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Shopping in Bangkok is not limited to one or two major streets, and many areas throughout the city. Other Thailand's provinces also provide ample opportunity for buying gifts and souvenirs, as well as local specialties.
Last Modified On: Wednesday, 06/December/2006 03:29:52am

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Shopping in Bangkok is not limited to one or two major streets, and there are many areas throughout the city affording ample choice and easy access. Here’s just a selection of some of the places to go shopping!

  • Chatuchak Park Weekend Market
    A famous Bangkok landmark where you can buy just about everything from clothing to potted plants - a paradise for browsers and bargain- hunters alike.
  • Silom-Mahesak-New Road
    Many gems and jewellery stores are found here, also the River City Shopping Complex, known for its quality antique stores and regular auctions.
  • Silom-Surawong-Patpong
    The commercial heart of Bangkok. houses dozens of specialist shops, boutiques and shopping plaza representing all the major buys. Street stalls also abound, most notably Patpong’s famous night market.
  • Ploenchit-Ratchadamri
    Many department stores and shopping malls are here, including the World Trade Centre, with dozens of shops and restaurants, and the Siam Centre, which contains many fashionable boutiques. Opposite the World Trade Centre you will find the Narayaphand Pavilion, the official handicraft centre selling items from all parts of the country.
    Chitralada Shops: Outlets for Her Majesty Queen Sirikit’s SUPPORT Foundation, which encourages the production of traditional Thai handicrafts. Chitralada shops can be found in Bangkok and other major travel destinations such as Pattaya and Chiang Mai.
  • Pratunam-Phetchaburi
    Pratunam Market, one of Bangkok's garment districts, is the place to go for low-priced clothing of all kinds.
  • Bang Lamphu
    Close to the Grand Palace and Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Bang Lamphu has a lively market where clothing is a popular buy.

Other Province/Cities

The main city for shopping outside the capital is Chiang Mai, which ranks as one of the world's largest centres for handicrafts and cottage industries. The extensive range of local products includes cotton and silk, hilltribe clothing, Burmese tapestries, hand-painted umbrellas and lacquerware, and many such items can be found at its fascinating Night Bazaar. Pattaya also offers plentiful shopping for Thai goods while virtually all other cities and resorts provide ample opportunity for buying gifts and souvenirs, as well as local specialties.

 

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