MBK Bangkok (Mah Boon Krong) is not as upmarket and stylish as neighbours Siam Discovery, Siam Centre and the glitzy Siam Paragon, but its mind-boggling range of goods spread over 89,000 square metres are considerably less expensive. MBK is a popular shopping complex, and the immense choice of consumer goods at give-away prices makes it a worthwhile trip to be included on any visitor's shopping agenda.
You'll find entire floors dedicated to shoes and handbags, fashion and clothing, mobile phones and furniture. Like every shopping complex in Bangkok, there is an enormous food court (which was renovated in early 2006) with lots of affordable and yummie Thai and International food to choose from.
The top floor comprises of an entertainment complex boasting plush cinemas, modern karaoke facilities, a computer games arcade and plenty of other restaurants and fast food choices.
Bargains galore - and free air-conditioning!
To start with, fashion outlets cover everything from jeans, outsized clothing (for the 'larger' Western frame), shoes, handbags, accessories, jewellery, trendy apparel and famous-name brands. The bargain prices of many of these items mean that merchandise is often copy products or from questionable origin. It's important to take a closer look at the quality and craftsmanship.
But if your idea of a shopping bargain is to pay a few dollars for an Adidas T-shirt or a Gucci belt - and authenticity is not an issue - head straight to MBK. Many of the products that can be found here are similar to that at markets, but the convenience of shopping in an air-conditioned environment beats hot and sticky markets - especially in the hot season.
And, just like the markets, all prices are negotiable; MBK is probably the only mall in Bangkok where you can put your bartering skills to the test. You'll be surprised how much a big smile can knock of the original asking price. If you're shopping wholesale, prices get even more competitive.
The fourth floor is dedicated to mobile phones, DVD's, CD's and all kinds of related gadgets and paraphernalia in a market-type environment with stalls crammed into every available space. New phones, second-hand phones, starter packs, the latest (copy) DVD's, PC games and games consoles, MP3 players and what have you...
A flagship tenant is the four-storey Tokyu Department Store, the only one in Bangkok and a leading department store in Japan, which offers a wide range of quality merchandise like clothing, apparel, cosmetics and household goods at reasonable prices. On the fourth level is has a supermarket too. There's also a TOPS supermarket at MBK (ground level) and a mini indoor craft market (on the sixth floor) with a range of arts and crafts from all over Thailand - a lot of it though the typical souvenir-type items targeted at tourists.
Discounts for Tourists
MBK does not consist only of shops; walkways and aisles on most floors are lined with push-cart stalls, and the center area of the ground level is often used for sale promotions, exhibitions or other events - often with a local flavour. There are also a few hair salons and beauty parlours, several tailor shops and digital printing studios.
Shopping Tip: Tourists can apply for a special MBK Tourist Discount Card at the information kiosks on the first and second levels (remember to take your passport along). Armed with this card you will be entitled of discounts between 5 and 30% on selected merchandise and at some restaurants - a list of participating stores will be provided when you apply for the card.
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Pathumwan Princess Hotel scores high points for location, facilities and service, making it a savvy choice for guests who want a five star, award winning stay in central Bangkok.The location will have shopaholics grinning from ear to ear, with direct access to MBK shopping mall, and only a five minute walk via raised walkway to Siam shopping district, but it also within walking distance of Jim Thompsons House, with other famous sites being a short sky train or taxi ride away.The nearest sky train stop is National Stadium, which connects directly to Spahan Taksin in 15 minutes where you can take the river boat to visit Bangkoks famous temples and the Grand Palace. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:00 - 22:00
- Location: Phayathai Road, Pathumwan
- BTS: National Stadium
- Tel: +66 (0)2 620 9000