Bangkok Shopping

Each year more and more tourists are drawn to the Thai capital for its relatively cheap silk, gems, and tailor-made clothes. But there are a slew of other goods worth discovering: quality silverware, fine porcelain, and handmade leather goods—all at prices that put western shops to shame. The already low prices can often be haggled down even further (haggling is mainly reserved for markets, but

shopkeepers will let you know if they're willing to discount, especially if you started walking away).

Don't be fooled by a tuk-tuk driver offering to take you to a shop. Shop owners pay drivers a commission to lure in unsuspecting tourists. Avoid getting scammed on big-ticket items like jewelry by patronizing only reputable dealers.

The city's most popular shopping areas are along Silom Road and Surawong Road, where you can find quality silk; Sukhumvit Road, which is rich in leather goods; Yaowarat Road in Chinatown, where gold trinkets abound; and along Oriental Lane and Charoen Krung (New Road), where there are many antiques shops. The shops around Siam Square and at the World Trade Center attract both Thais and foreigners. Peninsula Plaza, across from the Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok in the embassy district, has upscale shops. If you're knowledgeable about fabric, you can find bargains at the textile merchants who compete along Pahuraht Road in Chinatown and Pratunam Road off Phetchaburi Road. You can even take the raw material to a tailor and have something made.

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COMO Shambhala

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The ultimate urban escape, this spa relaxes you instantly with a delicious cup of ginger lemongrass tea. There's a wide range of treatments...

Central Chitlom

  • Clothing

The flagship store of Thailand's largest department store chain has a good selection of jewelry, clothing, and fabrics, including a Jim...

Central World

  • Shopping Centers/Malls

At more than 1 million square meters (about 10,760,000 square feet), this monster claims to be Southeast Asia's biggest mall. It's packed...

Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok

  • Spa/Beauty

A relaxing massage with deliciously warm oils is among the many treatments available at the Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok. You can even...

Gaysorn Plaza

  • Clothing

This upscale shopping center may outshine all the others with its white marble and chrome fixtures. You'll find all the requisite European...

Greyhound

  • Textiles/Sewing

This shop sells casual yet chic street wear. ...

I. Sawan Spa

  • Spa/Beauty

This spa's facilities are among the city's most cutting-edge, relaxing, and beautiful. The "residential spa cottages," suites clustered...

MBK Center

  • Shopping Centers/Malls

An impressive seven stories high, this is one of the busiest malls in the city. It's not as stylish as Siam Centre—the main attractions...

Marco Tailor

  • Clothing

Many people who visit Bangkok brag about a custom-made suit that was completed in just a day or two, but the finished product often looks...

Pantip Plaza

  • Shopping Centers/Malls

This mall exists for the computer nerd in everyone. It houses an enormous collection of computer hardware and software (some legal, most...

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