You can't go back home from your Bangkok trip without shopping a little or maybe a lot. Things to buy in this city are uncountable. Bangkok offers plenty of pocket-friendly shopping joints with good quality products. Cheap shopping in Bangkok can be found in both street markets and shopping malls. Make sure to bargain here to get the best possible deal. This is the thumb rule at any market in Bangkok and is also applicable in malls such as Pan Tip Plaza and Platinum Fashion Mall. Each of the street markets and malls is packed with over 500 shops.
With a long list of choices, comes a hard decision. You cannot possibly visit each one of Bangkok's markets. So, we have chalked out a small list of top 10 budget shopping places in Bangkok. Keep scrolling to check how exciting these are.
Bangkok has market areas in the form of floating markets as well as glamourous mall. Following is the list of some of the best shopping areas you can visit while on your Bangkok trip.
This is an illustrious place wherein you'll be able to get garments and accessories at wholesale costs. Every fashion lover is sure to fall in love with this place. They have hats, belts, handbags, shoes, clothes, cosmetics and a lot more. You will notice clothes here from varied fashion hubs of Asia and an outsized style of styles is accessible for you to choose from. So, you will be left with a wide range of styles to choose from. They have stuff for everybody- be it a child, adolescent, adult, men, women and elderly. You can get items for every possible occasion starting from work, costume, party, swimwear, sports, etc.
Open Hours: 9 am to 8 pm
If you didn't know, then know that you are reading about one of the largest markets in the world. They have over 8000 stalls and the place overflows with products as a result. Chatuchak covers everything you can ever think of. Unique sections that you need to check out are rare antiques, home décor, souvenirs, and ceramics. This is probably the best place to get your hands on some Thai handicrafts in Bangkok. This place is a popular street food joint as well.
Open Hours: Fri- 6 pm to 12 am, Sat, Sun- 9 am to 6 pm, Wed, Thurs- 7 am to 6 pm, and closed on Mondays and Tuesdays
The original name of MBK is Mahbookkrong. This is one of Asia's oldest shopping malls, and still a very renowned one. It opened in 1995 and quickly rose to prominence in the city of Bangkok. MBK is packed with freelance outlets, largely Thai brands, and styles and is massively designed by younger folks. This remains jam-packed all the time. The 4th and the 5th floors are completely dedicated to electronics. The fifth floor is devoted to digital cameras with outlets like Nikon and Canon. This place is for all the budget-conscious travelers who wish to take back a bit of Thai fashion with them. In case you get hungry on your shopping spree, the upper floors have decent food courts offering both Thai and international cuisine.
Open Hours: 10 am to 10 pm
How to reach: MBK is at a short walking distance from Skytrain, both from Siam or National Stadium stations.
If you have a thing for vintage stuff, then leave everything and visit this shopping haven. They have an amazing product selection and shoppers can draw a lot of inspiration from all the vintage and antique items you see here. Many antiquities come from Thailand itself, many from around the world (Europe, China, America, Burma, etc.). They do have nice street food stalls and restaurants wherein you'll be able to catch a couple of munchies in between your buying spree.
Open Hours: 5 pm to 1 am
This is the place you want to be for obtaining electronic items. There are hundreds of shops lined up in this shopping center and they all make a huge space for electronics of all kinds. Computer hardware to software to any tech-related gadget, Pan Plaza has it. Buyers will have many selections here and might get things at wholesale prices.
Open Hours: 10 am to 9 pm
You have to shop on the traditional boat when in Bangkok. Dameon Saduak is Bangkok's most famous floating market. This place will have you surrounded by sellers on wooden boats. Vendors sit on their boats with huge piles of vegetables and fruits here, grown in their orchards. They do have souvenirs, clothes, and crafts that await you to check out. Make sure to grab some munchies while you are here like the sticky mango rice. In addition to that, you can also add coconut ice cream and pork skewers to your eating list.
Open hours: 8 am to 5 pm
Pratunam Market is a huge outdoor wholesale market with hundreds and hundreds of stalls. This place is all about clothing and offers a huge variety in around 4,000 stores at dirt cheap prices. You can find both modern-day styles and fancy dresses for special occasions here. It is very famous for wholesale, still, you have the option of buying just a thing or two from here at rock bottom prices.
Open hours: 5 am to 9 pm
This is a great alternative to tourist malls and street stalls. Union mall has spacious walkways with shops lined up from one end to the other. It has wonderful boutique stores in its list of 1000 retail shops and these sell trendy and unique apparel made by young local designers. If you are into Jpop or Kpop culture, then this is a great place to shop Korean and Japanese fashion items.
Open hours: 11 am to 10 pm
It is one of Thailand's oldest markets and still open 24x7. You'll find anything and everything here, but be sure to check out cosmetics, shoes, souvenirs, backpacks, spices, pokemon pillows, teapots and much more. This is a large flea market and always remains jam-packed with buyers and vendors.
Open Hours: 5 am to 5 pm
The Central World is the third-largest shopping center in Asia, the sixth-largest in the world and the largest in Thailand. It houses over 500 stores, 100 restaurants, and cafes and is a 7-floor complex. You will find international brands like Zara, Adidas, and Topshop from level 1 to level 3 here. Electronics are on level 4, home décor on level 5, children's shops on level 6 and cinema and food restaurants on the 7th level. You simply can’t miss visiting this place when in Bangkok. To get here, take a 10 min walk from Siam BTW Station or a 7 min walk from Chit Lom Station.
Open Hours: 10 am to 10 pm