With affordable budget fares and hotel stays, you’d be crazy not to go to Bangkok for your shopping fix. The capital of the land of smiles is known not just for its famed street food and floating markets but also for its cheap shopping.
You can get a hold of your favourite brands or more quirky, eclectic stuff within the city simply by going through these malls in Bangkok.
If you’re looking for the latest in luxury goods, Siam Paragon is one of the best malls in Bangkok for that. Siam Paragon is home to a range of international high-end brands, a 16-screen movie theatre, tons of restaurants, and Southeast Asia’s largest aquarium. (We’re pretty sure it’s larger than the SEA Aquarium in Sentosa). Best of all, it’s also conveniently located at the Siam BTS Skytrain station.
MBK Shopping Centre
If ever there was a legendary mall among the malls in Bangkok, MBK would be one. Launched in 1986, MBK’s real estate space rings in at a sprawling 89,000 sq m, and it’s the one Bangkok mall everyone knows about. Popular with tourists and locals, it has eight floors, a cinema, an arcade, karaoke facilities, and 2,000 shops that sell practically everything.
Possibly the largest mall of all the malls in Bangkok, CentralWorld Bangkok has – like its neighbours – practically any and everything for sale. Unlike Siam Paragon and MBK, it has a special focus on children, with a Kids’ Zone and Learning Centre (Genius Planet Zone). CentralWorld Bangkok is in the middle of the Chidlom area, and is home to two famous shrines – the Erawan Shrine and Trimurti Shrine.
Platinum Fashion Mall
Platinum Fashion mall is THE wholesale mall to visit out of all the malls in Bangkok. Specialising in wholesale clothing and accessories, its four sprawling floors are jampacked with shops. Since it’s a wholesale mall you get more bang for your buck if you buy in larger quantities. Located in the centre of the Pratunam district, Platinum Fashion Mall even has Novotel Bangkok just above it, making it a one stop shopping centre compared to other malls in Bangkok.
Siam Discovery Bangkok
Siam Discovery Bangkok is one of the more toned down malls in Bangkok. Unlike its high-end neighbours, Siam Discovery Bangkok caters more to yuppies and families, with designer fashion outlets and newer, hipper brands. Apart from your typical global brand names, there are also a slew of popular local fashion designers’ shops, and home decor and interior design stores have sprung up.