Bangkok is almost universally acknowledged as the `shopping hub’ of Thailand, although Chiang Mai is fast coming up as a good place to buy handicrafts. Chiang Mai, however, is still quite far from competing with Bangkok when it comes to the vast range of products on sale.
Bangkok is the place to buy everything that Thailand is famous for- jewellery and gemstones, Thai silks and cottons, readymade garments, silverware, basketry, ceramics and other traditional arts and crafts. So make that trip to Chatuchak Weekend if you happen to be in Bangkok over a weekend.
Major shopping districts in Bangkok include the area along Silom Road and MBK Centre, where clothing, leather goods and antique shops abound. There are six floors at MBK and one can spend the full day here and still not see all the various shops. Great for cheap shopping of clothes, bags, shoes and mobile phones.
The Pahurat Cloth Market is an excellent place for good but cheap fabric. For jewelry shopping head to Chinatown .
There are lots of slick department stores and shopping complexes too, where you can get almost anything you want. For designer stuff, head to Paragon Mall or Emporium in Sukhumvit. For teen clothing try Platinum Plaza - loads of skimpy t-shirts and dresses, hip bags and shoes are available here.
If electronics is your thing, then Pantim Plaza is your one stop destination for computers, camera’s, TV’s and other electronics.
For the `bazaar buffs’- and people who aren’t scared of noisy crowds, the Chatuchak Weekend Market is a boon- it’s held on Saturdays and Sundays, and is the place to buy virtually anything made or grown in Thailand. Quite literally anything from a pin to an elephant you will be able to get it at Chatuchak market!
Remember one thing while shopping in Bangkok: Bargain all you can (you’re expected to), but don’t lose your cool- the Thais consider a display of anger as a sign of boorishness.
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