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13 Great Places To Go Shopping In Bangkok

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Bangkok is one of my favorite shopping cities in the world! Bangkok has a fantastic selection of huge modern shopping centers with hip international and Asian fashion design brands. And once you step out on the streets you can continue to shop all kinds of cool and cheap stuff at markets and night markets.

I haven’t found any other city in the world with this kind of awesome combination of markets and malls. One minute you can shop cheap local designs at one of the many markets in Bangkok and the next minute luxury brands like Louis Vuitton and Chanel in a shopping mall nearby. The fascinating contrasts and variety are what I like the most about shopping in Bangkok. You can find everything here!

It can, however, be a bit difficult and overwhelming to find the best shopping in Bangkok since the city has so many shopping malls and markets.

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Where should I go shopping in Bangkok
Bangkok has some amazing shopping, especially in the Siam area

The biggest and best shopping malls in Bangkok are clustered together within a fairly small area called Siam, which makes it very convenient to go shopping in Bangkok. It is easy to either walk or take the Sky train between them. All Bangkok malls have great food courts, restaurants and cafes, ideal when you need a shopping break and something to eat and drink.

Siam is the most convenient area to stay in Bangkok if you plan on going shopping. If you wonder where to go shopping in Bangkok, I would say head to the Siam area.

The Best Places To Go Shopping In Bangkok

There are no shortage of shopping places in Bangkok as the city has a great number of shopping malls and markets to choose from. You really can shop till you drop (or your money runs out and your credit cards catch fire…) in this metropolitan city. 🙂

Your next questions probably are: Where are the best places for shopping in Bangkok? Which are the best shopping malls in Bangkok? What is famous for shopping in Bangkok?

Here I give you the ultimate Bangkok shopping guide with a list of the best shopping experiences in Bangkok and where to shop in Bangkok.

If you like shopping in Bangkok, also check out our guide to 10 Bangkok markets you must visit, and our favorite places to eat incredible Thai food in Bangkok.


Map above: The 13 best shopping places in Bangkok

1. Icon Siam – Riverside Area

The newest and the “Mother of all malls” in Bangkok is the grand Icon Siam which opened November 2018. The mall is beautifully located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River that runs through the city.

The mall is a fun place to visit, not only to shop but to indulge in a wide variety of delicious Thai food from all over Thailand. The whole Ground Floor (called SookSiam) is one giant food market packed with stalls and small restaurants selling all sorts of Thai food, drinks, desserts, and snacks. There is even a river at the ground floor where there is a small floating market with small boats selling food and snacks.

The basement of IconSiam mall is a floating market
The basement of IconSiam mall is a floating market
A durian seller at IconSiam mall in Bangkok
A durian seller at IconSiam
There are several shows at IconSiam, like this Thai boxing show
There are several shows at IconSiam. We saw a Thai boxing show and a traditional Thai dance show.

At the ground floor SookSiam, you can experience Thai arts, culture, tradition, food, and way of life from 77 provinces from all over Thailand. We enjoyed a fantastic Thai boxing show and a Thai dancing show.

In addition to the ground floor which is all about food and kind of like a market also selling Thai souvenirs and other typical market items, there are regular restaurants at the other floors too. We had Pad Thai at the famous Thipsamai which is also located in the old town of Bangkok and is on the list of our favorite Thai food in Bangkok.

The restaurant area of IconSiam has a cool and edgy design
The top floor of Icon Siam is the restaurant area and has a cool and edgy design
A noodle stall at IconSiam Bangkok
A boy buying noodles at IconSiam

When it comes to shopping, you will find shops like H&M, Zara, Victoria’s Secret, Michael Kors, Dior, MAC, Sephora, Coach, Boss, YSL, Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Gucci, Fendi, Versace, Lush, Levi’s, and Uniqlo.

2nd Floor has Thailands’s first and only (so far) official Apple Store, and it is awesome leading out to a huge terrace with a lovely park and view of Chao Phraya river.

The 3rd Floor is the men’s area with menswear, sportswear, men’s accessories, watches, and cars. 4th Floor is where you find gadgets and electronics with shops like Sony, dtac, AIS, Huawei, BIG Camera, dji, and Zeiss. If you have kids, or are looking for stuff for kids, then 5th floor is where you should be heading.

The top floor (6th floor) is all about dining and the decor and design is simply beatiful and very atmospheric with a huge water fountain designed as a water wall. At the 6th Floor you will also find the top modern and high-tech cinema Icon Cineconic and Icon Fitness center. While you are on the top floor, make sure to try the Original Thai Tea at ChaTraMue, we love it! ♥

IconSiam has a rooftop park with awesome views of the Bangkok skyline
IconSiam has a fantastic open-air rooftop park with awesome views of the Bangkok skyline
Every night there is a spectacular sound-and-light show at the IconSiam fountain
Don’t miss the spectacular sound-and-light fountain show every night outside the IconSiam

And one of the highlights of a visit to Icon Siam is the Iconic Multimedia Water Show that is shown at the gigantic fountain between the shopping mall and Chao Phraya River. The fountain is huge, 400 metre, the longest in Southeast Asia, and every evening at 18:30 (6:30 pm), 20:00 (8 pm), and 21:00 (9 pm) it turnes into a spectacular sound and light show. The watershow is a real must if you are visiting IconSiam.

  • How to get to Icon Siam: Take the Skytrain to Saphan Taksin BTS Station and take the free Icon Siam ferry that takes you right to the mall
  • Opening hours: Every day 10:00 (10 am) – 22:00 (10 pm)
  • Icon Siam’s Web page

2. Asiatique – Riverside Area

Located at the riverbank of the Chao Phraya River is the fairly new riverfront market Asiatique which opened in 2012.

Asiatique is a great place to go shopping and dining and you will find both nice restaurants and fantastic Thai street food here. Asiatique is a combination of a night market but also a shopping mall as it has both indoor shops (in a renovated 100-year-old sawmill) and open-air stalls. Here you find a mix of Asian, American and European food and shopping (indoor and outdoor).

Although Asiatique is an awesome place to head for shopping and dining, you can also enjoy some great entertainment and shows at Asiatique:

Asiatique is a great market at the Bangkok riverside selling Thai design and products
Asiatique is a great market at the Bangkok riverside selling Thai design and products. Here I am shopping for some Thai souvenirs and gifts to bring back home.

This area at the riverbank of Chao Phraya River used to belong to the Danish Ostindiske Kompani in the old days, and their old storage buildings have now been converted into cafes, restaurants, pubs, and shops.

The shops at Asiatique mainly have a tourist focus, where you can find Thai products and design, some of which you will also find at Chatuchak Weekend Market. But it is a really cool touristy market, which is also very popular among Thais. Who doesn’t love Paris wheel, Italian gelato ice cream, and 4D cinema? Asiatique is great fun and one of the best night markets in Bangkok!

Asiatique is divided into four areas:

  1. Charoenkrung District
    Here you will find more than 1000 shops and stalls selling Thai souvenirs and design. A great area to shop for Thai souvenirs and gifts. The puppet theater and Galypso cabaret show is also located in this area.
  2. Town Square District
    A market area with different outdoor activites like the paris wheel. You will also find lots of different delicious street food here, both Western and Asian.
  3. Factory District
    500 cool fashion shops with clothes, shoes, and accessories, all located in a 100 year old sawmill.
  4. Waterfront District
    The waterfront area of Asiatique is lined with several nice restaurants, both Thais and international gourmet restaurants and wine bars.

You can take the free shuttle boat to Asiatique from Sathorn/ Central Pier (skystrain station Saphan Taksin), or take a taxi, tuk-tuk, or Grab car.

  • How to get to Asiatique: Take the Skytrain to Saphan Taksin BTS Station (Exit 2) and walk down to the Central Pier of Chao Phraya River. Take the free Asiatique shuttle boat from Central Pier/ Sathorn. The boat departs every 15 minutes, from 16:00 (4 p.m.). Or you can take a taxi, tuk-tuk or Grab car to Asiatique.
  • Opening hours: Every day 16:00 (4 pm) – Midnight
  • Asiatique`s Webpage

3. Central World – Siam Area

Central World opened in 2006 and is the sixth biggest shopping center in the world with eight floors. This is the ultimate Bangkok shopping mall and my favorite one.

