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Co-written by Dawn Pillay

Everyone goes to Bangkok for a shopping spree, us included.

True story, I’m always struggling to fit my purchases into my huge luggage – and it all becomes one big game of Tetris when it’s time to leave Bangkok.

We have to apologise, this story will make it even harder for you to pack your luggage. After seeing all these shopping havens, you might even have to consider adding baggage weight before you fly back!

These are 5 shopping malls that are tested and proven to be great for the real shopaholics out there. Whether you’re looking to drop your shopping money on quality but affordable mid-range designer goods at Terminal 21, or if you’re the type who truly wants more bang for your buck – cheap clothes in bulk that look great at Union Mall…

These 5 shopping malls will cater for any shopaholic who knows exactly what they’re looking for.

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1. For the guys and gals – Local prices with a unique variety of designs!

Did you know that Union Mall is one of the malls locals shop at? We saw local girls walking past with their shopping bags while on several trips there. This means good prices (slightly cheaper than Platinum Mall) and unique variety of designs!

Guys, if you’re looking to shop, or accompanying your girlfriend -you’re not forgotten! Here you’ll find men’s clothes, bags and shoes too.

If you’re looking for bridal clothes and accessories, Union Mall has some really great shops with gorgeous bridal dresses for the ladies and suits for the men. There are also stores selling bridal accessories for wedding photo shoots and photo booth props too.

On the 4th floor, walk around and you’ll see lots of little mani-pedi shops offering classic mani-pedis to gel mani-pedis. For those who love a good gel mani-pedi, you have to get your nails done here! A gel manicure costs from 250 Baht! (That’s SGD$10 and MYR30. Crazy.)

There’s also a night market at Union Mall that starts everyday at 6pm! It’s a small-ish student night market, but there’s definitely nice and interesting things on offer. From dog collars to trendy clothes, accessories, sunglasses and more – you won’t walk away without getting something, we’re sure.

Also read: 5 reasons to visit Union Mall near Chatuchak in Bangkok

Union Mall

Price: From 20 Baht (for accessories), 100 Baht (for clothes)
Address: 54 ซอย 1 จอมพล จตุจักร Bangkok 10900, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Getting there: Alight at Phahon Yothin MRT Station, walk out and you will see Union Mall. (It’s located pretty near Chatuchak, so you can choose to combine a visit here with Chatuchak, or not.)
Contact: +66 2 512 5000
Opening hours: Daily from 11am to 10pm

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2. Get ahold of the latest fashion trends – Siam Square

Siam Square is filled with various stores that each have their unique charm. From rocker-chic leather and studs at Pony Stone, to soft, pastel vintage – you won’t have to worry about this place not meeting your stylish needs (or demands heh).

The different sois (lanes) within the square feature different types of products. Soi 2 has a majority of accessories.

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Photo via Itravelblog

While you’ll be able to enter shoe heaven at Soi 3.

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Photo via irista brand, minikarats, intizintira

When you get a little too tired, head on to Soi 6, wherein lies the acclaimed massage parlour Chang Foot Massage.

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Photo via blairsooa, mspearma

If you’re the artsy fartsy type (we’re not judging), you’ll definitely enjoy Good Little Space (in Soi 6), which is indeed a good little space in Siam Square. It celebrates creativity and entrepreneurship by renting out spaces to young Thais with big ideas.

Here, you can find interesting fashion, bags, accessories, and also enjoy live music by budding local bands.

Siam Square

Address: 833 Rama 1, Khwaeng Wang Mai, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330, Thailand, Thailand
Opening hours: 11am – 9pm


3. Immerse yourself in different cultures – Terminal 21

Terminal 21 is where you should go if you’re interested in having a unique shopping experience. Each level in this modern mall is themed according to a different country – and although prices here are generally higher, you’ll still be able to find bargains for as low as 150 Baht.

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Photo via Reza Kabir, Haikal, Pictures of a pair of wandering travel mice

Friends who tag along sullenly on your shopping trips will also find this mall and its numerous insta-worthy spots infinitely more enjoyable than sweating it out at outdoor markets.

