All You Need To Know About Shopping In Bangkok
Eating & shopping in Bangkok is a safe bet for all those who love to shop as much as they love to eat! The old city by the river Chao phraya has been the serene life of South East Asia’s waterborne village life to the sudden sprung of skyscrapers with a boost of globalization bringing in the best of the world under one umbrella.
More number of people visit Bangkok to shop than travel as the city also houses few of the biggest wholesale markets of the region. We have tried to curate few of the best shopping in Bangkok experience for the explorer in you. Do not worry for your empty stomach since they are also frequented with lip-smacking snacks served over the counter, cooked al-dente.
The old market area built around a road resembling a flying dragon is the ultimate destination in case you want to buy stuff within tight budget. From clothes to electronic, name a thing that you could not find here! Bargain well before closing a deal.
End you day with a hearty meal of glass noodle with sea-food along with crab meat cake from one of the oldest eateries of the town. They retain the authentic Chinese flavor to their food with elan.
The malls are the perfect place for shopping in Bangkok, where locals hang out as much as the tourists do. They do not really bargain much and I found the food a bit overpriced than in my home country India.
However, the trying crowd and tropical humidity can be beaten well when you’re in the malls. I loved Platinum Shopping Mall with wide selection of clothing ranges and the floors are dedicated to different lifestyle products (shoes, bags etc). Along with this check out the the Siam Paragon Mall, MBK Mall and the Central World (if you are travelling with kids).
A weekend market, it is the largest in South Asia and distinctive in its spread. Head early to ensure you can cover the whole of it.
There are sights like caged dogs and birds which will pain you, at the same time the collection of affordable accessories will excite you. It is huge and get closed by late evening, making it impossible to cover the whole of it in one go. Make good use of your bargaining skill here.
The Floating Markets
The Taling Chan Floating Market is very famous spot near the sprawling city of Bangkok. The floating markets are only live on the weekends and host a wide range of food vendors, catering to locals and well as tourists.
The most weird thing I have seen being sold in the floating market are the snakes and turtles. If you can, head out to the market a bit away from the city. They retain the good old charm of Thai life and look fabulous.
My personal experience of exploring Bangkok has been more than pleasant since I could soak in the glory of fine consumer stuff. The clothing is at per with the fine brands however I suggest be weary of the fittings and size (they don’t let you check there).
Also, bargain before closing in a price for the more you bargain the better it is for you. Do have a look at their marvelous stock of electronics products. TVs here are sold really cheap and you can bring them home too, without much fuss. If at all you buy an electronic stuff from the city, make sure you take the taxi back from airport while returning from Thailand.
Have you visited Thailand and went for shopping in Bangkok? We can’t wait to hear from you. Let us know in the comment section about your shopping collection in Bangkok.