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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 theatres on the upper floors. Paragon is the place to buy your Bulgari watch or Maserati car.
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.
Central Ladpro - Phanonyothin MRT
An older but still huge mall located near Chatuchak market, and has much the same shops and facilities as Central World, including A Centara Sofitel Hotel and a convention centre. It can also be reached by taking a short taxi ride from Morchit BTS station.
There are three main department stores - Central, The Mall, and Robinson. They each also operate a few stores under different names, such as Central's Zen and Robinson, and The Mall's Siam Paragon and Emporium.
Central have the most branches, while The Mall are mainly found away from the immediate city center. Central have branches at Chidlom (noted just below), Silom Complex (linked to Saladaeng BTS station), and Silom, amongst others.
Department stores can be good for bargains on branded labels as sales are held very often and goods are high quality, and discount cards (5%) are offered on production of your passport. They also provide VAT refund services.
There are also two chains of discount hypermarkets, Big C (owned by Central) and Tesco Lotus - with widespread outlets across Bangkok and Thailand. Both of these have supermarkets plus dry goods ranging from major and small household appliances to toys, clothing, luggage, electronics and office/school supplies. They also have economical food courts. These often have lower prices - but this is because they stock more economical models of goods (not that they charge less for identical electronics pieces - which is rare in Bangkok). As they tend to cater to locals, they may not participate in tourist discount promotions. However, their customer service tends to be on a higher level than some other places - with a customer satisfaction or money back guarantee on some items (confirm, as details may change).
Central Chitlom - Chit Lom BTS Station
Accessible directly from a sky-bridge off the southwestern corner of this SkyTrain station (and also from ground level), this is the flagship of the Central chain of department stores. Besides having its large, nicely maintained, mid-range department store plus typical co-located subsidiary chains (SuperSports sporting goods, PowerBuy electronics, and B2S books, magazines, and office supplies) are several restaurants, including the popular flagship moderately upscale food court FoodLoft on the top floor. There is also a travel agency here.
The legendary Panthip Plaza is located in Petchaburi Road, about a 15 minute walk or 5-10 minute taxi ride from Central World. Panthip is the home for all things computer related, plus DVDs, and software - much of it of a dubious origin - and electronics of all types. You can buy new or used computers and accessories from a bewildering array of vendors.
Fortune Town - Phram 9 MRT Station
A big mall that unusually has no department store attached, but does have a Tesco Lotus in the building. Fortune Town has many small speciality shops (maps, old fashion records, clothes, musical instruments etc) as well as three floors of electronics such a phones, computers and other "boy toys", along with some good service and repairs centres. Fortune Town tends to be more relaxed than Panthip Plaza. There are also cafes, fast foods outlets and the Grand Mercure Hotel.
K Village Community Mall
A large new mall located behind Carrefour in Rama 4 Road, accessible via Sukhumvit Soi 26 also.
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.
JJ Mall - Kamphenphet MRT
A daily smaller indoor version of Chatuchak Weekend Market
Suan Lum Night Bazaar - Lumpini MRT Station
Located next to Lumpini Park in Rama 4 Road, this former popular night market has been closed and razed. Featuring market type stalls selling a range of goods at knock down prices, plus a beer garden and several open air eateries. It was a unique blend of excellent location and accessibility, pleasant shopping, food, beverage, and some entertainment. Its loss is lamented by many (and to date is without a true replacement). (No longer in operation)
Silom Night Market - Saladaeng BTS Station or Silom MRT
Sometimes caled the Patpong market, this street market comes to life after 8pm and runs from by the skyrain station right along Silom Road past the Bangkok Christian Hospital. A spur runs through Patpong Road into Suriwong Road. Stalls sell DVDs, clothes, souvenirs, handbags, watches, etc but some hard bargaining in needed here.
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.
An indoor air-conditioned version of Pratunam market, in Petchaburi Road, close to Rajdamri intersection.
Shopping mall a similar Platinum Fashion Mall , The mall sell fashion stuffs/clothing/shoes/fashion accessories for each piece / including second hand shop on the top of the mall also.
How to get there: Take MRT to Phanon Yothin station or BTS to Mo Chit and take MRT or Bus from Chatuchak (JJ)
(Look at the yellow building the mall it's opposite Central Ladpro)