Thailand may be infamous for its beaches but it has fast become a go-to destination for shoppers looking for a good bargain. If you have never experienced Bangkok's shopping culture, we guarantee that once you get a taste you'll keep coming back for more. The city has something to offer everyone from the fashionista, to the gizmo geek and even the food freak. Bangkok thrives on the best steal deals that not even the most experienced bargain basement shoppers will take lightly. Large, sprawling malls with everything from the latest designer goods to street vendors selling curios as mementos and gifts, Bangkok has a penchant for spoiling shoppers rotten. But when there are too many options and much too little time, where would you go to shop? That's where our carefully curated list for the ultimate shopping experience in Bangkok comes in.
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9 Top Shopping Destinations in Bangkok
1. Chatuchak Weekend Market
One of the must-visit markets in Bangkok is the Chatuchak weekend market, one of the largest flea markets in Asia. From clothing, accessories to artifacts, the market will leave you spoiled for choice. This is a great place to try out your haggling hat as a warm-up to the marathon shopping sprees that are bound to follow.
Asiatique: The Riverfront combines a street-shopping and a shopping mall experience to entice even the most avid window shopper to shell out more than a few Thai Baht. It has a night bazaar within the complex where you can spend hours at their kitschy boutiques, stalls and food hawkers.
3. Icon Siam Shopping Mall
With around 500 shops and over 100 restaurants, the Icon Siam Shopping Mall is one of Asia's largest malls and provides a wholesome shopping experience. From luxury retailers to high-street brands, this 'icon-ic' mall has all it needs to make the 'shop till you drop' claim real.
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A famous shopping destination among the locals, Pratunam is a wholesale fashion market selling everything from trendy apparel to accessories, bags and footwear. Do polish your bargaining skills before hitting the market, so you can get the most bang for your buck.
5. MBK Mall
Also known as Mahboonkrong, MBK is a large 8-storeyed shopping mall in Bangkok with over 2000 shops, restaurants and boutiques. It has most of the designer outlets and it is quite popular among the locals.
6. Pantip Plaza
Calling all techno-geeks, this is the place to be. If you are looking for new mobile phones, laptops, computers, tablets, camera, camera lenses or anything tech-related, Pantip Plaza is the perfect destination for all your needs.
7. Floating Market
This is an experience in itself. The floating markets sell everything from fresh tropical fruits, vegetables, coconut juice and local delicacies to essential oils and flowers on long wooden boats. Though a little high on the price metre, you are going to wish that shopping was this exciting every day.
8. Siam Paragon
One of the largest shopping arcades in Thailand, Siam Paragon houses a the Sea Life aquarium and multi-cuisine restaurants, making shopping an enjoyable experience for everyone.
9. Terminal 21
The Nine-storeyed Terminal 21 Mall, offers designer brand outlets, showrooms, a gourmet supermarket, boutique stores, multi-cuisine restaurants and more, making it another shop stop worth the visit.
That rounds up our list. Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments.
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