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.