Central World is the best place to go shopping in Bangkok
Central World is one of the best places to go shopping in Bangkok

Central World is divided into four “wings” full of shops, cafes, and restaurants. You will also find beauty salons, banks, mobile stores, a cinema and an awesome supermarket on the top floor, and even an ice-skating rink (The Rink)! Central World is so big that it even has cars and motorbikes on display and for sale!

The ice skating rink, The Rink, at Central World Bangkok
Central World even has an ice skating rink, The Rink, located at the 1st floor

Two of the four wings consists of department stores, the Zen and Isetan, which both have a huge open area over several floors, containing many different brands. Each brand has its own area but there no walls between them. Very open and airy.

Central World shopping mall is huge and has eight floors. Restaurants, a fantastic supermarket, and a cinema are located on the top floor.
Central World shopping mall is huge and has eight floors. Restaurants, a fantastic supermarket, and a cinema are located on the top floor.

Each of the eight floors of Central World is dedicated to a specific type of item/ selection of goods:

  1. Floor – International designer brands like Marimekko, Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, Massimo Dutti, Jim Thompson (Thai silk) + some cafes like Twinings (tea). At the ground floor, there is an ice skating rink! Great fun to either try yourself or watch others have a go.
  2. Floor – Women’s clothes – brands like Sephora (makeup), Zara, MNG, Miss Selfridge, Max Mara, Lacoste, Coach, Aldo shoes, Rip Curl, Charles & Keith, Toms + some cafes (Godiva chocolate shop) + a few shops selling baby clothes
  3. Floor – Men’s clothes – brands like Levi´s, Adidas, Ecco, Asics, Nike, Wrangler, Timberland, Uniqlo, The North Face + cafes like Starbucks, Make Me Mango, and Pancake Cafe + Fitness First fitness center, Super Sports (Bangkok´s biggest sports shop)
  4. Floor – Technology, Electronics & banking – all the main banks of Thailand have a branch here + tech shops like mobile stores (like AIS, DTac, True), camera stores like World Camera, Big Camera, Sony Camera, Nikon, Olympus, Apple reseller .Life and iStudio, also shops like Alien Ware (gaming HW), DJI (drones), and Hero Gadgets + a few coffee cafes like Cafe Amazon, and a couple of beauty saloons like Above The Nail
  5. Floor – Watches & Thai gifts/ souvenirs + some beauty saloons
  6. Floor – Kids & Cafes/ Restaurants + Asia books (book store) – kids clothes and gadgets
  7. Floor – Cinema, Restaurants, cafes + Foodworld (food court) + Central Food Hall (awesome supermarket)
  8. Floor – Beauty saloons

Central World has Bangkok’s biggest sports shop, Super Sports (located on the 3rd floor), where you can find almost all you need when it comes to sports equipment and clothing.

The 7th floor is full of great restaurants and a food court – Food World, with a wide variety of cuisines to choose from, both Asian and Western. 7th floor also has an amazing supermarket, Central Food Hall, packed with all sorts of delicious food, fruits, vegetables, drinks, bakery and imported food from all over the world. Here is even a room full of wine bottles, for the customers to look around and shop for wine from all over the world at the perfect temperature. We actually found some Norwegian Jarlsberg cheese at Central Food Hall! Yay! 🙂

Central World also has a top modern cinema, on the 7th Floor, which has a 3D cinema screen. They show Hollywood movies (English) the whole day until around midnight.

Central World shopping mall in Bangkok
Central World is one of Bangkok´s biggest malls

The Groove At Central World

You will find the cozy Groove at the ground floor of Central World.

Groove is a collection of cool atmospheric restaurants and pubs serving international food like Italian (pizza and pasta), Japanese sushi, and European. Groove is well worth to check out if you want to chill out and rest after your shopping, grab a beer or drink and have something to eat.

Hobs is a nice laid back restaurant and pub in the Groove area of Central World, serving international food. We had some delicious Norwegian salmon here.
Hobs is a nice laid back restaurant and pub in the Groove area of Central World, serving international food. We had some delicious Norwegian salmon here.
  • How to get to Central World: Take the Skytrain to Siam BTS Station or Chit Lom BTS Station
  • Opening hours: Every day 10:00 (10 am) – 22:00 (10 pm)
  • Central World’s Web page

4. Siam Paragon – Siam Area

Siam Paragon shopping mall in Bangkok is huge with nine floors
Siam Paragon is huge with nine floors of shopping bliss

Siam Paragon is located a little west of Central World, with a walk-way (bridge) between them. It takes about 10 min to walk from Central World to Siam Paragon.

Siam Paragon is easily accessible from the Skytrain station Siam, which is right outside Paragon Shopping Center. A good and easy start for your shopping bonanza!


Paragon has it’s big Department Store, where lots of different brands are located in a big open area over several floors. Paragon has one of Bangkok’s best cinema (located on the top floor) and this is our favorite place to see the latest Hollywood blockbusters, preferably at the IMAX.

The department store of Paragon mall is an open area over several floors with lots of different brands
The department store of Paragon mall is an open area over several floors with lots of different brands

In the Department Store wing of Paragon, you will find the great Exotique Thai store on the 4th floor. Here they have all kinds of Thai design products, from clothing, jewelry, souvenirs and beauty products, all made in Thailand. It is a great place to shop for gifts and souvenirs to bring back home if you don’t have time to hit the street markets in search of bargains.

Each of the nine floors of the Paragon has its specialty, among them women’s clothes, men’s wear, shoes, sports, furniture and so on:

  • Basement Floor – Has Thailands biggest aquarium, Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World (open every day 10:00 – 22:00). Going there is a lovely break from shopping and is especially fun for kids.
  • Ground Floor – Gourmet Paradise – Restaurants, cafes, and a huge international supermarket
  • Main Floor – The Luxury – Posh and expensive international brands such as Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Celine, Prada, Gucci, Burberry, Jimmy Choo, Marc Jacobs, Cartier, and Armani. Even car brands as Lamborghini and Ferrari have shops here.
  • 1st Floor – Woman’s Fashion – Brands like Coach, H&M, Zara, Zara Home, Massimo Dutti, Bally, Aldo + Starbucks cafe, Godiva chocolate
  • 2nd Floor – Men’s Fashion + Lifestyle + Beauty – Brands like H&M Men, Zara Men, Bentley, Oakley, electronics like Bose, Big Camera, Cin Guitars, but also Lego and car/ motorcycle shops like Harley Davidson, Lamborghini, McLaren, and Maserati.
  • 3rd Floor – Technology & Books – Paragon has Bangkok’s biggest and best bookstore (at least of books in English), Kinokuniya, on the 3rd floor. On the 3rd floor you will everything within technology and electronics like mobile phones, iStudio (Apple reseller), but also furniture and things to your home.
  • 4th Floor – IT World & Fitness – More electronics and technology, like mobile phone companies like dTac and Ais, a couple of antique shops, and the big IT City selling computers and gadgets. If you are up for a little sweat and want to burn some calories, then one of Bangkok’s biggest and best fitness centers are located on the 4th floor, Fitness First. Exotique Thai is great for Thai gifts and souvenirs (in the Department Store section of Paragon on the 4th floor).
  • 4th (A) Floor – Education Zone – Daycare for children, different schools and workshops.
  • 5th Floor – Entertainment Zone – Paragon has probably the best cinema complex in Bangkok, located on the 5th floor, with both 4D, 3D, and IMAX. Altogether they have 15 large size theaters which show Hollywood movies with Thai subtitles. There are monitors at the entrances of Paragon, displaying an overview of what movies are showing and at what time. You will also find Kidzania kids playground on this floor, as well as a bowling alley, the Blu-O, if that is your thing.
Paragon mall has Bangkok's best book shop with the biggest selection of books in English (Kinokuniya)
Paragon mall has Bangkok’s best book shop, Kinokuniya (on 3rd floor), with the biggest selection of books in English

The Gourmet Paradise At Siam Paragon

At the ground floor of Paragon is a big food court called Gourmet Paradise with many restaurants and cafes. Many of the biggest international restaurant chains are represented here.

The only thing with Paragon`s food court is that there are no walls between the restaurants and cafes, they are all in one huge area, which makes the noise level a bit too high in my opinion. Sometimes it gets so noisy it’s hard to hold a conversation with others at the same table! Not my favorite part of Paragon shopping mall.

