Bangkok is a shopping haven for girls and it is a must to include shopping in their itinerary! There are so many places to shop in Bangkok and if you ask me, the list just keeps on increasing every year.
First timers to Bangkok will probably not know where the Must Shop places in Bangkok are. I too understand that it would be very challenging to visit all the places during a typical 3D2N trip. Here are the 10 Must-Shop Places in Bangkok and why these 10 are chosen out of the many is because they are the places where you will get the most returns. Some of them already have a full post on them written so you can click on the link to read more about it.
Affordable Shopping Centres
Majority of shoppers love shopping in Bangkok because the goods are affordable and there are so many beautiful designs to choose from. So, I will only focus on Budget Shopping Malls where you can get affordable buys. However, shopping at these places can be quite challenging and you must have the will power if you want to finish shopping the whole complex.
The largest and widely known air-conditioned Wholesale Shopping in The Platinum Fashion Mall. There are 5 Levels of shopping in both Wing 1 & 2. Being a wholesale mall, it means that when you purchase 2 or more items, it will be cheaper. The more you buy, the cheaper it gets.
There are no changing rooms in the stall, hence you will have to have your measurements ready. Not to worry, they provide measuring tapes. Do check with the shop owners if an exchange is possible when you find out it does not fit you after trying it in your hotel room or public washrooms within the building. Some will allow you to exchange.
Where > Pratunam (via Taxi)
Operating Hours > Daily, 0900 – 2000 hrs
A favourite hangout for Thai University students. If you can’t get enough of Platinum Fashion Mall, this is the next place to visit! Some of my female friends actually prefer Union Mall to Platinum because of the designs here.
In general, the price is slightly higher as compared to Platinum but shopping here is much easier as there are fewer shops and the walkways are wider and spacious.
Where > Lad Phrao (MRT – Phahon Yothin)
Operating Hours > Daily, 1100 – 2000 hrs
3. MBK Center
The most well known shopping centre in Bangkok is MBK (Ma Boon Khrong) Centre because it was one of the first few major shopping centres in Bangkok. You can get almost everything here (fashion, tidbits, mobile accessories, etc) but the younger generation don’t actually like to shop here especially for fashion. They usually come here to get new mobile phone casings or to buy tidbits home.
You will definitely be around Siam area so why not drop by to visit if you have not been here before. You can then decide for yourself if this will be in your itinerary for your repeat visit to Bangkok.
Where > Siam (BTS – National Stadium)
Operating Hours > Daily, 1000 – 2000 hrs
4. Big C Supercenter
Big C Supercenter is the largest hypermart in Thailand. Definitely the place to go for all your groceries shopping. You can find almost everything here at a discounted price.
The most convenient outlet in the city is Rajdamri outlet, located directly opposite Central World. I like to make a trip here on the first day, just to get some snacks and drinks to put in the hotel room. Forgotten to bring your toiletries? Fred not, you can get it here cheaply.
Check out our 10 Must-Buy Food in Big C!
Where > Opposite Central World
Operating Hours > Daily, 0900 – 0200 hrs
Day & Night Outdoor Markets
Day & Night outdoor markets can be found in many parts of Bangkok and the most popular for shopping would be in Pratunam. At such markets, it will be more lively at night as you will be able to see more stalls being set up. They are generally open from 10am to 9pm.
Do note that street markets are closed on Mondays for washing but at times, you will still be able to see some stalls operating.
Pratunam is the most well-known shopping district in Bangkok and hence you can find many hotels and street food around here for your convenience. The only drawback is the lack of trains (BTS) in Pratunam but it does not seem to be a big factor because many Singaporeans still like to stay in this area for the convenience of shopping and street food. Other than the famous Platinum Fashion Mall, there are also lots of outdoor shopping just opposite Platinum. It extends all the way to Baiyoke hotels area.
Those who can wake up early, don’t miss out the Morning Market but if you can’t wake up, not to worry because there are also shopping both in the afternoon and night.
Where > Pratunam (via Taxi)
Don’t know where else to shop? Take the BTS to Victory Monument because you can find cheap street-style shopping here! You will see many stalls selling fashion ranging from the latest to the retro fashion clothing, and at a cheaper price compared to the ones at shopping centres. Other than fashion, there are also bags, handmade accessories and much more.
