Shopping in Thonburi offers visitors to this western side of Bangkok an eclectic mix of malls, modern boutique retail villages as well as plenty of traditional Thai markets – a couple of which you’ll find actually on the water.
Whilst Siam and Sukhumvit are the big-hitters when it comes to shopping in Bangkok, Thonburi has a surprisingly long list of mega malls, including one massive one at Pinklao with hundreds of outlets alongside numerous restaurants, bars and entertainment options. There are also plenty of local Thai markets, many of which are conveniently located next to the Chao Phraya River. All have been handpicked by our Bangkok experts in this Top 10 Guide to Shopping in Thonburi.
If you want to combine a spot of shopping with a day (or half day) of sightseeing, Klong Lad Mayom Floating Market in Thonburi presents a great option. Close to Wongwian BTS Station, the market is centred around one of the many Khlongs (canals) that this western district of Bangkok is so famous for.
As for shopping options, most of the stalls are set up on dry land next to the water’s edge. However, you will find several boats making their way along the canal selling everything from freshly cooked Thai food, to fruit and vegetables, as well as a few souvenirs for the odd tourist that ventures this way. This floating market isn’t as large or as popular as the famous Damnoen Saduak (a little outside Bangkok), but it wins points in our book for having a much more convenient location and delivering more of an authentic Thai experience. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from 9:30 to 16:30.
- Location: Pak Khlong Talat, Pranakorn, Bangkok (Taxi from Wongwian Yai BTS station is about 150 baht)
Central Plaza Pinklao
Central Plaza Pinklao is one of Thonburi’s largest shopping malls, with six floors of high street shops, supermarkets, department stores, restaurants, cafes and a cinema.
Part of the popular Central Group, who now own dozens of malls across Thailand, Central Pinklao is impressive in size, with a vast open atrium at its centre presenting a great view whilst also creating a spacious, non-claustrophobic shopping experience, even when it gets crowded with locals at the weekend. Highlights include the Tops Market in the basement, Major Cineplex on the top floor, Marks and Spencer and its very over department store split over four levels. Central Plaza Pinklao is very easy to find; just head over Som Dat Pa Pin Klao Bridge from the Old Town into Thonburi and head straight. The mall is on your left after about 5 minutes.
- Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00 Daily
- Location: 7/222 Borommaratchachonanni Road, Arun Amarin, Bangkok
- Tel: 66 (0) 2877 5000
Wang Lang Market
Wang Lang Market (or Wang Lang Plaza as they has rebranded it in English) is a sprawling day time market next to Wang Lang Pier and the vast Siriraj Hospital.
As this is on the Thonburi side, the market welcomes a 99% local crowd, with the foreign visitor a bit of an uncommon sight. That means vendors tend to give you extra, friendlier attention, with un-inflated prices too. Like most markets next to the numerous piers on the Chao Phraya River, expect a range of cheap clothes (girl’s jeans from 200 baht, sunglasses for 50 baht, dresses from 150 baht, and shoes from 200 baht) as well as a few street food stalls serving up barbecued pork and seafood for 10 baht a stick. The excellent Baan Wanglang Riverside Hotel is nearby and so is Zoom 4 Zoom 5 for some cheap eats with a river view.
- Opening Hours: 10:00 -17:00
- Location: Wang Lang Pier, near Siriraj Hospital
Talad Neaw Neaw - Vintage Market
Talad Neaw Neaw is actually located inside Wang Lang Market – like a market within a market – and is worth a mention in its own right for its surprisingly good range of vintage, flea market-style clothes and accessories. Most of the stalls here open mid-morning and close before 17:00, proving particularly popular with fashion conscious university students in the area.
When we went we found vintage designer shirts for about 200-500 baht, classic western American apparel like denim jackets and cowboy boots (300-2,000 baht) as well as a range of stores selling locally designed garments such as dresses, hats and t-shirts. This flea market is like a tiny slice of Chatuchak Market (the best place in Bangkok for vintage gear). Find it by entering Wang Lang Market (from the pier) then head to the centre – or ask one of the stall owners for ‘Talad Neaw Neaw’.
- Opening Hours: 10:00 -17:00
- Address: Centre of Wang lang Market, Wang Lang Pier, Bangkok
The Circle Ratchapruek
This modern ‘themed-market’ draws similarities to Bangkok’s popular Asiatique night market, with its bright colours, European-inspired decor and range of stores selling locally designed products alongside popular chain restaurants like MK, McDonalds and a whole host of Japanese buffets and grills.
