Shopping Areas in Bangkok

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Shopping Areas in Bangkok

1. Go Bargain Hunting at Chatuchak.

Ask around where it is best to go shopping in Bangkok and it will only be a matter of time before Chatuchak is mentioned by a local. Known by the locals as JJ market, Chatuchak has so many stalls that you will surely find whatever you are looking for.

Your host will know how best to get to JJ and, perhaps more importantly, will be skilled in the haggling skills that will help you to get what you want at a great price. Your host will also be very useful when it comes to translating any lists, items and prices for you.

2. Shop for less at MBK

Although located in a large shopping mall, MBK is in some sense more of a market because of its many stalls and shops selling affordable goods. If a local is looking for an affordable phone, clothing, or pretty much anything else then MBK is likely to be their first port of call.

Well known among the locals, your host will be well aware of MBK and would be happy to go with you should you wish to do some shopping, that won’t be too painful on your wallet. They will also be able to take you to the best places to eat and drink, because so much shopping in Bangkok can be draining work. They’ll leave you with some tips of other awesome things to do in Bangkok.

3. Shop for tech at Pan Thip

If it is electronics shopping in Bangkok what you are looking for, then Pan Thip is the place to go. Five storeys dedicated to selling nothing but electronics and software, any tech-head would be in their element and likely to leave with bags full of goodies.

Although located centrally, access can be difficult, so ask your local host about the best times to go and routes to take. A lot of the signage in Pan Thip is in Thai only, so ask your local guide to also go along with you so they can translate everything in English for you.

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Shopping Areas in Bangkok

4. Find something Different at Chinatown

No great city is complete without its own Chinatown, and Bangkok is no exception. In addition to the modern goods you will find, such as electronics and clothing, you will also find more unusual items that you are unlikely to see anywhere else. This makes Chinatown one of the best spots for shopping in Bangkok.

As expected, you will also find countless street stalls selling traditional Thai and Chinese dishes and your local host will be able to show you the best places to eat and drink. Some people visit Chinatown for its cuisine alone, so why not kill two birds with one stone?

5. Treat Yourself at Siam Paragon

If you are looking for some upmarket shopping in Bangkok, Siam Paragon should be your shopping destination of choice. A large, modern, plush shopping mall, Siam Paragon caters to the more affluent among us, selling some of the best quality goods money can buy.

In addition to western brand-name goods, the mall also sells quality local products and your host can suggest the best local brands for you, helping you buy something of real quality to take home with you. If you want to spoil yourself with something lavishing, or to treat a loved one back home, then ask your host what Paragon has to offer and you will not be disappointed.

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Ekkarat Artty

Alternative Bangkok: Urban Jungle Tour

For me being a good tour guide is not just having good knowledge. You can learn to have good knowledge but good personality is very hard to learn. Artty has it both, good knowledge about his route and his very kind heart.

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Jeet Big

Unique Temple Tour: Wat Saket, Wat Arun & Wat Po

I had a great day exploring the local attractions with Big, he’s really knowledgeable about history as well which made it more of an interesting experience. The 7 hours flew by and we covered a lot of ground. Big was also flexible and accommodated an additional stop I requested.

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Maureen Tuangtip

Bangkok's Highlights on a Long Tail Boat & Tuk Tuk

Tuangtip was absolutely lovely and took us on a wonderful tour of local Bangkok. We started on a long boat round the canals and visited a local temple and saw some of the local people of Bangkok. We then visited The Temple of Dawn and took some amazing photographs. This was followed by a Tuk tuk ride through some of the backstreets to the market and there we had an amazing ice cream. Tuangtip finished our tour by taking us back by ferry boat to Central Pier and showed us the way back to our hotel. This ended a truly amazing day.