Where to Go Christmas Shopping in Bangkok, Thailand

Christmas decorations | © chapman_photography/Flickr
Christmas decorations | © chapman_photography/Flickr
Photo of Iona Proebst
17 October 2017

From malls to stalls, Bangkok is a great place to go Christmas shopping. For unique gems, Thai crafts, electronics and high-end boutiques, Thailand’s capital offers a huge selection of gift options and at affordable prices. We’ve compiled a list of our top spots to pick up Christmas gifts for your loved ones back home.

Pratunam Market

This centrally located outdoor market is the perfect place to shop for clothing at rock-bottom prices. While you shop for the best Christmas gift outfits you can enjoy exploring the alleyways of this quintessential Thai street market. This is also a great spot to try your bargaining skills and many of the vendors offer wholesale prices too.

Pratunam Market, Bangkok | © jef1947/Flickr

Khao San Road

The world-famous backpacker haven of Khao San Road is a great place to shop for typical Thai souvenirs – from T-shirts to home decor and everything in between. While you are in the Khao San Road area you might as well take advantage of the cheap and delicious food options and sample the local bars. Khao San also has the largest collection of second-hand bookshops in the city, so stock up while you’re in the neighbourhood.

Shopping on Khao San Road, Bangkok | © Kevin Poh/Flickr

Siam Paragon

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Paragon Food Hall | © Courtesy of Kelly Iverson
Siam Paragon is a world-class mega mall and is one of the biggest shopping malls in Asia, inclusive of a 15-screen cinema, Southeast Asia’s largest aquarium, a concert hall and much more! This air-conditioned oasis is a great one-stop-shop for your Christmas shopping. Choose boutique and haute couture clothing stores, department stores and a gourmet market selling amazing wine and food to name but a few. Siam Paragon is also a great place to get into the Christmas spirit as it has a stunning huge Christmas tree and Christmas performances.

Chatuchak Weekend Market

With more than 5,000 stalls Chatuchak Weekend Market is the largest market in Thailand. Although this market is hot and crowded it makes for an excellent Christmas shopping location. Get lost in the maze as you navigate your way between stalls selling knock-off designer and hill tribe bags, vintage clothing, handicrafts and basically anything else you can imagine. There are plenty of places to stop for a refreshing drink or to take a break over a delicious lunch.

Chatuchak Weekend Market | © phuongkim1981/Flickr

Central World

Central World is another one of Bangkok’s mega malls and is located a short distance away from the Siam Paragon. Outside of Central World is also the iconic female fertility shrine, which is frequented by hundreds of women each day. Central World is packed with bookstores, luxury clothing brands and music stores. Not only is Central World an ideal place for Christmas shopping, it is also a great place to escape the mid-day heat of Bangkok.

Christmas tree outside Central World, Bangkok | © Honou/Flickr

OTOP Heritage Gallery

If you are in search of more locally inspired presents look no further than OTP Heritage Gallery, a project that showcases and supports local artisans from around Thailand. Bring a piece of Thailand home for your loved ones this Christmas, from Thai silks from Thailand’s northeast, hill tribe jewellery from the north, spices and batik from the south and plenty more.

Batik crafts | © Amy Zirkle/Flickr

Rod Fai Night Market

For something a little different head to the Rod Fai Night Market. This hipster flea market is overflowing with antiques, collectables, retro items and vintage clothing. Take a break from shopping and check out some of the delicious and cheap cocktails served at the pop-up VW bus bars or sip aged wines in one of the bars located in the antique shops while live music serenades you.

Rod Fai Night Market | © Jonathan Lin/Flickr

Pantip Plaza

On the lookout for a new camera or anything technology related? Pantip Plaza is your number one spot. Thailand is known for good quality and cheap computers, cameras and a number of other electronics. It is advised to shop around the multi-floor mall and to bargain for an even better deal. Top tip: remember to get a VAT refund form, so you can claim the 7% tax back from your purchase as you leave Thailand.

Pantip Plaza | © Pietro Motta/Flickr