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Bangkok Shopping

There is no shortage of shopping in Bangkok, from simple roadside stalls to elaborate, world-class shopping malls and department stores. One of the most famous areas for shopping is Siam Square. Most shops, including department stores, are open every day and usually stay open late, especially in the city centre.

Bargaining: In supermarkets and department stores, fixed prices are the norm, but at most other places bargaining is to be expected. In general, you can obtain a final figure between 10% and 40% lower than the original asking price. It depends largely on your negotiating skills and the seller's mood. But remember, Thai people appreciate good manners and a sense of humour. Be patience and wear a broad smile: you will not only get a better price but also enjoy shopping as an art.

Supermarkets

There are plenty of large, well-stocked supermarkets all over Bangkok. Many of the larger or more expensive ones carry an extensive range of Western foods. Here's a selection:

Tesco/Lotus Superstores

Carrefour

Foodland Supermakets (open 24 hours)

Villa Supermakets

Seven-Eleven

Department Stores

There are many excellent department stores pretty well everywhere, with a few chains (such as Central or Robinson's) dominating the scene:

Central

Robinson's

Isetan and Sogo: Nice, Japanese department stores with a lot of Japanese groceries as well as Thai and Western food. There’s a large Isetan in the World Trade Center and a Sogo on Ploenchit Road (more or less opposite the WTC)

Shopping Centres (Malls)

World Trade Center: modern and big with an ice skating rink, smaller shops, restaurants, Asia Books.

Maboonkrong (MBK): huge, multi-floor and chaotic shopping centre with thousands of shops, millions of items and great prices. At Siam Square, next to the Siam Square Sky Train stop.

Siam Discovery: thousands of brand-name and designer clothes, shoes and accessories. The famous meeting-point of Thai teens. At Siam Square.

Seacon Square Shopping Center: a huge place on Srinakarin Road in Bangkok’s eastern suburbs.

Gaysorn Plaza Shopping: up-market shopping including Prada, Noriko, Valentino, Bally and Mont Blanc.

Emporium: very modern and stylish. Sukhumwit near Soi 24 and Phrom Phong Sky Train stop.

Markets

Unlike department stores and supermarkets, markets offer plenty of scope for bargaining.

Street Markets: these pop up all over the place, especially in the evening or at night. One of the largest street markets is in Patpong off Silom Road, but not by day.

Pratunam Clothes Market: a large, indoor market selling mainly clothes and accessories at remarkably low and negotiable prices. Near the Amari Watergate Hotel, Petchburi Road.

Chatuchak (or JJ) Weekend Market: This is a huge and very well known outdoor weekend flea market. Some 9,000 stalls and vendors spread across 28 acres. Tremendous variety of items available here. To get to it just take the Skytrain to Mo Chit. It operates 7am to 6pm Saturdays and Sundays.

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