Mah Boon Krong - MBK, Bangkok
Many shops, home products, soft furnishings, cameras, ipods, computers, clothing, jewellry, shoes...everything!!!
BEWARE of man standing outside shopping mall before it is open. We arrived half hour before trading started. NICE man redirected us to another shopping area. FIVE minutes away, walking. We got started and we met ANOTHER NICE FRIENDLY lady...she walked with us ALL the way to another NICE shopping area. We were being directed to a Jewellry shop called GEMS, we later learnt that they get a commission on all sales from the customers they walk to the store. Needless to say, we bought jewellry.....very nice, but not our intention. This was only learnt on our return to South Africa. We will know better next time.
This is the other shopping heaven - mercifully with air-conditioning! I enjoyed this better than Chatuchak, though only marginally as the sheer amount of human (shopper) traffic here is mind-boggingly choking.
8 floors worth of shopping trail (including a cinema), each floor decked to the full with items needed and unneeded for you. Shop, stop, look, buy, shop. That's the sequence I believed.
Interspaced in between every small and big boutiques and stalls on every floor (as well as the big Tokyo Departmental Store and Tops Supermarket), you will get restaurants & eateries squeezed in for sustenance, and if you feel economical as you are fast running out of money after a hard day of spending money, there are 2 food courts: An upmarket one on the 5th and a more economical one on the 6th.
What to buy: There are many shops selling 2nd hand genuine (as well as fake) jeans and bags of all kinds and designs in the basement, the 3rd (The Image Shopping Center) and the 6th floors.
There is also an entire floor (the 4th) dedicated to electronic gadgetry for folks trying to get the latest handphones, web-cams and spy cameras.
If you are not into fake couture, there are plenty of boutiques selling local branded apparels. Cheap, good and real. AIIZ is one such boutique and it can found in the basement.
It is also a place where many folks (well, at least folks from my country) come to grab packets of the ever popular local snacks such as pork floss rice crackers, durian chips, durian candies, spicy shrimp paste etc to drag home for family, friends and colleagues.
What to pay: You can certainly bargain in some stores, but quite a number are fixed-price outlets.
MBK was built in 1986. It has 7th level of shopping amd emtertainment.
You can find almost anything you can imagine here ranging from cheap clothing to the pricey home furniture in the market-style atmosphere in air-conditioned comfort.
You can find 7 movie theaters and 40 lanes bowling alley at 7th Floor.
What to buy: G Floor - Fashion, Food, Supermarket, Pharmacy, Jewellery, Camera, Money Changer, Bank, Hotel
2nd Floor - Fashion, Jewellery, Beauty Saloon, Photo & Camera Shop, Post Office
3rd Floor - Fashion, Food, Health & Beauty, Camera, Jewellery
4th Floor - IT, Mobile, Electronics, supermarket
5th Floor - Furniture & Deco
6th Food Court, Fashion, Money Changer, Thai Crafts
7th Floor - Cinema, Bowling, Karaoke, Food, Book Store, Internet Cafe
MBK is a shopping mall in Bangkok. I found many tourist shops here. You can almost find anything in MBK from men's/women's clothing to computers and electronic to antique. In MBK they are genuine and copy goods. The prices in MBK are reasonable.
They are many restaurants, coffee bar in MBK. You can find different type of food ranges from Asians to European cuisines. We liked the food court, I think is located on the sixth floor. The food is a restaurant standard and the price is reasonable (US$1-$8), they serve all type of cuisines from many nationalities.
Just be aware of the products that you are buying because they are many fakes merchandise especially in clothing and DVD.
If you want to spend more expensive items go to Siam Paragon Mall which is next door to MBK.
In the two days we were in Bangkok we didn’t have to go anywhere else for our shopping.
What to buy: Thai silk make sure it's genuine, DVD movies make sure it has No 9 in the label. Gold plated tea set. You can find the item's in MBK.
