Thailand is a shopper’s paradise, world famous for its incredible range from fun and wonderful treasures. It is no wonder that many tourists come to Thailand specifically as a shopping excursion.
Located at the prominent Rachaprasong intersection, Gaysorn (www.gaysorn.com) is Thailand’s most exclusive shopping center, specializing in luxury designer brands, with flagship stores of Prada, Gucci, and Louis Vuitton, as well as a selection of Thailand’s most innovative designers such as Fly Now, ‘Senada Theory and Kloset Red Carpet.
Across the street from Gaysorn, Central World (www.centralworld.co.th) is the largest lifestyle-shopping complex in Southeast Asia, with an unrivalled mix of products and services at prices that put the fun back into shopping for Thai consumers and tourists. CentralWorld is cleverly divided into zones that make navigating the largest shopping center in Bangkok surprisingly easy. Specialized anchor ‘mega-stores’ include SuperSports, PowerBuy, B2S, Central Food Hall, SB Furniture and Toys ‘R’ Us.
Continuing on in the heart of Bangkok just down the road from CentralWorld is a strategically located national showpiece.
Siam Paragon (www.siamparagon.co.th) enhances the Thai capital’s status as a world-class destination for a supreme shopping and entertainment experience. This newest jewel in Bangkok’s shopping district sports an assortment of fine dining, designer boutiques, and Thailand’s largest department store. Siam Paragon also boasts the most all-embracing food destination in Asia as well as Siam Ocean World, the biggest aquarium in Asia.
Located a bit down Sukhumvit from the frenetic Siam Square area, The Emporium (www.emporiumthailand.com) is like a glossy magazine come to life. Behold the seven layers of shopper’s paradise, where the first three floors are dedicated solely to fashion. Thailand’s premier art and design resource, TCDC is located on the sixth floor. Fashionistas, this is your playground.
Speaking of which, Plaground! (www.playgroundstore.co.th) is the latest “inspiration” multi-store trendy Soi Thong Lo, houses an entire floor of cutrting-edge fashion, an art space, funky housewares, a bookstore specializing in art and design, and trendy restaurants (Kuppa@Playground, Sonie’s and Vanilla Industry), Playground! Adds yet another hip, hybrid, hi-so concept store to Bangkok’s shopping scene, providing welcome relief from the searing sun and cookie cutter malls.
Another boutique mall worth checking out is Erawan Bangkok (www.erawanbangkok.com/fashion.php). Which provides shopping in luxurious comfort, standing out from the rest. Spacious yet cozy, a comfortable shopping experience and a pleasant respite away from the bustle of the city outside. The Urban Kitchen in the basement has several up-market outlets for Chinese, Indonesian, Japanese, Thai and other cuisine, as well as the posh Erawan Tea Room on the third level.