One of the many things Bangkok is known for is being a Shopper’s Paradise! There are bustling megamalls all over the city now, most of which are based around the Silom and Sukhumvit districts.
I have already judged the top 5 shopping malls in Singapore, but unlike the ones in Singapore, many of the malls in Bangkok are styled to a particular theme, and this is most noticeable at the likes of the famous Terminal 21 and the downright weird Mansion 7. So now let’s take a look at 12 of Bangkok’s most popular indoor shopping experiences:
A buzzing and fairly new mall, Terminal 21 is themed to an airport, with different zones of the mall representing different parts of the world. Fake boarding announcements are often made to enhance the theme further, but this is not intrusive. With over 600 stores from which to choose, you could shop in Tokyo City, London’s Carnaby Street, San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf, and the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul – all under one roof! BTS: Asok.
Set over 8 floors with around 200 shops and food outlets, MBK is known as the ultimate shopping destination in the city, and is maybe one of the top malls in South East Asia (MBK is the Thai version of ION Orchard). It offers plenty of great bargains for the backpacker crowd, but also has enough high-end stores to keep everybody else happy. BTS: National Stadium.
Having only opened its doors in May, 2014, Central Embassy is Bangkok’s newest shopping mall, and its striking exterior makes it a place people want to explore. It has many exclusive food outlets which cannot be found anywhere else in the city, and has 8 floors of shops for every budget. BTS: Ploen Chit.
Centralworld is one of the more famous malls in the city, and is known for its chic fashion outlets as well as its high-quality electronics (no counterfeit stuff here). You can also find ample fast food restaurants, beauty salons, and an ice rink at Centralworld!
Probably the most themed mall in Bangkok, Mansion 7 is supposed to be haunted and creepy, with its dark exterior providing the scares as soon as you arrive. It does, however, have a great range of shops and food outlets, as well as a haunted house (320 Baht admission)!
Seacon Square is one of South East Asia’s largest malls and is known as something of an entertainment centre, with its indoor amusement park providing fun to the young, and the young at heart. Seacon Square has over 300 shops including a respected electronics division. BTS: On Nut.
The best shopping mall in the Silom area, Silom Complex rivals all the local restaurants and markets in the area with a recently-refurbished air-conditioned mall, with plenty of food and retail on offer. Though smaller than many other malls in this list, it still punches above its weight. BTS: Sala Daeng.
The Emporium has 7 stories with a full 3 stories dedicated to the latest fashions, which make it very popular with international tourists and the young Thais. Luxury brands are all over this mall, and the digital lifestyle section is arguably the bets place in Bangkok to find your latest gadgets! BTS: Phrom Phong.
Not just a shopping mall, the Siam Paragon is home to a cinema complex, the largest aquarium in South East Asia, and probably the second best food court in the city! This mall caters mainly for the international tourists with money to spend, and has over 250 shopping outlets spread over 3 floors. BTS: Siam.
Catering to the students and backpacking scene, the good-value Union Mall has over 1000 shops spread over 8 floors. As well as fashion, electronics, and souvenirs, Union Mall has numerous fast food chains, a fitness centre, and a supermarket!
Built in a striking marble and chrome design, the luxurious and upmarket Gaysorn mall is full of designer labels and expensive fashion. Maybe just a mall in which to window shop? BTS: Chidlom
Asiatique – The Riverfront
Combining a market and a mall, Asiatique – The Riverfront tries to do something a little different from the other malls in this list – and succeeds! Located alongside the Chao Phraya River, this popular mall has over 1500 small boutique shops and plenty of local restaurants for you to experience. BTS: Saphan Taksin