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Bangkok Shopping Paradise: 13 Must-Go Shopping Places In 2021

by Mia N
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A list of shopping venues will be indispensable for any shopaholics coming to the capital of Thailand. However, it’s not so easy to decide where to go shopping in Bangkok, which is known for being a real “Shopping Paradise”.

In this article, we will suggest you our 10 best shopping places in Bangkok for travelers with different budget levels.

1. Central World

Central world in Bangkok
Central world in Bangkok
  • How to get there: Sky train to Siam station or Chit Lom, and a short distance walk
  • Opening hours: 10 a.m – 10 p.m

Central World was opened in 2006 with 7 floors. It is considered to be the biggest mall in Thailand, the third largest mall in Asia and sixth in the world. With more than 500 stores, 100 restaurants and cafes, this ultimate shopping mall is a place you wouldn’t want to miss.
Products of the same categories are placed at the same floor to make your shopping easier:
From level 1 to level 3, you can find many different famous brand fashion shops such as Adidas, Topshop, Zara,… Electronic devices are on the 4th floor, home furnishing on level 5, kids’ shops on level 6 and restaurants on level 7.
Central World provides you with a great shopping experience at any age level, including kids’ zone, ice skating rink, beauty salons, bookstores, foodcourt, cinema and a wide range of restaurants and café.

2. Siam Paragon

Siam paragon
Siam paragon (taken by Asia Wander)
  • How to get there: Sky train to Siam station
  • Opening hours: 10 a.m – 10 p.m

This is not only Bangkok’s prime shopping mall, but it also possesses extremely an unique architectural style that appeals visitors. Both the inside and outside of the building have special features, which can be a giant pattern or super-unique frames.
There is a big food court at the ground floor with many restaurants and cafes, also some of the biggest international restaurants.

The ground floor has a luxury wing, with posh and expensive brands like Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Jimmy Choo, Marc Jacobs and Burberry. Even car brands such as Lamborghini and Ferrari have shops here. Not only the luxury brands, you can find brands that are affordable at Siam Paragon like H&M, Zara and Mango.

When it comes to food, you definitely shouldn’t miss it After You. It’s one cafe with so delicious bing su that attract a long line of customers everyday.

On the 3rd floor, there is the Kinokuriya bookstore (the biggest bookstore in Bangkok). There’s also an apple store for you to explore here. Moreover, there’s one of Bangkok’s biggest and best fitness centers at the 4th floor to help burn some calories. Specifically, you can see the great Exotic Thai store, which sells all kinds of Thai design products, from clothing, jewelry, souvenirs and beauty products that are famous things to buy in Bangkok to bring back home.

The book store at Siam Paragon (taken by Asia Wander)
The book store at Siam Paragon (taken by Asia Wander)

On the 5th floor, Paragon provides you the best cinema complex with both 3D, 4D and IMAX. In addition, the basement level has a big aquarium that every kid loves to visit. Paragon also offers the bowling alley and karaoke center so you can come there with friends to have fun together.

3. MBK

MBK Center in Bangkok
MBK Center in Bangkok

This is one of the biggest malls in Bangkok with 8 floors and wide range of different stores. Especially, MBK has almost everything you need from clothes, beauty products to electronic devices or department stores. Here you can also have your mobile phone fixed if you have problems with it at a cheap price.

  • How to get there: Sky train to Siam or National Stadium station, and do a short walk
  • Opening hours: 10 a.m – 10 p.m

The food court is located on the 5th and 6th floor. It’s always ready to serve you both Thai and international food. Moreover, you can always relax by going bowling or sing karaoke on the 7th floor after long shopping hours.
This huge center is particularly popular among teen Thai girls.

4. PANTIP PLAZA

  • How to get there: Sky train to Chi Lom station and a short walk, or take a tuk-tuk.
  • Opening hours: 10 a.m – 9 p.m.

This is known as the best place to buy computers in Bangkok. Pantip Plaza offers you all kinds of electronics. You can find famous shops such as iStudio, Sony, Canon and iShop or common stalls selling TV series, private movie, games and software. This building mainly focus on computers and technical equipments and there is a food court on 2nd floor to try some typical Thai dishes.

5. Icon Siam

Apple Store
Apple Store (taken by Asia Wander)

Opened on the 9th November 2018, IconSiam features many more luxurious and cool brands from all over the world. It’s considered “Mother of All Malls” in Thailand, creating a wider range of shopping choices for customers.

