Siam Center’s re-launch in January 2013 brought a different kind of shopping experience to Siam: over 200 international and Thai brands including the boutiques of some brilliant promising local designers as well as renowned Thai couturiers. On top of that, the slick renovations have taken their fresh ideology out of the stores and into the corridors, with a quirky mash-up of nature and technology. Carved wooden horses greet visitors at the entrance and interactive dress-up televisions display how the clothes will look without entering a changing room. Although Siam Center may have been around for over 40 years, it is still enlightening and surprising its customers with cutting-edge, unusual fashion.
Located next to Siam BTS it is linked by a covered walkway to Siam Paragon Mall, famous for its high-end boutiques. There are plenty of well-known brands at Siam Center as well, and the crowd they are aiming for is young and hip. Thailand’s largest Forever 21 is right next to the entrance with other international brands including Steve Madden shoes, Nike, Accessorize, Havianas, SuperDry and Levis. If you are looking for great value Thai labels then check out Jaspal for chic outfits, Lyn Around for dreamy dresses and Baking Soda for sexy embellished tees and skinny jeans. For those with a bit more cash to splash it is worth checking out Fly Now III, Kloset and Greyhound Original for fantastic Thai designs. These can be found on the 3rd floor, alongside other local designer flagship boutiques. The 3rd floor is also where to find the up-and-coming Thai designers
Opening Hours : Daily
Admission Fee : Free Admission
Pratunam is one of the older shopping areas in Bangkok that has a highly-deserved reputation among bargain shoppers.
Passing through the area, you will see many shops on the main roads. But the real activity is in the market hidden behind the stalls and shops. Here youll find a huge variety of low cost clothes, fashion accessories, shoes, watches, electronic gadgets and all sorts of souvenirs. It is usually very congested as there are many eager shoppers looking for their bargains. Pratunam is the location for Thailand's tallest building, the Baiyok Tower. This is the major wholesale center for the garment trade. It is very popular with minor and major international traders, particularly those from Africa. There is even an African restaurant nearby.
Bargain hunters looking for good deals on computers, accessories and software flock to Pantip Plaza, which is now known throughout the world for its low prices.
Opening Hours : Daily
Admission Fee : Free Admission
MBK Shopping Center
Maboonkrong Shopping Center, Bangkok or you can call MBK Center, an enormous 8-storey marble mall opened in 1985, is one of the biggest shopping malls in Asia. The center provides over 2,000 stores and services, over 150 eating establishments and a large cinema city. Shopping here, you’ll find a variety of negotiable products including clothes, cosmetics, leathered items, jewelry, electronics, information technology products, furniture, restaurants, supermarket, theaters, karaoke and 4-storey department store (Tokyu).
Due to the size and millennium outlook, Maboonkrong Shopping Center, Bangkok has been accepted to be one of the most recognizable buildings in Bangkok . Since the mall is situated at the heart of Bangkok and is the beginning of shopping centers laid along Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok ’s main shopping street, here is always the first point of shoppers’ journey. Nowadays, Maboonkrong Shopping Center, Bangkok daily supports 105,000 customers including 30,000 tourists from all around the world. It is such a large number that MBK Center is considered to be the most visited mall in Thailand and proven that we are the one-stop shopping center which you really shouldn’t miss.
Opening Hours : Daily 10.00 am. - 9.00 pm.
Pantip IT Mall
Bangkok’s biggest shopping area is definitely Siam Square. The best way to reach it is by the BTS skytrain and the station is also called Siam Square. There is another famous shopping center that is a 5 minute motorcycle ride away from Siam Square. It is called Pantip Plaza and it’s not the amount of fashion products on offer or a stylish new building that attracts people but it is the fact that Pantip Plaza specializes on everything connected to computers and technology products. A main attraction are of course the Software and movie offerings that are not always legal but still available. Every single software and very new DVD movies can be bought for a fraction of the original price and many people make use of that convenience. Original software is also available though. For computers and any hardware product that you can think of it is surely available at Pantip. Prices are good and at the smaller shops it is no problem to bargain the price down a bit.
Opening Hour : Daily 10.00 am. - 9.00 pm.
Admission Fee : Free
Royal Grand Palace
Every visitor to Bangkok should see the magnificent buildings within the Grand Palace compound to get a feeling of the grandeur architectural style.
