Bangkok is an incredible destination in the heart of Thailand. Along with being home to amazing cuisine, friendly residents and countless historical and cultural attractions, the city is also an amazing destination for shopping enthusiasts. It doesn’t matter if you love Asian handicrafts or you are crazy about the latest upscale brands, because Bangkok’s shopping scene has something for everyone. Business travelers can get suits custom-made for surprisingly low prices, large outdoor markets provide shoppers with local art and produce and there are even shopping malls that will appeal to international visitors searching for particular brands. Read on to learn more about the best shopping in all of Bangkok.
Tailoring: One of the most popular things to buy in Bangkok is clothing that has been made specifically for you. Suits, dresses and even casual shirts can all be tailored to fit your body, and they are often available at lower prices than an upscale brand name item would be. It is easy enough to find a tailor in Bangkok, and many hotels have partnerships with local tailors. However, the most touristy shops in places like Khao San Road and Nana Plaza may charge you a lot more than is necessary. For high quality products at reasonable prices, head instead to the tailors in Sukhumvit or Silom. Come to the tailor with a picture of what you would like made and an idea of the perfect fabric. Expect the process to take at least 24 hours, and be prepared to have one or more fittings in order to ensure that the final product fits just right.
Banglamphu Market: One of the most popular places to shop in Bangkok is the Banglamphu Market on Khao San Road. Although there are lots of souvenir shops and stores appealing to tourists up and down the road, it is in the market that locals are most likely to shop, thanks in large part to the low prices. Visitors can pick up counterfeit clothing and electronics, most of which is made domestically within Thailand. Avoid buying valuable items here, as authenticity can’t be guaranteed. However, it is the ideal place to buy affordable mementos and snack on local cuisine from the nearby vendors.
Taling Chan Floating Market: This is a great opportunity to go shopping in Bangkok, but it is also an experience that visitors will never forget. The market is only open during the weekends, and locals sell everything from traditional Thai hats and clothing to organic bananas just picked that morning. What sets the Taling Chan Floating Market apart, however, is that both buyers and sellers navigate the market in boats. Hire a boat at the market or join a tour, and be sure to bring along plenty of cash to buy anything that strikes your fancy. This is a top place to pick up souvenirs for friends and family.
Shopping Malls: Many travellers opt to skip the large shopping malls in Bangkok in favour of more authentic trips to the local markets. However, many of the city’s malls are actually incredible destinations that are worth a visit, especially for those who are interested in seeing more of the modern culture. MBK mall is perhaps the biggest, and it is home to more than 2,000 stalls and stores selling very affordable items of all varieties. Siam Paragon represents the other end of the spectrum, and the building houses countless luxury brands, English bookstores and gourmet restaurants. In the summer, heading into one of the shopping malls can be a great way to cool down and enjoy a break in the air conditioning.
With these tips in mind, any shopping enthusiast visiting Bangkok can have an incredible vacation.