So Last week I had walked about 3 miles, hungover, hungry and sweating, I was not having fun. But then I saw it. Shining in front of me with the promise of air conditioning, juice and ice cream, one of the biggest shopping malls I had seen in my life. I was lured in!
The shopping in Bangkok is EPIC. There is so much variety and you can get practically anything, for a lot less than you would pay in the western world. Even for a girl like me, who is not a shopaholic, it is pretty impressive.
You can spend days just walking around the malls and markets. Even if you do not buy anything, it is a good work out.
Sadly I could not visit them all. My sanity would not let me. But here are the ones I did visit.
Chatuchak Weekend Market is one of the world’s largest weekend markets. It covers an area of 35 acres and has more than 15,000 stalls selling everything from clothes to food, toiletries and even puppies! It attracts 200,000 visitors each day (Sat & Sun)of which 70% are Thai and 30% foreign. It was so hot the day I went I nearly could not barter for a bargain. I said nearly! Those of you I bring presents home for, this is where I got them from, for a bargain price of course!
I love elephant pants, if you wish to judge me and say that is ”So traveller cliché’, then judge away! It is your issue not mine! They are so comfy, and yes I have been know to wear them in England… To Tesco, much to my friend’s horror!
The market is open 9am-6pm Saturday and Sunday. To get there take the BTS (Sky Train) to Mo Chit station and take exit 1 Or MRT Chatuchak Park.
The MBK Centre is Bangkok’s most legendary shopping mall. It has eight floors packed with 2,000 shops that sell absolutely everything, from clothing to luggage, furniture to cosmetics and of course Bangkok’s favourite, mobile phones. I have never seen as many phone shops in my life as there are in Bangkok.
I even had to stand in a shop for half an hour charging my phone as my battery was dead. I had no money to buy a charger and I was lost. The shop assistant did not mind one bit, and she let me use her phone while I was waiting to message my friends. Plus I found reasonably priced Cocobutter in one of the
pharmacies. So I am going to have to say, this is my favourite mall in Bangkok.
Sadly it is mainly Thai brands in this mall, so things can come up a bit small on westerners. Trying to find knickers was a nightmare.
BTS at National Stadium and Siam.
Platinum Fashion Mall is crazy. When I first walked in I thought it was a boot sale. It was packed full of stalls, clothes and people. But I gave it a chance and found a dress for 100THB. TWO POUNDS!!! I needed a nap when I left but it was fun!
High street fashion
Terminal 21 will always hold a special lace in my heart. The reason being, this is the home of the greatest toilet ever! No I am not joking. This toilet is amazing. Firstly they are so clean but the main reason they are great is the control panel. It allows you to change the height and temperature of the seat, and then when you are finished it has allows you to spray a jet of water to ‘clean’ and a jet of air to ‘dry’. You have to go to this mall just for the toilets! It also has a cool cinema which is so comfy and only 100-180THB. The air con can be a little high though so take a sweater! The food court is epic too. BTS Asok
Amazing food court, amazing layout. Voted 2014 ‘Best shopping Mall of Asia’ this mall has everything you may need. It has some high street favourites, H&M, Forever 21 and Victoria Secret along with cool hangouts and quirky art displays.
Another mega mall with every shop you can think of is Central World. They even have a 15 screen Cinema and ice skating rink. Central World opened in 2006 and is the sixth biggest shopping centre in the world.
With over 250 high end fashion shops, a 16 screen cinema with IMAX screen, gourmet cafes and its own Sealife centre, Siam Paragon is definitely a luxurious shopping experience. Siam Paragon also houses Bangkok’s biggest English book store, Kinokuniya.
They even have a mall specifically for electronics, Techno geek heaven Pantip plaza and Fortune Mall are both crazy. They have separate floors for computers, phones, cameras and every electrical appliance and gadget you could ever need. Mental but cheap! Pantip also has an official Apple service centre on 4th floor!
I think Bangkok is my favourite shopping city. Maybe I should visit some more just to make sure!