SHOP BANGKOK: Top 5 Places For The Best Souvenir

 

Thai silk, silver jewels, coconut oils are just a few of many things you’ll be tempted to bring home.

Thai silk, silver jewels, coconut oils are just a few of many things you’ll be tempted to bring home from Bangkok. But in this vast city, you may feel overwhelmed to track down one place for a well-rounded collections of souvenirs. In this list, we’ve narrowed down to five locations where you can find a huge variety of Thai momentos without worrying about wasting too much time. From massive malls (and you can’t avoid those in Bangkok,) a more local floating market to hipster night markets, you’ll surely stuff your luggage with plenty of gifts for you and loved ones.

 

1. CentralWorld, Siam – Best Mall All-Around

4,4/1-4/2 4/4 Ratchadamri Rd, Khwaeng Pathum Wan, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330, Thailand (map, website)

Hours: Monday – Friday 10:30 a.m. – 10 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

When traveling outside of the U.S., the last thing you want is probably to visit another mall. But Bangkok is big, not to mention, it takes hours to travel from one location to another thanks to its unforgiving traffic. So shopping at malls is a great option when you’ve got one day – or one hour left – to gather gifts for everyone on your list. CentralWorld super mall isn’t your typical commercial center. It’s probably one of the most thrilling shopping malls in the world, with an ice-skating rink, beauty salons, and a huge selection of shops that includes: gadgets, fashion, books, furniture, and groceries.

The interior design is enhanced by focusing on natural light that illuminates your indoor shopping experience. CentralWorld often features sculptures by famous artists, or elaborate exhibitions.

2. MBK, Siam – Best Discounts In A Mall

Phayathai Rd, Pathum Wan, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330, Thailand (map, website)

Hours: Everyday 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

The most popular mall in Bangkok is MBK Center, which is known more for its bargain boutiques. The spread isn’t as high-end as CentralWorld, but you’ll love it for its discounted vendors selling anything and everything from electronics to fashion accessories. We found this place to be particularly great for Thai silk products, which you can bargain for a good price if you buy a few. The entire complex also has tons of entertainment on various floors, including: a multi-screen cinema, an arcade, karaoke, restaurants, and a 3D Trick Art Museum.

3. Taling Chan Floating Market – Best Local Floating Market

Hours: Saturday & Sunday 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Since many floating markets are located outside of Bangkok and would require you to wake up at 5 a.m., we love Taling Chan Floating Market due to its accessible location simply a few kilometers outside of the city. Though not as vast as the other more well-known floating markets, Taling Chan offers just enough to give you the experience you would want: shopping on water! You can enjoy a fantastic lunch sitting by the canal, or ride a longtail boat. Besides buying cheesy souvenirs, you can also indulge in tons of food tastings here, or even get a foot massage!

4. Rot Fai Market – Best Night Market For Vintage Collectibles

Thailand, Srinagarindra Rd – Soi Srinagarindra 51, Khwaeng Nong Bon, Khet Prawet, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10250, Thailand (map, website)

Hours: Thursday through Sunday 5 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Also known as the Train Market, Rot Fai is a colorful open-air market where you can find a fantastic collection of vintage finds and memorabilia. There are three sections offering one-off items, making Rot Fai the best night market in Bangkok (if your goal is to shop ’til you drop.) There are also snack bars and food stalls where you can take yummy breaks if you’re tired of sifting through throwback goodies.

5. JJ Green – Best Part Flea Market/Part Bars

เลขที่ 1 ถนนกำแพงเพชร 3, แขวงจตุจักร, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900, Thailand (map, website)

Hours: Monday, Tuesday closed. Wednesday & Thursday 5 p.m. – 1 a.m., Friday – Sunday 5 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.

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Who doesn’t love a night market with a lil booze? JJ Green Night Market’s cool factor comes from its laid-back vibe compared to other larger night markets in Bangkok. Part flea market, part bar scene, JJ Green has a great variety of second-hand items, vinyls, artworks and antiques. An even livelier setting belongs in the parking lot, where folks have open vans and trucks that sell all sorts of vintage accessories and posters. A hipster and boho kinda ambiance is a good change from anywhere else you’ll experience in the city.

 

Wendy Hung

CEO, FOUNDER, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

As the founder of Jetset Times, Wendy is an avid traveler and fluent in five languages. When she's not traveling, Wendy calls Paris and Taipei home. Her favorite countries so far from her travels have been: Bhutan, Iran, and Russia because they were all so different! St. Bart's was pretty amazing too (wink)!

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