Does Bangkok good enough for shopping?
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This page will provide you place in shopping in Bangkok, and other destinations close by. As well as, introduce you to some of the most famous products and souvenirs for tourists such as tailor made suit, apparel, jewelry, eye glasses, silk product, antique, home decorative item, and leather products.
Shopping is undoubtedly one of Bangkok’s major attractions. You can find bustling open-air food markets and colorful, noisy night markets, little shops and street stalls selling different inexpensive items. Whether you’re looking for branded or locally made items, the Thai capital has it all. The international designers have turned Bangkok’s prominent shopping plazas into their new fashion runway. At the same time, local designers proudly proclaim their own exclusive designs at the same stores.
Bangkok has become a destination for shopping. Reliable and reasonably priced goods are the major attraction for Bangkok visitors. Shopping malls have fixed price items, whereas in most of the local market, you have to bargain for the price and come into negotiation, a fun to practice. Some shopping markets and malls are wholesale market so the visitor can compare the price and the quality.
Then you can find the answer is this city worth your time for shopping.
So let’s get started…….
Bangkok Shopping: Market
As you know Bangkok is a shopping paradise, therefore almost every area in town has shopping markets, which consist of wholesale and retail market. JJ market, China town, India market, Pratunam market, Sampeng and Boabea market are the wholesale markets. Retail markets are all over Bangkok including permanent market, shopping street, and flea market, which is widespread in almost every corner of Bangkok.
JJ Market (Weekend Market)
This is paradise for bargain hunters. Every Saturday and Sunday, 9,000 individual booths are open selling an infinite variety of goods.
ํYour trip would not be complete without visiting the largest market in Asia. Chatuchak Market is in every guide book and is without doubt somewhere to put on your to-do list. This is primarily a weekend market, so plan to go either Saturday or Sunday, to experience it at its busiest.
You should have no doubts that this is a hectic market, it is hot, and crowded with people pushing and jostling along the small alleyways. If you wish to avoid the heat and crowds then aim to arrive before 11:00am.
The market is split into zones covering such things as home decor, antiques and handicrafts, clothes and pets etc. Have a look at the map when you arrive and plan your shopping expedition before you venture into the maze of alleyways.
Spread over 35 acres it easy to get lost, so if you are with others, then arrange to meet at an appointed time under the clock tower, or share your mobile phone numbers before entering.
Most vendors actually come from local factories, like antique wood carving, clay handicrafts, local souvenirs from every part of Thailand, Buddhist amulets, wooden furniture, handmade decorated flowers and plants, ceramic wares and dolls, Thai Benjarong : ceramic wares, Chinese wares, garden decorated plants and stones, trendy fashions, silk, hill-tribe outfits, fluffy dogs, colorful fishes, birds and more miscellaneous.
Our tour proposes to visit this wonderful market, recommend to book for a weekend. Weekday you can go to JJ mall, good with A/C.
Chatuchak Market can be reached easily from central Bangkok by using the MRT Chatuchak Park station or by taking the Skytrain to Mo Chit station.
Highlight: art and some street performances
Famous Product: wood furniture, silk product, puppy, silver jewelry and home decoration
Note: Open weekends only
Yaowarat or Chinatown is an ancient area which was built in 1782. No place can represent Chinese culture as well as Yaowarat. This area is full of great Chinese food at dim sum, bird nest soup, moon cake and more. There are over 132 gold jewelry shops selling 24 Karat gold jewelry. Also, the Old Chinese market and Chinese temple are worth to explore.
Yoawarat is the fantastic place to visit both day time and night time. If traveling at night, most of the shops will be closed and only food vendors will be on Yaowarat road.
Close to Chinatown is India market so call Pahurat. It is a place for fabric and accessory shopping. It is a shopping place for a commoner to banner high-end. This place is open and get busy from 08.00 am. -2.00 p.m. During the weekend, it is very busy.
Highlight: Chinese culture and Chinese and seafood , Chinese medicine
Famous Product: 24 karat golden jewelry
Note: Open daily; golden shop open from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm
Pratunam Market (Watergate Market)
Pratunam (Watergate Market) is one of the older shopping areas in Bangkok that has a highly-deserved reputation among bargain shoppers.
Passing through the area, you will see many shops on the main road. But the real activity is in the market hidden behind the stalls and shops. Here you’ll find a huge variety of low cost clothes, fashion accessories, shoes, watches, electronic gadgets and all sorts of souvenirs. It is usually very congested as there are many eager shoppers looking for their bargains. Pratunam is located on the side of Thailand’s tallest building, the Baiyok Tower. This is the major wholesale center for the garment trade.
It is very popular with minor and major international traders, particularly those from Africa. There is even an African restaurant nearby.
If you like the idea of exploring a clothing market consisting of a maze of narrow alleyways and jostling along with many other people, then you will just love the Pratunam Cloth Market. Wander from stall to stall checking out the different clothing designs and find yourself a bargain. Many of the shops sell wholesale and you will get the best price if you buy more than one item.
This market supplies most of the garments that are sold throughout Bangkok; clothes, shoes, nightwear and even school uniforms can be found in the area between the Baiyoke Tower and Pantip Plaza. Take your family, take your friends and load up. Don’t worry if your suitcase is already full, you can buy another suitcase at this market, they are just so cheap.
