Top 5 Shopping Venues in BKK
With such a dazzling array of shopping venues dotting the country, it can be quite overwhelming for first-time visitors to figure out where to begin their shopping journey. The easiest way is to start by making a list of what you want to buy, and then match it with where to go. Convenience is also a crucial point to consider – you wouldn’t want to go to a place too far from where you are staying, especially if it is not easily accessible via the BTS or MRT, since the traffic can be horrendous at times.
There are some incredible shopping malls in Thailand which are considered must – visit places, even if you are not looking to buy anything Architecture in Thailand has grown quite sophisticated over the years, and since the retail competition is extremely fierce, the big players are forking out a fortune to ensure that their establishments can attract visitors. The result is quite a few shopping wonderlands for Thais and foreigners to enjoy, with mesmerizing exteriors and gorgeous interior design, providing endless photo opportunities.
We have picked five shopping venues you shouldn’t miss when you are here. All of them are connected to either the BTS or the MRT, or even both, and are located in the downtown areas, meaning less commuting time, and more time to shop.
The Pratunam area is a true shopping paradise for fashion lovers. It is Thailand’s largest clothing market, with dozens of shopping malls lining up both sides of the bustling road. Each building provides a fantastic experience in itself, with hundreds of little shops selling affordable items that range from casual clothes to glamorous party dresses. Among the shopping havens is one of the oldest IT shopping malls in Thailand, Panthip Plaza, which formerly sold everything from tech gadgets to computers, but now embraces a wider range of offerings. The area is located about 10 minutes’ walk from Ratchathewi BTS Station, but considering the amount of shopping bags you will be carrying back, getting a taxi might be a more convenient choice.
How to get there : The nearest BTS station is Chit Lom. From there you can either walk north towards Pratunam or take a Tuk Tuk or taxi. Walking there will take about 15 minutes. Tuk Tuk or taxi will take about 10 minutes.
Ratchaprasong is a cluster or shopping centres, office building, 5-star hotels, and Siam Square, the city’s most prominent hangout place for teenagers, somewhat comparable to japan’s Sibuya. Although the name refers to one intersection wedged between Siam and Chit lom BTS Stations, the trendsetting area is seamlessly linked to further establishments; such as, MBK Centre and Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC) on the west of the area, or Sukhumvit Road on the east.
Ratchaprasong area boasts some of the most extravagant light decorations in the festive season, and CentralWorld, located at the heart of the Ratchaprasong Intersection, is the most popular countdown spot in town
How to get there : take the Sukhumvit line and get off at the Chit Lom BTS Station (or E1 Station), and go out through Exit No.8. Then, walk about 100 meters to Ratchaprasong Intersection.
From hip cafes to handmade clothes, everything hip and trendy can be found here. On the southern side is Siam Square, accessible via the Siam BTS Station, a vibrant cluster of small shops and other lifestyle stores; such as, nail salons, waxing cafes, and even a Thai boxing gym. Next to the open-air area is the recently opened Siam Square One, a large shopping centre featuring gorgeous restaurants and trendy cafes. Cross over to the north side and you have four shopping malls at your service – Siam discovery. Siam Centre, Siam Paragon and CentralWorld. Little ones will be delighted by the SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World, the largest aquarium in Thailand at Siam Paragon, and Kidzania, a kid’s scaled city with more than 80 activities and jobs to try.
How to get there : Bangkok Sky train (BTS) – National Stadium Station; also within walking distance of the Siam BTS Station.
By day, Silom is a busy business area, with throngs of office workers pushing along the narrow pavements which are occasionally taken over by street vendors. By night, particularly on the small strip called Patpong, the area is transformed into a shopping street, selling clothes, souvenirs, street food, and more. Silom Complex, a department store adjacent to the Sala Daeng BTS Station and just a few metres away from Silom MRT Station, provides a refreshing retreat from the hot and bustling street outside. The department store features some of the most-loved eateries and fashion stores, as well as a well-stocked supermarket.
How to get there : Take the Silom Line by Skytrain (BTS) and underground/subway/metro (MRT) system, The Sala Daeng BTS Station acts as an interchange with the MRT’s Silom Station.
Each year, Sukhumvit Road welcome quite a few new additions – community malls, condominiums, shopping centres, and office buildings. It is known as one of the most expensive roads in Bangkok, and most of the global luxury brands have their presence on this road. While the buildings flanking the main road provide endless shopping opportunities, little streets snaking around the area are also worth exploring. The area between Sukhumvit 31 and Sukhumvit 55 is where a lot of Japanese expats live, and therefore has a lot of Japanese restaurants and stores. The road is also home to Thailand’s first luxury shopping mall The Emporium which has recently been renovated in late 2014. It is located on the opposite side of the newly-opened The Emquartier, and next to the soon-to-be-built The Emsphere. The three combined will becalled The Em district, an area set to change the shopping landscape of Bangkok.
How to get there : Take the Sukhumvit line by skytrain (BTS). There is also a connection between the BTS (skytrain) and MRT (subway) at the Asoke BTS Station and MRT’s Sukhumvit Station.