, the market is packed each weekend with everything you could possibly need. Chatuchak is a riot and will assail the senses. Be prepared though for the heat and the crowds and bring along a bottle of water. You’ll need it.Haggle your way throu...Read More

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MBK Center (Mah Boon Krong)

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Attraction | "MBK Centre"

MBK Center (Mah Boon Krong) Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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When I mentioned ‘shopping’ to friends in Bangkok, they inevitably said MBK. I had no idea what this meant until I visited the MBK Center, an enormous 8-storey marble mall opened in 1985, and one of the biggest shopping malls in Asia. The center provides over 2,000 stores and services, over 150 eating establishments and a large cinema city. Shopping here, you'll find a variety of negotiable products including clothes, cosmetics, leathered items, jewelry, electronics, information technology products, furniture, restaurants, supermarket, theaters, karaoke, and a 4-storey Tokyu department store.Bustling MBK is apparently the heart of Bangkok’s better discount shopping. You can buy...Read More

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MBK Center (Mah Boon Krong)
444 Phayathai Road
Bangkok, Thailand
+66 2620-9000

Siam Center & Siam Discovery Center

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Attraction | "Siam Complex"

Siam Center & Siam Discovery Center Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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This is undoubtedly a world-class shopping experience with 1000 retail stores and entertainment within three centers, all linked together. Siam Paragon, Siam Center and Siam Discovery Center are three separate buildings linked by walkways and dramatic spaces. They have a common owner.Siam Paragon is the newest and biggest of the three with the complex housing over 350 flagship stores of the world’s luxurious brands of fashion, accessories, home furnishings, and sports. It also features the biggest watch, jewellery center and digital world in Asia featuring 50 brands. This is clearly an up-market place.Paragon Passage within the building showcases handicrafts, antiques, and handmade pro...Read More

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Siam Center & Siam Discovery Center
989 Siam Tower, Rama 1 Rd.
Bangkok, Thailand 10330
+66 (2) 658 1000-19

Central World Shopping Complex (CentralWorld)

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Attraction | "Centralworld and Surroundings"

Central World Shopping Complex (CentralWorld) Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Centralworld has recently emerged from the old World Trade complex with a total make over and bright new feel. It claims to be the largest lifestyle shopping complex in south-east Asia and as it sprawls over 8 levels, I can believe that. There are two department stores – Thai-owned Zen and the Isetan Japanese store. In addition there are hundreds of other small stores, over 50 restaurants, two cinema complexes, Bangkok’s largest supermarket with many international brands not previously available, a fun park and a hotel.What makes this place different for me is the Zen store. Zen Central is one of Bangkok's trend setting lifestyle centers for young, fashion conscious shoppers. Originally opened...Read More

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Central World Shopping Complex (CentralWorld)
4 Rajdamri Road
Bangkok, Thailand 10330
+66 2 222 9855

Pratunam Market

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Attraction | "Pratunam Market Area"

Pratunam Market Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Pratunam market is situated by the intersection of Ratchaprarop and Phetburi roads, between the Amari Watergate and Indra Regent hotels. This is notable as perhaps the best place in Bangkok to buy cheap clothes, fabrics and textiles. The market is not on the main road, you need to look for the entrances that lead to it behind the shops. The market, open daily from morning until late afternoon, proved to be the place for great clothes at rock bottom prices.Walk along Ratchaprarop Road until you spot a dusty 'Pratunam Market' sign. Step into any of the small lanes and you are in the middle of a clothes-maze. Lanes bisect each other at random, and all look the same with clothes hanging from every...Read More

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Pratunam Market

Bangkok, Thailand

Duty Free Shopping

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King Power Complex  Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Duty Free shopping was once a huge attraction for travelers but in Thailand, I have great reservations about the prices you pay for most things. There are a few duty-free shops in town where goods can be pre-ordered and then picked up at the airport - you have to show your passport and airline ticket in order to make a purchase. I don’t think it is really worth it unless you are particularly short of time.Many of the larger and more specialized shops now offer shipping abroad, and they will sort out the necessary documents and permits for this. Insurance should also be included. If you don't feel comfortable with this, there are specialized companies that will do it and sort out the arrangemen...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 3, 2007