Of the million things there are to do in Bangkok, shopping in one of the city’s fabulous malls should definitely on the top of your “Must Do” list. It doesn’t matter what’s on your shopping list – whether it’s high end boutique items, trendy clothing or simple Thai-inspired gifts. You are sure to find it and more at one of these amazing Bangkok shopping malls.
CentralWorld – Siam
CentralWorld isn’t just a mall – it’s a world-class entertainment venue. Aside from more than 500 stores, vendors and boutiques, CentralWorld also boasts an open air ice skating rink, beauty salons, banks, a 15 screen movie theater and more than 100 restaurants and cafes. The CentralWorld shopping mall covers more than 800,000 square meters and includes 7 floors of retail and entertainment outlets. This does not include the 13 floor health, beauty and fitness center ZenWorld right next door!
Siam Paragon – Siam
Siam Paragon is an impressive glass and steel structure that caters to high end shoppers. Here, you will find couture designers like Prada, Louis Vuitton, Versace and Chanel. The first floor is where you will find the fashion retailers, but the second floor is where Siam Paragon really gets amazing. It’s where you will find new car showcases, featuring the likes of Lamborghini, Lotus and Aston Martin. Siam Paragon also has a wide range of high end tech gadget vendors, gourmet restaurants and a 16 screen cineplex on site.
MBK Shopping Center
The MBK Shopping Center is a favorite of tourists and locals alike, due to its wide variety of products and affordable prices. There are 8 floors of retail space that include 2,000 merchants, shops and vendors. The MBK Shopping Center also has two food courts, a cinema, arcade and karaoke venue. The cool thing about MBK Shopping Center, compared to the other Bangkok malls, is that haggling is allowed – and sometimes encouraged. This means you can make a great deal even better by (sometimes) naming your own price for goods and products!
The Central Embassy shopping mall looks more like an art installation than the high end shopping mecca that it is. Built on the site of the former British Embassy, the Central Embassy shopping mall as evolved into one of the world’s leading shopping destinations. There are six floors of retail outlets, each connected by large, spacious concourses that give an open air feel to the venue. You will find all the upscale designers that you would expect in a place like this – like Gucci and Michael Kors – as well as some very classy dining establishments and luxury cinema. A high rise hotel is under construction at Central Embassy and is slated to be completed some time in 2017.
Terminal 21 is one of the coolest malls in the world. It is built to resemble and airport and features themed shopping sections created to look like nine major global cities – including Tokyo and Paris. The receptionists on duty to help guide visitors even wear stewardess uniforms! Each themed section offers exclusive items that you would typically find while shopping in those cities for real – plus some amazingly accurate interpretations of those cities’ landmarks. Terminal 21 has nine floors of retail space and also features more than 50 restaurants, a gourmet grocery store and cineplex. Terminal 21 is a popular place for younger shoppers and as well as families with children.
Platinum Fashion Mall
Platinum Fashion Mall is a popular place for shoppers seeking a trendy bargain. There is a wide range of women’s clothing, shoes, accessories and beauty products all under the same roof and all priced at very competitive prices. What makes Platinum Fashion Mall unique is that it’s a wholesale mall, which means the more items you buy, the more money you save on your purchases. If you purchase more than three items at one vendor, you can expect to save up to 30% off retail prices. The best part of this deal is that most merchants will allow you to mix and match the types of items you buy (shoes, shirts, accessories, etc.) so that you don’t have to buy three of the same thing just to save a bit of money.