If you’re a fashionista looking for inspiration for your summer holiday, look no further than Bangkok! From the bustling and chaotic night markets to the stylish and sophisticated malls boasting the biggest designer names, Bangkok is a shoppers dream offering something for every budget.
Here we bring you our top picks of the hot spots that you just can’t miss.
MBK is a no-frills shopping mall for the bargain lovers among us. With eight floors of easily navigated shops, restaurants and even a cinema, you’ll be spoiled for choice on where to visit first. There are 2,000 stores inside this coolly air-conditioned heaven, selling everything from fashion and furniture to electronics and accessories. MBK is popular with both tourists and locals alike so get out of the heat and spend an afternoon casually perusing the shops for the best deals around.
444 Phayathai Rd.,Pathumwan, Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330
The jam-packed streets, winding alleys and the hustle and bustle that make up the winding Pratanam market mean that it’s an immersive experience not to be missed. With everything available at wholesale prices, clothes, shoes and fashion accessories can be found for ridiculously cheap in amongst the retailers beavering away on their sewing machines or simply gossiping with one another. Head here for everything from shorts and t-shirts to formal wear to even crazy fancy dress items.
Phetchaburi Road, Pratunam, Ratchathewi, Bangkok
One of the biggest malls in Asia, Siam Paragon is the epitome of luxury shopping. Considered by many to be the centrepiece of Bangkok, it’s made up of 250 stores from the classic big names of Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana and Prada to the established high street brands of the West such as H&M and Zara. Spend a day here in the lap of luxury or just do some dreamy window shopping and once you’ve shopped till you’ve dropped, it’s also home to South East Asia’s largest aquarium!
991 Siam Paragon Shopping Center, Rama 1 Rd., Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330
The Emporium is the mothership for the fashionistas of Bangkok. Sprawling a total of seven floors, the first three floors are dedicated solely to fashion. The ground floor boasts world-class designer names with the first floor made up of hot international items, leather and jewellery. The second floor caters for the young and fashion-forward, meaning there’s something for every clothes-loving visitor to enjoy.
Soi Methi Niwet, Khlong Tan, Khlong Toei, Bangkok
Khao San Road
The classic backpacker haven, Khao San Road is the street that never sleeps. Busy, loud, colourful and even a little overwhelming, if you’re looking for a laidback browse then this probably isn’t the place for you. Always teaming with people and overflowing with delicious smelling food and entertaining music, Khao San Road is the perfect place to pick up your cheap souvenirs, such as the beer logo t-shirts and silk hareem trousers loved by farangs the world over. Just be warned, as soon as you show a smidgen of interest, you won’t be left alone for a second!
Patpong night bazaar
You’ve probably already heard of Patpong as a seedy underworld of entertainment, but the night bazaar is one not to be overlooked. Right next to the risqué nightlife, this one is more about the experience than the shopping itself. Lower your inhibitions at the surrounding bars and have fun haggling for cheap and tacky souvenirs over high-quality goods – you’ll enjoy the crazy mix of shoppers and partygoers a whole lot more!
Soi Patpong, Silom Rd., Si Lom, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500
So head on over to this fashion capital of the Far East for a fix of retail therapy, whatever your budget! This season, Expedia have some great deals on flights to Bangkok to get you there.