One of the best things about visiting Bangkok is its versatility. Do you want to have a traditional cultural experience? There are countless temples and buildings to explore filled with tales from time past. Are you more of an intrepid explorer and adrenaline junkie? Go on one of the many day-tours available to explore Bangkok off the beaten path. Or take fun classes and learn the ancient art of Muay Thai to get fighting fit. More of a gourmet food lover? Thailand is known as the kitchen of the world for a reason! Sampling your way through the layered and always irresistible flavors of authentic Thai food is a fantastic way to spend a holiday. But did you know that Bangkok is also the perfect spot for serious shopaholics? What to buy in Bangkok becomes more a question of how much space do you have in luggage to take home!
When it comes to fun and funky shopping experiences, nothing beats a good market! The most famous one has to be Chatuchak Weekend Market or JJ Market. Moments away from BTS Mo Chit station, it offers everything under the sun. What are Chatuchak’s most popular souvenirs?
Big enough to always discover a new corner with every visit, it’s also a great spot to sample Thai snacks, desserts and fresh fruit smoothies. Other people prefer their market shopping at night, with famous night markets such as the Train Market or Talad Rodfai. Popular enough to have two branches in the Ratchada and Srinakarin area, you can shop vintage memorabilia, clothing and countless food and drink stalls. If you’re looking for something closer to town, Talad Neon is open every night and only moments away from Pratunam intersection.
Did you know that one of the most-photographed places in the world is located in Thailand AND is actually a shopping centre? That honor goes to Siam Paragon, located right next to BTS Siam Station. What to buy in Bangkok if you love luxury brands? Siam Paragon’s the place to shop your heart out, with all the international brands available. Recharge and taste your way through the gourmet food hall, or swim with the fishes at Southeast Asia’s largest aquarium, the Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World! Siam is famously known as Bangkok’s main shopping hub and trendy teen meeting point. Be sure to get more shopping in, and explore the cute cafes at these other shopping centers in the immediate area:
After you ask yourself what to buy in Bangkok, the next question should be where to stay in Bangkok! If shopping is your passion, Novotel Bangkok Platinum Pratunam is the perfect location. With 288 rooms right on top of famous The Platinum Fashion Mall, shop to your heart’s content and then drop your bags off in your room. A direct connection from BTS Chidlom through Gaysorn Village and the elevated RWalk further make exploring the area a breeze. When you need to rest from a long day of shopping, a poolside massage might just what you need. Try elaborate daily buffets at The SQUARE Restaurant. Or, sip a delicious cocktail and relax with stunning city sunset views at BAR9 Beer Garden on the 9th floor. For the best of your Bangkok shopping holiday, a stay at Novotel Bangkok Platinum Pratunam is the right choice.