Shopping in Bangkok is one of the interesting tourist attractions of the city. You may need several days in order to visit all the floors of the big malls in the town center. Don’t worry, you will survive, there is also plenty of food and drinks in these malls.
- Page 1 – The Big Malls around Siam (Bangkok Center)
- Page 2 – Icon Siam and more
- Page Chatuchak – Chatuchak week end Market
Let’s start the malls tour :
You can also see the malls in an Interactive Google map.
Click on this Map to enlarge :
How to get to this area : One obvious possibility is with a Taxi, Tuk-Tuk or Moto-Taxi, just try not to get into heavy traffic in the mornings and afternoons.
With the Skytrain : stations Siam, National Stadium, Chit Lom.
With the public Canal boats : piers 1 and 0
Also with buses.
From the Khaosan area, see here.
You can watch this video in which I am visiting all the malls around Siam.
Let’s start with the first mall, the MBK. Then I am continuing counterclockwise to the other malls (see map above) :
This mall has a “market style”. You find in the MBK a lot of stands with T-Shirts, watches and phones and you can bargain the prices. There are also nice and modern shops of many, many kinds.
The MBK mall, inside:
In the top floors there are cinemas, restaurants and a food court.
The 4 floor is for computer, mobile and photography products and it is quite big. It is one of the 2 places in Bangkok for buying computer related products. The other place is the Fortune Town mall.
From the MBK mall, you can enter Siam Discovery mall from the skytrain level (no need to cross the busy streets). Siam Discovery has very modern shops.
Size of mall: Medium
See it in this video minutes 2.30 to 4.00 See on Map.
Siam Discovery internet site
At the top floor of Siam Discovery there is a wax museum:
Very nice designed mall with exclusive shops. The food court is relatively small but very nice. Size of mall: medium compared to the giants MBK, Siam Paragon and Central world.
See it in this video minutes 4.00 to 6.20 See on Map.
Siam Center internet site
Siam Center inside:
There is a big aquarium attraction called Ocean World at the underground level.
A court food at ground level and many nice restaurants
A gourmet supermarket (at ground level), you should visit it, it is an attraction by itself, you can even find cheese like Camembert. (You will crave cheese after a few weeks in Thailand).
Several big book shops with books in english:
Big Cinemas at the top floor
A nice bowling at the top level:
And near the Bowling, even Karaoke rooms that are very popular in Asia :
To go from Siam Paragon to the next mall (Central World) use the skywalk instead of the street, it should take 10 minutes walk.
See it in this video minutes 12.54 to 15.50
If you continue a little bit with the skywalk after the Central World center you can see the Erawan shrine from above. This is good to tell your friends that you saw other tourist attractions that day, except the malls.
See it in this video minutes 15.50 to 16.46
And another shrine, in front of the Central World main entrance :
See it in this video minutes 25.25 to 26.15
Another huge mall, you need several days to explore everything in it. There are also cinemas at the top floor and a gourmet supermarket.
See it in this video minutes 16.46 to 25.20 See on Map.
Central World Internet site
One section of Central World :
Nice restaurants, a little bit everywhere and also cafés with very interesting and colourful sweets.
A lot of teddy bears:
A food court at the top floor. The food courts are present in almost every mall of medium size (and up) in Bangkok.
In the food court, there is often a vegetarian stand, you won’t recognize that the food is vegetarian, you’ll have to ask.
There is also an ice skating:
When you walk from Central World mall to the next one (Fashion mall), you will cross the canal Saen Seap and on the right side there is a boat station.
See it in this video minutes 27.00 to 28.00 See on Map.
More on this type of transport service.
If you want nice clothes at good prices, then this mall is perfect, one of the best places in Bangkok. Unfortunately there are usually no fitting rooms to try trousers. At the top floor there is a food court.
See it in this video minutes 28.00 to 32.00 See on Map.
Inside Fashion mall :
From Platinium fashion mall, If you cross the busy street, you enter the wholesale Pratunam market area. It is huge, there are streets and malls with a lot of clothes. Here, it is really difficult to try the clothes (no fitting rooms) and also the vendors are impatient, after all they are selling wholesale here, they don’t have time for you. but if you have patience, you can buy goods at floor prices. There is even a mall dedicated just to T-Shirts under the skyrise Baiyoke hotel. See on Map.
You can buy yourself a huge plastic bag for your shopping (and make worry your life partner when you return to your hotel):
If you walk into Pratunam market, you will see the
very tall Baiyoke hotel. If you are already there, you can take the elevator to the 17 floor and rest there in the nice lobby with a café and a nice view (free, no need to go to the top).
It is located at the same side of the street with Platinum fashion mall. It used to be the main mall in Bangkok for computer components. Now it is defined as a “wholesale trade center” and is without interests for the common tourist.
If you are looking for computer related stuff, like memory disks, laptops etc, you have 2 possibilities :
This ends the concentration of malls around Siam, buy I have mentioned only the big ones, you will discover more medium size malls around.
In the main street Sukhumvit there are some luxury malls between the skytrain stations “Chit Lom” and “Phloen Chit” (See the next section).
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- Bangkok Transport – Airport, Metro, Buses, Boats…
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- Visa for Thailand- Basic rules and how to extend
- Internet in Thailand – Buying a local SIM
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- Maps of Bangkok – With places of interest and Transport
- Bangkok FAQ – Weather, Distances etc…
- Bangkok Shopping – The big Malls and the Markets
- The Khaosan Road Survival Guide – The famous Backpackers
- A Tour of Bangkok – An overview
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