Shopping in Bangkok is one of the most exciting things you can do in Thailand. Bangkok is a paradise for people who love shopping. Cheap, high quality merchandise from clothes to gadgets is in abundance in Bangkok. Shopping malls, night markets, sidewalk stalls, riverside markets, side streets and backstreets-there are just too many places to go to for all the things your heart desires.
If you love to bargain, you’ll love Bangkok’s street markets. Indeed, as some bargain shoppers claim, half of the fun in shopping comes from getting an otherwise expensive item for a steal. Bangkok offers a lot of those and more. In fact, haggling is always expected from customers. If you’re looking for good buys and inexpensive items, here’s a quick guide of the best places to go shopping that will make the shopaholic in you go crazy.
PRATUNAM. Most tourists who come to Bangkok to shop actually sell the goods they buy for a living. If it’s wholesale prices you’re looking for, the Pratunam in Petchburi is the place to go. It’s a dreamland for buy-and-sell shoppers. Pratunam is not only popular among veteran tourist fashion shoppers but also among locals. Clothes, accessories, bags, footwear-nearly everything at the height of fashion can be found here, and at wholesale prices!
CHATUCHAK MARKET. The Chatuchak Market is another popular shopping spot where the name of the game is haggling. It’s definitely a must-visit for shopping fanatics. They say you haven’t really been to Bangkok if you haven’t visited the Chatuchak Market. It’s unbelievably huge, packed with a wide variety of merchandise. There are clothes, shoes, furniture, décors, antiques, computers, gadgets, jewelry and all kinds of knick-knacks! Shopping at Chatuchak Market is a heady experience you wouldn’t want to miss.
MAH BOON KRONG SHOPPING CENTER. This list will not be complete without the well-known MBK Shopping Center. Bargain deals are aplenty in this shopping mall. Find what you want in this multi-storey mall from clothing, gadgets, cellular phones, cameras, handicrafts, appliances, jewelry and anything else you can think of. You’ll find everything you need at great prices. So, if you’re tired of outdoor shopping and you don’t want to soak in perspiration from the heat of Bangkok, head on to the most popular shopping mall for bargain products.
TIP. Whatever you want, whatever you need, Bangkok has it at a bargain price. However, to make shopping in Bangkok an extremely delightful experience, it is recommended that you take note of the price of an item you want to shop for in your own country first, as some products, like compact cameras for example, are actually priced more or less the same as in your country. And if you’re shopping for souvenir items you could bring back home to your family and friends, you could benefit a lot from taking a list with you when you go shopping. Finally, haggling is encouraged, but do haggle in a courteous manner. It will not only make shopping fun, but will also put smiles all around.