Bangkok is a paradise for those who can't resist
shopping. Shopping centers, for
example, can be found in the most diverse parts of the
city, with the Siam square area being the most notable
for bringing together such establishments. One of them,
perhaps the most famous, is the sumptuous Siam Paragon,
a very complete temple dedicated to consumption, with
shops, a food court and much more.
where it is possible to bargain a lot also exist in
droves; Chatuchak - the biggest and best known of them -
is a major attraction in the country and cannot be left
out of your itinerary. There you will find everything
from the most common objects to the most curious, in
addition to typical foods, entertainment and an
incredible atmosphere! If you are interested in retro style items, just visit
InternetAges where you can find vintage blouses.
Speaking of bargains, if the intention is to return
from the city with a suitcase full of gifts, the tip is
the mini markets located on the
sidewalks of some of the city's famous streets and
avenues. In places like Khao San Road,
Pratuman and Sukhumvit it
is possible to buy T-shirts, key chains, articles made
with Thai silk, clothes, shoes, among others.
The visit to Bangkok is not complete without a walk
through Chinatown (Yaowarat Rd), a local avenue whose
daytime attractions are shops, many of which are famous
for selling gold artifacts. However, it is when the sun
goes down that the area draws even more attention, not
only because of the large number of luminous signs and
the movement, but also because it becomes a true
gastronomic center of the city.
The restaurants / food stalls on this street are
extremely simple, with tables and chairs on the
sidewalks, but the menu of local delicacies is
extensive. Choose one of these places, try one or more
delicacies and enjoy the atmosphere of the avenue.
Remember that the prices are super!
How to get there: MRT, Hua Lamphong
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market (ตลาดน้ำ
Have you ever imagined being able to shop in a
floating market? Close to Bangkok is Damnoen Saduak, the
most famous of all, where you can see up close how the
unusual system of buying and selling goods works. Always
full of tourists, the market in the province of
Ratchaburi can be visited on foot, around the edges -
with several options of shops and restaurants - or by
renting a boat (500 THB per person).
In this market you will find a bit of everything:
fruits, typical foods and several options of souvenirs
from Thailand. The problem with the location, however,
is the prices, which are a little higher than usual;
this is probably due to the fact that the market
attracts a huge number of tourists.
How to get
Choosing a serious tourism company is the safest and
recommended way for those who want to know the floating
market Damnoen Saduak. Most of the packages include the
customer's transportation to and from the airport
(picking up and dropping off the customer at the hotel's
door), lunch and going to other attractions, such as the
River Kwai bridge and the Tigers Temple. The tip is to
search for the most quoted on the internet or ask for
the indication of your hotel (packages from THB 1,900).
An option for those who want to save money is to take
an air-conditioned bus at the South Terminal in Bangkok
(bus 996 or 78). The ticket costs less than THB 100 and
the trip to the place takes an average of two hours
(there are buses from 6 am to 9 pm). From the terminal
you can walk or take a boat to the market.
A taxi from Bangkok to Damnoen Saduak Market should
cost around 80 USD; one of the advantages of this means
of transport is being able to negotiate the route with
the driver (which may include other attractions, for
Khao San Road (ถนน ข้าวสาร)
Small hotels and hostels with attractive prices have
made this street in the district of Banglamphu famous ,
the backpackers' refuge in Bangkok. The place, and the
whole surrounding area, has much more to offer, as it is
full of super-animated bars - with tables on the
sidewalks -, as well as restaurants and massage parlors.
In addition, on the street, which ends up being an
excellent option for a night program, the visitor will
find several stalls that sell all kinds of trinkets,
Thai dishes and snacks, with emphasis on exotic insects,
larvae and fried seahorses, who are there more to
attract tourist attention than anything else.
An important tip for those who want to try the local
delicacies: observe the cleanliness of the place and
avoid foods that are more susceptible to contamination,
such as raw foods in general, fruits, non-mineral water
(bottled), among others.
How to get there: by taxi or boat
from the Sathorn pier towards Phra Arthit pier - No. 13
(the street is just a few minutes walk from the pier).
Chatuchak Market (ตลาดนัด จตุจักร)
Welcome to Thailand's largest open market (and one of
the largest in the world), the famous Chatuchak. The
place gathers more than 15 thousand stalls that sell
everything and where it is possible to bargain a lot:
clothes, shoes, accessories, decorative objects,
souvenirs, food, among others. Over 200 thousand
visitors are received each day, 30% of whom are
The tip is to arrive early, to be able to walk calmly
through the corridors of the place. Those who wish to
try the delicacies sold on the market should redouble
their attention. First observe the cleaning of the
chosen tent carefully and, if you can, avoid foods that
are more susceptible to contamination, such as fruits
and raw foods in general.
Next to the market is Chatuchak Park. Very green and
an atmosphere of tranquility make this an excellent
place for a break after visiting the bustling market.
The park entrance is next to the stairs that give access
to the train station.
Getting there: The market is next to
Kamphaengpecth Station (MRT), 5 minutes walk from Mochit
Skytrain (BTS) and Suan Chatuchak Station (Chatuchak
Park - MRT).
Siam Center (สยามเซ็นเตอร์)
More than 200 stores are gathered in what is yet
another excellent shopping center in Bangkok. There the
visitor finds a series of world famous brands, such as
Nike, Levis, the very Brazilian Havaianas, besides the
Thai ones - and super cool ones - Jaspal and Baking
In addition, the beautiful and modern building,
located in one of the busiest areas of the city, offers
options for restaurants and cafes, all located on the
top floor of the building. The Siam Center is next to
the giant shopping mall Siam Paragon.
Siam Paragon (สยาม พารา ก อน)
Those who do not miss shopping can not miss this
immense and famous temple of consumption in Bangkok: the
Siam Paragon shopping mall. In fact, the beautiful
building located in the city center works as an
excellent amusement center, because, in addition to a
huge amount of stores, the visitor will find an aquarium
there - the Siam Ocean World -,
interesting for children and adults, in addition to
several movie theaters.
The food hall of this busy mall is also very
impressive for its size, variety and quality of products
sold. Next to the place there is also a huge “food
court” full of options of restaurants, cafes and snack
bars, whose prices range from cheap to expensive. One of
them, for example, is the Vanilla brasserie (click
How to get there: BTS Skytrain -