What to Buy and Where to Shop in Bangkok
Shopping in Bangkok is an experience to thrill and delight the most discerning of shoppers - whatever it is you're looking for. From the gleaming chrome and towering size of modern, air-conditioned malls, to the hustle and bustle of its famously buzzing street markets, Bangkok has all kinds of places to blow your baht. With everything from antiquities and the latest pair of trainers to designer jewellery available, Bangkok has an equally exhaustive, and potentially exhausting, variety of things to buy.
Don't miss our 'Top 10 Shopping Experiences in Bangkok' feature. Whatever you choose to purchase, and wherever you may want to pursue it, be sure to polish your bargaining skills and sport a big smile.
Universal Tailors in Silom is one of Bangkok’s leading traditional bespoke tailoring houses that believes in producing the finest suits and shirts using highest quality wools and cottons. There is a saying in Thailand: ‘people don’t change their barber or their tailor’, and as proof, Universal Tailors boasts thousands of loyal clientele around the world in its 30 years of business. Acquiring tailor-made clothes in Bangkok can be tough as there are hundreds of so-called professional tailors that offer too-good-to-be true deals to attract hapless walk-in customers. But thanks largely to the internet there is now more awareness among foreigners travelling to Bangkok, and one place that comes especially recommended is Universal Tailors. Expats and foreigners get the true bespoke experience here and real value for money. (Read more...)
Bangkok Fashion Outlet looks very much like all the other malls in the city, but at this one quality products have huge – unbelievable, almost – discounts of up to 90%. The outlet is part of the Central Group, one of the biggest retailers in Thailand, who have over 20 shopping malls and department stores around the country. This is their first discount outlet in central Bangkok, and it’s very easy to get to. Located on Silom Road, the closest BTS skytrain station is Surasak, around a five minute walk from the shopping centre. It’s open every day from 11:00 until 20:00.
Opening Hours: daily from 11:00 until 20:00 - BTS: Surasak
Address: Bangkok Fashion Outlet at the Jewelry Trade Center, Silom and Surasak intersection Tel: +66 2 631 1000 Website: http://www.jewelrytradecenter.com/bangkok-fashion-outlet
Rot Fai Market (Train Market) in Bangkok is an authentic open-air bazaar selling an incredible array of vintage collectables and memorabilia from yesteryear, from antique furniture to hippy fashion and Mao kitsch. With three sections to this huge market space, there are also many traders selling modern fashion and apparel more typical of other night markets in Bangkok; however it’s the one-off and hard to find items that really make Rot Fai Market superior to all other night markets in the city. Combine all this with cool restaurants, bars and snack stalls and you have a fun night out from sunset to midnight, Thursday to Sunday. (Read more...)
Opening Hours: 17:00 - midnight (Thurs-Sun)
Location: Srinakarin Road Soi 51 (behind Seacon Square) - BTS: On Nut (closest station but still requires a taxi journey)
Central Embassy Bangkok is an ultra-luxury lifestyle mall, boasting an impressive collection of high-end designer stores, fine-dining restaurants, swanky cinema screens, and an extravagant six-star hotel set to open soon. Built on the grounds of the former British Embassy this 18 billion baht mega-mall projects the capital’s status even further as one of the world’s leading shopping destinations. Located in the heart of Bangkok's retail district near Siam, this huge shopping centre stands out from the rest of the gauntlet of megamalls with its futuristic design as well as impressive, minimalist white interior, allowing all the big-name stores really stand out. (Read more...)
Opening Hours: 10:00 until 22:00 every day - BTS: Ploen Chit
Address: Ploenchit Road, Bangkok, Thailand 10330 - Tel: +66(0)2 119 7777
Thailand is blessed with loads of tropical fruits, flowers and herbs… so it’s not surprising many spa and beauty products are produced here, taking advantage of these natural gifts that are great for health - and smell great too. Some of the best around are made by Jevah, who produce quality spa products from organic, natural ingredients all at an affordable cost. The range of hand creams, body lotions, body scubs, massage oils, candles and aroma oils start from 290 baht, with sets available for under 1,000 baht – very affordable considering all the ingredients in these authentic Thai spa products are organic, and have been locally sourced. Items in the Jevah collection are exclusively available from select Boots across Thailand (www.jevahasia.com).
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