Shop until You Drop in Air-Conditioned Splendor in Bangkok

While everyone goes to the mall to shop, or at least window shop, in Bangkok, going to the mall is a full on activity. While the heat and humidity outside make wandering the city downright oppressive at times, the shopping malls are a complete contrast, offering plenty of cool air, and lots of places to sit and relax. It's not only shopping that goes on in these spots, but world class spa treatments, eating, drinking, and all of the best designer shops. Check out the city's latest opulent offering, the snazzy EmQuartier, which features a waterfall, some of the highest end shops in town, and even an entire set of floors dedicated to fine dining. Another relatively new mall, Central Embassy, features the city's most upscale cinema, the Embassy Diplomat, along with great restaurants to go with all the high end brand shops. It's worth coming here just to gape at the architecture. Other stalwarts like Siam Paragon, Terminal 21, and CentralWorld also all have luxury cineplex theatres, tons of dining options, and plenty to do other than just shop. For more specific items you'll need to head to specific malls. For electronics needs, make a beeline for Pantip Plaza, for mobile phones, head to MBK, and for high end designer goods, Gaysorn is a fine choice. If you want cheap fashion accessories and clothing, or a great selection of baby and children's clothing, head to Platinum Fashion Mall. All of the Central Malls, from CentralWorld to Central Chidlom, are renowned for their gourmet markets with food and drink from around the world. From the cool air spots to beat the heat to finding a rainy day escape, Bangkok's malls are pretty much unrivalled. 



While it may look ultra upscale from the outside, the Platinum Fashion Mall is actually like taking a trip to Chatuchak or Pratunam markets with the bonus of a whole lot of icy air conditioning thrown into the mix. Platinum is a wholesale...  Read More



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



Perhaps Bangkok's most luxurious and upscale mall, Gaysorn sits across the street from Central World and houses a collection of the most high end fashion brands and designs. Luis Vuitton, Prada, Gucci, and all the most noted names are...  Read More



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

Mah Boon Krong (MBK)


Maboonkrong, more commonly known as MBK, may not be as fancy as its neighbors Siam Paragon or Central World, but it is certainly as popular. Probably best known as the place to buy a mobile phone in Bangkok, this is actually just one floor of...  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



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 CentralWorld 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



While not the biggest or glitziest, Terminal 21 is many visitor's top choice for its design and layout. Each floor is named after a different part of the world, complete with local icons, and one can visit the Caribbean, San Francisco, Tokyo,...  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


Meet Dave Stamboulis

Dave Stamboulis is a travel writer/photographer based in Bangkok. Born in Athens, Greece and growing up in the U.S., Dave first discovered Bangkok while on a 45,000-kilometer bicycle trip and...  More About Dave