Bangkok Shopping Guide

Malls & Stores

Central World Plaza

This mall is located at the corner of Rajdamri and Rama I Roads. A short walk can reach it from BTS Childom. It used to be called World Trade Center. . The Isetan and Zen department stores are the main attractions of this mall. In addition, there are scores of smaller shops, stores, restaurants and cinemas. The mall boasts of an ice-skating rink. The open area at the entrance is venue to many a music concerts by Thai bands. The open-air restaurants and beer gardens are seasonal. Carlsberg beer used to have a ship-shaped beer-dispenser. The duty-free shop, King Power is on the 7th floor.

Siam Paragon

‘The Pride of Bangkok’, as its slogan goes, is aptly located at the heart of the city. When it was opened, it was Thailand’s first mega shopping complex. It has numerous international brands and flagship stores, which make it a shopping paradise for the brand-conscious shoppers. The famous Paragon Department Store, which stocks everything you will ever need, is a must-visit.

Gourmet Market gives you the opportunity to buy the best ingredients for your culinary needs with items from all over the world. The mall has the best selection of restaurants in Bangkok serving a variety of cuisines. Watching cinemas becomes the ultimate experience with the 21-screen Paragon Cineplex, Krungsri IMAX theatre, Nokia Ultra screens and Enigma.

Siam Ocean World offer a good time with family, at the same time let you learn more about marine life. The six-star California Fitness gives you the chance to get fit. Facet of Edutainment helps children gain extra knowledge in the fun way.

Siam Opera, Thailand’s grand theatre is located here. Siam Paragon also has a five-star hotel and a serviced apartment.

MBK Center

This eight-story mall is one of the biggest in Asia. The marble-finished mall opened in 1985 and has now over two thousand stores and services, 150 restaurants and a huge theatre complex.

The mall is located at the heart of the city and the shopping area on Sukhumvit Road starts from here. Due to its location, appearance and size, it is one of the most recognized buildings of Bangkok.

In this mall, you will find a wide range of products like clothes, cosmetics, leathered items, jewelry, electronics, information technology products and furniture. The best bargains in Thailand are found here. Tokyu, the four-level department store, supermarkets, theatres, restaurants and karaoke lounges are all there waiting for the avid shoppers.

It is estimated that the mall receives a footfall of 100,000 visitors, which makes it the most visited mall in the whole of Thailand. As they claim, this is truly a one-stop shop for all your needs.

Get down at BTS W1 station (National Stadium Station) to reach MBK Center.

The Emporium

This is a high-end shipping center with many reputed international brands and designer boutiques stocking the likes of Chanel, Armani, Guess and Versace. The restaurants and cafés on the second floor are also equally cool and hip. The food court is on the sixth floor and SFX Cinema is on the seventh floor. The center is connected to BTS Phrom Pong Station by a walkway.

Siam Center

This is Thailand’s first international shopping complex, spread over 40,000sq.m. The American architect, Dr. Louis Berger, designed Siam Center in 1973. Since its opening, it is the center of fashion industry in Thailand.

Amarin Plaza

The main attraction of this mall is its modern outlook and Amarin Colors of Style concept. It is spread over five floors of magnificent shops, stocking the latest trends in apparels, furnishings, furniture, jewelry, Thai handicrafts and electronics.

The mall has some of the best restaurants in the city. The Amarin’s Spa is the ultimate place to relax after enduring the exhausting Bangkok weather.

Amarin Tourist Information Center will help you with your holiday planning in Bangkok. At Naraiphand, the world-famous shop here, you will be able to find the ideal Thai handicraft and souvenir items to take back home.

Gaysorn Shopping Center

This is the right place to shop for international branded clothing, in an elegant and comfortable setting. Away from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok city, the shopping experience is enhanced by the unparalleled service by a devoted team of valets and concierges.

All the major brands and designer wear have their presence in Gaysorn. It also has huge collections of furnishings, home décor accessories, furniture, antiques, and jewelry. The trendy restaurants and chic cafes here tantalize your taste buds.

To help with your shopping and travel needs, the concierge service offer multi-lingual facilities. They are here to help you with your VAT refunds as well. Parking is free during weekends and the valet service makes it even more comfortable.

BTS Chidlom is the nearest station. The mall stays open daily from 10am to 8pm. Restaurants are open until 9pm.

Siam Discovery Center

This is Thailand’s first lifestyle shopping center and is well known for its ‘One Floor One Concept’. Located near BTS Siam station, it lies adjacent to Siam Center.

The mall has a variety of shops, boutiques and restaurants. The place is famous for the ultra-luxury cinema with huge, fully reclining seats and tables in-built with ice buckets. The ticket is 300 baht per person, but no outside foods and drinks are allowed. For private screening, the entire cinema can be booked in advance.

The mall is a favorite with the luxury-seeking high-end citizens and tourists.

Erawan Bangkok

For the ultimate pampering, visit Erawan. The restaurants here serve fourteen international cuisines. The shopping is a pleasure with designer wear stores and branded outlets vying for your attention.

Located on the corner of Ratchaprasong Square, Erawan is the last name in luxury.

Pantip Plaza

This is the IT capital of Thailand. With latest computer accessories and electronic gizmos, it can compete with the best shops in any country in the world. Spread over five floors, the prices are lower than that in the western countries.

Many buyers prefer assembled computers, as they come much cheaper than the branded ones. However, no after-sales service is provided for them. Softwares are also available at competitive prices. With regular police raids, the market of pirated software is almost non-existent here.