The food court Gourmet Paradise at the ground floor of Paragon
The food court Gourmet Paradise (located on the ground floor of Paragon) is popular but a bit too crowded and noisy for me

A huge supermarket is also located on the ground floor, with a fantastic selection of different food from all over the world. Love this supermarket!

  • How to get to Paragon: Skytrain to Siam BTS Station.
  • Opening hours: 10:00 (10 am) – 22:00 (10 pm)
  • Siam Paragon’s webpage

5. Siam Center – Siam Area

Siam Center is located just next to Siam Paragon, between Siam Paragon and Siam Discovery, connected with a walking area/ wide pavement.

The entrance to Siam Center, walking from Paragon
The entrance to Siam Center, walking from Paragon

Siam Center is not nearly as big as Paragon and Central World, with only four floors. It is not among my favorite malls in Bangkok, I usually just go through it on my way between Paragon and the newly renovated and hip Siam Discovery mall (see below).

Siam Center has a hip, dark and dim feel to it and is very popular among Thai teenagers. It consists of many small shops, some international brands but many small more unknown Asian brands.

It has a great food court on the top floor which is less noisy and crowded than the one at Paragon. We really like this food court and it is well worth a visit if you get hungry and need a break from your shopping.

The four floors of Siam Center consists of:

  • Ground Floor – Fashion Avenue – International and well-known shops and brands like Adidas, Lush, Armani Exchange, MAC, Sephora, Pull & Bear, and Victoria´s Secret
  • Main Floor – Fashion Galleria – Many shoe shops like Aldo, Havaianas, Fitflop, Dr. Martens, but also smaller and unknown fashion brands
  • 1st Floor – Fashion Visionary – Cosmetics and beauty product brands like Harnn (Thai brand)
  • 2nd Floor – Food Factory – A great and relaxed food court with both Thai and western food. This is better than the food court at Paragon.

There are also some small cafes here. It`s nice to walk around at Siam Center, as it is much more peaceful and less noisy than Central World and Paragon.

At Sephora, Siam Center, you can find all sorts of cosmetics and beauty products.
At Sephora on the ground floor of Siam Center, you can buy all sorts of cosmetics and beauty products.
  • How to get to Siam Center: Sky train to Siam station.
  • Opening hours: 10:00 (10 am) – 22:00 (10 pm)
  • Siam Center’s webpage

6. Siam Discovery – Siam Area

Siam Discovery, located just next to Siam Center (just a few seconds walk between the two), has just been through a major renovation and is brighter, shinier, and cooler than ever! Siam Discovery’s slogan is “Keep it cool“. And it certainly lives up to the phrase.

Siam Discovery has a completely new layout with an airy open almost market-like feel to it and an urban design of bright white walls with black metal contrasts. It consists of many hip international brands, and you can find an impressive variety of stuff here, everything from housewares to toys, shoes, and clothes. You will even find some of my favorite Scandinavian brands at Siam Discovery, like Acne and Samsøe&Samsøe. ♥

Siam Discovery shopping mall in Bangkok is one of the hippest malls in Bangkok
Me entering Siam Discovery, one of the hippest shopping malls in Bangkok with the slogan “Keep It Cool”.

I love the layout and atmosphere of the Siam Discovery shopping center. It is easy to find your way around, feels airy, fresh, and bright.

Siam Discovery houses Bangkok’s Madame Tussauds on the 5th floor.

Madame Tussauds in Bangkok is located in Siam Discovery shopping mall
Madame Tussauds is located in Siam Discovery shopping mall (on the 5th floor). Do you recognise who is on display at the entrance?

Siam Discovery has seven floors, consisting of:

  1. Ground Floor – Her Lab – Women´s fashion, shoes, jewelry, and accessories. Here you will find brands like Geox, Emmy Yang, Karl Lagerfeld, Kenneth Cole, Alexander Wang, DKNY, Calvin Klein, Victoria Victoria Beckham, Alexa Chung. This floor also houses Jamie´s Italian restaurant.
  2. Main Floor – His Lab – Men´s fashion, shoes, bags, accessories, skincare and shaving stuff for men, watches, and fragrance for men. Brands like Geox, Kenzo, Kenneth Cole, Hush Puppies, Samsonite, Barbour, Alexander McQueen, Calvin Klein, Balenciaga.
  3. 1st Floor – Street Lab – Jeans and streetwear, sports clothes, bags, shoes, watches, accessories. Brands like Lee, Levi´s, Salomon, Birkenstock, Crumpler, Osprey, and Fjellreven.
  4. 2nd Floor – Digital Lab – Electronic and Technology gadgets, mobile phone accessories, cameras, audio. Brands like GoPro, Garmin, Dyson, Sony, Shure, Marshall, Polaroid, Bose, Fender, and B&O Play.
  5. 3rd Floor – Creative Lab – Arts & Crafts, decoration, furniture, and hip designer housewares.
  6. 4th Floor – Play Lab – Food and groceries, health and beauty, gardening stuff, bikes, and bike accessories, souvenirs
  7. 5th Floor – Retail Innovation Lab – Madame Tussauds, fitness center Virgin Active
  • How to get to Siam Discovery: Sky train to Siam BTS Station (exit 1)
  • Opening hours: 10:00 (10 am) – 22:00 (10 pm)
  • Siam Discovery’s Webpage

7. MBK – Siam Area

MBK, or Mahbookkrong as is its full name, was built in 1985 and is one of Asia’s oldest shopping centers. You can easily walk from Paragon shopping mall to MBK (a 15 min walk).

The MBK shopping mall is mostly selling cheap Asian and Thai brands and is a great place to buy Thai souvenirs and gifts to bring back home
The MBK shopping mall is mostly selling cheap Asian and Thai brands and is a great place to buy Thai souvenirs and gifts to bring back home

MBK is a huge center particularly popular among teen Thai girls, especially on weekends, but also among tourists. It is almost a tourist attraction in itself. At MBK you can find Thai souvenirs at a cheap price, although don’t expect them to be as high quality as the ones in the Exotic Thai department store on the 4th floor of Paragon.

The center is packed with small shops and stalls, mostly Thai brands and designs, and not many international shops. Needless to say that many of their sizes don’t fit a regular western body, unfortunately.

If you are tech and camera nerds like us, head to the 4th and 5th floor, which are full of electronics. Here you will find everything from Apple shops as iStudio to big professional camera shops as Nikon and Canon.

One part of the 4th floor (Mobile Mania) is packed with tiny stalls selling all sorts of electronic stuff and spare parts. They have everything you can think of! Especially mobiles phones and mobile accessorize is in a majority. Here you can also have your mobile phone fixed if you have any problems with it, as they can fix almost everything at a cheap price while you wait! Espen had a button on his iPhone replaced for 500 THB.

If you get hungry or need a rest, there is a food court, the MBK Food Island, on the 6th floor (Thai and international food). And if you get really fed up with shopping and want to do something else, you can go bowling, sing karaoke, or watch a movie on the 7th floor.

MBK consists of seven floors:

  1. Ground Floor – Fashion – Tokyo Department Store (one big open space full of clothes), fashion shops, gold and jewelry, souvenirs, a few beauty shops, restaurants and cafes like Mc Donalds, Starbucks, Cafe Amazon, KFC, and Burger King.
  2. 2nd Floor – Fashion – Fashion and accessorize, some international brands like New Balance, Reebok, Levi´s Outlet Store, Crocs. Lots of gold and jewelry. Boots and Watson pharmacy. Food: Pizza Company, Ramen, Dairy Queen cafe, Dunkin Donuts. Some beauty saloons.
  3. 3rd Floor – Fashion – Fashion and accessories. International brands like Converse, Camel Active, lots of smaller brands. Some beauty shops and Burger King.
  4. 4th Floor – Tech and Mobile phones – All sorts of mobile stuff in the Mobile Mania area and electronics heaven
  5. 5th Floor – Camera – Camera (Big Camera, Canon, Samsung) and Electronics, furniture and home decor
  6. 6th Floor – Food Court & Thai Souvenirs – MBK Food Island food court, small Thai brand fashion, and accessories shops and stalls, Thai souvenirs in Craft Village
  7. 7th Floor – Entertainment – Cinema SF Cinema City, bowling, escape room, karaoke, game center, restaurants: KFC, Starbucks, MK Restaurant, Pizza Hut

MBK shopping center is great fun but pretty exhausting as it is packed with Thai teenagers shopping like crazy, especially on weekends!

