One reason most tourists come to the ‘city of angels’ is for its endless shopping. Bangkok has a little for everyone, from high end and high street brands to local designers and street shopping.
My cousin was recently in Bangkok with her family, and one of the main things on her agenda was shopping. And we did indeed spend quite a bit of time on our feet visiting both the malls and the street markets, picking everything from gold to shoes and souvenirs. Since we Indians love investing in gold, I suggest picking some nice pieces from here, since the gold is just so much prettier than the orange tinged version available in India. I always get asked where my jewelry is from anytime I am wearing a piece I picked in Thailand.
These are some of the places we ended up going to:
Malls: Sukhumvit road is dotted with malls, among which are some of the largest in the region. For anyone coming to Bangkok a must visit is Central World and Siam Paragon, which also includes an aquarium for the little ones. Other note worthy malls are Emporium and Central Chitlom. Since Bangkok is a fashion hub, store displays change multiple times a year, so be sure to check out the numerous sales.
Wholesale shopping: locals and tourist alike head to Platinum to pick up the latest trends without burning a hole in their pockets. Here as with the nearby Pratunam, the more pieces you buy, the less you end up paying per piece. And since they allow you to mix and match designs, you can literally buy an entire new wardrobe on a budget.
Another option in Sam Phaeng, where you can pick accessories, bags and rolls of fabric. You’ll always see retailers at these markets, stocking up on trendy outfits and accessories to sell from their boutiques later.
Chatuchak: open only on Saturday and Sunday, this open air market boasts of over 20,000 shops that sell everything from candles to custom furniture. But don’t let the size intimidate you, as the stores are carefully housed under sections, and further marked with street and shop numbers. And if your feet hurt from all the walking, just stop by at one of the foot massage places for quick pain relief like we did.
Asiatique: Bangkok until a few years back had a popular night market, but it was shut to make way for a hotel project. But now with Asiatique, we have one again! Situated across the river, you can hop on a ferry or use the shuttle service to get there. Open from 5pm until midnight this is fast becoming a popular destination, with dining and entertainment in addition to the shopping. The shops are housed in nine converted warehouses that had been taken for the Japanese during WWII and had been left abandoned since. Lots of picture taking opportunities, just remember to bring your walking shoes, because this place is massive. Don’t forget to ride the ferris wheel for a night time view of the city.
And while shopping, if you get hungry or thirsty, don’t’ shy away from the street food on offer. Definitely a must try!