When it comes to foreign travel the main highlight of one’s trip is shopping and Bangkok is a shopper’s paradise especially for budget travelers. The most common products found here are clothing, watches, bags and other items commonly counterfeited. Generally, the three most commercial streets of Bangkok are Silom, Sukhumvit and Siam Square. Let’s review some specific places:
Patpong Night Market
Patpong Night Market is the best known and most visited market in Bangkok. It is located in Silom, an area with the most thriving nightlife. Here you can find all kinds of items like, counterfeit clothing, shoes, souvenirs and CDs and DVDs. At first it might seem to be chaotic, but it’s completely worth the experience. This market is the perfect place to put your bargaining skills to the test. You can bargain as much as you can and you might just end up walking back with hands full of shopping bags.
Suan Lum Night Market
The Suan Lum Night Market is a newer and less known market compared to Patpong. It is located next to Lumpini Park and if you want to shop at your own pace then this is the place to be, Here you can get better deals and a little more relaxing environment to discuss articles. The Suan Lum Night Market is more luxurious than the other markets, since here besides the usual items like clothes and music, you find handicrafts, silver and decorative items. Next to the market is a square with food stalls and tables to sit. In the same square there’s a permanent stage where local theater groups interpret Thai and international issues.
If you go shopping in Bangkok, a place you cannot miss is the MBK. A large shopping center that has been famous for over 20 years and heavily visited by both tourists and locals. The building was opened in 1985 and is one of the largest shopping centers in Asia. In its eight floors there are more than 2,000 stores and 150 restaurants. Among the commercial outlets you can find clothing stores, electronics and all other articles. Spend some time relaxing at the cinemas, bowling alleys and karaoke bars. As a privilege, tourists can get a card with which you may obtain discounts of between 5 and 30% in most of the shops. To obtain this card, one can enquire at the information booths located on the first and second floors.
Opened in 1990 under the name World Trade Center, Central World is Southeast Asia’s largest shopping center. After opening the building has undergone several modifications and extensions and the most recent was in 2006. Currently it has 8 floors, parking for 7,000 vehicles, a convention recreational center and a hotel. Central World is frequented by Thailand’s upper-middle class and the prices are higher than those of MBK. As in the rest of shopping centers, tourists can get a discount card at the information desk on the first floor.