Shopping for Christmas in Bangkok: From Malls to Stalls

While Bangkok might not celebrate Christmas the traditional way, shopping is literally a national pastime in Bangkok, and the city often appears to have as many malls and department stores as it does restaurants and hotels, thus it is an excellent place to be if you are in need of Christmas gifts. The big glitzy shopping plazas like Siam Paragon, Terminal 21, and Central World lead the way, as they put on Christmas events. Central World features the city's biggest tree with accompanying lights, which is even presided over by the royal Princess on its opening night! Check out Bangkok's latest mall, the glitzy EmQuartier, for high end designer goods for Xmas. Most of the shops offer sales and promotions to lure in shoppers, and all the top brands can be found. The mega IKEA store out in Bangna has a large supply of Christmas and holiday decorations and gifts. For more local and traditional souvenir type gifts to bring home, consider spots like Khao San Road, where traditional Thai pillows, textiles, and artsy items can be found and bargained for. If you are looking to save money and buy clothing for gifts, Pratunam open market is the wholesale mecca of Bangkok, and certainly the spot to go for bulk purchases. Nearby Panthip Plaza is a good choice if your stocking stuffer list includes electronic items. With so many choices, you might even be putting a new suitcase to carry all your Xmas purchases onto the forefront of your shopping list!


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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 remains a very pleasant spot to while away an afternoon or...  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. If you are...  Read More

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Khao San Road is a great spot for picking up Christmas gifts. There are plenty of cheap and interesting souvenirs and gifts for the folks back home here, ranging from typical Thai souvenirs for take home such as t-shirts, embroidered pillow...  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

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. Christmas is an especially...  Read More

The EmQuartier is Bangkok's newest and perhaps most luxury shopping mall. Built as part of an expansion to the already existing Emporium, the EmDistrict will feature several malls, of which the EmQuartier is the latest. Hundreds of worldwide...  Read More

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Airport - Bkk

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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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