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Shopping in Bangkok

Thailand is the heaven for shopping and it can be a very pleasant experience, as long as you know what you want and where to look for it.

Whether it’s one of Bangkok’s many shopping malls – and some of them will truly blow your mind – or one of Bangkok’s more authentic street markets, you’re sure to find something you like and have a good time, enjoying good food along the way.

Enjoy shopping in Bangkok

You can find pretty much anything in Bangkok. There are so many shopping malls in Bangkok selling the latest international fashion that most cities in Asia would find it hard to compete, and yet there’s also a great selection of low cost, quality products to be found.

Most big malls will have a cinema and bowling complex to boot, and the usual food court – a whole floor dedicated to fine food and drinks and often very international cuisine.

The markets in Bangkok provide a very different atmosphere.

There are usually more diverse people in the markets, since you’re more prone to find people from different social classes and of different ages.

In that sense, one could say the street markets are more authentic since they give a great feel of what the local culture and lifestyle is.

Also, markets are usually better places to look if you want to buy pirated goods, and the prices tend to be cheaper if you know what you’re getting into. Just don’t forget to bargain!

Nonetheless, most hip young people are to be found in one of Bangkok’s many malls when it comes to shopping, and both shopping experiences have to be experienced in order to truly have a feel of Bangkok.

If you are more into a Thai-style market with air-conditioner that offers nearly everything you can think of, you definitely should have a look at the mega-mall MBK Center which is located at the National Stadium BTS skytrain station (one stop from Siam).

Most shopping centers and department stores are open from 10am – 10pm, while markets are open around the clock.

Chatuchak Weekend Market – the biggest market in Bangkok

Every guidebook mentions to visit the Chatuchak weekend market, also know as JJ, at least once before you leave and proclaim it the king of all markets throughout the world – and so do we!

Each weekend roughly 200,000 people come to visit Chatuchak which holds up to 15,000 stores with an estimated 30 million baht spent every day.

The range of products sold is absolutely incredible which include household accessories, handicrafts, souvenirs, religious artifacts, art, antiques, live animals, books, music, clothes, food, plants, flowers and much more.

Nobody that ever went in came out with empty hands!

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