  • How to get to MBK: Skytrain to National Stadium BTS Station (exit 4)
  • Opening hours: 10:00 (10 am) – 22:00 (10 pm)
  • MBK’s webpage

8. EmQuartier – Sukhumvit Area

EmQuartier is located just next to Phrom Phong BTS Skytrain Station, which makes it very easy to reach. It is a fairly new (opened in 2015) and very hip and cool shopping mall.

Emquartier mall in Bangkok is a fantastic place to go shopping in Bangkok
Emquartier mall in Bangkok is a fantastic place to go shopping in Bangkok

The mall is divided into three different zones:

  • The Glass Quartier
  • The Helix Quartier – four dining floors with more than 50 restaurants
  • The Waterfall Quartier – with a real waterfall which has become a popular selfie-spot

The mall has an impressively cool and earthy design with a gigantic rainforest chandelier (yep made of real plants!) in the middle surrounded by the staircases. The facade of the building houses a vertical garden with the highest waterfall in Bangkok called Waterfall Quartier. I love how green and earthy the mall is. So cool!

A real highlight of the EmQuartier mall, however, is the stunning rooftop open-air park Panorama at the 5th floor. Here you will find a spectacular and beautiful green garden, called Quartier Water Garden, with panoramic city view over Bangkok.

Emquartier mall in Bangkok has a fantastic rooftop garden
Here I am entering the fantastic rooftop garden at Emquartier mall

As for shopping, you can find a department-kind-of shop called Quarator at the 2nd floor with clothes, shoes, and accessories from different Thai designers.

The Basement Floor contains the Quartier Food Court as well as many cafes (like Starbucks, Ben&Jerry, and Au Bon Pain) and restaurants (both Asian and Western). At Ground Floor you will find a huge and fantastic supermarket called Gourmet Market selling everything you can think of when it comes to groceries. Ground Floor also houses beauty shops like Sephora (Thailands biggest flagship Sephora store), MAC, and fashion brands like Emporio Armani and Michael Kors.

In the rest of the mall you will find luxury brands like Celine, Chanel, Jimmy Choo, Miu Miu, Prada, Stella McCartney, Alexander Wang, Armani Exchange, Calvin Klein. But also less pricey brands like H&M, Massimo Dutti, Superdry, Ted Baker, Uniqlo, Gap, and Zara. Men’a fashion and lifestyle is located at the 2nd floor. You will find technology and gadgets at the 3rd floor (Big Camera dtac, Samsung, Sony, Studio 7, True) as well as the great bookstore Kinokuniya. 4th floor is the entertainment floor with the cinema and artcenter Quartier Cineart & Imax, as well as Virgin Active Fitness Club. If you are not feeling too good, you can also find several dentists, clinics, and doctors on the 4th floor.

5th floor is a must-visit with its fantastic open-air tropical garden Helix Garden and the rooftop area The Escape with bars and wine lounges with a spectacular view of Bangkok skyline. When you are getting hungry and thirsty, you should head to the 6th – 9th floor which is the Helix Dining with an impressive number of over 50 great restaurants and cafes. These top four floors are all connected by an impressive and cool spiral walkway. It really is a dining paradise with all food you can imagine from all over the world. We actually found it difficult to choose between all the fantastic restaurants as they all look amazing. You will for sure not go hungry from EmQuartier!

Emquartier mall has a great food court called Quartier Food Court
Emquartier mall has a great food court called Quartier Food Court located at basement floor B

There is a walking link from EmQuartier to Emporium shopping mall (see below) which is located just across the road (Sukhumvit Road) .

  • How to get to EmQuartier: Skytrain to Phrom Phong BTS Station (exit 4)
  • Opening hours: 10:00 (10 am) – 22:00 (10 pm)
  • EmQuartier’s webpage

9. Emporium

The Emporium is close to Phrom Phong sky train station, opened in 1997 and has recently been renovated. The Emporium mall consists of seven floors.

The Emporium is a glamorous and glossy center with a nice atmosphere.The bright white walls and shiny marble floor makes the design of Emporium classy and sophisticated. From the moment you enter the mall, you get a luxury feeling when the doormen in crisp white uniforms hold the doors for you and greet you welcome and you hear the soft jazzmusic playing in the background.

At the ground floor is Emporium Supermarket, with delicious food from all over the world. The first floor consists of perfumes and cosmetics, handbags and jewelry. Here are all the big international brands, such as Marc by Marc Jacobs, Hermes, Cartier, Prada, Chanel, Dior, Louis Vuitton and Mulberry.

The second floor is all about fashion, clothes, and shoes with less pricey stores like Zara, Armani Exchange, Diesel, Guess, and Calvin Klein. The third floor is electronics and sports, while 4th floor consist of interior decor, furniture, and household stuff. On the 4th floor is Exotic Thai, the perfect place to find Thai souvenirs and gifts to bring back home.

If you are getting hungry and thirsty, 5th floor with its great Emporium Food Hall is where you should be heading. Here you fill find different kinds of food like Japanese, Indian, Vietnamese, and Western. The food court is very high quality. 5th floor also houses the Emporim Gourmet Maret, a fantastic international supermarket.

The top/ 6th floor consists of an exhibition art center called Thailand Creative and Design Centre (TCDC). Here you can enjoy different art and creative displays by different Asian designers. The top floor also houses a spa and a cinema.

  • How to get here: Skytrain to Phrom Phong BTS station.
  • Opening hours: 10:00 (10 am) – 22:00 (10 pm)
  • Emporium’s webpage

10. Pantip Plaza – Pratunam Area

Pantip is a geek’s and nerd’s heaven! This five-floor shopping center is packed with electronics and gadgets of all kind. At first glance, this chaos of shops and noise feels like madness, but there are some logic and system to it all.

Pantip is full of electronics of all sorts, and a bit chaotic.
Pantip is packed with electronics and gadgets of all sorts, and is a bit chaotic.

At Pantip, you will find everything from well-known electronic brands and shops as iStudio and iShop (3rd floor), Nikon, Sony, Samsung, and Canon. But you will also find not so legal small stalls selling pirate copies of movies, TV series, games, and software. Pantip has an entire floor just for mobile phones, phone accessories and mobile repair. Espen got his cracked iphone screen fixed here and it was smooth, quick, cheap, and his iphone worked perfectly afterwards.

We love to walk around Pantip looking and trying out all sorts of cool gadgets and camera gear!

The noise level is quite high, however, which together with the crowds make it quite exhausting after a while. Pantip has a food court on the 2nd floor with typical Thai dishes, great for filling up your energy level and sit down and rest for a while.

  • How to get to Pantip: Skytrain to Chit Lom BTS station, and walk (a 15-min walk). Or take a tuk-tuk or taxi.
  • Opening hours: 10:00 (10 am) – 21:00 (9 pm), but the best time to go is mid-day as many of the smaller shops open later and close earlier.
  • Pantip`s Webpage

11. Central Chitlom – Sukhumvit Area

Central Chitlom is located just next to the Chit Lom Skytrain BTS Station. It has seven floors and straightforward design and layout of each floor.

Each floor is a big open space with the different brands having its own area with no walls between them. The first floor is all about perfumes, cosmetics, jewelry, and handbags. It has brands such as Mulberry, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Dior and Louis Vuitton.

At the 4th floor, you can find a good selection of high-quality Thai souvenirs like silk and beauty products made in Thailand. This is among my favorite shopping centers in Bangkok, as it has some of my favorite brands. The shoe floor is great, with a large selection of international shoe brands!

Chitlom has a nice and relaxed vibe, and all floors are airy and open spaced with the different brands spread out with no walls between them. It is easy to orientate and find your way around. Peaceful, chilled, and not so crowded and noisy as Paragon and Central World.

It also has some nice and cozy restaurants and cafes, like Greyhound which has delicious cakes! Its food court on the 7th floor is good and popular, also among Thais.

Chitlom does not have a cinema or other entertainment, so what you get here is pure shopping.

12. Terminal 21 – Sukhumvit Area

Terminal 21 is located next to the Asok BTS Station and is a fairly new shopping center which opened in 2011.

Terminal 21 is a really cool and unique shopping center, one of the coolest and most spectacular I have ever been in! Each floor is designed as a city, one is London, another is Paris, Rome, Tokyo, Istanbul, San Fransisco, and Hollywood.

