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Where to shop in Bangkok


Shopping in Bangkok is not limited to one or two major streets, but offers many areas throughout the city affording ample choice and easy access. The following is just a selection of some of the principal shopping districts.

PLOENCHIT-RATCHAPRASONG:
Top department stores and luxury shopping malls are concentrated in the area, namely Central, Sogo, Gaysom Plaza, Isetan, Zen, Amarin Plaza, Peninsula Plaza, all of which together make the largest shopping promenade in Bangkok. Furthermore, the World Trade Center and Narayana Phand Pavilion, host the official handicraft centre selling items from all parts of the country. Ratchaprasong intersection is the gateway to several shopping areas such as Ploenchit-Sukhumvit, Siam SquareMah Boon Krong, Silom and PratunamPhetchaburi.

SILOM- SURAWONG - PATPONG:
Silom Road is the main artery of Bangkok's commercial heart and is paralleled by Surawong Road, while Patpong runs crosswise between the two. In addition to housing dozens of specialist shops and boutiques representing all the major buys, this area also boasts many branches of wellknown retailers and several shopping plazas. Street stalls also abound, most notably at Patpong's famous night market.



SILOM-MAHESAK-NEW ROAD:

Silom leads into New Road which parallels the Chao Phraya River, and notable shopping opportunities include gems and jewellery stores (Mahesak Road is a gem trading centre), Oriental Plaza and River City shopping complex.

SUKHUMVIT:

Like Silom, Sukhumvit is one of Bangkok's main thoroughfares, and the long road is lined with shops, boutiques and modern shopping plazas ranging from Soi 3 (Nana Nua) up to Soi 63 (Ekamai). Most shops and restaurants are concentrated between Soi 3 and Soi 21 (Asoke) and along shortcuts between Asoke and Ekamai.

PRATUNAM-PHETCHABURI:

A highlight in the district is Pratunam market, one of Bangkok's biggest centres for ready-to-wear clothing.

BANG LAMPHU:
Situated close to the Grand Palace and Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Bang Lamphu has a lively market where clothing is a popular buy.

CHINATOWN:
Centre on Yaowarat Road and Sampheng Lane, Bangkok's Chinatown offers a profusion of gold shops as well as two nearby traditional shopping places, "Ban Mo Jewellery Street" and "Phahurat Cloth Marker'.

CHATUCHAK WEEKEND MARKET:

Located adjacent to Chatuchak Park, the weekend market, open on Saturday and Sunday, is a Bangkok landmark where you can buy just about everything from clothing to potted plants and everything in between - a paradise for browsers and bargainhunters alike. Chatuchak Weekend Market also offers items of furniture and home decor. It is also where professional and amateur art-lovers and artists meet.

BAIYOKE TOWER:
Located next to Bangkok's tallest hotel building, Baiyoke Tower is one of the city's renowned garment centres.



NAI LERT MARKET:
Situated close to Pratunam Market, Nai Lert Market is one of many shopping areas in Bangkokwhere you can buy just about everything from clothing to handicrafts.

BO-BE MARKET:
Situated close to Bangkok Railway Station, Bo-be is one of the city's renowned ready-to-wear clothing centres, both wholesale and retail.

BANGKOK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT:
Centre for an extensive range of shops offering a full selection of Thailand's top buys.

Beyond Bangkok
The main city for shopping outside the capital is Chiang Mai, which ranks as one of the world's largest centres for handicrafts and cottage industries. The extensive range of local products includes cotton and silk, hilltribe clothing, Burmese tapestries, handpainted umbrellas and lacquerware, and many such items can be found at its fascinating Night Bazaar. Pattaya also offers plentiful shopping for Thai goods while virtually all other cities and resorts provide ample opportunity for buying gifts and souvenirs, as well as local special ties.

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