To say you can enjoy shopping in Bangkok is pretty much an understatement with the Thai capital offering enough allures to keep shopaholics in a perennial state of retail bliss! If it’s going to be your first time here, this quick guide on where to shop will come in handy.


Those finding accommodation at a hotel in Sukhumvit area are perfectly placed not only for shopping escapades but dining and nightlife adventures too. Properties here like Avani Sukhumvit Bangkok Hotel make an ideal base to visit key malls in this locale; these include the stunning EmQuartier featuring designer labels, high-street fashion and much more to the unique Terminal 21 with distinctive sections themed after world cities such as Paris, Rome, London, Tokyo, and San Francisco! Also visit the Emporium mall which has plenty of luxury brands, electronics, toys, and other retail products.


Siam is another area that’s home to some of the top malls in Bangkok and can be easily reached via BTS Skytrain services. There are three ‘Siam’ malls to be explored here including Siam Paragon with lots of shops covering luxury, fashion, lifestyle, and technology while being home to attractions like SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World; the other two malls are Siam Discovery and Siam Centre each with something different to offer. When in this area, you can also shop at the massive CentralWorld Bangkok, Platinum Fashion Mall, Pantip Plaza (ideal for electronics and comics) and the OG of Bangkok malls, MBK Centre!


Set against the backdrop of the Chao Phraya River, the Riverside area offers more shopping fun. Here, you will find the distinctive Asiatique The Riverfront, which combines elements of a mall and market in an expansive site beside the river; you will find diverse shops and restaurants in converted old warehouses along with a huge Ferris Wheel, a cabaret show and more! If luxury items and designer brands are what you are after, then the awe-inspiring ICONSIAM mall is where you should head to; expect to find names such as Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Chanel, Prada, Versace, and Cartier along with an official Apple store too.

Local Markets 

No shopping guide would be complete without the best markets in Bangkok where you can soak up some local culture and put your haggling skills to good use! First up, is the Chatuchak Weekend Market which has a staggering 15,000 stalls spread across 27 sections offering just about anything you may want to buy. Those interested in fashion can head to the Pratunam Market which has some great wholesale deals, while Pak Khlong Talat or the Flower Market is worth a visit too. After the sun sets, explore the Sukhumvit Street Market and Rod Fai Night Market on Srinakarin Road which offer yummy street food as well.