Each floor of Terminal 21 shopping mall in Bangkok is designed like a city, like Istanbul is 3rd floor
Each floor of Terminal 21 shopping mall in Bangkok is designed like a city. Here is the stairs to Istanbul on the 3rd floor.

The center is huge, consisting of more than 600 shops!

Although Terminal 21 has some big international brands such as Esprit, Camper, Adidas, H&M, Guess, Levi’s, Nike and Quiksilver, it is also full of small and cool Asian design brands. This combo is fantastic and why I really love Terminal 21. It is the perfect place to shop for gifts and souvenirs to bring back home.

Each floor of Terminal 21 has a cool and unique design inspired by a city. This is the San Fransisco floor.
Each floor of Terminal 21 has a cool and unique design inspired by a city. This is the San Fransisco floor with lots of great restaurants and cafes.

Terminal 21 has a wide range of nice restaurant and cafes on the 4th and 5th San Fransisco floor, as well as a cinema on the top floor, Hollywood Floor.

You should visit Terminal 21 just to have a look at the design of each floor! Super cool and very unique!

Terminal 21 consists of nine floors:

  1. Lower Ground Floor – Caribbean – Supermarket Gourmet Marget (which is awesome), Boots pharmacy, some cafes
  2. Ground Floor – Rome – Fashion, international brands like American Eagle, Lacoste, Levi´s, Camel Active, Quiksilver, and Mango
  3. Main Floor – Paris – Fashion, international brands like H&M, Camper, Charles & Keith, The Body Shop, Victoria´s Secret, Oakley + Starbucks cafe
  4. 1st Floor – Tokyo – Women´s fashion – Lots of small stalls and shops of small unknown Asian brands
  5. 2nd Floor – London – Men´s fashion – Small stores and stalls selling everything from t-shirts to jeans for men + the sports shop Sports World
  6. 3rd Floor – Istanbul – Shoes, bags, accessories, souvenirs, gifts, decor, jewelry from small Thai brands and designers.
  7. 4th Floor – San Fransisco – Food & Drinks, restaurants like Tony Romas steaks and ribs, MK Restaurant, Fuji Japanese restaurant, and lots of other Asian food
  8. 5th Floor – San Fransisco – Food & Drinks, restaurants like KFC and lots of Asian food
  9. 6th Floor – Hollywood – SF Cinema, Fitness First, Spa center, some IT shops like AIS, dTac, True, Samsung, and PlayStation
  • How to get to Terminal 21: Skytrain to Asok BTS station or the underground to Sukhumvit MRT Station.
  • Opening hours: 10:00 (10 am) – 22:00 (10 pm)
  • Terminal 21’s webpage

13. Chatuchak Weekend Market

Chatuchak (or Jatujak) weekend marked is one of the biggest markets in the world, covering more than one km, consisting of more than 15 000 stalls!

The Chatuchak is a tourist attraction in itself, with over 200 000 people visiting each weekend! It is popular among both local Thais, foreigners living in Bangkok and tourists. You should come here and have a look even if you are not a big shopper as you can find some of Bangkok’s best Thai street food here.

Chatuchak Weekend Market in Bangkok is the worlds biggest open-air market
Chatuchak Weekend Market in Bangkok is the worlds biggest open-air market

The market is divided into 27 sections, and you can find things as wood carving, clay handicrafts, local souvenirs from every parts of Thailand, Buddhist amulets, wooden furniture, handmade decorated flowers, ceramic wares, Chinese wares, garden plants, stones, trendy fashions, silk, hill-tribe outfits, paintings of local painters, fluffy dogs, handbags, shoes, jewellery and fashionable Thai design of all sort – All at a cheap prize! It really is spectacular!

You can also eat and drink at nice small cafes and restaurants selling some of the best Thai street food in Bangkok. And if you shop too much, or very large things, TNT and DHL are present and are more than happy to pack and ship your stuff to your home.

Read about all my favorite markets in Bangkok here.

  • How to get here: Sky train to Mo Chit station, or the underground to Chatuchak station.
  • Opening hours: Every Friday 18:00 (6 pm) – midnight, Saturday and Sunday 09:00 (9 am) – 18:00 (6 pm)
  • Chatuchak`s Wepage

How To Get Around Bangkok For Shopping

All of the shopping malls and markets that are on this best shopping in Bangkok list are easy to get to by public transport, by Skytrain, Subway, or ferry. Some are even located right at a Skytrain or Subway station.

You can also, of course, get to these places by taxi, tuk-tuk, or by Grab car.

But if you want to get around Bangkok for shopping in the most comfortable and convenient way, you should consider booking a private driver.

The driver will take you (your group of family and/ or friends) to all the shopping places you want, and you can leave your shopping bargains in the car while you are shopping at the next mall or market. Super convenient and best of all, the car has air-conditioning! 🙂  Your driver will pick you up at your hote. You can choose which malls and markets you want to visit and the driver will drive you around to those places. Your driver will return you to your hotel at the end of the day.


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After a full day of shopping, one can feel quite exhausted and might feel like the picture above! Bangkok is a great shopping city, maybe the best, and the quote “Shop till you drop” is suitable for describing the shopping mania going on here! Love it!!

If this wasn`t enough, and you want more shopping, here are our favorite markets in Bangkok that you should not miss.

Are you wondering what else you should see and do in Bangkok? Check out our ultimate best-of-Bangkok itinerary. And here is an overview of the different hotel areas of Bangkok, which will help you decide where to stay. As for food, these are our favorite restaurants to eat real delicious and authentic Thai food in Bangkok.

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Where To Stay In Bangkok

Bangkok offers a wide selection of accommodation for all budgets, and you will have plenty of choices when it comes to finding the right place to stay.

Bangkok is pretty affordable when it comes to accommodation, so you can get some really good deals and even find five stars hotels very cheap compared to other places in the world. However, accommodation prices do vary greatly with the season. Below are some of our favorite hotels in Bangkok.  We have stayed at all of the hotels below.

Hotel Muse Bangkok

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Hotel Muse has a beautiful and classic decor

Read our review of Hotel Muse her. It is a cool and unique boutique hotel, perfectly located in the center of Bangkok!
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Avani Riverside

The awesome rooftop infinity pool at Avani Riverside Hotel

If you’d like to stay along the river without breaking the bank, the new Avani Riverside hotel is a great alternative to the usual riverside luxury hotels. Rooms are super comfortable with fantastic views overlooking the Chao Phraya River and the fantastic rooftop infinity pool is probably our favorite in Bangkok.
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Casa Nithra
If you’re looking for a mid-range option close to Bangkok’s famous Khao San area, then the Casa Nithra comes highly recommended. The rooftop swimming pool is lovely, the rooms comfortable and the breakfast has plenty of options. It’s located in a quiet area, yet Khao San is just an easy walk away.
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Hotel Icon is a small hotel centrally located on Sukhumvit road. The rooms are fresh and modern, big and comfortable with all the usual comforts such as flat-screen tv, aircon, and free Wi-Fi. The rooftop swimming pool is great!
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⇒ For more accommodation options and tips on which areas of Bangkok that suit you best, read our complete guide to where to stay in Bangkok.

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Written by Maria Wulff Hauglann

Maria is a Norwegian travel nerd who has explored more than thirty countries on four continents. She holds a master's degree in Computer Science, as well as an MBA. In 2014 while on a year-long trip across South East- Asia, Maria co-founded the travel blog Nerd Nomads to help others get out and explore the world. In 2018 she left her day job permanently for a life of full-time travel. See our about page for more about Maria.

65 Comments

  1. Wow, this post is super informative! If anyone was looking to be an expat, or was interested in shopping while in BKK, this would answer every question they’d have!

    We love the weekend market as well, but to be honest, I don’t think I’ve ever stepped into a mall in Thailand!

    Cheers and happy travels 🙂

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  2. Thanks Dariece! As I love shopping, and Bangkok is my favourite shopping city, I really enjoyed writing this blog post.

    Happy travels to you too!! 🙂

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  3. Maria, It always amazes me how many places have huge malls now. You can always find one with food in a food court or restaurants that are darn good, and it lets you get in from the cold or heat for a breather. I still prefer the outdoor markets, though…usually a little bit more colorful and local. Great list!

