MBK Shopping Center & Tokyu Department Store.
If you love a market atmosphere but enjoy the comfort of air conditioning, MBK Shopping Center should be one of your top Bangkok destinations. Mah Boon Krong, “MBK,” features eight floors of bargainers’ paradise, plus all the amenities of a modern shopping mall. You will find more than 2,000 booths, worldwide fast food chains and a state-of-the-art cinema.
Bargaining with MBK vendors is not only welcomed, it is expected. There are no hard-and-fast rules to bargaining, but you are more likely to get a better deal by being fair.
Ask for a price first and then offer a bit less, but don’t make a drastically-discounted offer! If a shop owner quotes you 150 baht, offer her 125 baht. On higher-priced items, you can ask for bigger discounts. For instance, if you are buying something that is priced 3,500 baht, offer your sales clerk 3,000 baht. Being respectful and reasonable with Thai merchants can earn you lots of great savings at MBK!
MBK is one of the best places to find discounted name brands, software, computers, tablets, smart phones and all the latest technological gadgets.
CELL PHONE REPAIR: If you’ve managed to crack your smartphone screen or the home button on your iPhone quits during your travels, the Fourth Floor of MBK should be your first stop. Replacing a smartphone screen will cost around $40 (1,400 baht) and usually takes about an hour.
UNLOCKING SMARTPHONES: If you come from a country that holds your cell phone coverage under lock and key, MBK probably has a fix. Besides selling every brand of smartphones and tablets known to man, shops and stalls on the Fourth Floor also offer services to unlock smartphones. While you’re there, someone from the shop can set you up with a new SIM card and Thai phone number. You’ll be an expert traveler in no time! Prices to unlock smartphones vary, depending on the phone model, but usually start at around $45 (1,500 baht). SIM cards and an initial top-up will cost about $5 (150 baht) minimum.
FLOORS 1-3: Clothing and shoes, cosmetics, jewelry, toys and gadgets
FLOOR 4: Electronics, mobile phones
FLOOR 5: International Food Hall, furniture, photography, computers
FLOOR 6: Food Court,souvenir shops
FLOOR 7: Bowling, karaoke, cinema
FLOOR 8: Cinema
Tokyu Department Store Paradise Park
Tokyu is the featured department store attached to MBK. Tokyu contains a wealth of goods within 13,000 square meters of two floors.
FLOOR 1: Cosmetics, baby clothes, appliances, household items, shoes, swimwear
FLOOR 2: Home decor, sportswear, stationery, men’s and women’s apparel
How to Get There
The easiest way to get to MBK and Tokyu Department Store is to take the BTS Skytrain. The shopping center is located on the last stop of the Silom Line at National Stadium BTS Station, or it is just a 5-minute walk from Siam Paragon.
MBK: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Sunday
TOKYU: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Sunday
Photos of MBK Center in Bangkok (Old Photos from 2004)
Walking to MBK from BTS National Stadium station
Connecting bridge from National Stadium to Tokyu department store
Looking at MBK center from the BTS bridge
From National Stadium station you can walk to Siam Discovery
View before entering Tokyu department store
Tokyu department store entrance
Shopping inside Tokyu (Branded stuff)
Inside MBK shopping center
Mobile phones section in MBK
Second hand mobile store in MBK
Electronic stuff on sale in MBK
Walking to Siam Square from MBK
The tunnel connecting MBK with Siam Square
Shopping along the way to Siam Square
The tunnel connect MBK center with Siam Square.