Whether you’re looking for authentic local crafts or high-end fashion, you’ll have no trouble finding a shop to suit your needs on Bangkok’s boulevards. Anyone interested in doing some retail therapy on their next trip to the Thai capital should seriously check out this article. Below, we’ll go through seven of Bangkok’s must-visit shopping areas.
Platinum Fashion Mall, Pratunam
If you’re into all things fashion, then be sure to add a stop at the Platinum Fashion Mall at 222 Phetchaburi Road to your travel itinerary. Inside this massive four-floor shopping mall you’ll find an incredible 1,300 different stores, most of which sell apparel and accessories. There’s also a nice food court in the Platinum Fashion Mall where you can take a much-needed food break from all your shopping. The Platinum Fashion Mall is open from 10AM to 10PM and is situated in the Petchburi area. Chidlom and Ratchathewi are the closest BTS stations to this mall.
Located on Kamphaeng Phet Road, Chatuchak Market is one of the most famous and largest outdoor markets in all of Southeast Asia. Measuring 35 acres, at least 8,000 different vendors sell their wares at this market every weekend. Just a few sections you can explore in Chatuchak include arts & crafts, books, antiques, clothes, and food. It’s a good idea to get here early because it’s not uncommon for over 200,000 people to visit this market. Chatuchak Market is open on the weekends from 9AM – 6PM and Fridays 6PM – 12AM. If you’re only interested in plants, this section of the market is also open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 7AM – 6PM. The easiest way to get to Chatuchak is to ride the BTS towards Mo Chit Station and get off at exit 1.
Are there any techies reading this article? If so, then you need to stop by Bangkok’s Pantip Plaza at 604/3 Petchaburi Road. Although it looks unassuming on the outside, this four-floor mall is the go-to place for Thais who need tech repairs or who want to buy video games, cameras, computers, and phones for the lowest prices. The normal operating hours for Pantip Plaza are from 10AM – 9PM every day of the week. If you’re traveling by BTS, you’ll have to get off at the Chidlom Station.
Talad Rodfai Ratchada
Located on Ratcadaphisek Road, Talad Rodfai Ratchada is a night market specializing in antiques and delicious street food. Known as the Train Night Market in English, Talad Rodfai Ratchada is based on another outdoor market located close to the train tracks, behind the Esplanade Mall. If you’re looking for some sweet vintage clothes, unusual nicknacks, and excellent street food, then you’ve come to the right place. You’ll find plenty of friendly vendors and a few bars dotted throughout these avenues. Just be ready to haggle with locals to get the best price! This market is open from 5PM – 12AM on Thursdays – Saturday and is located very close to the Cultural Centre MRT Station.
Khao San Road
There’s no street more legendary with backpackers than Khao San Road. Measuring only one kilometer near Bangkok’s National Gallery, this street has a reputation for hosting numerous foreign tourists throughout the decades thanks to its abundance of affordable lodgings. Anyone who wants a whiff of Bangkok’s bohemian vibe will certainly enjoy a stroll along Khao San Road. There are plenty of bars, tattoo shops, cafés, bookstores, and novelty goods bound to strike your fancy. Any artsy people reading this article should visit Khao San Road at some point during their Bangkok adventures. All establishments on Khao San Road have different hours, but most are open well into the night. If you don’t feel like taking buses, it’s best to take a taxi to Khao San Road. Just give your taxi driver this address: ถนนข้าวสาร.
MBK Shopping Mall
People looking for a more mainstream shopping experience must visit the eight-floor MBK Shopping Mall on. At over 89,000 square meters in length, the MBK Shopping Mall boasts 2,000 stores, the largest of which is the department store Tokyu. Most of the apparel shops are located on the first and second floors, the electronics are on the third and fourth floors, and home goods tend to be on the fifth and sixth floors. There’s also a wide array of entertainment venues and restaurants in MBK including karaoke bars, a 3D museum, and a movie theatre. MBK is usually open between 10AM – 10PM. There is a convenient walkway between the BTS National Stadium Station and the MBK Shopping Mall.
Victory Monument Market
Last on our list of places to “shop till you drop” in Bangkok is the Victory Monument Market Between Din Daeng, Phahonyothin, Phayathai and Ratchawithi Roads. Along with Siam, the Victory Monument area is one of Bangkok’s biggest travel hubs. Unlike Siam, however, Victory Monument is more associated with working class people looking for a good bargain than high-end shopping. You’ll find plenty of good food stalls on nearby Soi Rang Nam and superb souvenirs at a deep discount at the King Power Duty Free Shop. There are also two decent malls in the area as well as a night market selling souvenirs and clothes. To get to the Victory Monument area simply follow the BTS to the Victory Monument Station.