Shopping

You can shop until you drop every day in Bangkok, and there is something for everyone. Locally, close to school and further afield. Here’s a map to explore the neighborhood.
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Again there are many websites that can help here including the Lonely Planet.

For homewares and furniture, in addition to locally manufactured products, IKEA has a megastore on the outskirts of Bangkok.

Here are some good places to get you going…

Chatuchak Weekend Market

Once only popular among wholesalers and traders, Chatuchak Weekend Market has reached a landmark status as a must-visit place for tourists. Its sheer size and diverse collections of merchandise will bring any seasoned shoppers to their knees – this is where you can literally shop ‘till you drop’.

The 35-acre (68-rai) area of Chatuchak is home to more than 8,000 market stalls. On a typical weekend, more than 200,000 visitors come here to sift through the goods on offer. Veteran shoppers would agree that just about everything is on sale here, although not all at the best bargain rates. But if you have one weekend in Bangkok, squeeze in a day trip to Chatuchak Weekend Market and you will not be disappointed.

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For first-timers, ‘conquering’ Chatuchak may seem like an impossible task, but worry not. There is a system to help you navigate your way through Chatuchak. Inside, one main walkway encircles the entire market, and it branches off into a series of numbered alleyways called Soi 1, Soi 2, Soi 3, and so on.

These alleyways are grouped into sections, with 27 sections in all. You will find more than one category of goods contained in one section, and the same category of goods will appear again in the other sections. In terms of locating your category of goods, this system is rather useless; but it will come in handy when you try to locate your particular stall or where your exact location is on the Chatuchak map.

Another way to find your way around Chatuchak is to find points of reference as you go along. The BTS and MRT stations as well as banks and numbered entrance gates are good points of references, as you will come across them as you turn corners. Then again, use the map to locate these references to find your correct orientation.

Central Rama 9

The Central Plaza Grand Rama 9 is located in the Ratchada Piesek area in Bangkok (see map above) It is the latest Mall build by Central. The building has 12 stories of shops, restaurants, a cinema and a skating rink.

At the northern end of the Mall you can find a Robinsons Department store. On the seventh floor you can go skating at the Rink Ice Arena and see the latest movies at the SFX Cinema. On the Lower Level is a Tops International grocery store, with multiple national and international stores and brands in-between.

Central Plaza Grand Rama 9 in Bangkok

The Central Plaza Grand Rama 9 is easy reachable by MRT. Just go to Phra Ram 9 station and exit number 2 has a direct connection with the Mall.

Fortune Town

Fortune Town is located directly opposite the Rama 9 shopping Centre,  (see Map). Fortune Town is famed for its IT and computer stores selling original and not so original movies, software, hardware and accessories. There is also a floor dedicated to all things “cell phone”. Attached to this building is a Tesco Lotus supermarket. Check out the attached document for more…………

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