Bangkok Shopping Areas

There are many places to go shopping in Bangkok, and markets and large shopping malls are spread out all over the city - you're never far from one wherever you are. Anywhere where there is a large hotel will likely have good shopping facilities that cater to foreigners very nearby, though these can be overpriced.

Outdoor markets are almost always the cheapest places to shop (if you bargain), but the quality of goods sold is not always up to the standard of the deparment stores. Nevertheless, many are worth a visit for the experience even if you don't plan to buy anything. Information on Bangkok markets is in a seperate section here.

Supermarkets are reasonably priced, numerous, and the place to go to for things like diary products and imported goods which aren't available at outdoor markets. Hygiene and cleanliness are also of a much higher standard at the supermarkets than the outdoor markets, and they are quicker and more convenient if you have a lot of different items to buy.

The numerous large air-conditioned shopping malls and department stores are popular places to shop, and they are the best places to find high quality merchandise along with shops found in high-end hotels shopping arcades. Prices in shopping centers are generally higher than in markets, sometimes by a little and sometimes considerably. The various main areas for shopping centers are described in detail below:

  • Rama I road, Ploenchit road, Ratchadamri road, Siam Square area

This area, east from the top of Sukhumvit road, is a modern and fashionable shopping district with several large shopping centers. This includes the 8 storey World Trade Center, which houses the Zen and Isetan department stores, Central Chidlom department store, a branch of Bangkok largest chain of department stores, Tokyu department store, Sogo, Narayana Phand store for Thai handicrafts, and the expensive and very upmarket Gaysorn Plaza, Peninsula Plaza, Promenda Decor and Amarin Plaza.

Siam Square is a large modern shopping area, consisting of interlocked sois, and is not really a square at all. It has a collection of cheap to mid-price fashionable clothes shops, a lot of which cater to teenagers. Also around here are book shops, internet cafes, fast food restaurants etc...Not far from here - next to the Tokyu department store - is the massive and very popular MBK (standing for mah boon krong) shopping center. This has a huge range of goods and many varied, inexpensive shops and facilities (including restaurants, cinemas, games arcade and a bowling alley). Nearby shopping centers include Siam Center, also with fairly inexpensive clothes shops, and Siam Discovery, which has more upmarket clothes shops, restaurants and various other shops, including a branch of Asia Books.

  • Silom road, Surawong road, Rama IV road

This is Bangkok's main business and commercial district, but it's really only an average shopping area. Patpong night market is popular with tourists but is crowded and overpriced - you have to bargain very hard here to get a good deal. The larger hotels, such as the Dusit Thani, Narai and the Montien, have shopping arcades, but these are expensive for what they offer. Also in this area there is the Silom Complex department store, a branch of Central next door to it, another branch of Central not far away, Robinson’s Department Store, the Charn Issara tower, the upscale Thaniya Plaza shopping center and many very good silk, antique, and clothes shops.

Silom Village, near soi 24, is a complex of small shops selling antiques and traditional handicrafts. Prices aren't as expensive as in River City (see below) but are still expensive when compared to, say, Chatuchak market.

  • Charoen Krung road (New Road), Si Phraya road, Mahesak road, western end of Silom road

On Si Phraya road, near the Royal Orchid Sheraton hotel, is the 4 storey River City Shopping complex. This is home to a large number of prestigious art and antiques shops and prices are, not surprisingly, very high. It has several good restaurants which are reasonably priced though, and give impressive views over the Chao Phraya river. Oriental Plaza, part of thee Oriental Hotel, is another very upmarket shopping arcade and the shops here mostly sell art, antiques, handicrafts and clothes. Also around here is a street market, selling fake and cheap clothes, cheap handicrafts etc...It's pretty similar to the stalls on Sukhumvit road.

There are many bronzeware shops along Charoen Krung road (New Road) and the western end of Silom road. Quality is generally high, as are the prices - many shops here also have stalls at Chatuchak weekend market, and it is much cheaper to buy there.

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I wuld like to know from where i can buy crockery items in Bangkok. I shall be thankful in case u provide the details.
' Mohinder PUri
we are arriving in october could you tell me if there are any big sales in october and where are the best shops for clothing and to make suites
' claude staniscia
would like to know where can u get branded products eg.billabong,diesel,timbderland,guess etc
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