Top 10 shopping experiences in Bangkok


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The variety of shopping experiences in Bangkok goes far beyond a stroll in a mall or a morning spent browsing a market. Shopping in Bangkok is a day-and-night activity that runs parallel with the best in the West, while also giving a flavour of the cultural uniqueness of the East. Work your way through these ten entirely different experiences, and you’ll soon come to realize why Bangkok is such a famous shopping hub.

You can enjoy shopping at Bangkok when you stay at lebua Hotels & Resorts.

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  • Hi, I do not trust the 'famous sellers' now, I really prefer to buy everything from Thailand now, this is where I buy my stuff, for $20 'Personal Shopper Bangkok' (Google it) will go shopping for you (anything), cheap and good, I would love to find the same in Paris !
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Top 10 shopping experiences in Bangkok

  1. 1.  If you can dream it up, Chatuchak probably has it. Here, you will be amazed at the sheer variety of merchandise, whether a Moroccan lamp, an antique wooden chest, a pair of vintage Levi’s jeans, or, on the exotic side, a python.Although it’s impossible to name all, the selection of goods being offered at Chatuchak can be roughly divided into 11 categories: Clothing & Accessories (sections 2-6, 10-26) Handicrafts (sections 8-11) Ceramics (sections 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 25) Furniture and Home Decoration (sections 1,3,4,7,8) Food and Beverage (sections 2, 3, 4, 23, 24, 26, 27) Plants and Gardening tools (sections 3, 4) Art and Gallery (section 7) Pets and Pet Accessories (sections 8, 9, 11, 13) Books (sections 1, 27) Antiques and Collectibles (sections 1, 26) Miscellaneous and Used Clothing (sections 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 22, 25, 26) When buying goods at Chatuchak, particularly ‘antiques’, it is wise to exercise a few precautions. Check your goods thoroughly to see whether there is any damage, as many vendors sell factory rejects. For ‘antiques’, don’t trust the vendor when he tells you it is genuine. It’s better to bring along an expert, unless you are happy with what you are paying for. Happy time to shopping at Chatuchak Market are open approximately Saturday - Sunday from 09.00 am - 06.00 pm. Just dont forget to sport comfortable shoes.
  2. 2. Direction from lebua at State Towerto Chatuchak Market (12.5 KM)- BTS Saphan Taksin - BTS Mo Chit- MRT Silom – MRT Kampang Petch
  3. 3.  These malls are where youll find the citys finest fashion stores, global brands, book shops, specialty stores, accessories stands and all kinds of luxury designer lifestyle goods. Not only are you spoiled for choice; its all super easy to navigate. Modern and air-conditioned, theyre also a pleasant alternative to the bustling hot markets, and most complexes are easily accessible via the citys modern and efficient Skytrain (BTS) system. MBK are open daily from 10.00 am - 10.00 pm.
  4. 4. Directions from lebua atState Tower to MBK – 3.7 KM.- BTS Saphan Taksin – BTSNational Stadium
  5. 5.  The great thing about shopping in Bangkok is that most malls and department stores stay open until at least 21:00 - and some even as late as 22:00. So theres plenty of time to make the most of the citys attractions during the day, and fit in a bit of retail therapy either before or after dinner. Many markets offer great after dark shopping opportunities too - and incredible bargains in the moonlight. The most popular after dark markets is undoubtedly the Patpong Night Market. Happy time to enjoy at after – Dark Shopping are open approximately daily 7.00 pm – 2.00 am
  6. 6.  The mother of all IT shops, the entirety of Pantip Plaza is dedicated to computer and technology items. The multistory shopping centre on Petchaburi Road offers a wide selection of stores, selling everything from computers and computer-related accessories, including; parts, printers, digital cameras, MP3 players, PDAs, and much more. Pantip Plaza is also (in)famous for its inexpensive counterfeit versions of software and DVDs. Although you might not be a techno-geek, it’s worth visiting when youre in the area for the pure fascination value. Walking through the main entrance of this IT complex, youll be greeted with copies of the latest software for sale (100 - 150 baht), along with DVDs, MP3 CDs, and anything else that can be put on a disk. If youre looking for a new wireless mouse, USB stick, CD-Rom drive, or whatever you can think of, sift your way through as many vendors as possible to compare prices and find the best deal. Pantip Plaza are open daily from 11.00 am - 07.00 pm.
  7. 7. Directions from lebua at State Tower to Pantip Plaza– 5.8 KM.
