Paradise of Shopping

MBK (Mahboonkrong) - National Stadium BTS station

MBK is a haven for shoppers looking for low prices and a big range of goods, from clothes to furniture and souvenirs. This air conditioned mall is a mixture of an indoor market, and a regular shopping mall, and includes the Bangkok-branch of the Japan-based Tokyu Department Store.

Stalls in MBK sell mobile phones, phone cards, accessories, electronic 'toys for boys', food, clothes, handbags, hats, shoes, Thai souvenirs and just about anything else too, usually at low prices. Beware that some cheap goods can be cheap in quality too, but most are perfectly acceptable.

Apart from the stalls, there are several floors of regular shops, restaurants, cafes, two food centres (buy coupons at the desks first), and movie theatres. There's also a convention hall/theatre on the top floor where concerts are held occasionally.. 

In the back (ask for the area) is a concentration of artists who will convert your photo to an oil painting, watercolour, charcoal, or other work on canvas.  If you're interested in this idea, go early in your visit, giving them time to work their artistry.

Siam Square - Siam BTS Station

Siam Square is a maze of streets opposite MBK (there's an overhead walkway connecting the two places), but is open air with a large number of small shops and restaurants, plus a couple of movie theatres facing the Siam Station. Being adjacent to Chulalongkorn University (which owns the land upon which Siam Square site), its a very popular place for teens and young 20s to shop and hangout, and the shop products reflect that customer base. .

Siam Centre, Siam Discovery, Siam Paragon - Siam BTS Station

These three big malls are right next to, and linked by skywalk, to the Siam BTS station. Siam Centre is the oldest of the three, while Siam Paragon is heavily hyped, and attracts large crowds every day to this relatively new mall. Paragon features a ground floor and mezzanine area filled with food centre, fast food outlets, cafes, and many upmarket restaurants, while the upper floors house banks, phone companies, and shops for all expensive tastes. The rear forms a Department store and there is a multiplex and IMAX movie

Central World - Siam BTS Station

Central World is one of the largest in Asia. Its linked to Siam and Chitlom BTS stations by a skywalk and houses two full department stores - Zen (Same ownership as Central and Robinson, with some overlap but some unique things being sold), and Isetan, at opposite ends of the building. The Centara Hotel and a big convention centre are housed in the high-rise above CW. Prices here will be a little cheaper than Paragon, and cheaper still when one of the frequent sales are held in Zen. 

Central World houses book shops, clothing stores with typical global as well as local brands, cafes, restaurants, fast food, movie theaters, supermarket (Central Food Hall), food center (Loft), exchange booths, banks, phone shops, computer outlets, Jim Thompson shop and cafe, model shops, antiques, and a lot more over 7 floors..

Chatuchak (JJ) Weekend Market - Morchit BTS Station or Kampengphet MRT Station

This huge must see market is open Friday afternoons, Saturdays and Sundays, and is a maze of small alleys between hundreds of rows of stalls selling everything you can imagine. Despite its initial chaotic feel, the market is well organised in sections like home-ware, clothing, pets, etc and maps of the market are available.Some real bargains can be had here, but also remember that in a market, quality may not always be high.

Pratunam Wholesale Clothing Market

Set in a maze of streets bounded by Rajdamri Road and Petchaburi Road this market wholesales clothing of the cheaper variety. Most vendors will want to sell in minimum quantities but it is possible to buy individual items at some shops. Remember that quality is not that high here, as prices are quite low.

Platinum Mall

An indoor air-conditioned version of Pratunam market, in Petchaburi Road, close to Rajdamri intersection.