Shopping in Thailand is one of the reasons why Thailand is such a great place to visit. Everything is cheap and you can always negotiate the best price for you. You have seen how many products says Made in Thailand. The manufacturing and labor force is cheap in there. The quality might not be the greatest but for that price, it doesn’t really matter.
The best things for shopping in Thailand are clothes and art. There are also good and original brand products, like Nike, Burberry, Lacoste, etc and it’s still cheaper as in most of the countries in the world. It’s not all just fake stuff but the fake ones are not always that bad either.
The best place for shopping in Thailand is definitely in Bangkok. It is full of big malls, markets, and shopping centers and what you cannot get from Thailand, you cannot get anywhere.
The biggest mall and definitely a place to go is MBK shopping mall. It is HUGE and there are various stores with all different kinds of products to sell. There are basic Thai booths and real brand stores. Everything you need to buy is in there. This mall requires at least one whole day of attention if not two.
There are much more good malls and shopping areas around Bangkok. What we did was just take the Skytrain and make stops in different places. People are very friendly to help and tell you where to take a stop. Go and explore what Bangkok has to offer. The city center area is very touristic but the further you go, the better the prices are and more exciting things you’ll get. I totally recommend you make time for shopping in Thailand, Bangkok.
Here are some good shopping areas in Bangkok:
MBK Center (444 Phayathai Rd., Pathumwan, Bangkok)
Siam Center (Pathum Wan Pathum Wan, Bangkok)
Siam Paragon (991/1 Rama 1 Road Pathumwan, Bangkok)
Central World Plaza (1 RAMA, Bangkok)
The Emporium Shopping Complex (24 Soi Sukhumvit, Bangkok)
Pantip Plaza (Thanon Phetchaburi Ratchathewi, Bangkok)
The Platinum Fashion Mall (222 Thanon Phetchaburi, Ratchathewi)
Shopping in Thailand, Phuket
Shopping in Thailand, Phuket is not as exciting as in Bangkok but it provides lots of good opportunities. The prices are a bit more expensive but still cheap compared to most of the countries in the world. There are lots of great outdoor markets that are exciting to go through. There are good tailors in Phuket that make great suits and dresses from quality Thai silk. There are still some not so good stores so if possible look advance for good places and read reviews. The tourists are the most reliable critics.
Phuket is a place for tourists so everything is there just for them. You see more original people shopping in Thailand, Bangkok as in Phuket.
Shopping in Patong Beach
Patong Beach is a great place for night shopping in Thailand like many other Phuket areas. The roads are full of Bazaars and tourists in the evening. That can be a bit chaotic but it’s definitely a lot of fun. People are selling everything from food to electronic and of course, there’s all the basic tourist stuff you will want to buy.
Here are some good shopping areas in Patong Beach:
Beach Road shopping
Rat U Thit Road Shopping
JungCeylon Shopping Center
Ocean Plaza and Ocean Bangla Shopping Center
Shopping in Thailand in other beaches in Phuket you will just want to walk around and see all the amazing Thai stores, Outlets, Souvenirs and many other stores. There is not really any huge central areas for shopping for example in Kata, Karong or Kamala Beach. The number one place for awesome shopping is Patong Beach. You might find the prices more expensive because of a number of tourists there are.
Shopping in Thailand, smaller islands
Shopping in Thailand is always cheap but for smaller islands like Phi Phi and Koh Samet is not in the main role. The islands are more for relaxation and outdoor activities. Before you go to spend a part of your holiday on some Island, be prepared. Buy all the towels and hygienically applies on the bigger city. You might be shocked about the prices they take. They know you will have to get it from there so they might even triple the prices.