Highlight: close to many shopping malls
Famous Product: Low cost apparel
Note: open daily from 8.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.
Bo Bea Market
The Boa Bea market is a similar type of market like Pratoonam market. Mainly products are apparels in a wholesale price and big lots of low cost clothes, fashion accessories, and shoes.
Highlight: Low cost T-shirt
Famous Product: Low cost apparel
Note: Open daily from 6.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.
Open Air Mall in the Evening : Asiatique
Asiatique, Nice open air shopping mall on the bank of Chao Praya river. There are over 1,000 shops (souvenir, fashionable cloths, textiles, accessories, and home decor items) Visitor can enjoy Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Italian, and seafood dishes in the town square area.Calypso show and Muay Thai Live are a stage show about the fantastic stories of the Muay Thai heroes in the pass till the present. It is best to go on evening and you can take a BTS sky train to the Taksin bridge station and connect to shuttle boat. Book this tour, visit the market and see entertainment show.
Bangkok Shopping: Shopping Malls
Central, Robinson, The Malls, Future Park, Big C, Tesco Lotus is the major shopping malls in Bangkok. Departmental store sections sell branded fixed price products while the other sections have small, unique shops with a variety of goods. The branch of some of the malls is all over Bangkok. However, the most famous like MBK, Siam center, Siam Paragon, Siam discovery, the Emporium and Emquartier are located in Siam and Sukhumvit area which are the central part of Bangkok.
MBK , Marboonklong
MBK Center, one of the biggest malls in Asia was opened in 1985. This enormous 8-storey marble mall has over 2,000 stores and over 150 eating establishments. You’ll find a variety of negotiable products including clothes, cosmetics, leathered items, jewelry, electronics, etc. a large cinema theatre and a 4-storey department store (Tokyu).
The video is show how this guy bargain for T-shirt which is better use your judgment when doing this.
Siam Square is a very popular shopping area among Thai and foreign visitors. The area is centrally located and surrounded by hotels, shopping complexes and movie theatres. It connects to other important shopping centers. The central area of Siam Square is an open area named Center Point, which normally hosts activities or special events every weekend. Aside from chain stores there is a myriad of shops and boutiques, selling local designer-label apparel and jewelries, shoes, handbags and accessories. It is a fashion center for Thai teenagers.
The Trendiest Fashion and Entertainment Center located next to Siam Discovery centers offer more than 200 famous local and international brand names for those with discerning taste. Trendy Fashion Shopping Center. Siam Center maintains its reputation for the high quality of local and imported merchandise. The latest renovation features a concept of “Magical Glass Box” and gives the four-story mall a new food court and a market position as a “fusion center” for teenagers.
It is located next to Siam Center. The Paragon Department Store comprises 50,000 square meters. Another 40,000 square meters are occupied by retail shops selling luxury branded apparel, jewelries, electronics, musical instruments, audio equipment, sporting goods and automobiles. Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World, the biggest aquarium in Southeast Asia is here.
EM District (The Emporium & Emquartier)
The Emporium and Emquartier are the major centre of the EM district, it’s a luxurious department store which contains a shopping mall with multiple high-end brands, a deluxe cinema, an expensive supermarket, food court, office building and the hotel.
The concept of Terminal21 is one floor one theme shopping mall. Such as LG floor, it’s Caribbean Beach Town theme. 1st Floor it’s Tokyo theme or 6th Floor is Hollywood Studio theme and much more. You can shop in a good price here. It’s situated on the Sukhumvit and Asok intersection.
It’s the biggest shopping mall in Thailand, which includes The Centara Grand Hotel, ZEN, TK Park is the largest library in Thailand and Office building. it has over 700 stores, including food stores. Sometimes there’s a night market in front of the mall.
Siam Discovery is next to Siam Center, Over 200 stores from international to Thai high-end boutiques, home decoration stores and much more. And it has Madame Tussauds the famous lifelike wax figures of pop and movie legends, sporting heroes, historical icons and local Thai stars.
New Bangkok Shopping Mall: SHOW DC
SHOW DC is Korea concept shopping mall, It has a lot of things about Korea, You can find Korea cosmetics, clothes, LOTTE Duty Free, or Korean restaurants from here. it has international restaurants and Thai food for people who don’t like Korean food, but If you’re a Korea fan, This place is the heaven for you!
So now, you know where to go for shopping, these places is a paradise for Shopaholic!
As you can see, we have different type of market and the mall feels free to choose by your desire.
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If you are in the Khaosan Road area of Bangkok, then take some time to explore the nearby Banglamphu Markets located on Phra Sumen Road. Here you will find a mix of outdoor street vendors selling all sorts of cooked foods and indoor stalls displaying silver jewellery, bags, ornaments, clothing and leather goods; just the sort of stuff to enhance your personal travel style.
Cheap clothes, cheap food, it is all here, so put your bargaining cap on and make the vendor an offer.
Your Bangkok Shopping Experience
Whichever market you choose for your day tours of Bangkok, one thing is for sure, street markets are all different and have their own unique feel. So if you are currently planning to visit Thailand then put these Bangkok markets on your list of places to visit. Don’t forget to take your camera to capture the colour and atmosphere of the day, because you are sure to come back with priceless memories of your time in Bangkok.