  8. 8.  The busy sidewalks of Maharat Road, from Wat Pho to Thammasat University, offer a fascinating street shopping experience. Here, the word street shopping is taken literally, as vendors spread out their ware on a piece of blanket right on the pavement throughout the entire stretch. The eclectic collection ranges from antique coins, Moroccan lamps and bronze ware to vintage bags, amulets and a whole gamut of indie fashion accessories – mostly of second-hand nature. As with other street shopping experiences, haggling is a must. Tha Prachan are open daily from 10.00 am - 06.00 pm.
  9. 9. Directions from lebua at State Tower to Tha Prachan– 6.5 KM.
  10. 10.  The centre of the backpackers universe is bursting with fun, tacky and useful things to blow your baht on. Its ubiquitous travel shops can arrange your outward journey, whether it be flights, trains or bus tickets. The many tailors will happily whip you up a sharp suit ready for when you arrive back from the islands. A must for the beach is a gripping read, and fortunately several of the citys best second hand-book shops are here. Modern essentials arent neglected either: internet cafes, chemists, convenience stores, banks and monetary exchanges abound. Happy time to enjoy at Khaosan Road are open approximately daily 07.00 pm – 02.00 am
  11. 11. Directions from lebua atState Tower to KhaosanRoad – 6.6 KM.
  12. 12.  What you will find here are beautiful Chinese temples, Taoist places of learning and traditional Chinese medicine shops selling all sorts of fascinating remedies. The small alleys and streets between Yaowarat Road and the Chao Phraya River are crammed with market stalls and small shops jostling to sell just about everything imaginable; from hair accessories, tea sets, hardware and food, to fabric, strange vegetables imported from mainland China and Chinese funeral items. Once crossing Chakraphek Road you will enter Pahurat – one of Chinatown’s premier attractions. Goods such as flip-flops, toys, household items, and herbs can be bought here. Within these first few blocks lie Pahurats textile-selling action, so choose one of the many small alleyways and dive into the heart of it all. Within, youll find a labyrinth of shops and vendors selling all kinds of colourful textiles. Chinatown in essence is like one big flea market. Happy time to enjoy at Chinatown Market are open daily 10.00 am – 02.00 am
  13. 13. Directions from lebua at State Tower to China Town Bangkok – 3.1 KM.
  14. 14.  Wholesale markets in Bangkok are jampacked with specialised products, whether flowers, textiles or fashion accessories. Pak Khlong Flower Market is, perhaps, the most fascinating as it offers pleasure for all senses – watch as truckloads after truckloads of flowers and fresh produce arrive pre-dawn and smell the delightful scents that fill the air. Happy time to shopping at Flower & Fresh Produce Market are open approximately daily 08.00 pm – 4.00 am.
  15. 15. Directions from lebua at State Tower to Flower & Fresh Produce Market – 5.4 KM.
  16. 16.  Few other cities offer such a vast choice of goods, much enhanced by the polite sales techniques and good-natured haggling that accompanies most transactions. Provided you have sufficient time, following the standard tourists shopping rules will help you secure some incredible deals. Deciding what to buy, and comparing prices around, is a good start. Things start to get really cheap when youre buying bulk. And dont worry about carrying everything around with you; most places will package and deliver straight to your hotel, and there are also several shipping agents around. The golden rule for bargaining is to do so with a smile - your most important negotiating tool! For more shopping venues, head towards the Ratchaprasong and Chidlom- Ploenchit areas, here youll find Central World, and other options like the posh Gaysorn, a Big C Superstore (department store), as well as upmarket Amarin Plaza and Peninsula Plaza. A skywalk also connects from here all the way to that other of holy shopping grounds, Siam. Pratunam are open daily from 09.00 am - 8.00 pm.
  17. 17. Directions from lebua at State Tower to Pratunam – 7 KM.
  18. 18.  Some of Bangkoks best-kept secrets are found in local markets. They offer an array of items at very low prices, and quite often contain the friendliest variety of Thai people. A few markets listed are a bit of a hike to the outer edge of Bangkok, although this is where the friendliest deals on a large variety of items are usually made. Local markets listed include Klong Toey, Ying Charoen (Saphan Mai), Minburi, Major Ratchoyothin, Or Tor Kor, and Khlong San Or Tor Kor Food Market are open daily from 10.00 am - 06.00 pm.
  19. 19. Directions from lebua at State Tower to Or Tor Kor Food Market – 11 KM.