Other than computers, Pantip Plaza has all the latest electronic gadgets like digital cameras, digital video cameras, VCD/DVD players and PDAs. Apparels are also sold in some shops here. The Buddha amulets sold in the ground floor are a hit with locals and tourists.

Peninsula Plaza

This is a French-style ritzy building lying on Ratchadamri Road between the Grand Hyatt Erawan and the Four Season Hotel Bangkok. It has about 70 designer boutiques stocking international labels like Versace and Gucci and a host of local designer labels. Also present are jewelry shops and gourmet shops.

BTS Ratchadamri Station is the nearest station. The mall is open from 10am to 9pm daily.

All Season Place

This place has the right combination of stores selling clothing, antique, jewelry, watches, books, sports products and accessories. There are department stores, supermarkets, boutiques, tailoring shops, galleries, art shops, banks, luxury spas, wine cellars, health care centers and clinics.

The trendy setup, vast open areas, majestic atrium, together with good security, first-class housekeeping and no-smoking policy make the place the ultimate shopping destination for all your needs. The food courts, cafés and restaurants add more value to the experience.

To help the visitors, All Seasons Place Retail Center offer information on the stores available in the complex.

Platinum Fashion Mall

This is a wholesale mall, which provides stocks to retail stores all over Bangkok. At Chatuchak, you will find the same brands. Here you get them at wholesale rates, but will have to buy minimum three pieces. If lucky, you can manage with two pieces.

The place is so vast with almost 1500 shops that you need at least half a day to get through it. The mall has a 1500-capacity car park, a large food court and extra-wide aisles. This fully air-conditioned mall is definitely a good bet on any day than Chatuchak.

Union Mall

This is a comparatively recent mall opened in 2006. It is located in the north of Bangkok city, near the Lad Phrao Junction. It has eight floors with a total 150,000sq.m of floor space. Some 1240 shops and services function here.

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Esplanade Ratchada

Esplanade is located on Ratchadapisek Road, where the new CBD zone 2 has come up. This place is targeted at the young students, white-collar workers, middle and high-income people and yuppies.

As the mall is located right in the middle of a residential area, there is no scarcity of visitors. Those who are not living here can reach the place through BTS, which has a station exactly in front of the complex.

The builders of this complex have concentrated on making the place enjoyable to the visitors with the “Arte-tainment Avenue”. Their belief is that this will naturally draw in the crowds, to make the place a commercial success. To this end, the mall has varieties of entertainment facilities including 12 cinemas, musical theatres, bookstores, ice-skating rink and a first-class fitness center.

Seacon Square

This shopping and entertainment complex is located on the eastside of Bangkok on Srinakarin road. The new airport located barely 14km away, this is a fast-developing area.

Seacon Square is spread over 180,000sq.m and seven floors with 2 million visitors a month. It has 15 major tenants and 400 specialty shops. The car park in five floors has ample space for the visitors.

HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn opened this center in 1994.

Central Department Store

Popularly known as ‘Central’, this is Thailand’s favorite department store for more than fifty years. It has retained the #1 spot in surveys and received many international awards, the latest being GIA Award from Retail Asia magazine.

Central has served the high-end Thai urban population, which constitutes one-third of the total. It has retained its customer base and popularity by excellent product selection, visual merchandising, store environment, and impeccable service.

They have 11 branches spread over Bangkok city. The locations are Silom Complex, Central Chidlom, Central Pinklao, Central City Bangna, Central Plaza Lardprao, Central Rama II, Central Rama III, Future Park Rangsit, Central Ramindra, and Central Wangburapa.

Robinson Department Store

This is a major chain of department stores with branches all over Thailand. Their trademark is high quality and fair price, which attracts a loyal clientele.

The western kind of supermarkets in the premises take care of most of the grocery list, while at the clothing department, you can find good bargains.

With 10 branches in Bangkok, they are easy and quick to access. The locations are Silom, Ratchadapisek, Sukhumvit, Bangrak, Bangkae, Srinakarin, Rangsit, Ramindra, Lardya and Rattanathibet.


Chatuchak Weekend Market

This is the largest market in the world, spread over an area of 35 acres. It has more than 15,000 stalls and receives between 200,000 and 300,000 footfalls per day. As the name suggests, most of the stalls open only during weekends.

The market sells a wide variety of products like clothing, household items, Thai handicrafts, religious artifacts, collectibles, foods, and even live animals.

MRT Kamphaengphet station lies next to the market. MRT Chatuchak station and BTS Mo Chit station are 5 minutes walking distance from the market.

Suan Lum Night Bazaar

This bazaar is open from 3pm until midnight and some shops even later. It deals in clothing, jewelry, paintings, sculptures, handicraft products and CDs. Restaurants and beer gardens are there in plenty, with both open-air and inside seating. Good food and live entertainment draws in the crowd.

Night Bazaar has a 6,000-seat entertainment hall called Bangkok Hall. It is used to stage concerts. Also present in the bazaar is Joe Louis Puppet Theatre, a traditional Thai puppet troupe, which gives performances based on Ramakien, the national epic of Thailand.

P Con Development leased the property from the Crown Property Bureau until March 31, 2006. Now, the lease has run out and the tenants were given time until April 2006 to vacate the premises. However, business is as usual in the bazaar even today. Plans are afoot to develop the property and build office, residential and entertainment complexes.

The bazaar is located opposite Lumpini Park near MRT Lumpini station.