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MBK CENTER
MBK Center is also known as Mahboonkrong. An 8 story tall mall with over 2,000 stores, restaurants and entertainment. Over 100,000 shoppers a day visit MBK, the most visited mall in Bangkok. It is one of the oldest shopping malls in Asia. Go to the shopping center buy what you need or just go experience the shopping madness of MBK and enjoy lunch or dinner on the 6th floor. *the food court*
MBK is located in the Pathum Wan district, at the corner of Rama 1 Road and Phaya Tahi Road,
near Siam Square. Cross a covered walkway to Siam Center and Siam Paragon.
To get to MBK take the skytrain and get off at National Stadium, then exit the footbridge that will lead to Tokyu a department store that joins MBK.

The Emporium
A luxury shopping mall in teh Khlong Toei District.
The Emporium Shopping Complex is 7 stories tall, expect to find some great deals there.
However you'll find brands like Cartier, Chanel, and Vuitton in the mall.
Located on Sukhumvit Road at Soi 24, take the SkyTrain to Phrom Phone Station. There is of course a cinema multiplex, a grocery store, food court and many restaurants.


Siam Paragon
Siam Paragon is another large shopping mall, next door to Siam Center, Siam Discovery Center, across from Siam Square and MBK Center is also close by. Siam Paragon is linked (via the SkyTrain's elevated walkway) to CentralWorld, Gaysorn and other malls. There is a car showroom inside the mall, see Aston Martin's, Ferrari's, Porsche's and Jaguar's. Inside Siam Paragon is "Ocean World" a large aquarium featuring sharks and rays. As with many things in Thailand, there is the Thai person price and the non Thai price. Thai's pay 380 Baht for entrance to Oceanworld, non Thai, 850 Baht. (26 Dollars, USD)
Take the SkyTrain, get off at Siam Square.

Central World
Central World shopping mall was severely damaged recently in the protests. They say it will be around six months to reopen.

Siam Center and Siam Discovery Center
Twin shopping malls close to Siam Square, Siam Paragon and MBK Center
Siam Center was built in 1973, it is one of Bangkok's oldest shopping malls.
Siam Discovery Center, (1997) has a hone floor, one concept going.
Take the SkyTrain to Siam Station.


Amarin Plaza
Amarin Plaza a five story tall shopping mall. You'll find fashion, furniture, jewelry and more. The food court is on the 4th floor.
It is in the Ratchaprasong shopping district.
Take the SkyTrain, get off at Chitlom Station then take the skybridge which links to the Amarin Plaza.


Pantip Plaza
Pantip is an interesting shopping mall with a focus on computer's, computer parts and is well known for it's sale of counterfeit software and DVD's. There are restaurants on the ground floor. It is open
10am-9pm. But, some floors close by 8pm. It is 5 floors of computers and computer gear, software and more.
Located on New Phetchaburi Road in the Ratchathewi district.
Take the SkyTrain, get off at the Ratchathewi Station. (N1 on the phayathai line)
The Ratchathewi Station is one stop north of Siam Station. You'll take a five to ten minute
walk to Pantip.

Gaysorn Plaza
Gaysorn Plaza is a luxury shopping mall with brands like Vuitton, Prada and Gucci.
They say bargaining won't help at this mall.
Take the Skytrain to the Chit Lom Station, Gaysorn is attached to the Intercontinental Hotel.

Erawan Bangkok Shopping Mall
Ther Erawan is next to the Grand Hyatt Erawan in the Ratchaprasong shopping district.
It is a 5 storey mall. On the ground floor you'll find the "Urban Kitchen" which is a collection of little eateries. You'll also find a steak house and the Erawan Tea Room overlooking the Erawan Shrine. Take the Skytrain to Chit Lom.

Peninsula Plaza
Peninsula Plaza is truly a high class shopping mall with luxury shops.
Open from 10am-9pm every day.
Take the SkyTrain to E1, Chit Lom, it is at 153 Rajadmri Road next to the Four Seasons Hotel.

The Platinum Fashion Mall
The Platinum Mall is best known for cheap clothes.
Located on Petchaburi Road in the Ratchathavee district.
It is a 10 minute walk from the Sky Train.
There is a food court on the top floor with over 50 eateries.
Take the SkyTrain, get off at the Ratchathavee station.
You'll walk north for a short distance then right on Petchaburi Road.
You'll pass Pantip Plaza, Platinum is on the next block across from the Amari Watergate Hotel.

Union Mall
Union Mall is an 8 story mall with over 1200 booths and shops. There is a market outside the mall as well. It is one of Bangkok's newer malls built in 2006. It is located in north Bangkok, take the Subway (MRT) to the Phahon Yothin station. Mostly Thai's shop at the Union Mall, not so many foreigners.

Central Lad Prao Shopping Mall
Central Lad Prao is a 7 floor shopping mall, on the top floor is the food court.
The mall was built in 1982.
Take the Subway (MRT) to Pahonyothin station.

Esplanade
Esplanade shopping mall is a 7 floor complex which has a 12 screen movie theatre inside.
Many retail shops, restaurants, a 22 lane bowling alley an Ice Skating Arena and a Tops Supermarket. Take the Subway (MRT) to the Thailand Cultural Center Station and you'll exit 3 for the Esplanade. Open 10am-11pm.

Seacon Square
Seacon Square is one of the world's five largest shopping and entertainment complexes.
There are over 400 shops with many furniture stores offering fine furniture.
There is an indoor kiddie park and movie theatre, an 18 hole mini golf course and a bowling alley. Take the SkyTrain to the On Nut station. Then take a taxi to the Mall.
Open from 9am-11pm.
55 Srinakarin Road, Nongon Prawet

 
Future Park Rangsit
Future Park Rangsit is a large shopping mall with over 70 restaurants, cineplex, a Big C
Superstore, Tops Supermarket.
You'll need to take a taxi to Future Park, there is no mass transit. It is just past the old airport
Don Muang. Take the expressway to the Rangsit exit and follow the signs.
Rangsit, Pathumthan
Open from 10am-11pm.







Then, there are the fantastic markets and Bazaar's.


Suan Lum Night Bazaar
Jewelry, clothing, sculptures, pillows, silk. It is a huge open air market.
Nearby are pubs and beer gardens, eateries, live music, really a great place to eat drink
and relax. Over 3,000 shops selling all kinds of things.
Located on the south-eastern corner of Lumpini Park
To get there, take a taxi, or SkyTrain, then the Subway.
Open nightly 3pm-Midnight-ish


The Chatuchak Weekend Market
Over 8,000 stalls, during the weekend, more than 200,000 visitors visit.
If you can imagine it, you may find it here. Everything is on sale.
Again, bargain for everything, don't pay what is marked on the item, smile, bargain with the seller
you'll have fun and get it at a slightly better price.
Take the SkyTrain to Mo Chit, follow the crowd.

And Don't forget the Legendary floating markets

People talk about THE floating market,well there are actually a few of them. 


The Damnoen Saduak Floating Market It is 68 miles west of Bangkok, you'll see a many boats piled high with good's and produce, that you can buy. The floating market. Open 7AM- 11AM every day. This is the market featured in the James Bond film "The Man With The Golden Gun" Samut Sangkhram Ratchaburi province. You'll take a bus or car then take a boat the the market pier.


The Taling Chan Floating Market Open 9am -5pm, on the weekend only. Take a bus, car, taxi to the Chao Praya River in the Thonburi area of Bangkok.


The Bang Khu Wiang Floating Market. Open 4pm -7pm every day. Get on a boat from wat Chalo Pier, to Bang Kruai running every quarter hour, 5am - 8pm.



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