Bangkok – Shopping
During my Bangkok (Shopping) trip, I always hunt for clothes, bags and other fashion accessories such as earrings. There are few places which are my favorite and I always visit that place every trips. Due to I’m not too fancy in branded stuff so the shopping place which I introducing might not suitable for people who hunt for branded stuff. The places I visited are wholesale market or mall and you will get a pretty good quality tops or dresses with a decent prices which around MYR20~MYR30. I love to shop there because there are many choices and almost all the stall are selling different design and different style. Unlike some mall in Malaysia which you always found the same design in different shops.
You may also find a very nice local food at the food court of the wholesale market or mall. Local food that you must try are included braised pork knuckle, pork satay, mango sticky rice, seafood tomyam and so on… Some hawker stalls along the roadside also selling very sweet and taste local mango and pineapple. For the pineapple, I found that the smallest the sweetest you will get…
Let’s get start with my recommendation of the shopping heaven…
Platinum Fashion Mall (http://www.platinumfashionmall.com/)
This mall is located within the walking distance from the hotel that I recommended in my previous post and it’s the largest wholesale and retails fashion mall. The most important thing is it’s an air-conditioned building and you can enjoy your shopping in a very comfortable environment. There are 2 buildings in this mall which each building has 5 to 6 floors. I would said 90% of the mall are selling female fashion included clothes, bags and accessories and you may spend 1-2 days in this mall alone.
Almost all of the shops will offered wholesales price when you buy 2 or more items in a single shop. If you are traveling with friends then you guys can get a pretty good bargain. Besides tops and dresses, I have bought a very nice cocktail knee length dress from this mall too. I wear this dress during my ROM. The dress only cost me MYR48 and I’m pretty sure if I would get it from Malaysia it will easily cost me MYR100 and above.
Besides shopping, you might enjoy nice local food at the food court (6 floors of building A). I’m highly recommended the braised pork knuckle, mango sticky rice and the pork satay. You will not want to miss their pork satay 😀
Chatuchak Weekend Market (http://www.chatuchak.org/)
This weekend market is a bit far from Pratunam/ Pratuwan area and you will need to take a cab to this market. It will be good if you can download the map of the market or get the map at the entrance of the market planned ahead which section you would like to go. It is due to this market is way to huge and all the stalls are open at the open air area. The last time I visit this market I only spent around 1-2 hours and I left this place due to the super hot weather. With the hot weather, I lost my ‘appetite’ to shopping around. If you are ok with it then you will be very enjoy shopping at this market. I can’t really comment much about this market due to I only visited this place once and with short hours spent here. But I found out that the price of the clothes are not that cheap but it has a very good quality and nice design. I also found a stall selling kid’s clothes which design by the local fashion designer. I’m considering to explore this place again during my next trip…
Next I’m gonna roughly introducing some malls which selling branded stuff and the mall is more like Midvalley, The Garden or maybe KLCC in Malaysia.
Central World (http://www.centralworld.co.th/en/)
It’s located right opposite of Arnoma Hotel. If one of the item which you want to hunt is Naraya bag. Then you can get it from here. The outlet are pretty big and you can find most of series here. You might found some medium range brand here. This more gave me a feeling like 1Utama in Petaling Jaya. I always enjoy Mos Burger at this mall too…
Siam Paragon (http://www.siamparagon.co.th/)
You may used the sky bridge which attached with central world and walk towards Siam Paragon. This more is similar MidValley or The Garden in Kuala Lumpur. This mall also has a food court selling nice local food like braised pork knuckle. If you are tired with just shopping, you might consider to visit Siam Ocean World which located at Level B1.
Siam Square, Soi 3 (http://www.siam-square.com/)
Siam Square is a few row of shop lots which most of the clothes and bags selling here are designed by local fashion designer. The price of the clothes here are slightly higher. If you are looking for toy camera or digital camera, you might consider to have a look at Digital Gateway which located between Soi 3 & Soi 4. I have recently bought a Fujifilm Wide Instant Camera which I hardly find designed film in Malaysia and I’m able to find here.
Terminal 21 (http://www.terminal21.co.th/)
This mall is connected to Asoke BTS Station so you may take BTS from the station nearby to reach here. Each level of the mall is represented by a country and the interior design of that level will be according to the country signature. The concept of the interior design is very good and very details. Even the washroom are being design and decorated according to the particular country. I have even seen the security guard and cleaner are with the uniform matched with the represented country. Isn’t the idea creator are very details…