Bangkok Riverside Shopping

Where to Shop and What to Buy in Riverside

With so much of Bangkok's history to absorb, there won't be much time left for shopping - and there certainly aren't any colossal malls anywhere in sight at the riverside to talk of either. However, there are a few little shopping treats lined up in the form of Thai arts, crafts and antiquities at Rivercity or OP Place next to the famous Mandarin Oriental Hotel.

Prices here are not what one would call a 'steal', but it's worth a visit - even only to marvel at the intricate and exquisite detail of some pieces. For a really local shopping experience, it costs all of 2.5 baht to cross the river from the pier between River City and the Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers.

What you'll find on the other side, tugged in an alley next to the Millennium Hilton Hotel, is as local as it gets; clothing, shoes, bags, CD's, DVD's, fashion accessories, fresh fruit and food. As for the floating markets, don't expect much to splurge out on - the merchandise on offer here are pretty much of the same you can find anywhere else, but with inflated prices.


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With so much of Bangkok's history to absorb, there won't be much time left for shopping - and there certainly aren't any colossal malls anywhere in sight at the riverside to talk of either. However, there are a few little shopping treats lined up in the form of Thai arts, crafts and antiquities at Rivercity or OP Place next to the famous Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Read More...

Opening Hours: 17:00-midnight
Location: Chareonkrung Soi 74-76
How to get there: The easiest and fastest way to get there is via boat. Take the BTS to Saphan Taksin and jump on the free shuttle at the end of the pier. It only takes ten minutes, and the boat runs until 23:00. Taxis are not recommended as the traffic can be terrible in this area.

Chao Phraya Tower Shopping Arcade

This is basically a place to go and pick up high-quality Thai-inspired products – silk garments, teakwood and home furnishings, art, handbags and antiques. It’s quiet and has a nice atmosphere in which to wander around at your own pace and take in the quality craftsmanship around; even if you’re not there to spend it is equally as nice just to admire the quality and craftsmanship of the products.

Opening Hours: 10:00-19:00
Address: 23 Rongnamkhaeng Lane
Tel: +66 (0) 237 0077

From Siam with love

Beautiful clothes and accessories that take classic Thai design values and reevaluate them with a modern twist. Tailored to perfection, the clothes look more expensive than they really are. Fabrics include silk, fine-cotton and linen in skirts, jackets shirts dresses and trousers. You can also find some really unique silver and bronze statement jewelry here, the sort of things you won’t see many people wearing at home.

Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 11:00-19:00
Address: 1328 Charoenkrung Road
Tel: + 66 (0) 235 4513

OP Place commission

Although mainly a popular location for those looking to pick up Thai silk, antiques, jewellery, carpets and art, OP Place is also something of a destination in itself. Built in 1908 and constructed in elegant Neoclassical style, this impressive white stone Asian Heritage Shopping Centre, originally known as the Falck & Beidek Store, exudes an atmosphere reminiscent of old Bangkok.


It consists of two storeys with a three-storey tower at each end and wonderfully gabled porches. Vintage flair is added by a manually operated elevator. Not to be missed is the Ashwood Gallery, which features works ranging from 19th Century Burmese alabaster sculptures to Chinese and Japanese prints, and a branch of Chitralada shop, a project initiated by Her Majesty Queen Sirikit. Read More...

Opening Hours: 10:30 - 18:30
BTS: Saphan Taksin
Address: 30/1 Soi Charoen Krung 38 (behind Mandarin Oriental Hotel)

OP Garden

Housed in a historic building complex dating back to Rama V days (1868-1910), this boutique courtyard mall delights shoppers with a selection of concept stores specializing in home décor, fashion accessories, gifts and jewellery design. Contrary to its sister mall, OP Place which offers Asian antiques, paintings and traditional art pieces, OP Garden is all about a contemporary lifestyle – and one that’s essentially Thai. What you find at the stores here are the products of local designers and craftsmen. Besides shopping, it features a modern art gallery as well as two cafés by Mango Tree and Doi Tung, all located in the breezy garden courtyard.

Opening Hours: 10:30 - 21:30
Location: Charoenkrung Soi 36
BTS: Saphan Taksin
Tel: +66 (0)2 266 0186, +66 (0)2 235 8865

Oriental Plaza

The goods to be found in the Oriental Plaza exude the same quality and lavishness the hotel itself seeks to encapsulate. Situated opposite the hotel's entrance, the plaza is home to a Louis Vuitton store, Lotus de Vere and the Heritage International Limited and is the perfect spot to pick up a treat for a loved one back home. It’s not cheap but its luxury to the max and in this case, you most certainly get what you pay for.

Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00
Address: Charoen Krung 38, facing Mandarin Oriental Hotel (by boat pier number one)

Rivercity Shopping Complex

River City is a four-storey mall overlooking sweeping views of the Chao Phraya River. It specialises in antiques and collectibles, with monthly on-site and online auctions, although there’s also a good range of fashion and jewellery shops as well as riverside eateries with outdoor dining terraces. Read More...

Opening Hours: 10:00 - 20:00
Location: Charoen Krung Soi 30 (next to the Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel)
Tel: +66 (0) 2237 0077-8
How to get there: Get on the BTS to Saphan Taksin Station. There's a free shuttle boat service to the River City available at Sathorn Pier everyday from 10:00 to 20:00.

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