Bangkok has many attractions for tourists, including a host of spectacular palaces and temples to visit, and is also a great spot for a holiday if your passion is shopping.
The Thai capital is one of Asia’s major retail centres and you can look forward to embarking on a shopping spree like no other as soon as you have checked into one of the great value hotels in Bangkok.
Stores and street traders are open round the clock and you can pick up almost any type of item you can imagine. Whether you are looking for designer clothes and high-end electronics at bargain prices or something that is more traditionally Thai, you will be able to find it here.
If you enjoy upmarket stores, one of the first things on your to-do list after your Bangkok flights land should be a tour of some of the city’s many malls. The vast CentralWorld is a great place to go clothes shopping, while gadget geeks are sure to love the collection of computer, photography and electronics retailers that are crammed into Pantip Plaza.
But if you have travelled to Thailand in the hope of picking up some fashion bargains, you should head to Pratunam. This area of the capital is home to numerous wholesalers and discount shops where you can find the latest styles for low prices – as long as you are happy to haggle.
The famous Khao San Road district, which is a real favourite with backpackers, is another excellent spot to search for cheap fashion. There are a number of tailors who will make a bespoke suit for a fraction of the price you would expect to pay for an off-the-peg number at home. Many of the street stalls sell masses of designer copies, while others offer some of the tastiest food you will find in the city.
If you enjoy the atmosphere at Khao San Road, it is also worth trying the street shopping in Tha Prachan. The vendors don’t even bother with stalls here and you will find the pavements are covered with goods, as antiques traders and craftsmen offering the kind of traditional wooden carvings that make perfect souvenirs vie for business.
You are also sure to want to visit one of the floating markets that Bangkok is renowned for. The chaotic nature of the fruit and vegetable sellers on the canals is sure to live long in the memory.