Bangkok is one of the world’s premiere shopping meccas. The fanciest designer brand goods are available in the glitzy upscale malls that are spread throughout the city, led by glamorous Siam Paragon and the theme floored Terminal 21. In places like this you can eat gelati or go an aquarium, sit in a Starbucks or even watch a sumo wrestling demonstration. Malls in Bangkok are refreshingly cool, filled with trendy eateries, Cineplex’s and bowling alleys, bookstores, cafes, and thousands of shops to choose from, not to mention that they host ongoing musical events, festivals, and an array of changing displays, making them places to spend entire days in. For those who want something a bit more unique, try the outdoor markets that are special to Bangkok. Chatuchak Weekend Market is legendary, hot and chaotic, but a great spot to bargain and people watch. The hipster retro market Talad Rot Fai is the city's biggest antique market, and has VW cocktail bars and plenty of cool stuff, plus it is a real local affair. At Pratunam, you can find superb wholesale clothing prices in a wild and packed outdoor setting. There are specialty markets like Pantip Plaza, the electronics hub of the city, and even good old Khao San Road is fun for shopping, with hundreds of small shops and stalls catering to the tourist trade. You can get anything from souvenirs to take home here to tattoos and hair braids to make yourself unrecognizable upon return!
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