  • What to do at IconSiam: 
    • Shopping for definitely clothing, especially high-end stuffs such as shoes, purse, perfume…There are many luxury brands that take up 3 floors such as Hermès, Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton, Versace, Bvlgari, Cartier, Salvatore Ferragamo, Alexander McQueen, Patek Philippe….There’s also option for casual clothing such as Uniqlo.
    • Buying Cosmetics: Sephora, NYX, Nars, Innisfree, Etude house, Estee Launder…
    • Experience Apple products: this is home of the first official Apple store in Bangkok with amazing design and service => Check out my shopping experience at IconSiam.
    • Watching movies: There are 14 different screen options for both kids and adults which are new luxury screes and kids-specializing screen. Customers can even have a choice in the Cineconic Living Theater which is said to create a feeling like in the living room.
    • Eating multi-cultural food: The food paradise of IconSiam offers guests Michelin-star restaurants together with Thai street vendors, food court and food from other places in the world. The huge area consists of 7 big parts: SookSiam, Veranda, ICON Eats, Siam Takashimaya, ICON Dining Rooms, Alangkarn, and TasanaNakorn Terrace Bar.
  • Tips:
    • It’s a must that you ask for a mall directory before exploring this giant mall to avoid getting lost.
    • There is a free shuttle from for visitors to get back and forth IconSiam.
  • How to get there: take a BTS Skytrain to Saphan Taksin BTS Station then take a short walk to Sathorn Pier (Central Pier) and hop on a free shuttle here.
  • Opening hours: daily from 10:00 to 22:00.

READ MOREA complete guide to IconSiam shopping mall.

6. The Market

The Market in Bangkok
The Market in Bangkok

The Market is a brand new shopping mall opened on Valentine’s Day of 2019. This mall features more than 1,200 shops selling food, drinks, clothing and more.

  • What to do at The Market Bangkok: 
    • Buy clothes! There’re 2 floors dedicated to fashion at affordable prices.
    • Eat street food: a food court with delicious and cheap street food is always ready for you.
    • Have a massage at floor 4.
  • Tips: the market is perfect for visiting with Big C Ratchadamri and Central World as they’re next to one another.
  • How to get there: take a BTS Skytrain to Chit Lom BTS Station then take a short walk.
  • Opening hours: daily from 10:00 to 22:00.

READ ALSOThe Market Bangkok – What is special about this shopping mall?

7. TERMINAL 21 BANGKOK

  • How to get there: Take the Skytrain (BTS) Sukhumvit Line to Asok station or MRT to the sukhumvit MRT station, and then take a short distance walk.
  • Opening hours: 10 a.m – 10 p.m

This place focus its business on high quality clothes from both international and local brands. Many stalls featuring gorgeous clothes from Thai designer brands will catch any fashion lover’s eyes at the first glance. One special point of Terminal 21 is that each floor displays a city theme. You fall in love with a dress in Tokyo on 1st floor. Then, it’s ideal to have a dinner at a San Francisco restaurant on the 4th floor. This unique concept gives you the most exciting shopping experience ever.
Along with fashion clothes, Terminal 21 is famous for its massive and dirt cheap food court showcases as well. Here you are recommended to try Pad Thai, which is a must-try dish in Thailand

8. CHATUCHAK MARKET

Chatuchak market in Bangkok
Chatuchak market
  • How to get there: Take Sky train (BTS) to Mo Chit station, or the underground to Chatuchak station and follow the stream of people
  • Opening hours:
    • Wednesdays and Thursdays: 07:00 – 18:00 (Plant sections only)
    • Fridays: 18:00 – 24:00
    • Saturdays and Sundays: 09:00 – 18:00

This is a MUST when visiting Bangkok as it’s the the biggest weekend market in the world. It is divided into 27 sections. You can find almost everything you need like wood carvings, clay handicrafts, local souvenirs, wooden furniture, ceramic wares, handbags, shoes, jewelry, etc. While shopping in this market, you have the chance to walk between the beautiful paintings made by local artists.
Since Chatuchak market is really big and crowded with people from all around the world, be careful not to get lost by getting a map unless you just want to go out and explore. (you may need to bargain when shopping)

Chatuchak market (source: phuotvivu.com)
Chatuchak market (source: phuotvivu.com)

Below are the most commons things to buy at Chatuchak:

  • Clothing & Accessories: soi 2-6, 10-26.
  • Handicrafts: soi 8-11.
  • Ceramics: soi 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 25.
  • Furniture and Home Decoration: soi 1,3,4,7,8.
  • Food and Beverage: soi 2, 3, 4, 23, 24, 26, 27.
  • Plants and Gardening tools: soi 3, 4.
  • Art and Gallery: soi 7.
  • Pets and Pet Accessories: soi 8, 9, 11, 13.
  • Books: soi 1, 27.
  • Antiques and Collectibles: soi 1, 26.
  • Miscellaneous and Used Clothing: soi 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 22, 25, 26.

