10 Favourite Mall for Shopping in Bangkok

1. Central World

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Central World opened in 2006 and is the sixth biggest shopping center in the world with eight floors. This is the ultimate Bangkok shopping mall. It has everything from brand name clothing boutiques, funky fashion, high-tech gadgets, bookshops and designer furniture to imported groceries, a lineup of banks, beauty salons, gourmet eateries and even an ice-skating rink. It is the largest mall in Thailand and among the largest in the world. It is so big that they even have cars and motorbikes for sale!

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Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00
Location: Ratchaprasong Intersection, opposite Gaysorn and Erawan
BTS: Chidlom, Siam
Tel: + 66 (0) 264-7000

2. Siam Paragon

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Siam Paragon is located a little west of Central World, with a walk-way (bridge) between them, taking about 10 min of walking. It’s easy accessible from the sky train station Siam, which is right outside Paragon Shopping Center. A good and easy start for you shopping bonanza! Considering the mall contains over 250 shops, the layout is logical and fairly compact, certainly when compared to the sprawling Central World mall nearby. However, this mall provides mainly luxury items for well-heeled Thais and international visitors with cash to splurge. If you are looking for something extra-special then Siam Paragon is definitely the place to find it.

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Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
Location: At Siam BTS Station

3. Siam Center

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Siam Center is located just next to Siam Paragon. This center is not nearly as big as Paragon and Central World. It has a darker and dimmer feel to it. It consists of many shops though, and has a great food court on top floor which is less noisy and crowded than the one at Paragon.Shops as DKNY, Armani Exchange, Sephora, MAC, Victoria’s Secret (the only one in Bangkok), Adidas and Nike is located in Siam Center.

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Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
Location: At Siam BTS Station

4. MBK (Mahbookkrong)

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MBK, or Mahbookkrong as it is originally called, was built in 1985 and is one of Asia’s oldest shopping centers. It is a huge center particularly popular among teen Thai girls. The center is packed with small shops, mostly Thai brands and designs, and not many international shops. MBK is particularly easy to reach thanks to a direct walkway linking to National Stadium BTS Skytrain Station. Literally every taxi driver knows this most famous of shopping malls in Bangkok too, so you can hail a cab from anywhere but traffic can be intense.

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Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
Location: Pathumwan Intersection, diagonally opposite Siam Discovery Centre
BTS: National Stadium
Tel: +66 (0)2 620 9000

5. Terminal 21

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Terminal 21 is located near Asok sky train station, and is a fairly new shopping center which opened in 2011. This is a really cool shopping center, one of the coolest and most spectacular I have ever been in! Each floor is designed as a city, one is London, another is Paris, Rome, Tokyo, Istanbul, San Fransisco and Hollywood. The center is huge, consisting of more than 600 shops!

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Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00
Location: Sukhumvit Road (between Soi 19 and 21)
MRT: Sukhumvit
BTS: Asok (direct access via Skywalk)

6. Platinum Fashion Mall, Pratunam

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Platinum Fashion Mall is specializes in wholesale fashion clothing and accessories, with four floors of shopping space, packed with some 1,300 shops. It located in the centre of Pratunam, a 10-minute walk from either Ratchathewi or Chidlom BTS Skytrain, so it is easily accessible when compared to other clothing bazaars of the same scale. Plus, it’s air conditioned and comes complete with a large food court as well as cafés and fast food chains.

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Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
Location: Petchburi, Ratchathewi (next to Pantip Plaza)
BTS: The nearest Skytrain station is Chidlom (but not really walking distance, you wll need a taxi or tuk yuk)

7. The Emporium

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The Emporium is 7 floors of shopper’s paradise. The first 3 floors are dedicated solely to fashion; world-class brand names dominate the ground floor, international designer items, leather and jewellery the 1st floor, and glamorous garb for the young and trendy, the 2nd. Those into gadgetry should head to ‘Pleasure & Leisure’ on the 3rd floor with everything you could dream of in audio, visual and digital. This is also where you’ll find golf and sporting goods. Trendy lifestyle wares are on the 4th.

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Opening Hours: 9:00 – 23:00
Location: Sukhumvit Soi 24/26
BTS: Phrom Phong

8. Pantip Plaza, Pratunam

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Bangkok’s number one high tech mall. Anything you want or need having to do with computers, cameras, and any electronics, this is the place to come. While there is plenty of decent and legit hardware and software, the market is also notorious for pirated goods, and especially single men will be endlessly hassled on the second and third floors to buy “sexy movies.” The second floor food court in Pantip has an extensive array of eats if you need a break,and remember to try bargaining in many of the shops, even if the price is “fixed.” It also pays to shop around, as the prices really do vary from stall to stall in this labyrinth of a shopping center.

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Opening Hours: 10:00 – 21:00 (every day).
Location: Petchaburi Road, opposite Pratunam’s City Complex
BTS: Chidlom (but still quite a walk)
How to get there: From BTS Chidlom, either hire a tuk-tuk/taxi or walk ten minutes down Ratchadamri Road past Central World on your left, over the Saen Saeb canal and then left on Phetburi Road. Walk about two blocks, and Pantip Plaza should be on your left.

9. Central Embassy Shopping Mall

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Bangkok’s newest opulent luxury mall doesn’t disappoint. Named after the former British embassy gardens upon which it sits, this futuristically designed building is made out of shimmering aluminium tiles and seeks to pay homage to Thai temple design while at the same time merging a podium and tower into one coiled structure. Inside, you’ll find some of the most elite brand names in Bangkok all at some of the highest prices to be found in town as well, letting you know just what kind of real estate you are sitting on. In addition to the luxury shopping, there are plenty of great eating options, led by renowned names like Din Tai Fung (Shanghai dumplings), the Water Library, and Sonboom Seafod. There is also a hi tech cinemaplex, and construction is on the way for a new 6 star hotel that will be one of Bangkok’s finest.

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Opening Hours: 10:00 until 22:00 every day
BTS: Ploen Chit
Address: Ploenchit Road, Bangkok, Thailand 10330
Tel: +66(0)2 119 7777

10. Asiatique the Riverfront, Riverside

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Asiatique has successfully combined two of the most popular shopping experiences in the city: a night bazaar and a mall. Ten minutes downriver from Saphan Taksin BTS station this once-bustling international trade port has been transformed, with over 1,500 boutiques and 40 restaurants housed under a huge replica warehouse complex. The selection of shops is interesting, with a good range of unusual brands rather than row upon row of tourist trinkets. This bazaar is busy but isn’t overrun by tourists; crowds of locals enjoy coming here too. Asiatique is definitely worth dedicating an evening to.

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Opening Hours: 17:00-midnight
Location: Chareonkrung Soi 74-76
How to get there: The easiest and fastest way to get there is via boat. Take the BTS to Saphan Taksin and jump on the free shuttle at the end of the pier. It only takes ten minutes, and the boat runs until 23:00. Taxis are not recommended as the traffic can be terrible in this area.

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