Bangkok is one of my favorite shopping cities in the world! I just love shopping in Bangkok, with it`s combination of huge posh shopping centers with chick international and Asian fashion design, but once you pop out on the street you can also find all kinds of cool and cheap stuff!

I haven’t found any other city in the world with this kind of combination, where you can both shop cheap local designs at Chatuchak weekend marked, and luxury brands like Louis Vuitton and Chanel in a close by shopping mall. The contrasts in this city is what I like the most! You can find everything here!

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If you like this post, also check out our guide to 6 Bangkok markets you must visit, and our favourite places to eat incredible Thai food in Bangkok.

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Street sellers outside of Central World.

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Street market outside of Paragon and Central World.

The biggest shopping centres in Bangkok are clustered together within a fairly small area, which makes it convenient for shopping. It is easy to either walk, or take the sky train between them. All the centers also have great food courts, restaurants and cafes, ideal when needing a sit-down break and fuel up on energy.

 

My 10 Favourite Places for Shopping in Bangkok

1. Central World

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.

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Central World is huge, with it`s eight floors. Easy to get lost!

It is so big that they even have cars and motorbikes for sale!

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Cars and girls on display at Central World.

Central World consists of several “wings” full of shops, cafes and restaurants. Each floor is dedicated to a specific type of  item, like kids (6th floor), women (2nd floor), men (3rd floor) and electronic (4th floor, although the iStudio apple store is on 2nd floor).

Central World has two department stores, the Zen and Isetan, which both has a huge open area over several floors, containing many different brands. Each brand has it’s own area but there no walls between them. Very open and airy.

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Department store Zen at Central World.

Central World has Bangkok’s biggest sport shop, Super Sport, where you can find almost all you need when it comes to sport equipment and clothing.

The 7th floor is full of great restaurants, with a variety of cousins to choose from. This floor also has an amazing supermarket, the Gourmet Market, 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 wine from all over the world at perfect temperature. We actually found some norwegian Jarlsberg cheese here!

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Central World`s Gourmet Market is great and so huge!

Central World also has a cinema, on 7. Floor, which has a 3D cinema screen. They show movies the whole day until around midnight.

At ground floor there is an ice skating rink! Great fun to either try yourself, or watch others hava go.

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Ice skating rink at Central World, ground floor.

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Outside of Central World is a Hindu temple of Ganesh (to the left). The beautiful Christmas tree outside Central World with a climbing teddy bear and Pinocchio (to the right).

One part of the ground floor of Central World is called Groove, and is a collection of cool atmospheric restaurants serving international cousin like Italian, Japanese sushi and European.

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Hobs is a nice laid back restaurant and pub serving international food. They even have Norwegian salmon! Love it!

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Maria with Karl Lagerfeld and his kitty at Groove, Central World.

  • How to get here: Sky train to Siam station or Chit Lom, and a short distance walk.
  • Opening hours: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Central World’s Webpage

2. Siam Paragon

Siam Paragon is located a little west of Central World, with a walk-way (bridge) between them, taking about 10 min of walking. It’s easy accessible from the sky train station Siam, which is right outside Paragon Shopping Center. A good and easy start for you shopping bonanza!

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Siam Paragon is huge, with it`s 9 floors!

 

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You can shop Chanel at the Luxury wing at first floor of Paragon.

At the ground floor is a big food court with many restaurants and cafes. Many of the biggest international restaurant chains are represented here. The only ting 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!

A huge supermarket is also located at the ground floor, with food from all over the world.

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The food court at Paragon.

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The crowded and noisy food court at Paragon.

Paragon also have a luxury wing at the ground floor, The Luxury, with posh and expensive brands such as Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Burberry, Jimmy Choo, Marc Jacobs and Armani. Even car brands as Lamborghini and Ferrari have shops here.

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Louis Vuitton is of course represented at The Luxury on ground floor at Paragon.

Also more affordable shops as H&M, Zara, Mango, TopShop, TopMan, Massimo Dutti and Miss Sixty can be found at Paragon.

Paragon has Bangkok’s biggest and best book store (at least of  books in English), Kinokuniya, on 3rd floor.

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Kinokuniya, Bankok`s biggest book store, on 3rd floor at Paragon.

Also iStudio, the authorized Apple shop, is located on 3rd floor.

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 4th floor, Fitness First.

Paragon has it’s Department Store, where lots of different brands are located in a big open area over several floors.

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Paragon Department Store.

