Bangkok may not be the most picture-perfect city in the world, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a fantastic place to visit nonetheless. If you enjoy shopping, it offers an experience like no other. There’s not only a fantastic selection of street markets selling everything from fresh food to flowers, but there are also dozens of malls and specialty shops just waiting for you to explore. If it’s your first time visiting the city, keep reading for a list of places you absolutely have to visit.
Central World opened in 2006 and is currently the sixth largest shopping center in the world. Set over eight floors, you can buy everything from fashion and electronics to cars and motorbikes! Each floor in Central World is home to a specific type of item, and you’ll also find two department stores inside containing all of the brand names you know and love. The 7th floor of the building is where you’ll find a great selection of restaurants, cafes, and other eateries, as well as the Gourmet Food Market, which you have to visit at least once.
Siam Paragon is located close to Central World and can actually be reached from a small walkway which separates the two. Another large building, you can find everything from watch repair Bangkok services to a large international supermarket within its walls. The ground floor of the building also has a large food court, which although noisy, is a fantastic place to grab a bite to eat. The rest of the building is home to the world’s most expensive brands like Louis Vuitton, Armani, and Marc Jacobs, and it’s a fantastic place to shop for presents as well as luxury items.
Directly next door to Siam Paragon is Siam Center. This mall also has a food court, although it tends to be quieter than the one at Paragon, and a wide range of shops. The Siam Center is home to the only Victoria’s Secret store in the city, as well as brands like Adidas, Sephora, and DKNY. It’s open from 10 am to 10 pm every day and offers a more peaceful shopping experience than the two malls described above.
MBK was built in 1985 and is one of the oldest shopping malls in Bangkok. It’s especially popular with teenagers as well as tourists who are on a budget, as it’s quite literally a massive marketplace with rows upon rows of cut-price clothing, gadgets, and pretty much everything you can think of. The 7th floor is home to a bowling alley as well as karaoke studios, and the 5th and 6th floor both contain food courts. With MBK offering a busy and hectic shopping experience, you’ll definitely want to take at least thirty minutes to relax and catch your breath.
Bangkok may not be as well-known for its shops as cities like Milan and Paris, but after visiting the hotspots above, we’re sure you’ll agree that it’s still a great city to explore.