Bangkok Travel Guide

Getting Around Town

Bangkok Shopping

Bangkok offers an unbelievable range of shopping options:

Bangkok Shopping District:

CentralWorld – opened on 2006, it is the largest shopping complex in Thailand (11th largest in the world).  Easily accessible from the BTS Skytrain, this shopping complex offers all kinds of upscale clothing boutiques, hip and funky fashions, computer and electronic gadgets, bookstores, designer furniture, international food and groceries, banks, beauty salons, gourmet restaurants and a ice-skating rink.  Each floor is dedicated to a specific theme – 2nd (Womens), 3rd (Mens), 4th (Electronics), 6th (Kids), 7th (Large Thai Food Court, Restaurants and Gourmet Market).  The 7th and 8th floors also include an impressive movie theater.  As many as 150,000 people shop here daily


Siam Paragon – opened in 2005, it is the 3rd largest shopping complex in Thailand (13th largest in world).  We consider Siam Paragon to be a bit more upscale than CentralWorld.  The luxury wing here has such brands as Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Burberry, Jimmy Choo, Marc Jacobs and Armani.  Exotic automobile bands Lamborghini and Ferrari also have stores here.  Bangkok’s largest bookstore Kinokuniya is located on the 3rd floor.  South East Asia’s largest aquarium Siam Ocean World is located on the bottom floor.  The 5th floor here has one of Bangkok’s most impressive movie theaters (3D, 4D and IMAX).

Siam Paragon

Siam Center –  Located just next door to Siam Paragon, Siam Center.  This shopping complex is not as big as CentralWorld or Siam Paragon but offers a more traditional shopping experience.  Here you will find brands such as DKNY, Armani Exchange, Sephora, MAC, Victoria’s Secret, Adidas and Nike.  The design and style here is a bit more trendy and modern with darker mood lighting (seems overly dark when walking through the complex).

Siam Center

Siam Discovery – remodeled in 2016, this smaller scale shopping center has won several awards for its design (one calling it the “most cutting edge in the world”).  It has a unique open floor plan (similar to designs from Japan and Korea).  This is one that you will have to see to experience for yourself.

Siam Discovery

MBK Center (Mahboonkrong) – located across the street from Siam Paragon and CentralWorld, it is the 16th largest complex in Thailand.  Nowhere near as glitzy as it neighbors, I would consider this shopping center to be a little rough around the edges.  This is probably due to being one of the oldest shopping centers in Thailand (built in 1985).  The vibe here is more local “Thai Market” than upscale.  Its 8 floors are loaded with many smaller stores (around 2,000) that carries merchandise that favors local Bangkok and Thai residents.  It tends to be very popular with tourists – probably because of its reputation as being one of the cheapest malls in Bangkok (especially Thai souvenirs).  The top floor has a discount movie theater with new releases only costing $5.  Generally very crowded during weekends – many people may find this atmosphere to be a bit “overwhelming” to the senses.

       – MBK Shopping Tips –

  • MBK Shopping Tip – When shopping here do not but at the first place you see something.  You probably will see this item again in another store maybe – maybe cheaper.  Also, in the smaller non chain type stores, you can negotiate or haggle for a better price.  Generally there is no harm in trying this.
  • Fakes Goods & Merchandise – Many of the smaller, non chain stores here will carry fake goods and merchandise.  All items are fair game – merchandise such as shoes, clothes, electronics (such as iPhones), fragrances, etc. could all be assumed fake.  This also includes pirated movies and software (which could carry viruses and malware).   And adding to the all things fake, be extremely very careful about purchasing jewelry, gemstones and gold.  Also when purchasing electronics not all manufactures honor warranties when purchased in a country outside of your own.
  • Excellent Thai Food Court – The sixth floor here offers a wonderful, inexpensive authentic Thai food court.

MBK Center


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