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. Additionally, the glitz of Christmas seems to have taken the city by storm, and now all the major malls feature large lit Christmas trees, lights, decorations, and of course plenty of sales. The big glitzy shopping plazas like Siam Paragon, Terminal 21, and CentralWorld lead the way, as they put on full scale Christmas events. CentralWorld features the city's biggest tree with accompanying lights, plus a Sound and Light show when it starts up at the end of November, which is even presided over by the royal Princess on its opening night! The new Icon Siam is the city's fanciest and most extravagant mall to date, and even has an indoor traditional floating market along with a museum! Siam Paragon is also glitzy and gets in the holiday spirit with a tree and festivities, and make sure to check out the fancy EmQuartier on the Sukhumvit side, 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, although these markets only run for a weekend or two around Christmas. 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. 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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