10 Best Shopping Experiences in Bangkok

Great Places to Shop in Bangkok

The variety of shopping experiences in Bangkok goes far beyond a stroll in a mall or a morning spent browsing a market. Shopping in Bangkok is a day-and-night activity that runs parallel with the best in the West, while also giving a flavour of the cultural uniqueness of the East. Work your way through these 10 entirely different experiences, and you’ll soon come to realize why Bangkok is such a famous shopping hub.

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    Best Shopping in Bangkok

    In a city blessed with some of the world’s most sumptuous malls, how do you choose? Do you want bargains galore? Go to MBK. After the biggest and most trendy? CentralWorld is your ticket. How about classy? Make your way to The Emporium. Of course, if glamour makes you go wobbly at the knees, you may already have found EmQuartier, Icon Siam or Siam Paragon – the epitome of high-class Bangkok. Read More...


    The market of all markets, Chatuchak Weekend Market is the ultimate outdoor Bangkok shopping experience. You will be amazed by its sprawling size, but perhaps even more so by the unbelievable variety of wares. Stumble across anything from vinyl records, beads, suits of armour to live animals. Haggling is encouraged – just do so politely. Possibly the most exhilarating, chaotic and lively shopping experience that can be had anywhere in the world. Read More...


    Night markets

    Khao San - Patpong - Rod Fai Market

    In most cities nighttime means closing time. Not so, here in Bangkok. Come dusk, Khao San Road teems with unkempt travel wear. And Patpong Market’s tarpaulin-covered stalls – each brimming with counterfeits or exotica – don’t even kick into life until the area’s office workers are tucked up in bed. Just 2 examples, among several, of Bangkok’s love affair with the after-dark shop. Read More...


    Floating markets

    Around Bangkok
    Floating Markets around Bangkok

    Even though transactions are more concerned with tourists than locals these days, the longtail boats in Bangkok's floating markets are still piled high with tropical fruit and vegetables, fresh, ready-to-drink coconut juice and local food cooked from floating kitchens located right on the boat. To enjoy the atmosphere without haggling over prices, try relaxing on a guided boat tour of Damnoen Saduak market. The best floating markets include Taling Chan Market, Bang Ku Wiang Market, Tha Kha, and Damnoen Saduak. Read More...

    Asiatique the Riverfront

    Asiatique has successfully combined 2 of the most popular shopping experiences in the city: a night bazaar and a mall. Just 10 minutes downriver from Saphan Taksin BTS station, this once-bustling international trade port has been transformed with over 1,500 boutiques and 40 restaurants housed under a huge replica warehouse complex. Read More...




    Pratunam is well-known among locals as the wholesale fashion district, where streetwear meets odd fashion meets tomorrow’s trends. Shopping here is fun because there’s a whole gamut of accessories to dress you up from head to toe – and all at bargain prices. The original wholesale market is outdoors, around Indra Hotel and Baiyoke Sky Hotel, while the air-conditioned malls are located across the main street. Read More...

    Siam Square

    Siam Square, like the city in which it's located, is an area of contrasts. In essence, it's the hub of all things cool, an individual expression point where styles are both shaped and surface (and resurface). Siam also holds claim to being the most expensive place to rent land in Bangkok. It is to the City of Angels, what Bond Street is to London and Fifth Avenue to New York. Read More...


    Sampeng Lane

    Shopping in Chinatown

    There is something oddly kitsch, charming and nostalgic about Bangkok’s Chinatown. Walking through the many little streets you might find yourself in a market, a shophouse-lined backstreet or a crowded space jam-packed with hawkers of every ilk. The epicentre of shopping in Chinatown is the warren-like Sampeng Lane. Along with many gold shops, you’ll also find sacks of roasted chestnuts, sequins, feather boas, eccentric virility boosters and martial art weapons. Read More...

    If you're an aspiring techno-geek or want to see the latest trends in computers then Pantip Plaza is your heaven on earth. Looking for a new mobile, notebook or the latest gadget? That’s right, Pantip. Packed from floor to ceiling with stalls and shops selling all kinds of computer, electronic paraphernalia and even hard-to-find camera lenses, make sure to allow enough time to explore this bustling indoor IT mall. Read More...

    Bangkok Flower Market

    Among the many fresh produce markets in Bangkok, the jewel without a doubt is the Pak Khlong Talad Flower Market. The colours, fragrances of jasmine and the sight of garland weavers busily at work makes for a dazzling sensory experience. Prepare yourself for a really late-night experience, but one worth staying up for. Read More...

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