Boasting a stunning array of shopping malls and outlets, as well as a variety of market areas and bargains stores, the Thai capital is a widely
reputed shopping Mecca, attracting huge crowds of visitors each year. Some of the most attractive options await you at the brand new Siam Paragon mall, located in close proximity to the BTS Siam Square station.
Available here are a wide selection of brand names to choose from, including Giorgio Armani, Hermes, Gucci, Porsche Design, Hugo Boss, Coach and Shanghai Tang just to name a few. This exclusive combination of kitsch, class and children's stuff makes the mall extremely popular with families, coming here for exciting shopping. In this area you'll also come across Paragon Department Store and the excellent Kinokuniya book store with a wide selection of children's books and material in Japanese, Chinese and Thai. Nearby is the great True Urban Park I.T. store, featuring gadgets, mobile phones, an Internet cafe and digital delights.
For the majority of visitors to Bangkok the serious shopping starts at the Chatuchak weekend market, enjoying immense popularity among shopping experts and locals alike. Here you'll find everything you might possibly need, from funky lights, trinkets to statues, silk bedspreads to fake antiques. In the same section you'll find an array of bargains stores selling everything from hip ready to wear to home decorations.
A number of Bangkok shops stay open into the night, like the Suam Lum Night Bazaar, drawing a huge amount of visitors daily. Offering a large parking space, a great choice of cafes and food outlets and best supermarket bargains, this place is commonly referred to as "downtown" Chatuchak.
Some of the most affordable options include Irene's Candles, offering funky and colorful candles; P&O, specializing in trendy tableware; Twalai, featuring a variety of northern-style home decor items, like wooden jewelry boxes, napkin rings and vases; Raan Bai Mai, offering shopping for New Age aromas, essential oils and spa soap; and more. The best place for purchasing antiques is the River City Shopping Complex, located next to the Royal Orchid Sheraton, with countless shops queuing up to attract customer's attention.
However, there are few antiques in Thailand these days. For genuine staff, consider India, China, Cambodia and Myanmar. Among the shops at the River City Shopping Complex, Kudo's makes itself conspicuous by offering a wide variety of Cambodian Baiyun period statues and unique sandstone carvings. The House of Chao offers tradition wooden kitchen cabinets, allowing also out-of-the-ordinary requests. More antiques, like old screens or Chinese furniture are available at Lotus Lifestyle Gallery and the Old Siam Plaza.Known previously as the Indian Quarter, the Pahurat Road is home to an array of bargains stores, offering traditional Thai products. It is also the place where tailors come and purchase raw material, like zips and buttons. Another famous concentration of bargains stores, the Pratumam area is situated next to the World Trade Center and the Amari Watergate Hotel.
Available here are a wide range of items, from trendy jeans to stylish handbags.