actually, most of the time I visit Bangkok because of the desire to pray the Phra POM AND shop Isetan. I am coming again in April 2012. is there any sales promotion in Isetan during April 2012 ?
What to buy: Giffini Fashion Wear
There are hundreds of shopping centres and markets in Bangkok, way to many to list on these pages.
If you are after cheap copy goods and the quality doesn't bother you then the markets are the place to go.
For shopping centres one of my favourites would have to be Mah Boon Krong more commonly called MBK.
There are still bargains to be had here, but be careful if you intend to buy a mobile phone as a lot of them are copies!
Siam Square is a great shopping area with lots of cheap fashion shops, some department stores and MBK.
The Siam Centre and Siam Discovery shopping centres are also in this area.
There are also numerous restaurants, internet cafes and book shops.
If you go east at the top of Sukhumvit road you will find the World Trade Centre which has the popular Isetan and Zen department stores.
Sogo and Tokyu department stores can also be found in this area.
Then there are more plazas such as Gaysorn Plaza, Peninsula Plaza and Amarin Plaza.
In the Silom area is Patpong night markets, the Silom Complex Department store and Robinsons. There are also once again many good Thai handicraft and clothes shops.
Silom Village near Soi 24 has a lot of small shops selling antiques and handicrafts.
So this is only the tip of the iceberg, you would need to stay forever to see all the shopping centres.
I will cover a few of our favourites in more detail under Shopping.
If you want a souvenir of the Oriental hotel you have 3 Dpt store that offer the possibility to buy some souvenir.
- Isetan in world trade Center, ground floor
- Central Chidlom, ground floor
- Emporium 662 Sukhumvit (soi 24) on the fith floor
What to buy: It offer everything from croissant, wine, shower gel to bathrobes.
What to pay: from 100 baht to 100000 for good wine
The Bangkok branch of the famed Japanese Department store chain is located in Central World Plaza (formerly the World Trade Center). You can find everything you'd find on other Isetan stores worldwide and as always the quality and service is top notch. There is also a Jim Thompson outlet located here, a few cafes, and a supermarket/food court. VAT refund is also available for tourists. The department store has also been kind enough to provide seating area alongside the escalators for those guests who have to wait while their special someone shops :)
I think it's the cool refinement of this Japanese-owned department store that impresses me most; everything is neat and tidy and well arranged. Quite a lot of stuff is fairly reasonably priced too, and I've picked up quite a few souvenirs here. Even when I don't buy anything it's a nice place to come and browse.
Open from 10am-9pm daily.
You can shop here with the branded styles and some souvenirs in the 4th floor.
What to buy: Souvenirs and Branded Items.
What to pay: US$ 200 for branded shirts and sandals..