What to pay: DVD movies, Thai silk to gold plated tea set from US $1 to $500
If you are in Bangkok, then you must go to MBK, it is an extremely popular shopping centre with tourists and locals, you will probably find yourself back there quite a few times as well! There are over 2,000 shops and 130 eating establishments over eight floors selling everything from clothes to electronics. Depending on your bartering skills, great bargains can be had.
Fake handbags and clothes are also available here but you may need to ask a shop owner as they are not always on display. A luggage shop might have their suitcases on display filled with lots of good value fake handbags! Make sure you get your Tourist Discount Card from one of the information desks on the first and second floors. You will receive from 5% to 30% discount at participating stores.
The food court called Fifth Avenue on the 5th floor is also something to see and the food is great, if you are after something a bit cheaper there is also a food centre on the 6th floor. You can also give the husband a break to have a beer here!
There are also plenty of massage shops to give your tired feet a rest before you start on the next floor.
There is also a huge department store called Tokyu which is definitely worth a look. On the 8th floor there is an Entertainment Complex with bowling alley's, arcade games and movie theatres.
No matter what you are looking for you will find it at MBK.
MBK - Mah Boon Krong
One of the biggest shopping centre in Bangkok. Located in Siam square near to Siam centre and Siam Paragon.
Name: MBK Centre
Attraction Type: Shopping
Location: National Stadium station with BTS Skytrain. Near Siam.
Pictures in the web: Markets and Shopping areas in Bangkok
First Photo: View of MBK from Siam centre
Second Photo: Inside MBK centre
Third Photo: Inside MBK centre
Forth Photo: MBK centre
Fifth Photo: Inside MBK centre
What to buy: Electronics and more
Few other cities in the world trade Gold like in Bangkok. Other cities may sell gold but I'm talking here about trading where the margins are very fine.
Thais love gold. They can trust it! Thats the main reason for the huge quantities that are sold. Traditionally it is 23k or about 96% pure which is so superior to the 9k tat that you often see in the UK.
Because of its purity and the quantities traded the margin or the difference between the buying price and the selling price is very small. That means that when you buy a simple (not very decorative) necklace the retailer will not make much money from you so you end up getting more gold for your money.
I mention this shop because I bought some necklaces from them 2 years ago. I returned this year to trade them in for something bigger and they gave me back more than I paid for them in the first place! Ok so I had been lucky in that gold prices had risen and the pound was a little stronger but even without that I would only have lost very little.
There are many gold shops in MBK and hundreds in Bkk, especially Chinatown, so you need to shop around a little to find one where you feel comfortable. Ek Seng Heng suited me.
What to buy: Depends on your reason for buying but take note that the more elaborate the piece the higher the labour cost as a proportion of the overall price.
Ingots, chains and bracelets can be very simple and therefore great value.
What to pay: Obviously the price of gold varies daily. Any reputable shop will have a notice displayed giving its buying and selling price per gram. Shop around and you'll soon get a feel for the right price.
4 floors of clothes, good place to get DIESEL t-shirts, if you buy 5 or more you are entitled to a discount. DIESEL t-shirts are 199 BAHT but you can usually get them down to 150 baht pretty easily, 100 baht if your good :)
2 floors of mobile phones and accesories.
1 floor of kids toys
1 floor food court
What to buy: MBK is good for t-shirts and shorts.
What to pay: 150 baht for t-shirts
200 baht for shorts
A huge shopping complex that caters to the masses. They have numerous stalls selling bags, perfumes, shoes, clothings, electronics, play station etc.
They have fast food chains,restaurants coffee shops, massage center, money changer, bookstore, pharmacy and of course cinema.
almost anything you need, you can find it here.
If you are looking for electronic goods while in Bangkok such as Mini-Disc and CD walkmen, this is the place. All the goods of this nature are smuggled in and do not have VAT and local tax making MBK by far the cheapest place for Panasonic, Sony, Aiwa, etc.
A good selection of copied video CDs, DVDs, and the premier place for PlayStation game copies from below 40 Baht each.