Since the founding of Bangkok as the Nations capital by King Rama I, The Grand Palace has been the major architectural symbol of The Thai Royal Family. In the present time, The Royal Family resides at Chitralada Palace while The Grand Palace is used for ceremonial purposes. The main buildings within the Grand Palace compound were built for King Rama V, who was the first Thai King to travel to Europe. Phra Thinang Chakri Maha Prasat, built in 1877 by King Rama V as his Royal Residence, is the most highly recognized architectural landmark of the Nation. The central Throne Hall, which was formerly used for the reception of foreign envoys, is flanked by reception areas decorated with galleries of portraiture. The central room on the second floor is used as a shrine for the reliquary ashes of Kings Rama IV, Rama V, Rama VI, Rama VII and Rama VIII.
Borom Phiman Mansion was also constructed during the reign of King Rama V. When his son, King Rama VI ascended to the throne, he had it improved for use as his residence. The three succeeding Kings also resided here at one time or another. The Siwalai Gardens, where the office of The Royal Household Bureau is located, were used for receptions as well as a recreation area for the royal women and children. Maha Monthien Prasat houses The Audience Hall of Amarin Winitchai where ceremonies of the Court usually take place in front of the throne surmounted by its canopy of nine tiers of white cloth.
Admission Fee : Baht 250.
(This also includes admission to Wat Phra Kaeo, The Royal Thai Decorations & Coins Pavilion in the same compound and to Vimanmek Mansion Museum on Ratchawithi Road.)
Remark : Visitors are required to dress appropriately.
1. Shorts, mini-skirts, short skirts, tight fitting trousers, as well as tights can not be worn as outer garments.
2. See-through shirts and blouses, as well as culottes or quarter length trousers can not be worn.
3. Sleeveless shirts or vests can not be worn as outer garments.
4. Sandals (without ankle or heel straps) can not be worn.
5. All shirt sleeves, whether long or short,
can not be rolled up.
6. Sweat shirts and sweat pants, wind-cheaters, pajamas and fisherman trousers can not be worn.
Wat Phra Kaew
(Temple of the Emerald Buddha)
The temple is in the outer section of the Royal Enclosure west of the Grand Palace . It was built on the orders of King Rama I along with the Grand Palace and Rattanakosin Island , and is built as a temple in a Royal compound like Wat Sri Sanphet in Ayutthaya . It has no resident monks.
The Emerald Buddha (Phra Putta Maha Mani Ratana Patimakorn or Phra Kaeo Morakot): This is a Buddha image in the meditating position in the style of the Lanna school of the north, dating from the 15th century AD. King Rama I brought it from Vientiane , and it is considered to be the most important Buddha image in the country.
Model of Angkor Wat : King Rama IV had this built by Phra Samphopphai when Cambodia was under Siamese control. The model was recreated in plaster at the behest of King Rama V to celebrate the first centenary of the Royal city.
Prasat Phra Thepidon : This four-square prang originally called "Puttaprang Prasat" was built in the reign of King Rama IV. Inside are statues of Kings Rama I-King Rama VIII, to which the public pay their respects on Chakri Day, April 6, every year.
Phra Atsada Maha Chedi : This group of eight chedis stands in front of the temple. It was built in the reign of King Rama I and dedicated to the heavens. Six of the group are outside the balcony, two are inside. Each has its own name.
Yaksa Tavarnbal (Gate-keeping Giants) : Six pairs of mythical ogres stand at each gate of the Balcony. These are the main Giants of the Ramayana.
Opening Hour: Daily 8.00 am. - 4.00 pm.
Admission Fee : THB 200-nett/person
Prohibited : Taking photo inside the ubosot, Man: Shorts Pants Slippers, Woman: Undershirt Singlet Shorts Sandals
The largest outside of China
Chinatown is a bustling, crowded area where you can buy just about anything day or night.
The main thoroughfare through Chinatown is Yaowarat Road, which is approximately 1.5 kilometres in length. It was built during the reign of King Rama V. On each side of the road, there is a network of streets and alleys lined with shops selling all sorts of things. In many of these streets, you'll find shops side by side selling the same items. There is an old fresh food market called Trok Isarnuphap where leading chefs from all over Bangkok shop for the finest and freshest ingredients for their restaurant menus.
The largest outside of China Chinatown is a bustling, crowded area where you can buy just about anything day or night.The main thoroughfare through Chinatown is Yaowarat Road, which is approximately 1.5 kilometres in length. It was built during the reign of King Rama V. On each side of the road, there is a network of streets and alleys lined with shops selling all sorts of things. In many of these streets youll find shops side by side selling the same items.
There is an old fresh food market called Trok Isarnuphap where leading chefs from all over Bangkok shop for the finest and freshest ingredients for their restaurant menus. A visit at night will take you to a food street where you sit on stools watching your meal being prepared, then enjoying the delicious cuisine washed down by tea or a cold beer.
Opening Hours : Daily
Admission Fee : Free Admission