The Siam Paragon shopping center in Bangkok is decorated for the Christmas and New Year holidays.
While Bangkok is no Shibuya, the city is blessed with multiple department stores and a growing range of international fast fashion and luxury brands, including the likes of H&M, Uniqlo to the more high end Chanel and Louis Vuitton, all of which can be found at department stores like Siam Paragon (991/1 Rama 1 Rd., Mon-Sun 10am-10pm, BTS Siam ), CentralWorld (999/9 Rama 1 Rd., Mon-Sun 10am-10pm BTS Chidlom), Central Embassy (1031 Ploenchit Rd., 02-119-7777, Mon-Sun 10am-10pm BTS Phloen Chit) and Emquartier (693-695 Sukhumvit Rd., 02-269-1188, Mon-Sun 10am-10pm BTS Phrom Phong).
For more local designers product and boutique brands, the recently renovated Siam Discovery (Rama 1 Rd., 02-658-1000, Mon-Sun 10am-10pm BTS National Stadium/Siam) , dubbed the “Exploratorium”, is definitely worth a stroll. Teens also love to hangout around Siam Square, effectively the city’s shopping district, with its growing number of multi-label stores as major department stores.
But many Asian shoppers come to Bangkok to visit Chatuchak Market (587/10 Kamphaeng Phet 2 Rd. Sat-Sun 9am-4pm, BTS Mo Chit, MRT Chatuchak/Kamphaengphet), dubbed as the biggest flea market in the world. With thousands and thousands of stalls spread over an area of 27 acres, selling fashion items, accessories to souvenirs at very heavily discounted price, it’s worth being in the sun to grab the best bargain. For those that don’t mind bulk buy, Platinum Fashion mall (Phetburi Rd., 02-121-8000, Mon-Sun 9am-8pm) is the place to bring your girl friends to get heavy discounts on clothes we see around the streets of Siam Square.
Come nightfall, night-bazaar style markets are also another big attraction, with Rodfai Market Ratchada (Ratchadaphisek Rd., Thu-Sun 5pm-12am MRT Thailand Cultural Center) being our top pick, bringing together rows of second hand items, gadget, faux vintage, antique furniture stores and funky big-sized that makes the shopping experience uniquely Bangkokian.
Since 2012, pop-up flea markets have been taking place throughout the city, from warehouses to abandoned spaces, old ports and event venues inside department stores. Different organizers would bring in their own vibe to each fair, from the Brooklyn-style flea market of Made by Legacy, organic farmers’ markets to the creative pop-up efforts of the Great Outdoor Market.
Sellers bring local designers’ product, cutesy home decor items to the latest fashion and accessories to the mix somewhere in the city every weekend. Delicious snacks, burgers and colorful drinks stalls are also central to their attraction to the pretty young crowd that love to document their foodie finds.