The range of choice for shoppers in Bangkok is quite ridiculous. Whatever your fashion, whatever your fancy, whatever the trend, whoever the designer, Bangkok can deliver the genuine goods or, dare we say it, copies of varying quality. Ditto cameras and electronics, though be aware of Australian compatibility.
The city is a shoppers’ paradise with enough clothes and apparel markets and outlets to strip your wallet and fill a couple of suitcases. High-end labels to high-street knock-offs from a market stall, or even tailored to suit in double quick time, Bangkok easily rivals Hong Kong and Singapore as a shopping destination of choice.
Watch the sizes in the night markets. Large might not be.
Our top picks
991/1 1St Floor, Rama I Road
You will be spoiled for choice in Bangkok, but for so much under one roof aimed at the shopper with a love of designer labels and baht to spare, this is the place. What’s more, one of the biggest shopping complexes in Asia comes with an IMAX theatre and multi-screen cinema. Think genuine labels such as Burberry, Chanel, Jimmy Choo, Rolex, Prada, Hermes and the more accessible H&M and Gap.
Cnr Ratchaprarop and Petchburi Roads
Haggle by day in the indoor markets, haggle by night in the street market. Shirts, jackets, jeans, dresses, bags, belts, arts, crafts, electronics – for bargains and obvious designer copies, this is the place, mixed in with food vendors to feed that shopping urge. Pratunam, which also boasts plenty of good accommodation for the shop-hungry, is also easily accessible by Skytrain.