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. There are also a couple of great outdoor holiday markets you can shop at; the Sansiri Winter Fest and themed Great Gatsby Christmas Market, both of which offer lots of holiday shopping combined with food, drink, and family fun. 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, as well as the mother of all markets, Chatuchak. 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!




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




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




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




Like with some of the other mega malls here, Siam Paragon celebrates Christmas with a vengeance, from its giant lit tree outside to yuletide decorations inside and plenty of holiday sales. One of Asia's biggest malls, featuring a 15 theater...  Read More




Looking to add high end designer goods and upscale products to your Christmas shopping list? 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...  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


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The Swedish chain IKEA, home to a zillion products for the home, has settled in Bangkok, with a shop out at Mega Bangna, which is actually closer to the airport than the center of town, but still worth making a trek out to if one is looking for...  Read More




The Sansiri Winter Market really is a holiday style market, a big open air event during the coolest time of year, where a huge display of local arts and crafts combines with loads of local food trucks, artisan vendors, and a fun vibe suitable...  Read More




This annual market only lasts for a week each year, held at the large K Village Community Mall at the bottom of Sukhumvit Soi 26. It's the cool weather time of year, perfect for outdoor markets, and they set up over 150 stalls here, complete...  Read More




Not only can you find a massive selection of just about any kind of goods, you'll also be visiting Bangkok's top tourist attraction by doing your Christmas shopping here. Originally a flea market started in the 1950's by a former prime minister...  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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