IT Centre on the 4th. floor is the best place for MP3 music, and DVD copies.
MBK is also THE place for anything related to mobile phones.
MBK (Mah Boon Krong) Seven floors packed with shops and more shops selling everything from crop tops to pianos. Hectic and busy especially at the weekend when half of Bangkok seems to coverge there. The food court on the sixth floor is enormous. Not as upmarket and stylish as Siam Discovery but less expensive and the range of goods is quite mind boggling- from jeans to mobile phones to bathroom items.
On the top floor is an entertainment complex with cinemas boasting plush seats, new style Karaoke booths (with current chart artists - English and Thai - 20 Baht a song) a computer games area and lots of restaurants and places to snack.
Open: 10:00-22:00 daily
Location: On the corner of Rama I and Phayathai
(Walk along the overhead bridge from Siam Skytrain station, or ask the taxi for MBK)
Skytrain: National Stadium
MBK is one of many mega shopping complexes in Bangkok. It's a modern mall just like the malls found throughout the west. The MBK center has it all.....clothing, jewlery, electronics, restaurants, movie theatre, and just about anything else you can imagine on 5 levels. The best thing about MBK is that its an airconditioned mall located in Siam Square...a central part of Bangkok.
What to buy: A great place to come to if you want to have a Thai artist reproduce any old photograph into an oil painting or charcoal drawing. They do beautiful work!
What to pay: This isn't the place to come if you are looking to haggle or bargain. The prices are fixed but with so much to choose from you are sure to find a deal.
Its hugh.. it has one whole floor only for mobile phone parts and accessories!! There ar eclothes, restaurants, electronics anything you want!
What to buy: What ever you want.. there are different things to buy on different stores and lots of restaurants. There also lots of sales!
What to pay: Not much.. i htink i only spent £20 for a week in Bangkok for shopping... allthough what i did buy wer only small things.. however these prices are really cheap compared to England
8 floors of ultimate shopping experience!
I don't know why I did not check this in my previous trips, maybe because I was contented with Pratunam and didn't have much time.
Went to MBK several times to buy clothing, gifts for friends.
MBK is an expats, tourists and local's favorite mall. Very convenient and comfortable airconditioned shopping.
There's a thai leather bag store on the 3rd or 4th floor, just a small stall where I bought my laptop bag, soft leather and not really expensive, I think it cost 2600baht from an original quoted price of 3000. Yup, that's the good news, just like anywhere else in Thailand, you have the opportunity to use your bargaining skills at MBK, although at some shops, it's fixed price.
There are 2 factory outlets of clothing brands such as American Eagle, Gap, Banana Republic, Abercrombie, etc... on the 3rd floor, mostly made in vietnam or cambodia, but good quality.
Go to the opposite far-end side of the skytrain and you'll find a pratunam-style shopping for clothes, crafts, bags, souvenir items. It's where I also found good quality Abercrombies (if it's the real thing or a bootleg, you'll never notice the difference) but expensive for my budget, bought couple of them though at 375baht per piece, they're selling it at more than 400baht but bargain harder, you might as well get it really low. I suck at bargaining sometimes.
I had a foot cleaning at 200baht on the 3rd floor too right after taking a lunch at Hong Min (or Shanghai) restaurant beside it.
It's mobile fone haven on the 4th floor, a bit chaotic though, and all furniture and house stuff on the 5th floor plus the foodcourt also.
There's a cinema complex, bowling alleys, karaoke, and foodcourt on the 7th floor.
The Pathumwan Princess Hotel also is connected on the far-end of the 2nd floor.
Everything you need is in this huge MBK mall.
Don't go there before 10AM, they open from 10am til 10pm
What to buy: Everything, my favorite though are those factory outlets or export overruns on the 3rd floor.
What to pay: Reasonable.
MBK, the acronym of Mah Boon Krong is an ideal place to meet. Me and Yen met each other here and this place have several food courts. Nice place for eating also.
What to buy: Local souvenirs, eating and drinking
What to pay: Hmmm about USD50