Luxury Department Stores & Shopping in Bangkok, Thailand

With the possible exception of Singapore, Bangkok has become Southeast Asia's premier shopping destination for luxury goods and products.

Individual shopping destinations are scattered throughout the Bangkok metropolitan area but the large majority are concentrated within a kilometer or two of the Ratchaprasong-Ploenchit Road (Ploenchit Road becomes Sukhumvit Road as one goes east) intersection in central Bangkok, which is also called Erawan Shrine due to the presence of the Erawan religious shrine.

Within this area several five star and top ten hotels are located, as well as many diplomatic missions and corporate offices, so this area is a logical place to find good shopping.

Gaysorn Shopping Mall

Five floors of exclusive boutique shops, is located at this intersection.

It focuses on fashion items. Many of the shops, selling luxury goods with brand names such as Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Hugo Boss, Givenchy, Prada, Fendi, La Perta, Dunhil, Burberry, Salvatore Tag, Christian Dior, Rado and Rolex, operate under their brand names.

Others are managed on a boutique basis by local Thais or foreigners.

Several Thai designers also maintain shops here. Gaysorn is open from 10:00 to 21:00 seven days a week although individual stores might not always be open. More on Gaysorn Plaza

Central World Plaza

A huge and recently refurbished shopping mall, is also located at this intersection and is across the street from Gaysorn.

Two high end Japanese department stores anchor the Plaza – Zen and Isetan – and there are 500 shops, 90 restaurants, and movie theatres on its seven floors.

Not everything here is "luxury" but most luxury brands – American, European, and Japanese – can be found either at the department stores or at the numerous boutique shops. More on Central World Plaza

Erawan Bangkok

Erawan Bangkok is another shopping mall located at this intersection.

It is next to the Erawan Shrine. It contains 13,000 square feet and several floors of famous brands and brand stores, such as Blackjack, Boudoir, Burberry, Chris Tofle, Club 21, Coach, Della Spiga, Espirit, Moreschi, Mulberry, Rampage, Rado, Roger Dubois, Rouge, Sinequanone, and S. Oliver.

Eateries which are together called the "Urban Kitchen" are on the bottom floor and spas and Thai massage places are on the top floor.

Erawan Bangkok is open from 10:00 to 21:00. seven days a week, although individual stores might not always be open.

Siam Paragon

Siam Paragon Shopping Center is located in the Siam Square area, a 10 to 20 minute walk from Central World Plaza.

It is a five story, 500,000 square meter complex anchored by a department store, The Siam Paragon Department Store, and containing 250 international and local luxury brand stores. Stores are grouped according to the type of merchandise they are selling.

It has what is probably the largest food court in Bangkok as well as a 10,000 square meter aquarium, Siam Ocean World. Siam Paragon is open from 10:00 to 22:00. Smaller malls next door, Siam Discovery Center and Siam Center, also have several luxury and luxury brand shops. More on Siam Paragon

Amarin Plaza Bangkok

Amarin Plaza Bangkok is a five story shopping plaza located almost next to the Erawan Shrine at the Ratchaprasong and Ploenchit intersection.

It is much more of a market oriented complex than are the most malls in the area.

Brand name stores are mixed together with discounters. Amarin Plaza is open from 10:00 to 21:00 although individual stores might not always be open.

Central Department Store - Chid Lom

Central Department Store is located about a kilometer east of the Ratchapraong-Ploenchit shopping area on Sukhumvit Road.

It is the premier department store in Thailand and contains seven floors of luxury shopping.

Numerous luxury brands are represented here and sold by small departments in a very tasteful atmosphere.

As a department store, efforts are made to include a wide variety of merchandise in the product mix, including electronic goods and home furnishings.

There are Central Department Stores at various locations in Bangkok, including Silom Road and Lat Prao. Central Department Stores are open from 10:30 to 22:00.

The Emporium

The Emporium shopping complex contains five floors of luxury shopping located two to three kilometers east of the Ratchaprasong-Pleonchit complex on Sukhumvit Road.

It contains a good selection of technology and household items as well as the usual fashion items and accessories. At the Emporium, one will find a department store, two food courts, and a supermarket.

It is open from 9:00 to 21:00. More on The Emporium

Silom Road

Silom Road used to be the main shopping area of Bangkok. Although that time has past, there are still many small stand-alone shops in the area, focusing on fashion, jewelry, and antiques.

One very good destination in the Silom area is Silom Galleria, which contains over 100 stores offering mainly antiques, art and gems. It is near the Surasek Skytrain Station.

Another complex worth a look is the Jewelry Trade Center.

There is also a Central Department Store at the southern end of the road, and a Robinson Department Store at the northern end.

Robinson is part of a Singapore chain focusing on high-end quality products. There are at least 15 Robinson stores around Bangkok.

Another place worth a look in the immediate Silom area is the main Jim Thompson store, which sells world class Thai silks and fabrics.

There are branches of Jim Thompson at Paragon, the Emporium, the World Trade Center and so forth.


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