It’s pretty easy to find your way around Terminal 21 if you know what you want – every “country” has their own specialties. You’ll find regular imported brands such as ESPIRIT and Guess at Rome and Paris, while Tokyo features hip, locally designed fashion items.

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Photo via ChihPing

Your poor husband/boyfriend will also get the chance to upgrade from shopping assistant to head shopper in London, where menswear of all shapes and sizes can be found. (If you’re not a fashion person, skip up to Istanbul, where you can have your pick from a selection of quirky accessories!)

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Photo via ChihPing, Pictures of a pair of wandering travel mice

Terminal 21 is also known for the huge array of food available here, so don’t forget to stop by the top floors (San Francisco) and the Pier 21 food court for some wallet-friendly and mouth-watering munchies!

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Photo via Han Cheng Tan

Also read: 8 reasons why Terminal 21 is a must-go for shopaholics in Bangkok

Terminal 21

Address: 88 Sukhumvit Soi 19 88 Sukhumvit Rd, North Klongtoei Wattana Bangkok 10110, Thailand
Opening hours: 10am – 10pm
Contact: 02-108-0888

Website

4. Prepare to bust your budget – Platinum Fashion Mall

Platinum Mall is a wholesale fashion mall, which means that retail therapy won’t break your bank account here (you can get clothes for around 100-250 Baht per piece).

BUT, that’s only if you buy three or more pieces from the same store, and stop yourself from going on a spree. With that in mind, it’s always better to make the trip with a friend or two.

Platinum Mall has three different zones – Zone 1 and 2 (in Building A) mostly focus on fashion and accessories.

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Photo via 安雅, BrightLightsBigCityteam16

While there are a lot more bags and shoes in Zone 3, which is in Building B.

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Photo via Mio Nino Marquez, welovethai.land, 安雅 via Anjapapago

The fashion style in Building B is mostly feminine, so if you’re looking for something more edgy, it may be a good choice to head to Zones 1 and 2 first! Building B also tends to have more choices when it comes to menswear.

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Photo via Shasha Shahabudin

You don’t have to worry about getting lost in Platinum – all levels are specially catered towards a certain type of product, and these are all clearly labelled on the directory. For Zones 1 and 2, women’s fashion are found on the first and second floor, while bags, leather products and shoes can be found on the upper floors.

Platinum Fashion Mall

Address: 644/3 Phetchaburi Rd, Khwaeng Thanon Phetchaburi, Khet Ratchathewi, Bangkok (Coordinates here)
Nearest BTS: Siam, Chit Lom
Contact: +662-121-8000
Opening hours: Saturday, Sunday, Wednesday from 08:00 to 20.00, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 09:00 to 20:00

5. Find your own style and snap a selfie with Einstein – Siam Discovery Centre

After closing down in 2015 for a major revamp, the mall has returned with a newly rebranded concept that focuses on personal experimentation and creativity – this, you definitely want to check out.

This is where people who are looking for a more high-end shopping experience converge. The mall’s new concept was created by renowned Japanese design firm, Nendo – and presents the retail area as a “laboratory” where shoppers can experiment, and personalise items to create their very own style.

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Photo via Thailandfans

Sounds interesting? The mall is now split into different “labs” representing various life experiences! Check out the latest female fashion items at “HER LAB”, get a snazzy new suit at “HIS LAB” or explore cutting-edge home decor at “CREATIVE LAB”.

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With a few hundred Baht, you can get your face on a bag or T shirt @ Pinn Creative Space

While prices at Siam Discovery Centre are by no means cheap, the visual and shopping experience is not one to be missed.

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Photo via applegu10, supatjan

If you’re a fan of pretty things, a trip to this new mall will definitely provide you with some eye candy (and really tempt you to break that piggy bank).

Siam Discovery Centre

Address: Rama I Rd, Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand
Opening hours: 10am – 10pm
Contact: +662-658-1000

Website

Now you know the best air-conditioned shopping havens in Bangkok – shop away, and don’t forget to share your favourite shopping place with us in the comments below!

We’d love to hear all you dirty little shopping secrets. Hehe 😛

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