Many tourists who head to Thailand on holiday will pass through Bangkok and not spend too much time there. They will usually travel to one of the tropical beach destinations in the south or visit other areas of the country. However, Bangkok offers some excellent shopping, so if you love to shop, you may want to spend a few days there rather than just travelling through the city. Below are some of the best places to go shopping when you have some time to kill in Bangkok to help you get some excellent bargains.
MBK Shopping Centre
If you stay close to Bangkok’s centre in Sukhumvit or the Siam areas, you will want to pay a visit to the iconic MBK shopping centre. You will find plenty on offer in this shopping mall, with department stores, clothing stores, cafes, and restaurants, and plenty of entertainment on the upper levels. It is also an excellent way to get out of the scorching heat of Bangkok and enjoy the air conditioning that all shopping malls have in Thailand.
The Weekend Market (Chatuchak)
Chatuchak weekend market is another excellent shopping destination for you to visit. It is the biggest open-air market in the world and has over 15,000 vendors. You can purchase sterling silver bangle bracelets wholesale, T-shirts and other clothing, houseware, pets, food, and plenty more when you visit. Many of the vendors can also ship goods to your home country, so there is no need to worry about whether they will fit in your suitcase or not. If you have a short time in Bangkok and it is over the weekend, you may want to visit this famous market. However, there is no air conditioning, so you may want to go in the early morning or later in the afternoon when it is not as hot.
Another shopping centre which is close to the centre of the city is Siam Paragon. If you are looking for designer fashion brands, then this is the shopping mall for you. There is plenty of high-end shopping available here, and unlike the weekend market, there is plenty of air conditioning. You can also enjoy some delicious food as you wander around, and you can also catch a movie if you have some time to kill.
There are just a few places you can go shopping when in Bangkok, but there are plenty more besides. You can click here to see some of the best shopping malls in the city to help plan your shopping adventure before going on to your tropical beach holiday.