Shopping in Bangkok is exiting and a primary draw for a tourist on a bargain hunt. You will find anything your heart desire and the price for everything is negotiable. In fact, you are expected to negotiate. Huge glass shopping malls surrounded by hotels near Siam Square include the Paragon Mall, Central World and the MBK centre in Prathunam area housing up to 3000 shops to the pulsating street markets will see you spend days hunting bargains.
From designer jewelry to antiques, well known clothing labels to fake labels impossible to recognize to five level centers selling any and all electronic devices, this city is a shopaholics paradise. Clothes, shoes, handicraft, silk, gemstones and tailor made clothes within 18 hours to collect at rock bottom prices are all highlights of the experience.
The MBK Mall located in Partunam is a firm favorite with locals and tourists alike. This eight level building has 2000 shops selling everything from clothes, leather accessories, digital and electronic goods, DVD’s, perfumes and anything else you can think of. Want to feel like you are in Hollywood? Visit the trendy fashion orientated Bangkok Emporium.
The Pantip Plaza (IT Mall) with its 5 level building covering a mentionable peace of earth sells exclusively electronics and anything to do with electronic devices. Cameras, computers, software, DVD’s, Ipads and iPhone's anything that can be put on a disk is on sale here and at incomparable prices. Even if you don’t buy anything, take a walk through this place for the experience.
The Platinum Fashion Mall sells more or less the same type of clothing and at the same prices as the markets outside on the street. Shopping here can be exhausting though and the air-conditioned comfort of the Platinum makes it a cooler experience. With approximately 3000 outlets you will find what you are looking for.
Navigating the Bangkok street markets is again an experience all on its own and goods are generally much cheaper than at the shopping malls. Interesting to note here is that prices seem more and more negotiable the later it gets in the day.
The Chatuchak weekend market is easily reachable with the sky train since it is situated at Mo Chit Station. It has approximately 10 000 stalls and is the biggest weekend fair in the world. You can walk around here for a week and still not see it all.
The Suan Lum Night Bazaar is a cool place to shop and is big enough to keep you busy for as long as you have time. It is further complimented by a huge square in the middle where entertainment shows are held on open air stage in the evenings. When your legs can go no more, sit down at one of the tables, order a refreshing drink and watch the show on stage. Many restaurants line the square with some great menus. Make sure you are comfortably dressed, wear the right shoes and hang on to a bottle of water, because you are in for a shop till you drop experience.
The Patpong night market is an absolute must. Just the experience of being there is enough to make you remember it the rest of your life. Even if you don’t buy anything, have a seat at one of the many bars or restaurants and have a stare around you. The shopping area on both sides are lined with bars, clubs and go-go bars. Yes, it is the infamous Patpong nightlife (red-light) district and is always swarming with tourists.
Patpong is located in the Silom area which is also home to many go-go bars and other red light joints. Ask any taxi or tuk tuk driver to take you there in no time. The maize-like market in Pratunam in downtown Bangkok is also worth a visit.