Bangkok is a veritable treasure trove of vintage treats. The weekend Train Market (Rot Fai Market) on Srinakarin Road has everything from antique furniture to second-hand shoes. Sukhumvit Road is home to two vintage clothing stores, Triple Stitched and Again and Again, where you can find a great range of men’s and women’s vintage clothes and accessories.
Siam Paragon is Bangkok’s most luxurious megamall where the city’s elite go to shop and spend their leisure time. You’ll find an increasing number of independent designers vying for retail space among some of the world’s most well-known luxury brands. You should also not be surprised to see an impromptu fashion show in the mall’s central plaza with models showcasing the latest collections from local designers like Janet Pantila Promfang and Milin.
The Gaysorn Plaza is one of the most exclusive shopping malls in Bangkok. It is home to every high-end designer brand you could wish to see, from Dior, Gucci and Prada to Burberry, Armani, Hugo Boss, Louis Vuitton and many more. There are also exclusive jewellery shops, spas and handicraft stores to cater for every retail whim.
We can’t write a Bangkok shopping guide without mentioning the iconic Khao San Road. A haven for backpackers, you’ll find cheap goods all year round. With t-shirts, CDs, DVDs and plenty of other bargains, you’ll be able to shop for hours without spending more than a few hundred of your Thai Baht.
Between June and August, Bangkok plays host to the Amazing Thailand Grand Sales, where you can buy clothes, jewellery and electrical goods for a fraction of the price.
Bangkok is a city full of contradictions and surprises, but you’ll have to go off the beaten track to find them. The Bookshop Bar on Sukhumvit 38 is a prime example. The food and cocktails are undeniably great, but it’s the exuberant décor, which is in stark contrast to the city around it, that makes this bar a must-see.
One of the city’s least known rooftop bars is actually one of the best. The River City Rooftop Bar, located on the fifth floor of the River City shopping complex offers outstanding views of the Chao Phraya River and the city beyond, making it well worth an hour of your time.
To sample a slightly slower pace of life, head to the Bang Nam Pheung floating market for an insight into village life while sampling the local wares.
Fashion blogger Intira Udomsuk likes the following places in Bangkok.
“The Wonder Room in Bangkok’s Siam Centre houses the coolest clothes and accessories from exquisite young Thai designers. Similarly, Marihorn in Siam Square One houses the fun and stylish designs of this promising designer. At 77th in the Siam Centre you’ll find exclusively handmade jewellery and handbags.”