Bangkok Shopping Guide | Clothes You Will Still Want To Wear After Vacation
When you announce you’re going to Thailand, the advice everyone gives is, “Don’t pack anything! You can buy everything once you’re there!” The first couple of times I traveled to Bangkok, I found this to be absolutely false! While there were a few cute trinkets I purchased, along with a couple of cheeky tee shirts, and, of course, the elephant pants (that seem mandatory if traveling in Bangkok), finding anything I really loved and wanted to wear back home appeared far-fetched.
Bangkok is a massive sprawl of shopping, with markets, malls, street vendors, and stores literally piled on top of each other on every block. It can certainly be overwhelming, and if you don’t know where to look, shopping in Bangkok will begin to feel repetitive, as the same merchandise is pushed at tourists at every location.
Closing my last trip in Thailand, I arrived in Bangkok for the fifth time, feeling like there was no shopping of any value to be done in the whole country. My entire trip, spanning over two months, I had only purchased a sun hat and a sarong. To qualify as amazing shopping, I expect to find unique items, manufactured within the country, that I will use multiple times. I resolved to believe this “amazing shopping in Bangkok” myth was perpetuated by people with bad taste eager to purchase things while on vacation.
Luckily my friend, who has been living in Bangkok for the past three years, intervened. She pointed me towards Siam Discovery, Siam Square, and Platinum Fashion Mall. All within walking distance of each other, these three locations offer stylish, on trend clothing for every budget. Making for an easy full day of AMAZING shopping in Bangkok.
Siam Discovery – Trendy High End Department Store
Siam Discovery is a sleek new department store that offers the very best in high end shopping from designers all over Asia. It feels like a cool Barneys of Asia. The prices are at the upper end of shopping, even by American standards, but you will find the highest quality of fabric and cuts. Three Thai designers featured at Siam discovery worth checking out are Kloset, FLYNOW, and Tutti. Even if the clothing sold at Siam Discovery is out of your budget, I highly recommend stopping by to see the impressive interactive decor highlighting art, music, and food.
Don’t miss these three Thai Designers Featured in Siam Discovery:
Siam Square- Funky Outdoor Shopping Plaza
Siam Square is an open-air shopping complex that radiates a feeling of youth and creativity. Vendors of bright and bold slogan tee shirts mix with shops of tailored suits, and hipster fashion at this popular haunt of university students, media types, and “cool” kids.
Three stores not to be missed:
1-3 fl. Room No. 3/17-19, Rama 1 Rd.,
Tel: +662 115 5020
Open daily 10:00 – 22:00
2nd FI, Rainy Zone,
Siam Square One,
Pathum Wan, Pathum Wan,
Tel: +662 115 1484
3rd FI, Winter Zone,
Siam Square One,
Pathum Wan, Pathum Wan,
Platinum Fashion Mall- Budget Friendly Wholesale Mall
Platinum Fashion Mall buzzes with activity on nine floors packed with row after row of stalls selling clothing and accessories at wholesale prices. Come armed with small bills and be ready to haggle. Clothing is marked from 100-300 baht ($3-9 USD), however, you can score even better deals by purchasing three or more items. The mall feels like a maze, so if you see something you like, buy it, because it is likely you won’t find that stall again. Everything from basics to shoes to trendy items can be found at Platinum, but be sure to thoroughly check the garment before purchasing. Apparel at such low prices is highly mass produced and can have defects. Most stalls do not allow you to try on merchandise, but at such low prices it is worth the risk of not fitting perfectly.
Here is a tee-shirt dress I purchased at Platinum Fashion Mall for 300 Baht($9USD).
Natasha Banky18.07.2017 at 02:00
Nice recommendations! I have to say that I really enjoy the markets and love the hippy wear, cause these are items we can find in S E Asia, whereas other items like chic t-shirts and so on are a dime a dozen back in North America or Europe. Non the less, the prices are incredible here, as you point out.
maegan20.07.2017 at 01:41
I am not a big shopper while on a trip but it looks like you came across some great deals! Asia has such unique styles!
Jamie20.07.2017 at 15:12
Wow, I wouldn’t associate Bangkok as a place to shop for trendy clothes. The stores are all so colorful and hip. Wonderful photos that make me want to go there!
This Big Wild World20.07.2017 at 18:23
These are definitely not elephant pants 🙂 Great finds!
