Chatuchak Weekend Market
Annie: If you’re travelling in Thailand, Chatuchak (aka Jatujak or JJ market) is most likely to be squeezed in between somewhere in your itinerary. sometimes when i’m walking down the market i wonder whether they’re the ones traveling or I am because apart from the vendors i swear the street is usually filled with 99% foreigners Chatuchak is probably one of the largest outdoor markets in the world and is definitely worth a visit. at least go for the coconut ice cream.
Julia: The Chatuchak Weekend Market has been an attraction for years, but nearby JJ Green Night Market has become very popular recently with its cool bars and vintage shops (hipster alarm!). Generally, Bangkok feels like a giant market in itself – there’s food and all kinds of useful and useless things to buy everywhere at any time. There’s so much to eat, see and do that it never bores me. The exploring never ends!
Sampeng Lane – Chinatown
Annie: At Sampeng wholesale market you can probably find anything and everything you need in life. if you have some spare time to explore the hood it’s possibly the best market to find souvenirs for your families and friends back home since it’s way cheaper and did i mention that they have like, everything? oh but i wouldn’t recommend it for any claustrophobics out there.. i warn you, it can get a little cray cray.
Sanne: A lot of the shops down Sampeng Lane are wholesale only, which means that you’ll have to buy a certain minimum number of items. However, most shops (except for the shoe shops), will allow you to mix and match different designs and colors, and prices are really low.
Sanne: Asiatique is an outdoor shopping mall dressed as a night market and it’s a great spot for both shopping and entertainment in Bangkok. There are more than 1500 shops, most of which are very small and more like market stalls, and the large majority sell clothes, accessories and jewelry. I love markets and Asiatique’s combination of great location and cheap, but still negotiable prices, is just too good to be true.
Platinum Fashion Mall is one of my favorite places to go shopping for inexpensive clothes in Bangkok. In addition to clothes and shoes, there are also shops selling bags and accessories. All of the newest Asian fashion trends are on display and prices are really low, so prepare for some serious shopping therapy.
Platinum Fashion Mall is a wholesale mall, but most stores will allow you to buy individual items at retail price. If you buy 3 or more items from one vendor, you will usually get a really good discount.
Annie: MBK is like doraemon’s pouch where you can literally find anything you’re looking for. from knockoff designer bags to t-shirts with a picture of a duck peaking out of a man’s shorts, you name it. for most of the locals here, MBK is probably the last place that comes to mind when you want some shopping done. it’s a very tourist-oriented mall but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some fun and unique things to discover.
Sanne: MBK has recently renovated the outside of the mall, and the well-known blue and green colors have been replaced by a stylish white facade. The mall is primarily known for electronics and fake designer bags, but there are also some nice shops selling all sorts of things, such as the Japanese drugstore chain Matsumoto Kiyoshi. This is where to get all those funny Japanese products, which will most certainly never make it to the stores in Dubai or in Copenhagen.
Sanne: I expected Terminal 21 to be just another luxury-shopping-mall-clone, like the ones around Siam, but I was wrong. First of all, even though you’ll recognize some high-street brands, most of the designers at Terminal 21 are local or regional, and you’ll find stuff here not available anywhere else. Most items are very affordable, which makes Terminal 21 a shopping paradise for fashionistas on a budget.