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    • Thanks Corinne! 🙂

      Yeah, I also prefer the local markets wherever we travel. But having lived in Bangkok for months at a time, the malls do come in very handy. It’s difficult to shop for clothes on the markets, since they rarely have my size.

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      • Hi Maria,

        Your comment on the sizes struck home! I wear a EU size 41 for shoes and usually a UK 14 – 18 depending on the brand for clothes.

        Which mall would you suggest I go to shop? From your listing it seems like Central Chitlom is the only one that would make sense? (I’m not looking to buy the expensive brands)

        Thanks a ton!
        Ayesha

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  4. I love markets, and Thailand has a TON of them. I never made it to any of the malls – I usually have a strict budget, so markets are a little better for that. We went to Asiatique as well – it was so polished that it makes you forget that you’re in chaotic Bangkok for a bit! The malls looks the same (only air conditioned, so maybe even more so). 🙂

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    • Hi Katie, and thanks for stopping by! 🙂

      I think the coolest thing about Bangkok is that it really has everything, and like you said there is no shortage of great markets here! 🙂

      I read that you guys went to Chatuchak. Love that place, but yeah it can definitely be a bit overwhelming :). My favourite saturday activity is browsing through the arts & handicrafts area there. There are so many incredibly talented artists and craftsmen creating and displaying their work.

      Asiatique is a fun night out, but definitely not a must see Bangkok sight 🙂

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      • I agree about Asiatique – we didn’t really like it much. Chatuchak was a place I expected to love, but we were so naive in thinking we could just show up and browse. I tried to find the handicrafts area with no luck. I will definitely try again next time (if I can talk my better half into a next time) – he’s not one for markets like I am!

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  5. We’ve been back to Thailand about 5 times now and spent time in BKK each time. MBK was always a ritual hot spot for us, but the last visit we finally got to Chatuchak markets. Given that we were a little bit sick (food poisoning – again…) it probably wasn’t such a good experience but after wondering around countless street markets everything begins to look ‘same same’… lol.

    Getting out of BKK is definitely the go. Chang Mai and especially Chang Rai up north are fantastic. They also allow you the opportunity to skip into the golden triangle. we crossed a bridge into Burma. Wowee! you think the thai’s are poor? they’ve got nothing on the Burmese!

    Hua Hin is also a nice little destination away from the crowds. Phuket is too commercial and Patong Beach smells like a toilet!

    The people can be very nice and my wife likes the lady boys – in a nice way.

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    • Hi John,

      Ah, Chatuchak market is probably not the best place to be with food poisoning. Sounds awful, poor you! I haven`t been up north in Thailand yet, but Espen has been to Chang Mai once. It is def on my list! Crossing into Burma sounds awesome! We have just done a quick visa run to Burma once, hope to get the chance to explore it some more one day.

      Totally agree about Phuket, too many tourists, especially our fellow Scandinavians :). We also liked Hua Hin a lot.

      If you ever want to get off the beaten track in Thailand, check out the islands off the coast of Ranong (west coast, towards Burma), like the island Koh Phayam. It`s like stepping back 20 years, no roads, no electricity. Really beautiful!

      -Maria-

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  6. What a great write-up. I prefer outdoor markets myself but after spending a few days in Bangkok and two weeks in Chiang Mai, we will have just a night in Bangkok before flying very early to Bali so a shopping mall where we could browse around, go to the cinema, and Madame Tussauds (we have a 12 year old boy!), might just be the ticket as we would have done all the “normal” stuff already and this will be my 3rd time to Bangkok. Nothing strenuous as we have to get up at 04:00 to catch our flight LOL!

    I’m torn between staying in town and taking a very early taxi or booking a hotel near the domestic airport and then taking the train into “the city” for a few hours. Any suggestions? Thanks for sharing by the way. 🙂

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    • Hi Victoria!

      Thanks for commenting! So happy to hear that you found this blog post useful! 🙂

      I can totally relate to your time “problem”. With only one evening in Bangkok, then I agree, the shopping area around Siam Square (with the shopping malls Central World, Paragon, Discovery and Siam Center close to each other) will be perfect for you!

      Hmm, perhaps you can skip Central World then, and head directly to Paragon, as Central World is further away from Madame Tussauds, and has much of the same shops as Paragon. In Paragon you can see a movie in 4D, 3D or Imax. The 4D is supercool by the way! I bet your 12 year old boy would love it! 🙂 Then you can easily walk over to Discovery for the Madame Tussauds, which is only a couple of minutes walk from Paragon.

      As for your question about whether to stay in town or out by the airport, that is a difficult one to answer. We have struggled with the same thing many times :). I mostly prefer to stay in town wherever I am, because then it is possible to take “breaks” at the hotel room. If you stay in town you can enjoy the full evening in Bangkok city, go to a restaurant and to the movies. That early in the morning there is no queue on the highway, so the driving time will be around 30-45 minutes to Suvarnabhumi Airport. So it`s not that far away.

      If you stay out by the airport, you have to consider the transport time into the city and back in the evening, and that depends how far away your hotel is to a sky train station/ Airport Rail Link. Otherwise taxi is your only option, and the traffic is crazy in Bangkok in the afternoon (you can end up in a queue for hours!). So if you stay out at the airport, you can probably sleep a little bit longer in the morning, but you will have less time in the city in the evening. It is a difficult one! 🙂 I`m sure whatever you choose, it will work out fine!

      Enjoy your evening in Bangkok, and have a great trip to Bali!! Where in Bali will you go? Ah, I just love Bali! We are thinking of going there within a few weeks too, can`t wait!

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  7. Thanks so much Maria. I really appreciate your response. That’s enormously kind of you. 🙂

    I’m still undecided and in principle I would like to stay in town but I wonder. We’ll be flying with Air Asia to Bali (we’re going to Ubud. It’s my 2nd visit.), and the flight leaves the Don Muang Airport at 06:00. I imagine that because it’s an international flight, we’d have to be at the airport by 04:00. Would that be right? That’s my dilemma. Not only that, but we’re actually flying in from Chiang Mai (NokAir. The price was crazy. Something like $34.00 each way so I booked it rather than take the train LOL!) and landing at Don Muang Airport on a Monday morning in August, and then leaving the next day on a Tuesday.

    Thinking about it, I probably should have added another extra day but I figured that since we would have spent 3 nights in Bangkok earlier, we wouldn’t need to do the same again but just do some last minute shopping (not too much LOL), and then fly onto Bali. We’ll be there for another two weeks!

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  8. Wow, can`t believe you got an airplane ticket from Chiang Mai to Bangkok for only 34$! That`s super cheap! Hmm, maybe we should take a trip to Chiang Mai, have never been there :). I bet the flight time is short too.

    Ah, so you fly in and out of Don Muang Airport, not Suvarnabhumi. There is no Sky train to that airport, so then taxi is your only option. The taxi drive from Bangkok centre to Don Muang Airport is about 30-45 minutes (24 km). I bet more like 30 minutes this early in the morning.

    If you do web check-in at Air Asia before your flight (opens 14 days before your flight), then the baggage drop closes 45 minutes before departure. So to be sure you have to be at the airport at least 1 hour before your flight. I think it is enough to be there before 5:00, which means you should probably take a taxi from Bangkok centre at 4:00. But if you like to have some time at the airport, and to be absolutely sure that everything goes smooth, then you should take a taxi 03:30. I`m afraid you will not get much sleep that night. 🙁

    I`m sure there are plenty of nice hotels out by the Don Muang Airport too, we have never stayed in that area, only by Suvarnabhumi Airport.

    Two weeks in Ubud, lucky you! It`s such a nice town! Have a fantastic trip Victoria! 🙂

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  9. Thanks s much Maria, I’ll have to put these options forward to my hubby and then take it from there. Any which way, you’ll be right, not a lot of sleeping is going to take place. Sigh!
    Have a great trip too. I’ll be following you officially LOL!

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  10. John Anderson/Maria,

    Was browsing this page to get some tips on my BKK trip and found some comments on my country (Burma). Burma (Myanmar) could probably be one of the richest countries in SEA with a wide variety of natural resources in the history. Sadly, this prosperous country was ruled by the Military Government for decades and ended up in being one of the poorest countries in SEA. People are suffering and struggling to survive. Especially the place you have been, the border, is far from the mainland and being neglected for development. That is very sad.

