Popular shopping around Siam Square
Wandering around Siam Square shopping is a great way to find some decent bargains but also to discover some up-and-coming Thai and Asian brands, who offer a great mix of unusual designs at great prices. But with so many stores to choose from, how do you avoid ending up in shops that are trying to suffocate you with polyester? This is five suggestions from the bunch, but make sure to give yourself a bit more wandering time as there are plenty of other boutiques and stalls worth a browse. Best time to go to Siam Square is late afternoon or early evening, when the streets are coming alive and there are plenty of bars and restaurants if you need a break.
This smart shop with the tag line ‘There’s no forever’ is the perfect place to unleash your inner rock goddess with its leather, chains, platform heels and gold hot pants. Pony Stone’s cutting edge collections regularly feature in Thailand’s fashion pages and on the backs of celebrities, so make sure to bring a credit card, as items here are on the pricey end of the cost spectrum. Their latest collection features a studded tiara and a beautiful red biker chick jacket, making this funky shop ideal for those days when you want to give the rest of the world a run for their money.
Location: Siam Square Soi 2
If you are looking for great T-shirts with unusual designs Post-Nerd is the place to come. Taking their inspiration from classic bands such as the Stones and the Beatles, as well as unusual animals and funky patterns, there is enough choice for every man and woman to find something that reflects their personality and style. The range now includes some embroidered polo shirts, casual dresses and the cutest 100% cotton tees for kids. Prices vary depending on the complexity of the design, with a printed version costing around 350 baht.
Location: Siam Square Soi 5
Hidden behind a wrought-iron gate that makes you feel you are entering an English country garden this boutique whose name means ‘taste’ in Thai offers a step back in time, their collection is a vintage dream, with lace and cream featuring heavily in their collections. If you can’t stretch to a detailed full-length dress, check out the exquisitely designed t-shirts which were the starting point of the brand. The quality is fantastic, the designs unusual and prices aren’t too eye-watering; a pair of shoes costs around 1,500 baht and a Chantilly lace top around 3,500 baht.
Location: Siam Square Soi 4
This honey-coloured store with its welcoming wooden interior stands out from the row of same-same shops along Soi 5. As well as importing some beautiful leather bags from Korea, Sister Margarita has a quirky collection of clothes, and the theme varies from urban chic to Mad Men, this shop caters for the fashion daring, with Wizard of Oz inspired Mary-Janes and neon skater dresses. The prices are reasonable with a floral bra top costing around 700 baht and a sixties’ style aquamarine jumpsuit for just under 900 baht.
Location: Siam Square Soi 5
No girl can sleep without pretty clothes in her wardrobe, and Sleeping Pills is just the place to pick up a collection that will give you a good night’s sleep. Using quality material and great cuts, this feminine fashion brand put their own twist on current trends, and releases a limited number of each item, making sure that if you buy something here you’re unlikely to catch someone else in the same piece. Sailor dresses with a modern twist, pastel peplum skirts, woodland animal accessories and glitter-capped pumps make up the eclectic collection with accessories at under 1,000 baht and dresses around 2,500 baht.
Location: left hand side of Lido Theatre
Three popular shopping malls
Siam Square One
Siam Square One is the latest shopping mall to open in Siam Square, the fashion centre of Bangkok, where you can find all the latest trends. This seven storey mall located just opposite Siam Paragon focuses on in-trend fashion, lifestyle and digital technology outlets, with an enormous space reserved for restaurants and cafes on the upper floors.
The bottom two floors are home to cheap fashion, where young, trendy fashion is for sale for around 100-200 baht per item. The two floors above it are reserved for Thai and International brands, with a handful of up-and-coming fashion boutiques congregating on the Siam Square Soi 5 side of the mall. The upper floors are dedicated to dining mostly, with a couple of technology stores in between. The restaurants cover most Asian regions, be it Korean BBQ, Japanese noodles or even Thai-style French patisseries.
MBK is probably Bangkok’s most legendary shopping mall, popular with both tourists and locals, and busy with shoppers every day. There are eight floors packed with 2,000 shops that sell everything from clothing, fashion accessories, handbags, leather products and luggage to furniture, mobile phones, electric appliances, cameras, stationery and DVDs.
Launched in 1986, MBK is a beehive of activity, especially on weekends, when half of Bangkok converges to shop for bargains. It’s not as up-market or stylish as neighbouring Siam Discovery, Siam Centre and the glitzy Siam Paragon, but it offers a mind-boggling range of goods spread over 89,000 square metres and is considerably less expensive.
MBK is particularly easy to reach thanks to a direct walkway linking to National Stadium BTS Skytrain Station. Literally every taxi driver knows this most famous of shopping malls in Bangkok too, so you can hail a cab from anywhere but traffic can be intense.
Siam Paragon is an immensely popular shopping mall housing a host of international high-end fashion brands, Southeast Asia’s largest aquarium, a 16-screen Cineplex, and a comprehensive selection of world cuisine. Located prominently in front of Siam BTS Skytrain station – the interchange of the two BTS lines – it is considered by many to be the centre of Bangkok.
Considering the mall contains over 250 shops, the layout is logical and fairly compact, certainly when compared to the sprawling Central World mall nearby. However, this mall provides mainly luxury items for well-heeled Thais and international visitors with cash to splurge. If you are looking for something extra-special then Siam Paragon is definitely the place to find it.