From Super Chic to Floating Market, It's Always Shopping Paradise in Bangkok



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!




Before there was Siam Paragon, before there was Terminal 21, there was the Emporium. While maybe not as famous, the Emporium is one of the original upscale shopping malls of Bangkok, and now is also the newest mall with its upgrading renovations...  Read More


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Bangkok's number one high tech mall. Anything you want or need having to do with computers, cameras, and any electronics, this is the place to come. While there is plenty of decent and legit hardware and software, the market is also notorious...  Read More




Bangkok's newest opulent luxury mall doesn't disappoint. Named after the former British embassy gardens upon which it sits, this futuristically designed building is made out of shimmering aluminium tiles and seeks to pay homage to Thai temple...  Read More




Khao San Road has gone from being a hippie and backpacker haven to moving a bit more upscale. While it still remains a place for cheap lodgings and for Thais to come and check out the foreign crowd, it also is a decent spot to shop for certain...  Read More




While Pratunam is not a shopping mall or department store proper, it is a fascinating outdoor market area that features hundreds of small clothing stalls selling at highly discounted prices, and is especially good for wholesale. Not to be...  Read More




Once known as the World Trade Center, the Central World Plaza is the third largest shopping complex in Asia, and even with the opening of nearby Siam Paragon, still remains one of the top shopping draws in Thailand. The outside of the mall is...  Read More




It isn't like Bangkok needs yet another mall, but this latest addition to the shopping frenzy really does amaze. Each floor is named after a different part of the world, complete with local icons, and one can visit the Caribbean, San Francisco,...  Read More




Siam Paragon is all about big. One of Asia's biggest malls, featuring a 15 theater multiplex cinema which includes Asia's largest screen, the Siam Ocean World, which is Southeast Asia's largest aquarium, a bowling alley, a concert hall, and of...  Read More


Talad Rot Fai Train Market
Photo courtesy of Dave Stamboulis


Also known as Talad Dek Neaw ("hipsters" market), this market, formerly located in an old train depot, has moved across the city behind Seacon Square, and become the talk of the town. It takes place only on Wednesdays and weekends, and while the...  Read More




Originally a flea market started in the 1950's by a former prime minister who wanted to put a flea market into every town in Thailand, Chatuchak, more affectionately known as JJ Market, is now the largest market in Thailand. Over 5000 stalls vie...  Read More


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Meet Dave Stamboulis

Dave Stamboulis is a travel writer/photographer based in Bangkok. Born in Athens, Greece and growing up in Berkeley, California, Dave first discovered Bangkok while on a 40,000-kilometer bicycle...  More About Dave

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