Each floor of the Paragon Department Store has its speciality, among them women’s clothes, mens wear, shoes, sports, furniture and so on. In the Department Store you will also find the great Exotic Thai store on 4th floor. Here they have all kinds of Thai design products, from clothing, jewelery, souvenirs and beauty products, all made in Thailand. Really love this Exotic Thai, it is a nice place to find gifts and souvenirs to bring back home, if you don’t have time to hit the street markets in search of bargains!

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The beautiful entrance to Exotique Thai at Paragon, where you can find great gifts!

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Lots of great Thai design at Exotique Thai in Paragon. Silk, beauty products and jewelery.

Paragon has probably the best cinema complex in Bangkok, with both 4D, 3D and IMAX (all together they have 15 large size theaters). These are all located on 5th floor. There are monitors at the entrances of Paragon, displaying an overview of what movies are showing and at what time.

At the basement level is South East Asia´s biggest aquarium, Siam Ocean World. Going there is a lovely break from the shopping, especially for kids. Paragon also has a bowling alley and karaoke center, if that is your thing 🙂

3. Siam Center

Siam Center is located just next to Siam Paragon. This center is not nearly as big as Paragon and Central World. It has a darker and dimmer feel to it. It consists of many shops though, and has a great food court on top floor which is less noisy and crowded than the one at Paragon.

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The entrance to Siam Center, walking from Paragon.

Shops as DKNY, Armani Exchange, Sephora, MAC, Victoria’s Secret (the only one in Bangkok), Adidas and Nike is located in Siam Center.

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At Sephora, Siam Center, you can find all sorts of cosmetics and beauty products.

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.

4. Siam Discovery

Siam Discovery is also smaller than it’s big brothers Paragon and Central World, but bigger and much brighter and easier to orientate yourself in than Siam Center. I really like the layout of this shopping center, it is easy to find your way around. This centre also has some of my favourite brands, so I love it! 🙂

This center has shops as: Marc by Marc Jacobs, Diesel, French Connection, Miss Sixty (these are all on first floor), DKNY, Kenneth Cole, Fred Perry, Calvin Klein, Replay (these are all on 2nd floor), Smart Travel/ North Face (3rd floor).

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Marc by Marc Jacobs on first floor at Siam Discovery.

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Smart Travel, a good shop to find travel gear, on 3rd floor at Siam Discovery.

Several good hair dressers and beauty saloons are located in Siam Discovery. I have tried both Toni&Guy (5th floor) and Hair Decor (1st floor), and can highly recommend them both! Much cheaper than at home, and I was happy with the good result :). Lots of other fun shops here too, like Concept Store on top floor with fun and beautiful design stuff for your home, or perfect as gifts for your friends and family back home.

Discovery has Bangkok’s Madame Tussauds on 6th floor.

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Bangkok`s Madame Tussauds is in Siam Discovery Centre, on 6th floor.

5. MBK

MBK, or Mahbookkrong as it is originally called, was built in 1985 and is one of Asia’s oldest shopping centers. It is a huge center particularly popular among teen Thai girls. The center is packed with small shops, mostly Thai brands and designs, and not many international shops. Needless to say that many of their sizes doesn’t fit a regular western body, unfortunately.

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Two floors (4th and 5th floor) is full of electronics, from Apple shops as iStudio to big professional camera shops as Nikon and Canon. One part of the 4th floor is full of 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 the button on his iPhone replaced for 500 THB

At MBK you can also find Thai souvenirs at cheap price, although don’t expect them to be as high quality as the ones in the Exotic Thai department in Paragon.

If you get hungry, or need a rest, there are food courts on 5th and 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 or sing karaoke on 7th floor. This shopping center is great fun, but pretty exhausting as it is packed with Thai teenagers shopping like crazy!

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

6. Pantip Plaza

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

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

Here you can find everything from serious well-known shops as iStudio and iShop (3rd floor), Nikon, Sony and Canon, to not so legal small stalls selling pirate movies, TV series, games and software. This center has an entire floor just for mobile phones, phone accessorizes and mobile repair.

Pantip has an official Apple service center on 4th floor.

We love to walk around here looking and trying out all sorts of gadgets! The noise level is quite high, which together with the crowds make it quite exhausting after a while. Pantip also has a food court on 2nd floor with typical Thai dishes.

  • How to get here: Sky train to Chit Lom station, and walk. Or take a tuk-tuk.
  • Opening hours: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., but the best time to go is mid-day as many of the smaller shops opens later and closes earlier.
  • Pantip`s Webpage

7. Central Chitlom

Central Chitlom is located next to the sky train station Chit Lom, with seven floors, and has a straight forward design and layout of each floor. Each floor is a big open space with the different brand having it’s own area with no walls between them. First floor is all about perfumes, cosmetics, jewellery and handbags. It has brands such as Mulberry, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Dior and Louis Vuitton.

