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Updated by Gabriel Anthony on Jun 20, 2016
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Top 5 Riverside Shopping Malls – Best Retail Therapy in Bangkok

Vibrant Chao Phraya River is the main hub for activities in Bangkok and shopping takes centre stage. There are plenty of riverside shopping hotspots to satisfy the cravings of serious shopaholics.

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Asiatique

Asiatique is a combination of two of Bangkok's biggest shopping allures, which are a night bazaar and chic mall. The area which was once an international trade post has been transformed into one of the city's busiest and most popular shopping destinations. Asiatique is located just ten minutes downriver from the Saphan Taksin BTS Station. The fabulous shopping destination boasts over 1,500 boutiques and also over 40 restaurants spread across a huge warehouse like complex. Asiatique opens at 5 pm and is the perfect place to plan an evening sojourn at; in fact it is quite easy to spend the rest of the day here indulging in shopping, souvenir shopping and gift buying. Take along the family for plenty of eateries ensure even the fussiest of eaters are well catered to. Asiatique is an overall entertainment venue and offers nightly entertainment in the form of musical shows, Muay Thai performances and even calypso lady boy cabarets. The place is open from 5 pm to midnight.

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OP Place

OP Place or the Oriental Plaza is where you will find antique stone elephants and exotic Thai handicrafts. The place is also highly recommended for a good browse even if you are not taking back any artefacts. The department store is more a gallery, home to 50 boutiques displaying uniquely exotic creations that are inspiring and quite tempting; it will come as no surprise if you find yourself purchasing antiques or unique ornaments for your home from OP Place. The mall while being a base for admiring the work of fine arts is also host to jewellery and tailor stores offering the finest crafts and skills in both sectors. If you are staying at a luxury hotel in Bangkok you will love the traditional décor and vintage pieces adorning the hotel and rooms, which is why a visit to OP Place sitting close to the Chao Phraya River and Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok is recommended.

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River City

This four story mall overlooks the beautiful Chao Phraya River. The place is a haven for antique lovers and collectible hunters. And even if you are not into artsy goods River City is a great place to visit for shopping as it is home to stores selling Thai silks, leather products and gemstones. The place is also pretty good for relaxing and enjoying a meal to sweeping vistas of the gorgeous Chao Phraya River.

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Robinsons Bangrak

Located within the old city district of Bangkok this modern shopping complex is ideal for designer shopping. The mall with its contemporary façade stands out amidst the rustic settings of the neighbourhood and is a mere walk from the BTS Skytrain terminal.

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Flower Market

If you love all things beautiful do visit the Flower Market and take along the camera. The Bangkok Flower Market – Pak Klong Talad is the largest fresh flower market in the nation. Open for wholesale or retail purchases the market is a riot of colour and open 24 hours. Prices are stupendously cheap, for packs of 50 or 100 flowers; while the market located south of famous Wat Pho is an ideal place for starting off your historical tour of the city.