Top 10 Shopping in Siam

Best Places to Shop in Siam

If you ask for suggestions for where to shop in Bangkok, the immediate answer is Siam. This is because it really is the heart of Bangkok’s shopping district, with many of the large malls including Siam Paragon and Siam Center which are directly linked to the BTS, and Central World, the largest mall in Thailand, only five minutes stroll along the elevated walkway. Siam Square offers are more market-style shopping experience, with stalls and boutiques lining small alleyways that criss-cross a 10,000 sqaure metre area, and includes over 500 shops. Smaller malls that are worth an exploration are Erawan and Gaysorn, especially if you love designer goods. For a bargain, head to Amarin Plaza. It really is shopping heaven!


1. Siam Paragon

Siam Paragon is an immensely popular shopping mall housing a host of international high-end fashion brands, Southeast Asia’s largest aquarium, a 16-screen Cineplex, and a comprehensive selection of world cuisine. Located prominently in front of Siam BTS Skytrain station - the interchange of the two BTS lines - it is considered by many to be the centre of Bangkok. This mall provides mainly luxury items for well-heeled Thais and international visitors with cash to splurge. The emphasis of Siam Paragon is fashionable, luxury living. Remember to take your credit card along as some items come with a large price tag. Twice a year there is large end-of-season sales, but don't worry if you miss these, as there are always deals to be had and there are a variety of monthly promotions all year round. Read More...

Opening Hours: 10:00 - 22:00
Location: At Siam BTS Station
BTS: Siam

2. Central World

Central World mega-shopping complex offers one of the most exciting shopping experiences in Bangkok. It has everything from brand name clothing boutiques, funky fashion, high-tech gadgets, bookshops and designer furniture to imported groceries, and even an ice-skating rink. With so many tantalising options to explore, you could easily spend half a day here without realising it. Occupying some 550,000 square metres of retail space and a total area size of 830,000 square metres – that is 30% larger than any other shopping centre in central Bangkok – Central World has a range of offerings that encompass more than 500 stores, 100 restaurants and cafes, 15 cinema screens, Kids' Zone and Learning Centre and two department stores. Read More...

Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00
Location: Ratchaprasong Intersection, opposite Gaysorn and Erawan
BTS: Chidlom, Siam
Tel: + 66 (0) 264-7000

3. MBK

The multi-storey MBK is probably Bangkok's most legendary shopping mall, popular with both tourists and locals. Eight floors packed with 2,000 shops that sell everything from clothing, fashion accessories, handbags, leather products and luggage to furniture, mobile phones, electric appliances, cameras, stationery and DVDs. MBK (launched in 1986) offers a mind-boggling range of goods spread over 89,000 square metres and is considerably less expensive. 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 with lots of affordable and yummy 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. Read More...

Location: Pathumwan Intersection
BTS: National Stadium
Tel: +66 (0)2 620 9000

4. Siam Center

Siam Center’s re-launch in January 2013 brought a different kind of shopping experience to Siam: over 200 international and Thai brands including the boutiques of some brilliant promising local designers as well as renowned Thai couturiers. On top of that, the slick renovations have taken their fresh ideology out of the stores and into the corridors, with a quirky mash-up of nature and technology. Carved wooden horses greet visitors at the entrance and interactive dress-up televisions display how the clothes will look without entering a changing room. Read More...

Opening Hours: 10:00 - 21:00
Location: Siam
BTS: Siam

5. Siam Square

Siam Square, like the city in which it is located, is an area of contrast. In essence it is 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. Wandering around Siam Square is a great way to find some decent bargains but also to discover some up-and-coming Thai and Asian brands, who offer a great mix of unusual designs at great prices. Best time to go to Siam Square is late afternoon or early evening, when the streets are coming alive and there are plenty of bars and restaurants if you need a break. Read More...

Location: Siam
BTS: Siam

6. Siam Discovery

Siam Discovery is less about glitz and glam and more about sophistication. The collection of shops here caters to young urbanites and families. Standing among its glittering neighbours, it may not have that ‘wow’ effect but offers a good selection of designer fashion outlets and cutting-edge brands. Each floor has a theme. Fashion, beauty and lifestyle accessories occupy the first three floors, including sports brands, outdoors gear and gadget stores. The fourth and fifth floors are for home décor and specialty stores, such as Ong’s Tea, Robinson Piano, Asia Books Loft and Thann Sanctuary – a spa. The sixth floor of Siam Discovery is dedicated to Madame Tussauds Wax Museum and The Sky Dining, a stylish food hall with international outlets. Read More...

Opening Hours: 10:00 - 22:00
Location: Next to Siam Centre, Pathumwan

7. Gaysorn

Gaysorn is a luxurious, upmarket white marble and gleaming chrome complex housing exclusively high-end luxury goods and designer labels. Its contemporary design and an innovative retail concept create a very exclusive shopping experience. Expect to find a wide range of highly desirable international brands like Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Prada and Hugo Boss, to name but a few, as well as a selection of Thailand's most innovative designers such as Fly Now, 'Senada Theory and Kloset Red Carpet. There’s also some of the best Thai beauty brands here, such as Thann and Panpuri. There’s a nice range of restaurants here too, and it’s so much quieter than other malls in the Siam area. Read More...

Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00
BTS: Chidlom
Address: 999 Ploenchit Road, Ratchaprasong Junction
Tel: +66 (0) 2656 1149

8. Amarin Plaza

This muddle of fashion stores, tailors, end of line boutiques and craft shops is worth a browse. On the ground floor you will normally find a mega sale. In the past, brands that have displayed their heavily discounted goods here include Quicksilver, Guess and Adidas. They also host discount weeks for homeware, perfumes, watches and sunglasses. As well as the discount rails on the ground floor, you can also grab a bargain at some of the end of the line outlet shops that you will find around the mall. Mid-range Thai fashion brand Jaspal has a discount shop here as does Guy Laroche and Crocodile. It’s an air-conditioned discount heaven, with an amazing bargain food court. Read More...

Opening Hours: 09:00-21:00
Location: 496-502 Ploenchit Road, Ratchaprasong Square
BTS: Chidlom

9. Erawan

Erawan Bangkok, the graceful mall with direct access to the Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok right in the heart of the Ratchaprasong shopping district, has an air of exclusivity about it. A five-storey space covering about 13,000 square metres, it's a boutique mall that offers a selection of only the most elegant lifestyle brands. On the ground level is a world of little eateries, collectively known as Urban Kitchen. Throughout the first and second floors are stylish boutique shops featuring the likes of Burberry, Blackjack - a multi-brand store featuring chic labels like Helmut Lang, Comme des Garcons, and Stella McCartney. Top floor is dedicated to beauty salons and spas. Read More...

Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00
Location: 494 Ploenchit Road, Ratchaprasong Junction
BTS: Chidlom
Tel: +66 (0) 2250-7777

10. Digital Gateway

This four-storey IT mall sits like a giant spaceship waiting to gobble up earthlings. The building’s futuristic design is part of its owner’s vision to create a digital lifestyle centre for displaying the latest IT gadgets as well as hosting IT-related events and activities. Besides big technology labels such as iStudio, True, Samsung, Fujitsu and Sony, you will find a line up of independent shops offering IT accessories, sunglasses, computer games, camera lenses, and an entire floor’s space dedicated to Japanese eateries. Contrary to other IT malls around Bangkok, Digital Gateway has no counterfeit products.

Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
Location: Ploenchit Road (between Siam Square Soi 3 and 4, with direct access from BTS Siam exit 2)
Tel: +66 (0)2 392 4804, +66 (0)2 714 4223

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