Bangkok is the perfect city for a spot of retail therapy. Travelers looking to pick up gifts for friends and family back home, or who want to treat themselves to a souvenir, are spoilt for choice.
From high-end fashion to artisanal products, holidaymakers in Bangkok are guaranteed to find what they’re looking for and enjoy the shopping experience.
Find out below the best malls and markets in the city for finding unique gifts and get some tips for getting the best prices at Thai markets.
Typical Souvenirs from Bangkok
Travelers who want to take home a typical souvenir from their trip to Bangkok can select from a wide range of traditional gifts. Some of the most popular goods to purchase in Bangkok are:
- Silk: markets and stores throughout the city sell high-quality Thai silk
- Spa products: Thailand makes excellent spa products such as soaps, essential oils, and candles
- Spices and snacks: visitors can take the flavors of Thailand home with them
- Traditional clothing: colorful patterned items including dresses, shirts, and trousers
Shopping Malls in Bangkok
Bangkok has many shopping malls where visitors can find all the souvenirs they’re looking for under one roof. Many malls also have facilities such as food courts, cinemas, and arcades, family entertainment for an entire day.
Shopping malls for buying clothes in Bangkok
Visitors in Bangkok will find everything from internationally known brands to local independent designers. The following malls are the best for tourists wishing to purchase clothes and accessories for themselves as a gift.
The place to go for designer labels, Siam Paragon is home to Burberry, Chanel, Dior, and many more.
This modern mall has a wide range of dining options on the ground floor where travelers can get their fix of western fast food or try some typical Thai cuisine.
Platinum fashion mall
Platinum offers a market-style experience; prices are not fixed so shoppers can enjoy all the fun of an outdoor market in comfortable surroundings. Platinum fashion mall is great for visitors looking for something a bit different that they might not get back home.
With items arriving from across Asia, including Japan, Hong Kong, and China, the range of styles on offer is impressive.
Young shoppers head to Siam Center in search of the latest fashion trends. Boutiques by promising Thai fashion designers stand alongside established brands.
There are also plenty of places to grab something to eat and drink within the mall.
Shopping malls for technology and gadgets in Bangkok
Tourists in Bangkok can find some great deals on electronic goods. The following shopping malls are some of the best options for picking up gadgets and electronic devices.
The MBK Center (Ma Boon Khrong Center) is a vast shopping space and the best place to be for bargain mobile phone products.
Prices are negotiable so it’s a great opportunity to get camera equipment and videogames at a reduced cost.
This mall has hundreds of shops selling electronic goods and a huge range of gadgets.
Computers and computer equipment are sold at wholesale prices. Visitors having issues with any of their own devices whilst on holiday can bring it here to get repaired.
Souvenir Shopping at Markets in Bangkok
Holidaymakers looking for something special to take back home should not miss Bangkok’s markets.
Street market stalls offer authentic Thai produce such as textiles and handicrafts, at the best prices.
Chatuchak Weekend Market for great variety
This huge weekend market covers 83 acres and boasts over 8,000 stalls, making it one of the largest in the world. Tourists will find every kind of souvenir they can imagine at Chatuchak Weekend Market, including handicrafts, home decor, textiles, and more.
The market opens from 6 pm till midnight and from 9 am to 6 pm on Saturday and Sunday. It’s also one of the best places to enjoy some of the finest Thai street food.
Talad Rot Fai Srinakarin Night Market for vintage gifts
This is the best market to go to for vintage souvenirs. The market is divided into 3 areas: a market zone, a warehouse zone, and Rod’s Antiques.
At Rod’s Antiques, shoppers can find some unusual antique items from Thailand and across the world. Clothes and other fashion items are sold in the market zone.
Talad Rot Fai Srinakarin Night Market is open from Thursday to Sunday from 5 pm to 1 am.
Artbox Night Market for quality artisanal products
This market is different in that the location changes monthly, tourists who wish to visit should check the current address. Artbox is a good choice for tourists seeking high-quality souvenirs, there are many stalls selling boutique, handmade goods including shoes, bags, and jewelry.
Artbox is an enjoyable place to spend the evening. Local bands perform live music to entertain shoppers and there are lots of cool places to eat and drink.
Tips for buying souvenirs at markets in Bangkok
The price of goods sold at Thai markets, especially those aimed at tourists, may be inflated and bartering is expected. The following tips can help visitors get a fair price for souvenirs they purchase:
- Make a starting offer around 30 to 40% below the asking price
- Be friendly when bartering and don’t make offensively low offers
- Use a currency calculator on a mobile phone to convert Thai Baht to a familiar currency
- Browse before making a purchase to get the best deal
- Know how to ask how much something costs in Thai and say words like discount and expensive
Not only does negotiating prices save money, but it’s also a fun way for tourists to enjoy authentic Thai shopping experience.
Tourists should be aware that they may not be able to take certain products out of the country. Travelers should familiarise themselves with import and export regulations for Thailand and their home nation.