9. VICTORY MONUMENT MARKET

Here you are provided with a lot of shopping options and reasonable price ranges. You can choose shopping in malls, in street markets and many stores along the alley
While shopping in this area, you should try many local food available with low costs to have a full experience of Thailand’s both culture and cuisine.

  • How to get there: By BTS, take the BTS (Sukhumvit Line) and alight at Victory Monument station
  • Opening hours: 10 a.m – 10 p.m

10. ASIATIQUE

Asiatique
Asiatique (taken by Asia Wander)

This is Bangkok’s new night market, which is a mix of Asian, American and European food, shopping and entertainment. This market provides you Thai products and design that are similar to products at Chatuchak market. Asiatique also has Paris wheel, Italian gelato ice cream and 4D cinema which create more fun than other old markets.

  • How to get there: Take the free shuttle boat from Central Pier/Sathorn
  • Opening hours: 5 p.m – 12 p.m

11. KLONGSAN MARKET

If you want to visit “real” market and eat like a local, it is worth visiting Klongsan. It is common among Thai locals to go to Klongsan market after working. You may find it difficult to buy typical souvenirs here, but there are many trendy clothes, shoes and accessories for you to choose from. This is a good choice for cheap shopping in Bangkok since Thailand’s prices of clothes here are affordable.
You might also see lots of delicious Thai food at Klongsan Market and a huge Buddhist Monk in plastic where amulets for good luck are available for sale

  • What to buy at Klongsan Market: trendy clothes, dresses, shoes, accessories, delicious street food.
  • Tips: remember to prepare cash in advance as most of the stores do not accept credit card.
  • How to get there: Take a boat on Chao Phraya River and leave at Klongsan Pier
  • Opening hours: 7 a.m – 10 p.m

12. PAK KLONG TALAT FLOWER MARKET

It is such a beautiful and vibrant market worth visiting! All the colorful look and lovely smell from variety kinds of flowers attract you in a spot. Flowers here are sold in packs of 50-100 flowers at surprisingly cheap prices. If you’re not into buying flowers, it’s recommended to book the 2-hour flower market tour to get an insight view of the history of this market and Thai culture. Otherwise, there are still other choices for you such as joining Cooking courses and Flower art workshop at the market.

  • What to buy at Pak Klong Talat Flower: flowers (of course), joining market tours, cooking classes and flower art workshops.
  • How to get there: Take a taxi or use the river Express Boat to Saphan Phut station then take a short walk to Chakphet Road.
  • Opening hours: 24 hours every day, but it is busiest in the evening.

13. Platinum Fashion Mall

Inside Platinum fashion mall in Bangkok
Inside Platinum fashion mall in Bangkok

Platinum is a real shopper’s paradise in Bangkok and the best wholesale fashion hub of ASEAN.
Even though the building may look posh on the outside, Platinum Fashion Mall actually brings you a shopping experience similar to the outdoor weekend market Chatuchak. It has convenient escalators and air conditioning here and there.
There are more than 2,000 shops on 6 levels that are named after world famous shopping districts, like Oxford, Ginza, Soho, Nathan, Camden, and Orchard. Honestly, Platinum Fashion Mall is the best place in Bangkok to buy quality clothes at extremely low prices. There is no hidden fee or proof of membership required at this mall, people can just walk right in and buy anything they want. Moreover, it offers wholesale pricing to anyone in search of a bargain. Actually the more you buy, the cheaper the price! As a result, this shopping center is very popular and can easily be crowded any time, day or night.

  • What to buy at Platinum Fashion Mall: Mostly women’s clothing, hats, jewelry, shoes and purses, some clothing for men and children, as well as souvenirs, gifts, and household items.
  • Tips: it’s worth noting that some of the shops will allow you to try on clothing items but others may not. Also, not all shops have enough space to accommodate proper changing rooms. Hence, remember to ask before trying anything.
  • How to get there: take BTS to Chitlom or Siam station then take a short walk.
  • Opening hours:
    • Saturdays, Sundays, Wednesdays: 08.00 – 20.00
    • Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays: 09.00 – 20.00

These are 13 best shopping places in Bangkok for you. The first 5 malls are modern and high-quality ones with quite expensive costs. If your budget is a bit tight, the latter 8 markets may be better choices for you to have a fulfill shopping experience at reasonable prices.

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