The 5 best places to go shopping in Bangkok that aren’t MBK Center

Over the years, Bangkok has established itself as one of the shopping greats of the world. From luxury megamalls to local, historical outdoor markets, shopping in Bangkok is an experience like no other in the world.

Feel like a high roller at EmQuartier Mall

EmQuartier Mall, Bangkok, Thailand

The rich and famous of the world flock to Bangkok for the shopping experience of a lifetime at EmQuartier. Gardens and waterfalls decorate each of the different sections of the mall, making for an aesthetically pleasing experience as you stroll from one shop to the next. Speaking of shops, EmQuartier offers both high-end designer brands, such as Valentino, Saint Laurent, Jimmy Choo and Rolex, just to name a few, as well as top-tier, local companies. If you’re looking for more affordable stores like Zara and H&M, you’ll have to go to what feels like the out of the way to the top floors of the mall.

Hours of operation: Everyday from 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Address: 698 693,695 Sukhumvit Rd, Khwaeng Khlong Tan Nuea, Khet Watthana, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110, Thailand

Stroll through pure luxury at Siam Paragon Mall

Siam Paragon Mall, Bangkok, Thailand

The definition of luxury, Siam Paragon houses high-end, designer brands almost exclusively. Chanel and Versace stores, Aston Martin and Ferrari showrooms, and everything in between, this extravagant megamall is a shopping spectacle that can’t be missed. Siam Paragon also boasts a 3,000 square meter (32,292 square foot) garden, a 40 meter (131 feet) man-made waterfall, a ferris wheel, and a VIP-treatment movie theatre, wherein guests can enjoy high-class meals from the comfort of a loveseat or even a bed, at what is known as one of the world’s most expensive movie theatres.

Hours of operation: Everyday from 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Address: 991 1 Rama I Rd, Khwaeng Pathum Wan, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330, Thailand

Get everything you didn’t know you needed at Ratchada Rot Fai Train Night Market

Ratchada Rot Fai Train Night Market, Bangkok, Thailand

Looking for diverse and unique clothes and accessories? You’ll find that all here. Looking for souvenirs to bring back home? You’ll find that here. Looking for authentic Thai food to snack on while you’re marching from one stall to the next? You’ll find that here. Looking for one-of-a-kind home goods? You’ll find that here. Looking to get a haircut or to get a mani/pedi? You’ll even find that here!

Hours of operation: Everyday from 5:00 pm – 1:00 am
Address: 55 9 Ratchadaphisek Rd, Khwaeng Din Daeng, Khet Din Daeng, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10400, Thailand

See the world under one roof at Terminal 21

Terminal 21 Bangkok, Thailand

With over 600 shops, a grocery store, tons of different types of eateries and a movie theatre to keep you occupied for many, many hours. Unlike many other malls in Bangkok, Terminal 21 offers just as many pricey brands and restaurants as they do budget options. What really makes this mall unique, is its design. Nine of the building’s 30 floors are part of the mall (the rest are a hotel and residences). Each floor is decorated based on the most famous parts of some of the world’s most sought-after destinations, such as Rome, Paris, Tokyo, London, Istanbul and San Francisco. The mall also has the longest escalator in Thailand, reaching a length of 36 meters (118 feet).

Hours of operation: Everyday from 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Address: 88 Soi Sukhumvit 19, Khwaeng Khlong Toei Nuea, Khet Watthana, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110, Thailand

Shop like a local at Tha Tian Market

Tha Tian Market, Bangkok, Thailand

What was once the largest trading center of the Chao Praya River because of the settlers who built local canals and waterways in the 17th and 18th centuries, is now known as a cultural food market, famous for selling dried, salted seafood as well as wholesale products and other various items necessary for day to day life. A trip to Tha Tian Market will give true insight into how locals live and shop, making a simple shopping trip simultaneously cultural and educational. 

Hours of operation: Everyday from 11:00 am – 6:30 pm
Address: Maha Rat Rd, Khwaeng Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand

With a plethora of smells and sounds in the city with an overabundance of malls and markets, you are sure to find anything and everything, at any and all price points, no matter where in the city you decide to shop ‘til you drop.

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