Shopping in Bangkok
Sawadeekap/kaa to all Shoppaholics of the World.
Shopping is the last thing on my mind whenever I travel anywhere but for our recent trip to Bangkok, the game plan changed and I was thrown into an adventure involving the bahts that we brought along with us. This exciting and adventurous city was a shopping paradise for those who want to shop for wholesale goods at a cheap price from high end shopping to the street markets. This is where I’ll share you a list of places which will make you want to book the next flight to Bangkok to medicate that shopping addiction. Be wary of your spending though and make sure you have enough money to bring you back home after all that shopping.
A shopping mall that is connected with other shopping malls is a plus point because after we’re done purchasing from point A, we could head to point B and C all in the same day. Siam Center branded themselves as The Ideapolis, where collaborations with various designers and artists takes place very often, reminding me of our Pavilion shopping mall but minus the international brand as most of the shops here are mostly by the locals. The center consists of four floors and is connected to Siam Paragon, Siam Discovery, Siam Tower, Madam Tussauds and Ice Planet. We discovered something else too while we were there. It was the newly opened Magnum Cafe with menu that includes the Magnum ice cream with pancakes, bread, fondue, and cakes.
Platinum Shopping Mall
Platinum Mall is one of my favourite malls in Bangkok because it’s just like the famous Chatuchak market except it was indoors. I think there’s 7 or 8 floors in this particular shopping mall with a directory stating which floor has what items. Going all the way up to the food court area and making our way down proved to be a good strategy even though it took us ages to reach the concourse area when all the shopping was over. My favourites floors are where the accessories are located because there were so many stalls with different items to choose from I almost went giddy just looking at all of it. Imagine all that bracelets, funky necklaces and earrings sold at an affordable wholesale price. There’s a little something for everybody here from women & men fashionable wear, bags and cosmetics. You’ll just need to decide which floor to hit first.
Siam Square Night Market
I had wanted to go to Siam Square in search for dinner but we ended up discovering this long night market at the main road instead. What I love about night markets in Bangkok is that it consists of clothings, souvenirs, home decorations that you can bargain for a very good price. I’m not good with bargaining therefore I’ll usually leave that to my friends who are good at it. Be wary that it could get warm even at night and it could even be crowded. Also make sure you bring enough money to spend here as everything is on a cash basis.
Chatuchak Weekend Market
This popular market is the busiest during the weekend as there are hundreds of stalls lined up in this particular area. Thousands of people make their way here early in the morning to avoid the crowd and to scour for the items in the shopping lists as there are just too many shops to go through. If this is your first time, you might end up spending the whole day here where else if you’re already familiar with the place, you would already know which shops to go too as soon as you walk into Chatuchak weekend market. All the items here are sold at individual or wholesale price and either way it is still affordable.
A shopping mall that resembles an airport always gets my attention especially when it’s one of a kind. Terminal 21 which was opened in 2011 can be found at Sukhumvit Road, near Asoke intersection of Bangkok. What was interesting and confusing (in a good way) was that the mall felt like an airport terminal, looked like an airport terminal with it’s arrival and departure lightbox signage, but it is not an airport terminal. The concept was screwing with my mind especially when we ascended the escalator with a signage above us that says “Departure London” or “Departure Japan”. Each floor is conceptualised based on the selective country and it started with Tokyo followed by London’s Carnaby Street, zouks in Istanbul and the food court area on the San Francisco floor. Even the toilets were designed based on each countrys’ culture making each floor photography friendly for everyone who visited the mall.
I must say the shopping experience did not turn out too bad as there were a lot of different items to see each store. Either way there would always be an opportunity to shop til you drop or until the cows come home. Bangkok is definitely a city of shopping haven for the men and women who love fashion and retail!