    But that poor country is rich of handicrafts, ancient arts, Buddhism arts, nice scenery, unique and lovely cultures and amazing beauties. Let me put it bluntly; Thailand could not beat Myanmar in those. But if you are going for shopping, it probably might not be the right choice for you because all we have as the uniqueness is the handicrafts and gem stones; but they are lovely and amazing. I would encourage you to try out street foods as there are a lot of varieties you could even do so; we have different ethnic groups. But make sure you prepare your own medication for food poisoning or perhaps, look out for the nearest hospital near your Hotel. But, hey, it is worth trying.

    Hope you guys would enjoy visiting Burma.

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    • Hi Nandar,

      Thank you so much for commenting! We would love to visit Burma, it is high up on our bucket list, and I can`t wait to see your unique culture and amazing temples and pagodas in Bagan. They look so beautiful!

      Norway gave the Nobel Peace Prize to Aung San Suu Kyi in 1991, so we learned about the conflict in Burma at school and through media here in Norway. It is so sad everything the country and it`s people have been through.

      We actually planned to visit Burma in January and had bought plane tickets and everything, but sadly we got sick just before our departure date so we had to cancel our trip 🙁 . The next time we go to SEA Burma will for sure be on our itinerary! Thanks for all your tips! Now I want to visit Burma even more! 🙂

      Cheers,
      Maria

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  11. Hi ,

    Im planning to come on to bangkok some next week. I would like to go these places Pratunam ,Klongsan Market and Chatuchak Market. I would like to know some hotels that are near by these places. As Are there any floating markets that i could go to ?

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    • Hi Hazwani,

      The markets that you would like to visit (Pratunam, Klongsan Market and Chatuchak Market) are not close to each other, so you will have to take sky train or the underground to get to these places. I would recommend that you book a hotel that is close to a sky train station or a underground station. That way it is easy for you to get around and visit these markets. Check out the four hotels that we have listed in this article; Dusit Thani Hotel, Hotel Muse, Lohas Suites and Hotel Icon. We have stayed at all of these, and highly recommend them. They are all in the center of Bangkok, and close to a sky train station and underground station.

      There are five Floating Markets around Bangkok, but we have not been to any of them. Here is a great article that gives you an overview of the five Floating Markets and which one is best: http://www.bangkok.com/magazine/5-floating-markets.htm

      Have a great trip to Bangkok!

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  12. Hi there,

    I’m visiting bangkok in a few weeks for about 3 days and am trying to book a hotel to be in 5-10 mins walking distance from the malls. (siam center and central world in particular). Can someone help me with what area/soi I should be looking out for as a location to stay. Also, how easy is it to use the sky train if you dont understand the local language? Any help will be highly appreciated..Thanks 🙂

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    • Hi Shilpa,

      We stayed at Muse Hotel which is a very nice boutique hotel only a 10-minute walk from Central World and Siam Center. Loved it! There is also a hotel at Central World called Centara Grand at CentralWorld.

      It is very easy to use the sky train. There are maps written in English at each sky train station where you can easily find which direction you should go to get to where you want. Just remember to bring a lot of coins, as most ticket machines at the sky train stations only accept coins and not credit cards or bills.

      Have a great trip to Bangkok! I`m sure you will love it! 🙂

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  13. Hi …amazing info on shopping!!! I am visiting Bangkok next week I just wanted to no where do we get really cheap hand bags n fake or 1st makes Of banded stuffs like guess ,dicor ?

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    • Hi Neetha,

      The shopping mall MBK has a lot of cheap clothes and handbags and is very popular among young Thai girls. Have a great shopping trip to Bangkok!

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  14. Hi Maria,

    i find your blog helpful,i recently opened a shop and i want to stock it with very fashionable kids wear , shoes and clothes for both boys and girls, from age 2 to 12yrs.
    Am planning a trip to BKK next month, any tips on where i would find such on wholesale would be helpful.

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  15. Oh, that sure would be an amazing experience to go visit one of those shopping centers in Bangkok. By the looks of the pictures it definitely looks beautiful, especially the lights at dark. I’m guessing the author had a great time shopping there in the city.

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    • Hi Andre,

      Thanks for commenting! I sure had a great time shopping in Bangkok! Bangkok has some of the best shopping in Asia since you can easily combine shopping at big malls like these with international brands, and huge street markets like Chatuchak where you can find more local Asian designs. Street food is also everywhere in Bangkok, so you can easily grab a delicious, cheap and healthy meal on the streets.

      You should definitely head to Bangkok for some shopping! It is both fun and cheap.

      Cheers,
      Maria

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  16. Hi Maria,

    Your article is really very helpful!

    We have a two night weekend stay at Bangkok on our way back home and would like to cover the key historical sites as well as some entertainment and shopping 🙂

    Our hotel is next to the Swarnabhumi Airport – any suggestions about the best way to go downtown and back?

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    • Hi Partho,

      The Suvarnabhumi Airport is about a 45-60 minutes drive (taxi) from the main center of Bangkok, depending on the traffic.

      You can take the Skytrain – the “City Line”, which takes 26 minutes to/from the “Phaya Thai Skytrain station” in the middle of Bangkok centre. It stops at six stations along the way.

      You can also take the Skytrain Express Line which only takes 15 minutes to/from “Makassan Skytrain station”. The Skytrain operates from 6 a.m. to midnight. For more info check the airport website: http://suvarnabhumiairport.com/en/121-airport-rail-link

      Many of the hotels in this area offer free shuttle service to the Skytrain station at the airport. You should check with your hotel, they might have this service.

      Here are our tips on what to do and see in Bangkok: https://nerdnomads.com/what-to-do-in-bangkok

      Have a great time in Bangkok!

      Best regards,
      Maria

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  17. Hi Maria,
    I’m planning to visit either Bangkok or China (Gaungzou). I’m looking for cheap quality ladies stuff like hand bags, shoes, watches. What would you recommend between these 2 places considering my tight budget?

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  18. wow! fantastic write up ! i am visiting Thailand next week, the info you have given is going to be quite handy. keep up the good work!

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  19. I cant believe you didnt mention platinum fashion mall….thats a womens shopping mecca..next to pantip and mbk…its got the best food in the eatery top floor…and its packed BECAUSE THE PRICES ARE ROCK BOTTOM…central plaza and siam are a RIP OFF PERIOD…been coming to thailand for the last 10 years…send me girl into platinum mall and buy what you can carry..well does she look like santa on xmas day….dont be misled ladies…you could spend all day and then some at the platinum fashion mall…you got to ask yourself why a plaza like platinum is jam packed like the Chatuchak Market…theres bargains to be negotiated :)…ohh and its airconditioned all levels sawadekaa!!!

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    • Thanks for the tip on Platinum Fashion Mall. I love the food court at Platinum, it is cheap with delicious food! I had a hard time finding clothes in my size. I agree, the prices are very low, but the quality on the clothes is not the best. Platinum is perfect for finding cheap, special street style clothes.

      Happy shopping! 🙂

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  20. Hi,

    I am making a trip to BKK in Sept and would like to know the prices for shops like Victoria Secret, Mango, H &M, Adidas and those kind, is it relatively cheaper in BKK? Thanks.

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    • Hi Nitha,

      No, prices of western brands like Victoria Secrets, Mango, Zara, Massimo Dutti and so on are not that much cheaper in Bangkok than in Europe or USA. But it may depend on how strong your currency is. Some electronics (cameras, laptops and so on) are cheaper.

      Have a great shopping trip to Bangkok!

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  21. Hi Maria, is it cheaper to buy original brands in Bangkok like, adidas/nike/sketchers compare to the middle east (GCC countries)?

    and have you seen any plus size apparel?

    Please advise! Thanks in advance! 🙂

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    • Hi Victoria,

      I have unfortunately never been to the middle east, so I don`t know what the prices are like over there. But in general, western brands are not that much cheaper in Bangkok compared to Europe or USA, so I doubt they are cheaper than in the middle east either.

      I find it difficult to get sizes that fits me when it comes to Thai brands and clothes that they sell at markets, they are usually made for small skinny Thai girls. So western brands are the ones to aim for. Central World, Siam Paragon, Siam Center, Siam Discovery, Central Chitlom and Emporium are the best ones for finding clothes in bigger sizes.

      Have an awesome time in Bangkok!

