Top 10 Riverside Shopping
Best Places to Shop on the Riverside
The Chao Phraya River has plenty happening on its banks, and when it comes to shopping in this area, markets are plentiful. The most-famous and popular is Asiatique, a fun night market where you can eat, drink and shop – a definite must for any first time visitor to Bangkok. The river used to be the main thoroughfare for goods, and the flower market is a hive of activity, especially in the early hours of the morning. There’s also the Amulet market, which specialises in Buddhist religious icons, and Saphan Phut Night Market, a more local affair with second hand goods and new clothes on offer. We run through the top ten shopping opportunities around Bangkok’s Riverside:
Asiatique has successfully combined two of the most popular shopping experiences in the city: a night bazaar and a mall. Ten 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. Open from 17:00, spending an evening here is no problem. You’ll have good fun browsing the boutiques, picking up gifts or something for yourself; you are guaranteed to find something you would like to eat, and if this isn’t enough entertainment, shows are performed nightly: Calypso ladyboy cabaret and a Muay Thai performance. Read More...
- Open: 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.
Even if you haven’t come to Bangkok to take home an antique stone elephant or some modern art from the northern tribes of Thailand, OP Place (Oriental Plaza) is still a fantastic place to visit. This shopping centre is more like an art gallery or museum than a department store with 50 boutiques displaying a host of fantastic pieces to admire, or if you are lucky, take home. As well as fine arts shops there are also some well-known tailors and jewellers. OP Place has a reputation for luxury and all antiques have been issued with certificates from Thailand’s Fine Arts Department, so you can shop without worry. Read More...
- Open: 10:30 – 18:30 every day (some stores close on Sundays)
- Location: 30/1 Soi Charoen Krung 38 (behind the Mandarin Oriental Hotel)
- BTS: Saphan Taksin
- Telephone: +66 (0)2 266 0186
River City is a four-storey mall overlooking sweeping views of the Chao Phraya River. It is a playground for antique lovers and collectors with all of its floors dedicated to high quality antiques and collectibles. Besides antiques and collectibles, River City has a collection of fashion shops selling Thai silk, gems and leather accessories. Home décor items, including wooden masks, bronze sculptures and Thai crafts, are also available. River City is also an ideal place to enjoy a delectable meal, while taking in vistas of the Chao Phraya River. The waterfront promenade has a small line up of restaurants, all featuring outdoor terraces. Read More...
- Open: 10:00 - 20:00
- Location: Charoen Krung Soi 30 (next to the Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel)
- Telephone: +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
Robinson’s Bangrak is a modern shopping centre located in the Old City area of Bangkok. It contrasts with the rest of the area, which has a more rustic, local feel to it and makes shopping for international brands convenient for visitors who are staying in the area or those visiting the riverside. Robinson Shopping Mall is only a short three-minute walk from the BTS Sky Train at Saphan Taksin. It’s open every day, from 10:30 until 22:00 during the week and from 10:00 to 22:00. As well as a decent range of shops, there are also chain restaurants and a food court. Another point of interest is the small market that runs outside the shopping mall, where you can find fresh fruit and street food stalls. Read More...
- Open: Mon-Fr. 10.30 - 22:00 and Sat-Sun & Holiday 10.00 - 22:00
- Location: Corner of Silom and Rama IV Roads
- Telephone: + 66 (0)2 380052-61
Bangkok Flower Market (Pak Klong Talad) is the biggest wholesale and retail fresh flower market in Bangkok. The market has all kinds of popular flowers and flora-related items, including roses, forget-me-nots, orchids, lilies and more. Most of them sold in packs of 50 or 100 flowers in each, and prices are amazingly cheap. Part of the Old City, Bangkok Flower market is located on Chak Phet Road near Saphan Phut or the Memorial Bridge. Shops and vendors are housed inside two to three-storey shop-houses on both sides of the main road. The market lies just south of Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha) and has access to a river pier, so it makes for a great one-day trip when combined with other historical attractions in the Old City. Read More...
6Saphan Phut Night Market
- Open: 24 hours, more popular during nighttime
- Location: Chak Phet Road, the Memorial Bridge or Saphan Phut Chao Phraya pier
- How to get there: Taxi or Tuk Tuk
This local market is situated near the Memorial Bridge, and despite lighting up the riverside every night from Tuesday to Sunday, is surprisingly tourist free. The market set up starts at 18:00 but doesn’t really get going until 20:00, and runs until after midnight. The Spahan Phut Night Market mostly sells clothes, both new and also vintage / second hand. Prices are cheaper than at other markets along the river, and there are plenty of places to grab a bite to eat as well.
- Open: 18:00- 00:00
- Location: Saphan Phut Pier
This is one of the oldest markets and is probably the best place in Bangkok for buying religious paraphernalia, and more specifically the small images that Thai people often wear around their necks or on belt buckles. Along the side of the road are plenty of vendors offering everything a good Buddhist would need, from antlers or tusks, dentures from famous abbots, images of Buddha to famous monks embossed in bronze, wood or clay. The market is meant for religious locals rather than tourists, though it is worth a visit.
- Open: 08:00 – 18:00
- Location: Tha Chang Pier
Ta Tian Market is an immense fresh market place located by the riverside, opposite the white walls of Wat Pho. The market itself is easily missed by most visitors who often take a break at one of the charming little cafes under the arches of the Sino-Portuguese façades, and not many actually spot the small entrance right in the middle of this U-shaped heritage style building. Walking through the maze of Ta Tian market is fun and disorienting… if this is your first time in Thailand, 80% of the items on display will look mysterious. Dry fish come in all sizes, shapes and smells while huge bags of colourful dry shrimps make a great photo opportunity. Read More...
- Location: Maha Rat, just opposite Wat Pho
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.
10Chao Phraya Shopping Arcade
- Open: 10:00-21:00
- Address: Charoen Krung 38, facing Mandarin Oriental Hotel (by boat pier number one)
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.
- Open: 10:00-19:00
- Address: 23 Rongnamkhaeng Lane
- Telephone: +66 (0) 237 0077