Thirty30Courtney20.07.2017 at 18:51
Oh, wow! I’m not much of a shopper but these photos make me want to travel to Bangkok with an empty suitcase, and I am team #carry-on! lol Lalama looks right up my alley and I am always a fan of buying dresses so I would certainly have a field day at the stalls.
Karen20.07.2017 at 23:12
Such lovely photos. I also fell in love with Thai fashion when I was in Bangkok and ended up bringing a lot of clothes home. My only issue was the sizing as I cannot fit into ONE SIZE!
Kate21.07.2017 at 01:37
This looks like something out of a movie. I think I would have complete sensory overload and would spend a lot of money at these spots. Even the cars are so colorful! What a neat experience!
Megan21.07.2017 at 04:05
Glad you figured out where to do some real shopping! I’ve been living in Cambodia for over a year and I’m dying to get to Bangkok to buy some new clothes. They don’t sell anything in my size here. I’ll have to come back to this post if I ever do make it to BKK.
neha21.07.2017 at 09:22
No wonder bangkok is famous as the shopping destination around the world. I love those designer tops in your pics and many other outfits as well. I must keep some schedule for checking these shops out when I visit here
Mille Mirah Seiersen22.07.2017 at 21:05
I’m so glad I found this! I’m going to Bangkok in a few weeks and I’ve been wondering about the clothes I might buy and whether or not I will be using it after… But hopefully I will find something in one of these places!
Diana26.07.2017 at 21:01
Wow great post! ?❤️
Martha03.08.2017 at 03:33
Marimekko did a fashion line at Target a few years ago and I was OBSESSED! I love the bright, flashy prints. It was so eye catching. Definitely hoping to venture here and check out more of the designs!
Katherine03.08.2017 at 03:46
I would want to 100% do some shopping in Thailand – thanks for taking the time to make this guide! 🙂
Paige03.08.2017 at 03:57
Bangkok is definitely on my travel bucket list. Such great advice to bring very little in your suitcase so you can buy such budget friendly clothes! Looking forward to travels here in the future!
Missy03.08.2017 at 04:57
Looking through markets all around the world is one of my favorite parts of travel, so that Platinum Fashion Mall seems exactly up my alley! Will definitely be checking it out when I make it to Bangkok!
Anu03.08.2017 at 05:20
I am not a shopping person, but I have always ended up shopping in Bangkok. Siam is my favorite area to stay only because of all the shopping options around. It was lovely re-visiting Bangkok with you.
Kirstin03.08.2017 at 06:41
Perfect guide! I did MBK and Pratunam Market. I wish I had more time to check out more of these places, maybe next time 🙂
Kate and Kris03.08.2017 at 06:59
I love the funky shopping centres in Bangkok. They are all so diverse and interesting. You should check out Terminal 21 next time. It’s modeled on an airport, with each floor a different country.
admin03.08.2017 at 18:23
Omg! That sounds SO cool! Next time fore sure. This will be an ever expanding shopping guide of one of my favorite cities in the world. Thanks for the recommendation.
Andrea04.08.2017 at 04:06
I need that llama for my house! lol i loved it! Well bangkok def has a lot of style. loved the post!
Charlotte Karp09.09.2017 at 21:31
Love this post and I love your photos! I remember Bangkok feeling like a maze, and this post makes it way easier to figure out where to go.
Gabriella12.09.2017 at 05:32
I wanna go
Michelle Stelly05.05.2018 at 16:05
That Origano store looks super cute!!! I love how pink it is! love your photos.
Jen05.05.2018 at 16:52
You must have been in shopping heaven! Did you get to any of the markets? I found a lot of cute dresses in Thailand, they were so cheap I erred on the side of purchase haha 😉
Violeta Matei05.05.2018 at 17:51
I’m impressed with how much Bangkok has changed in the 15 years since my last visit there! Your Bangkok shopping guide has made me want to get there again soon!
Suze05.05.2018 at 17:51
It’s true that the shopping in Bangkok can be overwhelming, there are so many malls to choose from! The wholesale mall is one I’d definitely check out in the future
Anisa05.05.2018 at 20:09
Wow you found some great places. When I was in Bangkok we just shopped at the markets so I didn’t really buy any clothes. Pinned this for reference when I make it back there.
Lisanne05.05.2018 at 21:14
What a great shopping guide!! Wish I already had it when I was in Bangkok before 🙂
Shibasram09.03.2019 at 15:40
Perfect guide! Love this post and I love your photos! thanks for sharing