      -Maria-

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  22. Hi there,
    Thanks so much for this post! I will be moving to Bangkok in a few months, so this is a great post! Very helpful. Do the American and European branded stores carry western sizes? Basically, if I went to a Banana Republic, H&M, Mango, Victoria Secret or other common type American /European shop, I’m wondering whether they would stock the full ranges of sizes. I am a US size 8 and very tall so I know already that local market shopping for clothes is not an option LOL but am wondering if the major brands from back home will carry my sizes at their Bangkok posts.

    Thanks!

    Michelle

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    • Hi Michelle,

      Hehe, I have the same “problem”, being 1.80 m tall and using US size 6/8. So local markets are not the place for you and me to shop for clothes and shoes in Bangkok. 😉 But markets are great for finding other stuff, like things for the house, handbags and jewelry.

      Yes, the western brands do carry western sizes in Bangkok, so you don`t have to worry. You will find plenty of European/ American brands to shop. You should head for the shopping malls Central World, Siam Paragon, Siam Center, Siam Discovery, Central Chitlom and Emporium, they have all the popular western brands with all sizes in stock.

      Lucky you who are moving to Bangkok! It is such an awesome city, you will love it there! Have a great time and good luck!

      -Maria-

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  23. Thanks for posting such a classified information. I was exploring on web about markets in Bangkok, I found tons but this is the best and unbiased. I do not shop but love to see crowd and explore randomly. I am overwhelmed the way you have explained about each and mentioned how to reach by public transport.

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  24. hello maria, i have a few question:
    1. is bangkok a clean country?
    2. is it safe for women traveller?
    3. have u been to vietnam? if yes, which one would u highly recommended between vietnam and bangkok to visit?

    Thanks 🙂

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    • Hi EL,

      1. Bangkok is not a country, it is the capital of the country Thailand. Well, it depends on what you mean by the word “clean”. Parts of Bangkok is just as clean and modern as the big cities in Europe, Australia, and USA.

      2. Yes, it is safe for women to travel alone in Thailand. The main religion in Thailand is Buddhism, they have nothing against women and women have the same rights as men in Thailand.

      3. Yes, we have been to Vietnam, two times. Well, Vietnam is a country and Bangkok is a city, but if you mean what I recommend between Vietnam and Thailand I would say Thailand. I am a huge fan of Thailand. Thailand is an easier country to travel in compared to Vietnam if this is your first time to South-East Asia.

      -Maria-

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  25. Hello maria,I will be visiting bangkok for the first time on next month.I am confused between central world and mbk. I wanna also known which has good brands. I wanna kno the difference between both of them and some pricing low high and barging
    And some good night markets . Nights markets r safe to buy??
    Nights markets too have pickpocketers n thief.
    My friend is teenage so if he travel alone their locals will harass him or tease or irritating is possible???your reply will be helpful

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    • Hi Hetal,

      Lucky you who are going to Bangkok next month! You will love this great city!

      There is a big difference between Central World and MBK. Central World is a very big and modern shopping center with western brands like H&M, Zara, Massimo Dutti, Gucci, Armani and every brand you can imagine, and the prices are expensive. MBK, on the other hand, is smaller, older, and has more local Asian brands. MBK is very popular among teenagers and young people as the prices are low.

      Here are the Bangkok markets I recommend: https://nerdnomads.com/6-markets-in-bangkok-you-should-not-miss

      Here is a new night market that looks pretty good: http://www.expique.com/blog/2017/04/10/talad-neon-bangkoks-new-downtown-night-market/

      Yes, it is safe to buy things at night markets, you can also haggle the price and sometimes get half price.

      I`m pretty sure that your teenage friend will not be harassed or teased. Thai people are very friendly and welcoming, so you will have no problem at all.

      Have a great trip to Bangkok!

      -Maria-

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  26. Thanks for your post! I have to say that shopping in Thailand is great with so many brands , especially in sale season. My favourite is Siam Paragon.

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    • Hi Tonkin,

      Thank you so much! I totally agree, Bangkok is an amazing shopping city! Siam Paragon is my favourite too 🙂

      Happy travels and shopping!

      -Maria-

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  27. This place seems magical! I am heading to Bangkok soon. I was looking for things to do and now for sure I am going to squeeze in some shopping. Thank you for sharing!

    xxx
    Lotje

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  28. I love Chatuchak! I don’t think one day is enough for you to explore all the booths. The main reason why I really like to shop here is that you find lots of good items for a very affordable price. 🙂

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    • Hi Gao,

      I really love Chatuchak weekend market too! I agree it can be a bit overwhelming as it is sooooooo huge. I love to just walk around among the many booths and not necessarily buy anything, and have delicious and cheap Thai street food of course. 🙂

      Happy traveling! Thanks for commenting!

      -Maria-

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  29. now that is called a blog and review… thumbs up Maria.
    Highly appreciate your efforts in penning it down so beautifully.

    So here is the deal..my husband has been sent for some official visit to Bangkok, I am planning to join him on the weekend along with my 18 months old daughter. So will be there by Friday evening and will start back on Monday morning.

    Now I am quite sure of visiting Wat Phra Kaew and the Grand Palace and Wat Pho. ( Do you think we can cover all in one day)

    I also want to shop a bit ( more of décor and clothes ofcourse 😛 ) . I dont want to spend on brands and much as I end up doing it being at Singapore 😛 ( too expensive)
    Can you suggest me places ( malls / streets) where I can do that hassle free. thanks

    Have a good one. Cheers

    P.S. – I will be accompanied by my 18 mo baby 😛 :p

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    • Hi Devika!

      Thank you sooooo much!! Awesome that you get to tag along on your husbands business trip to Bangkok! Great deal! 🙂

      Yeah, you will manage to do all three (Wat Pra Kaew, Grand Palace, and Wat Pho) in one day. But start early as they close in the afternoon at 15:30 (Grand Palace and Wat Pra Kaew) and 17:00 (Wat Pho). You might want to take some breaks in the shade now and then at a cafe or restaurant nearby with your baby, so better to have enough time than to rush things.

      Since you will be visiting Bangkok during a weekend, the Chatuchak Weekend Market (every Saturday and Sunday) is brilliant for shopping cool, hip, and trendy décor and clothes at a cheap price. There you will find everything you need (and did not know that you needed) in one place, they really have everything! There are also restaurants and cozy cafes in and around the market, perfect for taking a break with your baby.

      MBK mall is also a great place to find cheap and cool stuff. Asiatique by the river is also a nice market with lots of great shops and restaurants. It is popular for families to visit as the streets are wide so it is easy to go around the market with a stroller.

      We were just in Singapore, and yep, I totally agree it is very expensive! It is a huge contrast to Bali where we are now.

      Have an amazing weekend in Bangkok with your baby! Enjoy the sightseeing and shopping!

      All the best,
      Maria

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  30. Hi Maria,

    We will not be staying until weekend, so no chatuchak market visit for me and my mother. We are interested in finding local market where we can buy high quality but not so pricey stuff. Where could you suggest us to visit.market list is overwhelming to digest. thanks

    We wll visit on oct 17 to oct 20 this year.

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    • Hi Aireen,

      Pratunam Market is great and centrally located. It is kind of an indoor market, but there are also booths out in the alleys and streets around Pratunam. At this Market, you will find clothes, shoes, and accessories like jewelry, handbags and sunglasses, everything at wholesale prices. It is open every day from 07:0 to around 19:00, although my impression is that they start to close they booths at around 17/18. But then the next door Baiyoke Night Market opens (from 17:00 to Midnight) so you can continue to shop there. Platinum mall is located close by and has lots of cheap clothes and stuff.

      MBK shopping mall is also a great place to find cheap Thai and Asian brands of clothes, handbags, and many different things.

      Dalat Roi Fai is also a great market where you can get hip and trendy clothes, both new and second-hand, handbags and all sorts of cool stuff. Also, a nice place to hang around at cafes. One area of Dalat Rot Fai has permanent shops, which are open Tuesday – Sunday (closed on Mondays). The rest of the market (with booths and stalls on the street) is open Wednesday and Friday – Saturday. Opening hours: 17:00 till midnight.

      Have a great trip to Bangkok and enjoy the markets and shopping!

      -Maria-

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    • Thank you so much for commenting! Great to hear that you found my shopping guide to Bangkok useful when you visited BKK! I love shopping in Bangkok.

      Cheers,
      Maria

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