Overall, I enjoyed my time in Bangkok. The city is not perfect (there is a major traffic problem that makes it almost impossible to get around by taxi and too much sleazy nightlife) but there is also a lot to like. One of Bangkok’s biggest qualities is its shopping. There are more shopping malls in Bangkok than anywhere I’ve ever visited, including Singapore, which I previously thought was the world’s mall capital. Here are my favorites from my time in Bangkok:
This is a new shopping mall near Phrom Phong station on Sukhumvit Road. It was a short walk from my hotel and I found myself browsing around here most of the time I was in Bangkok. The bottom floors are the usual brand names but the upper floors of a section called the Helix have the most amazing food court I’ve ever seen. The building spirals round and round, so every restaurant faces outwards. Very cool, with great views from every place to eat.
Siam Paragon (and Siam Square)
This is much the same as EmQuartier, at least in my brief experience. The area opposite the mall, however, is very cool. It’s called Siam Square and it reminds me of a cross between Chinatown in Singapore and Shibuya in Tokyo. There are lots of small shops selling shoes, dresses and other items and the prices are extremely low. I picked up some great outfits for less than it would cost for discount clothes in Singapore.
I was told to visit this place by some friends and felt a little bit shocked after I walked in. The mall feels like a giant maze, with hundreds (or maybe thousands) of small shops selling everything you could possibly need, from fake watches to cellphones. Definitely not the most reliable place in the city to shop, but a fun sight to visit and a unique experience that I will remember forever.
In the end, I spent a little more in Bangkok than I expected to, but I got a lot for my money. Like Singapore, it’s a foodie paradise, but it’s also a great place to shop for a wide variety of items. Prices are generally lower for simple items than Singapore, but the brand name products I found were more expensive. Buy your Prada at home, and pick up some stylish and simple clothes in Bangkok instead.