Shopping in Bangkok

Hello again fellow Travelers

Bangkok is definitely a shopper’s paradise. I love shopping and I was very excited to shop for some new looks for me and my kids. Now as much as I love shopping, I was never ready for the scale and variety offered in Bangkok (it’s crazy, in a good way). I also only had two days to shop and do some sightseeing so efficiency was key.

There seems to be a few standard questions that the locals ask you when you ask for advice on where to shop and it will help you as well.

1. Branded on non-branded?

2. Real or copy?

Now the second question is the one that got me curious. It seems it is common knowledge that you can shop for fake designer goods. There are even levels of fake, like where to go if you want premium copies. I found this quit amusing.

I decided I wanted to experience both the real and the fake, much to my hubby’s dissatisfaction (lol). My curiosity was killing me.

This is when I state my caveat. I in no way encourage the purchase of fake goods and I personally don’t advise it. I was interested in finding out more about this for my own research purposes. I’m a big advocate for being authentic and living within your means. If you can’t afford it, leave it alone. Ok now that we have that out the way, let’s continue.

Our hotel was in the heart of the shopping district so this made my shopping escapade a little easier.

1. Night Market

My journey started at the Night Market not too far from our hotel. The market sells mostly non branded but very decent quality clothes at bargain prices. I understand it is only on Saturdays and Sundays. Fortunately we were there over a weekend. There are also some stalls that sell fake branded goods but the quality is shocking.

What I liked about the night market is the ability to negotiate. This is where I could use the tips I got from the driver who drove us from the airport to the hotel. He said to always refuse the first price and if the seller is not budging, pretend to walk away.

He taught me a few phrases in Thai to ask “how much?” and then to say “no ways, that’s too expensive”. I can say them but can’t spell them in Thai and I didn’t have the energy to go and look it up (lame I know).

The clothes are quite decent. The only issue is most stalls have one size or “free size” as the locals call it. Im tall and curvy so I had to be careful before buying anything, a lot of the Thai people are quite petite. There are also no fitting rooms and you don’t get a slip and there is no return policy (lol).

I shopped a bit here for myself and my sister. I will post some of the looks on Instagram. Follow @travellikenaks.

At least now you know so you can decide if this is for you or not.

Some of the cool but non branded clothes at the Night Market
Some of the fake branded clothes at the Night Market

2. Central World

My next stop was Central World. Our walk from the Night Market to Central World introduced us to the skywalk. Bangkok is extremely hot and humid and it’s great use the skywalk if you are shopping during the day.

Central World is a mall with seven stories. I got tired just walking in. I mean where do start? Other than the fact that it is the biggest mall in Thailand, there was nothing special about the mall. Many of the stores are the same as those we have in South African malls with a few exceptions. The top floor of the mall has mostly restaurants which looked fancy and expensive and seemed to attract a young and hip crowd who were mostly very well dressed.

If you go there, you can say you have been to the biggest mall in Thailand.

3. MBK

This is where we were referred to for platinum copies of designer goods. I was still shocked that this is common knowledge and shared freely.

This place has eight floors an I was not about to explore all floors. Hubby and I were on a mission. One of our our favorite brands is GUCCI, so we sought to find these platinum copies. Boy did we find them!! GUCCI clothes, bags, shoes, you name it. I had my detective hat on inspecting every little detail.

At first glance the goods look real but the closer you look the more you see the flaws. Hubby and I couldn’t help but chuckle at the fake GUCCI shoes and the embroidery of the bees. It was quite amusing. I have posted a few pictures below.

Having done my research, I was ready to move on. The only thing bought at this point were a pair of Sunglasses from the Sunglass Hut at Central World. I had to call it a night and get ready for the tour of the Temples in the morning.

Fake Gucci sneakers. The bee made me lol!

4. The Platinum Fashion Mall

During my second day in Bangkok and after the Temple tour, I had a few hours to conquer The Platinum Mall before our river cruise later that night.

The Platinum Fashion Mall has four floors and over a thousand stores. Much like many of the other malls in Bangkok, insanely big. This is where I ended up spending a lot of my money (ouch). Very similar to the items at the Night market but with more variety and some better quality stores. I found a few interesting pieces (work and casual). Very good quality and stylish as well.

I shopped for my kids as well. The mall has a separate floor for kids clothes so very convenient. I got some cute and good quality outfits for them at very reasonable prices, a fraction of what I would pay in South Africa for a similar quality item.

Some stores you can negotiate and others you can’t. The prices are still good regardless.

This was by far my favourite place to shop in Bangkok.

Some of the stylish clothes at The Platinum Fashion Mall
Elegance at The Platinum Fashion Mall

5. High end shopping

If you’ve got taste for the finer things in life, then Bangkok is not short of options. I’m talking Louis Vuitton, GUCCI, Versace, Prada, Jimmy Choo, Chanel, you get it right?

The three malls I came across are Siam Paragon, Gaysorn Village and ICONSIAM. I only got to visit Gaysorn Village which was underwhelming. I wish I had used my time to go to ICONSIAM and see that crazy rich Asian type of shopping (lol). It’s on my list of things to do on my next trip to Bangkok.

I got to see ICONSIAM from the outside while on a river cruise. It was quite a sight. I had FOMO of the fact that I didn’t have time to go inside. It has an indoor floating market and large fountains. I mean what more do you want? I read about it and it’s a must see, from what I read of course.

Me shopping at the Night Market
Me on the skywalk
Central World

I hope you enjoyed my shopping escapade and it will gave you some insight for your trip to Bangkok. Be sure to follow on Instagram to see some of the looks.

Till next time…

Naks

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