SHOPPING AREAS AND MARKETS
Shopping in Bangkok is not limited to one or two
major streets. There are many areas throughout Bangkok affording ample choices
and easy access. The following is just a selection of some of the principal
Ploenchit-Ratchaprasong Top department stores and luxury
shopping malls are concentrated in the area, namely Central, Sogo, Gaysorn
Plaza, Isetan, Zen, Amarin Plaza, Peninsula Plaza, all of which together make
the largest shopping promenade in Bangkok. Furthermore, the World Trade Centre
and Narayana Phand Pavilion, host the official handicraft centre selling items
from all parts of the country. Ratchaprasong intersection is the gateway to
several shopping areas such as Phloenchit-Sukhumvit, Siam Square-Mahboonkrong,
Silom and Pratunam-Phetchaburi.
Silom-Surawong-Patpong Silom Road is the main artery of
Bangkok’s commercial heart and is paralleled by Surawong Road, while Patpong
runs crosswise between the two. In addition to housing dozens of specialist
shops and boutiques representing all the major buys, this area also boasts many
branches of well-known retailers and several shopping plazas. Street stalls
also abound, most notably at Patpong’s famous night market.
Silom-Mahesak-Charoenkrung Road Silom leads into Charoenkrung
Road which parallels the Chao Phraya River, and notable shopping opportunities
include gems and jewellery stores (Mahesak Road is a gem trading centre),
Oriental Plaza and River City shopping complex.
Sukhumvit Like Silom, Sukhumvit is one of Bangkok’s main
thoroughfares, and the long road is lined with shops, boutiques and modern
shopping plazas ranging from Soi 3 (Nana Nua) up to Soi 63 (Ekkamai). Most
shops and restaurants are concentrated between Soi 3 and soi 21 (Asok) and
along shortcuts between Asok and Ekkamai.
Pratunam-Phetchaburi A highlight in the district is Pratunam
market, one of Bangkok’s biggest centres for ready-to-wear clothing.
Baiyoke Tower Located next to Bangkok’s tallest hotel building,
Baiyoke tower is one of the city’s renowned garment centres.
Nai Lert Plaza Situated close to Pratunam Market, Nai Lert
Market is one of many shopping areas in Bangkok where you can buy just about
everything from clothing to handicrafts.
Bang Lamphu Situated close to the Grand Palace, Bang Lamphu has
a lively market where clothing is a popular buy.
Chinatown Centre on Yaowarat Road and Sampheng Lane, Bangkok’s
Chinatown offers a profusion of gold shops as well as several nearby
traditional shopping places such as Ban Mo Jewellery Street, Phahurat Cloth
Market and the Old Siam Plaza.
Bo-be Market Situated close to Bangkok Railway Station, Bo-be
is one of the city’s renowned ready-to-wear clothing centres, both wholesale
Jatujak or Chatuchak Weekend Market Located adjacent to
Chatuchak Park, the weekend market, open on Saturday and Sunday, is a Bangkok
landmark where you can buy just about everything from clothing to potted plants
and everything in between - - a paradise for browsers and bargain-hunters
alike. The market also offers items of furniture and home decor. It is also
where professional and amateur art-lovers and artists meet.
Pak Khlong Talat This is a wholesale market for all kinds of
cut flowers and vegetables. It is located on Maharat Road near the Memorial
Bridge. The market is crowded in the early morning and in the evening.
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market This popular attraction is some
80 kilometres west of Bangkok, accessible by regular bus from the Southern Bus
Terminal. Everyday, hundreds of vendor boats crowd the market area in the early
morning till noon.