At 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, and not so crowded and noisy as Paragon and Central World. It also has some nice and cozy restaurants and cafes, as Greyhound which has delicious cakes!  This is also my mums favourite shopping center 🙂

It’s food court on 7th floor is good and popular, also among Thais.

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

8. Terminal 21

Terminal 21 is located near Asok sky train station, and is a fairly new shopping center which opened in 2011.

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Terminal 21 shopping center.

This is a really cool 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. The center is huge, consisting of more than 600 shops!

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The Hollywood floor at Terminal 21 shopping center.

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The Tokyo floor at Terminal 21 shopping center.

Although it has big international brands such Esprite, Camper, Adidas, H&M, Guess, Levi’s, Nike and Quiksilver, it is also full of small and cool Asian design brands. This combo is great!

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The San Fransisco floor to the left, and the London floor to the right at Terminal 21.

Terminal 21 has a wide range of nice restaurant and cafes, as well as cinema on the top floor. You should visit Terminal 21 just to have a look at the design of each floor! Super cool!

9. Emporium

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

The Emporium is a glamorous and glossy center, light and with a nice atmosphere. At ground floor is Emporium Supermarket, with delicious food from all over the world. The first floor consists of perfumes and cosmetics, handbags and jewellery. Here are all the big international brands, such as Marc by Marc Jacobs, Chanel, Dior, Louis Vuitton and Mulberry. Second floor is all about fashion, clothes and shoes. Third floor is electronics and sports, while 4th and 5th floor consist of interior decor, furniture and household stuff. On 4th floor is Exotic Thai, the perfect place to find Thai souvenirs and gifts to bring back home. 6th floor consists of exhibition center. The top floor can offer spas and cinema.

I have only been to this shopping center once, it was a bit too posh and stylish for my taste, with very pricy brands.

10. 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 booths! The Chatuchak is a tourist attraction in itself, with over 200 000 people visiting each day! 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.

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Chatuchak Weekend 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, hand made 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. 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.

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Lots of cool Thai fashion at cheap price at Chatuchak Weekend Market

  • How to get here: Sky train to Mo Chit station, or the underground to Chatuchak station.
  • Opening hours: Saturday and Sundays, 6 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Chatuchak`s Wepage

I know I said 10 but here is a BONUS TIP, the 11th: 

11. Asiatique

Just beside the river is the new and posh Asiatique, Bangkok’s new night market. It is a mix of Asian, American and European food and shopping, as well as entertainment. This area 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 mainly have a tourist focus, where you can find Thai products and design, some of it you 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!

You can take the free shuttle boat to Asiatique from Sathorn/ Central Pier (sky train station Saphan Taksin). The free shuttle boat departs every 15 minutes, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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Maria at Asiatique.

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The big Paris wheel at Asiatique.

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Maria taking the Paris wheel at Asiatique, with great views over Bangkok.

  • How to get here: Take the free shuttle boat from Central Pier/ Sathorn (sky train to Saphan Taksin). The boat departs every 15 minutes, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Opening hours: Every day 5 p.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Asiatique`s Webpage

 

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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 cheap 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 accommodation options in Bangkok. We have stayed at all of these four hotels.

Dusit Thani Hotel Bangkok

DSC85191-705x468Read our review of Dusit Thani Hotel HERE. We love this hotel, and will highly recommend it! Dusit Thani is one of the classic and legendary hotels in Bangkok, being the first five-star hotel in the city. So everybody knows where it is, including all taxi drivers and tuk-tuk drivers, so it is easy to find.

Hotel Muse Bangkok

DSC91281-705x468Read our review of Hotel Muse HERE. It is a cool and unique boutique hotel, perfectly located in the center of Bangkok!

Hotel Icon

Hotel Icon is a new hotel which opened July 2014. It is very modern and have big comfortable rooms. The rooftop swimming pool is great! It is located on the same quiet street as Lohas Suites.

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 quite area, yet Khao San road is within easy walking distance. For more accommodation options read our guide to where to stay in Bangkok.

Travel Guides

We used the Lonely Planet`s Thailand travel guide on our trip. You can get that and other great books by clicking on the pictures below:

Thailand Lonely Planet   Thailand DK   Thailands beaches      Bangkok Lonely Planet


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