Where > Victory Monument (BTS – Victory Monument)
Siam is like the Orchard Road of Bangkok. There are many shopping centres in this buzzing area, each catering to a different target group. If you have time, do check them out. The new shopping malls includes Siam Discovery and Siam Square One.
Siam Square is also a place not to be missed. They are many boutique shop around here in the day and you can find several affordable buys here. You just need to walk around to find the hidden gems. For more on Siam, do check out our Ultimate Guide to Siam!
Update: Siam Square night market has closed since October 2016.
Where > Siam Square (BTS – Siam)
Weekend Day Market
This market is only open on Weekends (Saturday and Sunday). If you want to make the best of your trip, be sure to be around during the weekends.
Chatuchak Weekend Market is also known as Jatujak or JJ Market, and it is the largest market in Thailand. It is so huge to the extent that you will never be able to complete all the stalls in a day. The market has more than 5000 stalls selling a wide array of products including fashions for both females and males, accessories, footwear, household items, pets, Thai handicrafts and much more.
It is hot here so do wear light clothing. If you are able to conquer the heat here, I’m sure you will be able to get a lot of stuff. Don’t leave without trying various famous food here such as the Coconut Ice Cream, Garlic Bread, Grilled Honey Roast Pork and much more. You can’t leave Bangkok without ever visiting Chatuchak.
Check out our 15 Must-Eat in Chatuchak Weekend Market!
Where > Chatuchak Weekend Market (BTS – Mo Chit / MRT Kamphaeng Phet or Chatuchak Park)
Operating Hours > Saturday and Sunday, 0900 – 1800 hrs
Weekend Night Markets
In the past, weekends are usually reserved for Chatuchak Weekend Market but night markets are now opening up to cater to those who enjoy the laidback vibe of such markets. The plus-point is that you can shop without the heat.
Talad Rot Fai (Train Market) was previously located at Kampaeng Phet but has since closed. It is currently located at Srinakarin Soi 51, which is next to Seacon Square Mega Shopping Mall. If you like retro, vintage items and antiques, you will definitely love this place. Talad Rot Fai does not only attract the city’s hip and stylish, it attracts people from all age groups. It is a popular hangout area for friends and families.
Where > Talad Rot Fai Srinakarin (BTS – Udom Suk, transfer via taxi)
Operating Hours > Thursday to Sunday, 1700 – 0100 hrs
Talad Rot Fai Ratchada is the smaller version of Talad Rot Fai Srinakarin.
Although it is smaller, the good part is its location. It’s nearer to the city and is accessible via MRT (Thailand Cultural Center). They are located just behind Esplanade Shopping Mall. Talad Rot Fai Ratchada opens daily now. If you are lazy to travel far and have a tight schedule, this is a good option to visit.
Where > Talad Rot Fai Ratchada (MRT – Thailand Cultural Center)
Operating Hours > Daily, 1700 – 0100 hrs
This night market is opened daily and you won’t have to worry about it being closed. However, it seems that weekend night markets are the “in” thing now where you can find many locals and cheap bargains.
Asiatique is currently the most popular night market in Bangkok, attracting both locals and tourists. It’s like a night version of Chatuchak Weekend Market but much more spacious, airy and beautiful, making shopping here a breeze. If you want to do some activity here, don’t miss out The Calypso Show or Muay Thai Live! The best way to come here avoiding the jams is to take the free shuttle boat from BTS Saphan Taksin. You can take this chance to experience taking a boat along the Chao Phraya River too!
Where > Asiatique (BTS – Saphan Taksin [Exit 2] and transfer via Asiatique Shuttle Boat)
Operating Hours > Daily, 1700 – 2400 hrs
*Bonus – Special & Unique Night Market*
ArtBox Bangkok is the latest kind of Night Market to hit Bangkok! The concept is indeed very special and unique to Bangkok. Instead of the usual tentages, this night market uses containers and the vibe here is totally different from the other night markets described above. Over here, they are many stalls operated by young entrepreneurs and of course, it also attracts the younger crowd. Don’t be surprised to see them taking lots of photos, selfies and wefies.
Where > Chuvit Gardens, Sukhumvit Soi 10 (Nex to Nana BTS Station)
Operating Hours > 5pm – 12am
If you can’t get enough of Bangkok’s night market, check out our list of Must-Go Night Markets!
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