When you land in Bangkok, you have the choice to head off to one (or, more) of the islands or spend some time in the metropolis. We headed off to the beach towns and spent two and a half days in Bangkok before our return. Our hotel was centrally places at Sukhumvit, so most of the places to shop from where literally at stone’s throw.
Husband and I both make it a point to experience travel in local modes of transport in the cities we visit. A couple of minutes walk from our hotel, and we noticed a flight of steps leading to Nana metro station. Great! We climbed the stairs and first went to see the route chart. Siam was a few stations away and we knew it was a shopping hub. So, the first day in Bangkok, we headed off to Siam station. At Siam, there are three glitzy malls – Siam Discovery, Siam Centre and Siam Paragon.
An eclectic city, Bangkok has it all. Siam huge mall and Siam station opened to the mall and we could enter it directly. The mall also houses the famous Madame Tussaud’s wax museum. South Asia’s largest aquarium, a host of international high-end fashion brands and a 16-screen cineplex are all a part of the huge experience called Siam Paragon. The architecture of the mall is very well thought of and one doesn’t need to walk a lot or get lost.
The main floor of Siam Paragon is all about luxury. The most high-end brands are at display and the collection is very unlike what we see in India, even in the metros. This is a rich person’s playground. Even if you are not there to spend monies, have a good time exploring and kicking pictures. That’s what we did.
Moving one floor up, you will find yourself at the fashion venue and price-conscious shoppers can have a good time shopping here.
The second and the third floors house leisure and lifestyle brands. You can get lost here and you won’t even complain. Cars, high-end furniture, technology, salons – your jaw will drop once you look around. I know mine did!
If you are planning to eat here, you’ll be spoilt for choices. I’ll talk about that in a fresh post, because here, we talk about where to shop while in Bombay.
Moving on, another place to shop in is Terminal 21. The mall spread across multiple malls has the most unique design. Each floor is designed based on a different, famous city of the world. the decor, the shops and the restaurants are all in accordance to the theme of the floor. The picture above and below here are from the floor – Istanbul as the beautiful hanging lights indicate.
Across the road from Siam Paragon is MBK Shopping Center. This place is packed with local shoppers as well as tourists. Eight floors with 2000 shops divided amongst themselves, the shopping mall is thirty years old. Here, you will get literally everything you need. From pens and DVDs to furniture and leather products. This mall is not as posh as the three Siam malls, but it serves its purpose very well indeed.
Chatuchak is the ultimate weekend market. The number of stalls and wares there are unbelievable and you will come back with hands full of shopping bags. Pratunam is a wholesale market of fashion wares. The Chinatown market is also a must visit. Spices, food, shoes, clothes, accessories – there are oodles of options, specially for wholesale buyers. If you are in Bangkok for a while, head over to Or Tor Kor food market and come back loaded with Bangkok’s special fruits and vegetables.
And lastly, one place you simply cannot miss is Bangkok’s flower market. A treat to the eyes, nostrils and to the heart, one must visit here even if there is no need to buy flowers.