Most people visit Bangkok for its many cultural attractions, unique nightlife and, of course, it's bustling shopping districts. This list contains details of Bangkok's top 5 shopping destinations that must be visited by tourists who want an unforgettable shopping experience. Before heading off on a shopping tour, look to stay at well placed hotels and residences such as Anantara Baan Rajprasong, Bangkok which offers a range of well equipped accommodation options.
Spread over 35 acres of land, Chatuchuk Weekend Market is widely recognized to be Bangkok's largest and most diverse market. With over 8,000 stalls, both retail and wholesale, Chatuchuk Weekend Market is every shopaholic's dream come true. One can find an assortment of goods at this market ranging from clothes and accessories to traditional Thai handicrafts. The market is also known for its large range of vintage clothes and American and Japanese items, and is a great place to experience a taste of the 'bargaining culture' of Bangkok. Also dotted with street food outlets, Chatuchuk Weekend Market is a great place if you want to spend an entire day in a typical Thai market.
One of the most popular shopping destinations amongst the many backpackers who visit Bangkok, Khao San Road is a shopping destination where you find almost anything. The road is known for its many retail outlets which sell items such as backpacks, flip-flops, second hand books, electronics, clothing, accessories, medicine and CD/DVD's. Khao San Road is also home to many tattoo parlors, bracelet & ethnic jewelry makers and internet cafes. With such a vibrant assortment of goods and items, it is no wonder that Khao San Road is a top shopping destination.
Definitely one of the high end shopping destinations of Bangkok, Chidlom is a stark contrast to the busy markets of other shopping destinations. Childlom is home to many towering malls and large department stores selling everything from designer brand names and to high quality leather and ethnic products. Chidlom is home to the sophisticated shopping malls such as Gaysorn Plaza, CentralWorld and Erawan Bangkok, as well as popular department stores such as the Central Chidlom Department Store.
Unlike a cool and stylish mall, Chinatown is a hot, busy and crowded shopping destination which is very popular amongst tourists. Offering a typical market shopping experience, Chinatown offers a range of goods such as clothing, shoes, accessories, ethnic jewelry, Chinese herbs, spices, cheap electronics, and household items. Chinatown is known to have highly competitive retailers, and thus is an excellent place to strike up some quality bargains. It might be a busy and crowded place, but Chinatown is definitely a place all tourists should visit to experience the typical exotic market atmosphere.
Another relatively high end shopping district, Ratchaprasong is an area which is great for shopping for designer and high quality stuff. Located relatively close to Chidlong, Ratchaprasong has many popular shopping malls, department stores and fancy retail outlets. Some of the highlights of the area include The Erawan Bangkok; a stylish and reputed shopping mall, Zen; a sprawling department store; Amarin Plaza; a 5 storey shopping complex, and the Big C Superstore; a shopping complex with an amusement centre. Ratchaprasong is, therefore, a great place for an exciting shopping experience.