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Renown for shopping, Bangkok has become one of the world’s best retail destinations. From high-end department stores to the hustle and bustle of its colorful street markets, Bangkok offers seemingly limitless shopping experiences. Here are our top shopping recommendations:
ICONSIAM (opening late 2018) will be a glamorous retail and entertainment complex, located opposite of Royal Orchid Sheraton on the Chao Phraya River and with easy access by boat from nearby public piers.
MBK (Ma Boon Khrong Center) is known among tourists as a haven for all things affordable, boasting over 2,000 shops in seven floors of retail space. Here, you can purchase mobile phones and photo equipment, video games, street wear, gold ornaments, and more.
BTS Station: National Stadium
Distance: 3 km
CentralWorld is the sixth largest shopping complex in the world, offering a variety of fashion brands and entertainment outlets. CentralWorld caters to a modern and youthful lifestyle.
BTS Station: Chidlom or Siam
Distance: 4.6 km
Siam Paragon is the destination for luxury shopping and entertainment. It houses international fashion labels, beauty brands, sports facilities, restaurants, a multiplex movie theatre, fitness center, grand theatre, and an aquarium. While here, you can also visit the adjacent Siam Center and Siam Discovery, or Siam Square across the street.
BTS Station: Siam
Distance: 5.3 km
The EM District
The Em District is quickly becoming one of the biggest retail hubs in Bangkok. The popular Emporium Shopping Mall and the new EmQuartier mall stand tall on opposite sides of Sukhumvit Road. Beyond designer retail, EmQuartier Bangkok boasts a distinctly futuristic design, dozens of restaurants, and a serene atrium garden and waterfall.
BTS Station: Phrom Phong
Distance: 8 km
Chatuchak Weekend Market
At one time, Chatuchak Weekend Market was only popular among wholesalers and traders. Today, it is a must-visit shopping destination for tourists. Shoppers can spend hours browsing the innumerable stalls, selling diverse collections of merchandise.
BTS Station: Mo Chit, MRT Station: Kamphaeng Phet
Distance: 8 km
Train Market Srinakarin
Bangkok’s Talad Rot Fai Srinakarin (Train Market) is an open-air bazaar selling an impressive array of vintage collectables and memorabilia – from antique furniture, to hippie fashion, to Mao kitsch. While these one-of-a-kind items lend Talad Rot Fai its charm, this vast market space also offers modern apparel typical of other Bangkok night markets.
BTS Station: On Nut is the closest station (but still requires a taxi ride)
Train Market Ratchada
Sister to the night market of the same name, Talad Rot Fai Ratchada (Train Market Ratchada) a smaller marketplace located in a more convenient location. Enjoy the quirky atmosphere of this bazaar, the smell of delicious food vendors, and the array of hidden treasures for sale.
Weekends are busy, so we recommend strolling around the stalls, listening to local musicians, and drinking homemade sodas during the weekdays. The market is open daily from 5pm to 1am.
BTS Station: Thai Cultural Center
Distance: 13.6 km