If Bangkok is known for one thing, it’s shopping. Discover where to shop in Bangkok to find local markets and luxury shopping centers that flaunt the latest fashion trends, designer brands and unbeatable bargains. Pick up designer handbags, custom-made jewelry and local souvenirs at any of these favorite shopping zones in the City of Angels.
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1. Shop for souvenirs, local fashions and pet supplies at CHATUCHAK WEEKEND MARKET
Open from Friday afternoon to Sunday evening, Chatuchak Weekend Market covers an area of more than 140,000 square meters and contains more than 10,000 merchant stalls. The market is a bargain shopper’s paradise with 27 sections featuring everything from pet food to antiques. Join the more than 200,000 visitors who flock to the market every weekend, and don’t forget to grab a map when you arrive!
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2. Spend an evening shopping along CHAO PHRAYA RIVERSIDE at ASIATIQUE THE RIVERFRONT
Spend an evening on the waterfront shopping in refurbished warehouses that once supported international trade. ASIATIQUE The Riverfront is divided into four districts, each sporting its own vibe. Shop in Factory District for the latest fashions and accessories, and go to Town Square District to find top-notch international restaurants and nightlife venues. Charoenkrung District features live Muay Thai fights and cultural performances at Joe Louis Traditional Thai Puppet Theatre and the Calypso Cabaret. End the evening with a ride on Asiatique Sky, a 60-meter-tall Ferris wheel that offers an enclosed, air-conditioned ride with a bird’s-eye view of the Chao Phraya River.
3. Haggle through a funky flea market at ROT FAI TRAIN NIGHT MARKET SRINAKARIN
If quirky trinkets and eclectic antiques are your thing, look no further than Rot Fai Market. The open-air venue attracts vintage fashion junkies as well as local traders and hippie adventurers. Browse through bizarre collections of everything from car parts to action figures, and don’t forget to bring a flashlight, as Rot Fai Market is open from sunset to midnight, Thursday to Sunday, only.
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4. Rummage through aisles and aisles of wholesale bargains at PLATINUM FASHION MALL and PRATUNAM MARKET
Haggle your way through more than 1,300 shops on seven floors of two buildings that make up Platinum Fashion Mall. Don’t be shy about rummaging through the jam-packed stalls filled with discount clothing, handbags, shoes and accessories. In fact, shop vendors love to bargain at this wholesale complex, which is famous for selling more goods, for a whole lot less, than most discount shopping centers in Bangkok. Skip across the street for more choices in trendy T-shirts, summer clothes, costumes and fabrics at Pratunam Market.
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5. Find designer labels and a shopping paradise at SIAM SQUARE, SIAM CENTER, SIAM DISCOVERY, SIAM PARAGON
Knock out your shopping obsession in one trip with a visit to Siam Square, Siam Center, Siam Discovery and Siam Paragon. Connected by convenient walkways and located at Siam Station on the BTS Sky Train, this strip of shopping malls features stores from the world’s most sophisticated fashion labels and international brands. Prepare to be amazed by charming boutiques, electronics plazas, entertainment centers and an impressive array of international restaurants and dessert shops.
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