Not only is Bangkok a treat for food lovers but it’s also fast creeping up to be a shopper’s paradise. There’s shops to cater for every taste: from those who are designer junkies to the budget conscious.
If you’re landing late at night and can’t wait to empty your pockets, don’t despair. There are plenty of night markets that will satisfy your hunger for shopping! If you’re looking for fake goods, then head to Patpong but be warned, this is the place where you’ll find go-go bars and you’ll constantly be hassled. For a more civilised shopping experience, you’re better off going to Suan Luam Night Market.
On the next day, start off with the small streets in Siam Square, concentrating on Soi 3 and 4 for trendy boutique shopping filled with independent, young Thai designers. If two streets of fashion is not enough, cross the road to Siam Center to see more of the latest trends in an air-conditioned mall. All you need to do afterwards is look for Siam Paragon signposts and walk straight into the mall of ‘luxury’. This is where the creme-de-la-creme of Bangkok flock to as it houses all the high-end designer brands you can think of. Shopping doesn’t always mean buying – window shopping can just be as much fun!
Yesterday’s action-packed day may have put a dent in your wallet so on your final day, hit Platinum Mall for goodies at wholesale prices. It can get rather chaotic in here as corridors are narrow and people scramble. You’ll need a game plan and figure out which sections you want to look at – clothes, accessories, shoes, bags, souvenirs, houseware – and target them like there’s no tomorrow. You don’t want to start back at square one and leave empty-handed, do you?
Some quick tips:
- At the markets, make sure to bargain. Get them to knock down the price by about 10-20%.
- It can get quite hot in Bangkok: even if you have no intention of buying, just pop into a mall to cool yourself down.
- Get a massage to relieve your body or feet from the ‘stress’ of shopping. You deserve it.