Shopping in Bangkok
Few places in the world can rival Bangkok when it comes to shopping experiences – even the most discerning shopper will not leave disappointed. Shopping malls like Siam Paragon and CentralWorld count among the best and biggest in Southeast Asia, while Chatuchak Weekend Market with its 15,000 stalls is officially the biggest market of its kind in the world.
Yes, Bangkok and Thailand is notorious for counterfeit goods, but famed also for exquisite handicrafts, beautiful silk and bargain shopping. It's a hub for wholesale shopping too; items like clothing, shoes, bags, leather goods and jewelry. And where else in the world can you have a suit tailor-made in a matter of days?
Bangkok's fame as a shopping paradise is very much well-earned. From the beautiful silk and handicrafts Thai people are so famous for, to jewelry, clothing, apparel, shoes, bags and branded luxury goods, Bangkok displays an entrepreneurial spirit that is simply unmatched. You can get great deals on electronic goods and, if your conscience doesn't come in the way, the counterfeit culture is rife. In some areas like Chinatown (household goods) and Pratunam (clothing) you can get excellent prices when you buy wholesale, while street vendors often sell very unique items that you won't find anywhere else. Tailors in Bangkok are also famous the world over; affordable and oh-so-fast! (Read more...)
As with the range of goods available, places to chop for them are daunting. Shopping malls like MBK, Siam Paragon and CentralWorld are popular with tourists looking for the real thing, while markets are excellent for bargain goods, handicrafts, art and souvenirs. Panthip Plaza is an electronics and IT mall packed with bargain shops and stalls, and just down the road in Pratunam is where locals and visitors flock for bargain wholesale shopping (clothing, apparel, shoes, bags, etc). Prime shopping areas are Siam, Silom and Sukhumvit Road. Get ready to shop 'til you drop… (Read more...)