No trip abroad is complete without shopping, is it? Lucky for you, especially the ladies, Bangkok has countless shopping centers that cater to your different wants and needs. There’s more to this cosmopolitan city than just their floating markets, making it one of the most visited shopping destinations in Asia. With the demand for development, the city now offers upscale, luxury retail hubs all over the city.
Here are the top 10 shopping destinations in Bangkok:
The largest shopping plaza in Thailand and one of the largest in the world, CentralWorld has everything from clothing boutiques, gadgets, bookstores, and furniture, to numerous eateries. Check out their two department stores, Zen and Isetan, or drop by for events during holidays and special occasions.
The newest and the first ultra-luxury mall in the city, Central Embassy houses eight floors of high-end designer labels and fine dining options. With interiors painted in black and white, the ultra-chic retail podium is home to Chanel, Vivienne Westwood, Harrods, Isabel Marant, Maison Martin Margiela, Miu Miu, Sephora, Tom Ford, and luxury brands that cannot be found here in the Philippines. It’s definitely heaven for those into high-ticket shopping.
This 500-sqm complex promises a world-class shopping experience, with hundreds of international brands, from fashion and jewelry to luxury automobiles. Visit Paragon Department Store for premium international and local lifestyle products. For foodies out there, be sure to drop by Paragon Gourmet Market and the mall’s food court for a taste of Thai cuisine. Siam Paragon also boasts of its top-notch cinema complex and an indoor aquarium—Siam Ocean World, the first and largest in Asia.
It’s more than just your average shopping mall. Travel around several famous cities and global destinations under one roof. Nine floors comprise the following themes/cities: Caribbean, Rome, Paris, Tokyo, London, Istanbul, San Francisco City and Pier, and Hollywood. Go through the maze of shops or simply enjoy the décor and landmarks around the mall. Don’t forget to pick up your “passport” (mall directory) to find your way around.
They say shopping is therapeutic, and so is traveling. So when in Bangkok, you definitely get the best of both worlds! And the best part? Getting around the city and mall-hopping is easy, since almost everything is accessible via train or tuktuk.
Find more shopping destinations inside Asian Dragon Magazine’s March-April 2015