For each person, Bangkok has a different appeal. For some, it’s the food, for others the history, and others, the shopping! Indeed, the City of Angels is known the world over as a shopper’s paradise. From mega markets and high-end malls to designer stores and ma-and-pa shops, the city has something for everyone. One area that is often overlooked in the shopping pantheon is Sathorn. But that should not be the case as this part of town boasts an array of top shopping destinations too. There is a good reason a hotel in Sathorn, Bangkok, is coveted by shopaholics. If we’ve piqued your interest, let’s now dive in to discover the top three shopping hotspots in the Sathorn district.
Asiatique has successfully crowned itself as the most popular shopping experiences in the city. This place has not one but two great drawcards: a night bazaar and a mall. Just a few short years ago a clever developer transformed this former international trade port into a warehouse complex with over 1,500 boutiques.
With a myriad of shops to explore, shows to see (Joe Louis Puppets, Calypso Cabaret) and food to eat (40+ restaurants, cafes, bars), spending an evening here is no problem. The selection of shops is diverse, offering everything from tourist trinkets to high-end brands and bespoke one-offs.
Opening hours: 17:00 – 24:00
Location: Charoenkrung Soi 74-76
How to get there: The easiest way is to take the free shuttle boat located beside BTS Saphan Taksin Pier (just follow the signs). The boat runs every 15 minutes between 17:00 – 23:00 daily. Taxis and tuk-tuk are also an option, but not highly recommended as the traffic can be terrible on the small street leading to the complex.
Bangkok’s Chinatown, otherwise known as ‘Yaowarat’, according to the name of the street it’s located on, has two distinct faces: during the day, the 1.5-km-long road is chock a block with shops selling gold, herbs, fruits, cloth, trinkets, and antiques. After the sun sets, the road turns into a street food Mecca.
Shopping in Chinatown is the perfect antidote to the same-same modern malls that dominate the Bangkok shopping scene nowadays. Here, tradition prevails and it’s still possible to get a good bargain (if you haggle hard) and have fun getting lost in its myriad alleyways.
Our favorite places to browse in the area are as follows: Sampeng Lane and Square, Old Siam Plaza, Flashlight Market (Khlong Thom), Phahurat (Little India), Talat Khao, Mega Plaza, Itsaraphap Lane, Balanna Plaza, and Thanon Ratchawong.
Opening Hours: 08:30 – 18:00 (shops), 17:00 – 23:00 (food)
Location: Yaowarat Road
How to get there: There are a few ways to get here. Taking a taxi is the easiest but not the funniest option. You can come by boat, just hop-off at Ratchawong Pier. Otherwise, take the train to MRT Hua Lamphong Station or a tuk-tuk from BTS to Saphan Taksin station.
3] Silom Complex
For an air-conditioned break from outdoor shopping, head on over to the Silom Complex. Located just meters from BTS Sala Daeng in the heart of the city. Although relatively small compared to its sister properties in the Central Group, it still offers an excellent range of international and local boutiques and a large Central Department Store.
Stand-alone stores include Mango, Muji, Swarovski, Jaspal, MINISO, Pomelo, and Viera. There is also a range of banks, beauty salons, chemists, jewelers and booksellers, and nail salons. For specialist hobbies, there are even stores selling art supplies, musical instruments, stationery, and ballet shoes
Opening Hours: 10:30 – 21:00 daily
Location: 191 Silom, Bang Rak
How to get there: The mall is connected to BTS Sala Daeng station.
We hope you have enjoyed reading about our top shopping tips and are keen to make a
hotel in Sathorn, Bangkok your base when next visiting the City of Angels.