The market area, which is spread over some 7,000 square metres just off the major Ratchapruek Road in Thonburi, is home around 100 shops and stalls and has parking space for over 500 cars (most people tend to drive due to its slightly out of the way location). The Circle Ratchapruek is particularly popular with young families with its themed installations, colourful artwork and regular events, activities and educational shops for the kids.
- Opening Hours: 11:00-22:00
- Location: The Circle Ratchapruek, 39 Ratchapruk Road, Bangramad, Talingchan Bangkok
- Tel: +66 2 865 6850
The charming Taling Chan Floating Market is the second floating market to make our Top 10 Shopping in Thonburi list. Due to its picturesque location on the side of a canal, this is a tourist attraction in its own right as well as a good place to come and do your fresh fruit and vegetable shopping whilst rubbing shoulders with the locals.
Whilst there are some stalls for the few tourists that make it here (selling artwork, handicrafts and general souvenirs), most of the items for sale here are of the edible variety. Plenty of waterside restaurants sit next to the canals serving up a tasty seafood lunch, or you can just indulge in barbequed treats as you make your way along the market. Elsewhere, there’s a makeshift massage shop where you can get a well earned foot rub for 200 baht! To find it, head to Wongwian Yai BTS Station then get a taxi from there. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Saturday and Sunday 08:00-17:00
- Location: 324 Chakphra Rd, Bangkok
Sena Fest is just like any one of the dozens of new community malls that pop up in Bangkok almost on a monthly basis; however, this one is particularly noteworthy as it lies on the western side of the river – in Thonburi. Before Sena Fest opened, there wasn’t really much in the way of competition in the immediate area, and so this modern mall acts as a beacon for Thonburi locals wanting a taste of the lifestyle-shopping scene central Bangkok has to offer across the river.
Shopping options here aren’t particularly comprehensive, but there are a few good international names – great for the thousands of foreign hotel guests staying in the nearby Millennium Hilton and Peninsular Hotel. Highlights include a Boots, Apple store, Villa Market, Starbucks, Wine Connection, Kasa Japanese Restaurant and an entertainment/games zone. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00 Daily
- Location: Sena Fest, Charoennakorn Road, Khlong Ton Sai, Klong San, Bangkok 10600
- Tel: +66 (0) 8161 12313
The Mall Tha Phra
The Mall Tha Phra is a centre of local life on Thonburi’s busy Ratchadapisek Road. Not only is the mall home to hundreds of fashion stores, restaurants, cafes and entertainment choices, but the whole surrounding area has plenty of pop-up markets, make-shift restaurants and street food stalls, all being drawn to the mall like a moth to bright light.
For a more civilised shopping experience (with air-con) head inside the mall for all your usual high street brands, a cinema, fast food chains and cafes. On the opposite side of the road, there is a cheaper (and hotter) alternative in the form of ‘Talad Soi 13’, an open air market selling mainly cheap woman’s clothes and Thai food. The Mall Tha Phra is also known as ‘The Mall Thonburi’.
- Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00
- Location: 99, Ratchadapisek Rd., Bukkhalo, Thon Buri, Bangkok
Khlong San Pier Market
Step off the pier at Khlong San (Thonburi side) and you will find this market straight ahead (there is also an entrance to the market on Charoen Nakhon Road). In Bangkok, it’s common for the many piers on the Chao Phraya to have markets set up right next to them, so you have to walk all the way through past the shops to get to where ever you’re going.
If you’re a young girl into cheap jeans, knock-off shoes and bags, tacky accessories and colourful dresses, this market would be worth the trip across the river for its shopping options. For anyone else, it might not be worth a special excursion, though there are some great riverside restaurants in the area and the excellent Millennium Hilton Hotel is just two minutes walk away.
- Opening Hours: 07:00 - 22:00
- Location: Directly cross the Chao Phraya River from River City, the Shangri-La hotel, or the Si Phraya Pier and get off at Khlong San Pier.
This mid-sized community mall is situated just a few metres up the road from the huge Central Pinklao Plaza (on the same side) and offers a far more modest shopping experience.
Ingeniously named SENSE due to the five elements corresponding to each letter in its name (S: supermarket, E: eating, N: nice, S: service, E: education), the mall has more in the way of eating options than anything else, with the likes of Domino Pizza, Fujiyama, HK Noodle and Wine 88 found throughout its four floors.
Other than places to eat, there’s a Maxvalu supermarket (a cross between 7/11 and Big C) as well as a Boots store, and a few hairdressers and beauty salons, a dental clinic and a massage shop.
- Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00 Daily
- Location: 71/50 Borommaratchachonanni Road, Arun Amarin, Bangkok
- Tel: +66 87 087 3300