Bangkok shopping malls are well-known as shopaholic’s paradise. From a legendary local craft market at Chatuchak and MBK to a sophisticated malls at the EM District and Central Embassy. Bangkok shopping malls have everything for all taste, budget and requirement.
Central Embassy offers a variety of luxury clothing and high end restaurants. The closest BTS station to visit Central Embassy is Phloen Chit station – only one stop from the Nana BTS station.
THE EM DISTRICT
The EM District (the Emporium and the EmQuartier) is a high end shopping mall with stores selling brand name clothing and cosmetics, including names such as Armani, Louis Vuitton and Chanel. The EM District also has a selection of independent restaurants from Japanese to Mexican and an excellent food court selling great, local, food at great prices. On the top floor can be found a state of the art cinema and the complex connects directly to the Phrom Phong BTS station for convenient access.
Siam Paragon offers high end products and great food court similar to the EM District. Siam Paragon can be accessed at Siam BTS station where shoppers can walk to Siam Square, Siam Center & Siam Discovery Center, and MBK Center.
The MBK Centre is where you can find just about anything you need including electronics, jewellery, clothing and music. Althrough the MBK appears less organised than some of the newer malls but it still makes a great shopping opportunity for anybody who loves to stroll around. Located at the National Stadium BTS station.
Known to Bangkokians as JJ Market, Chatuchak Market is a dream come true to shopping lovers and bargain hunters. JJ Market is enormous and sells just about anything you can imagine and often at unbelievably low prices. The sheer size of JJ market, plus the hot and humid climate, means that even the most ardent of shopping fans will be exhausted after a day of filling their bags with inexpensive goodies. You can access Chatuchak Market, by either getting off the Mo Chit BTS station or Chatuchak Park MRT station.
Pratunam is Bangkok’s largest clothing market. It is located at the intersection of Ratchaprarop and Phetchaburi Roads in the district Ratchathewi. It is one of the cheapest markets to buy clothing, fabrics, textiles and other trinkets in Bangkok and is not only used by tourists but by locals as well.
PLACES OF INTEREST
The minute you arrive in Bangkok, you will be immersed in a rich and unique culture that has many new sights for first time visitors. Buddhism plays a very important part of the lives of many Thai people and with just a quick tour of the city you will see just how important it is, with temples seemingly around every corner you turn.
One must not miss attraction is the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew, which is located close by to the tourist hot spot of Khao San Rd. The palace itself is a very ornate building and is used for royal ceremonies. Wat Phra Kaew is a temple that is home to the much revered Emerald Buddha which is believed to be over 2,000 years old. Visitors are free to see the statuette, although cameras are not permitted. Visitors to the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew are expected to dress respectfully and long trousers and long sleeve shirts are supplied at reception if needed.
Just as the name suggests, floating markets are markets where traders and shoppers do business from boats. You can hire a boat that will take you gently through the market and traders will approach you in their boats laden with their wares to see if you have an interest.
KHAO SAN ROAD
Khao San Road - The popular book 'The Beach' famously described Khao San Road as "the centre of the backpacking universe". Judging by the truth-seeking travellers who converge here to shop, exchange tales and prepare for their next stint on the backpacker trail, it's a phrase that sums it up pretty much perfectly.
Bangkok’s nightlife is legendary and is in itself something that attracts visitors to the city in their droves. The types of nightspots you will find vary wildly, from street stalls selling beers and spirits to high class nightclubs where you can expect to find yourself shoulder to shoulder with the stars.
Another popular night spot, and a little more conservative, is RCA which is a collection of trendy pubs and clubs that are popular among many of Bangkok’s younger crowd. The clubs play music by some of the finest DJs in the region and are often frequented by stars and celebrities looking for a good night out.
Sukhumvit and Silom Pubs
Bangkok has a large expatriate community and the city has a large selection of British and Irish style pubs to cater to them. The pubs often have great happy hour offers, serving a selection of ales and fantastic western food. The pubs also have some evenings of entertainment such as live music and the occasional quiz night in which anybody is free to enter. Sports bars showing events in English can also be found throughout Bangkok so you don’t have to miss out on the big occasion.
If you want to venture a little further out, Thong Lor and Ekkamai are two hotspots where you will find a young crowd and numerous bars and clubs to unwind. Both roads are on the Sukhumvit BTS line and very easy to access by either sky train or taxi. Many of the clubs provide live bands playing Thai and western hits and you are sure to have a good time in this area of Bangkok.
ASIATIQUE THE RIVERFRONT
The Charoen Krung district zone, or Yan Charoen Krung in Thai, is the shopping district. The Town Square district, or Yan Klang Mueang is the cultural centre. Then there is the historic Factory district zone or Yan Rong Ngarn, and, finally, there Waterfront district, or Yan Rim Nam, where most of the eating places are found.