Bangkok, Thailand




Sukhumvit is one of Bangkok's main thoroughfares. The long Sukhumvit Road is lined with shops, boutiques and modern shopping plazas from Soi 3 (Soi Nana Nuea) up to Soi 63 (Soi Ekkamai). However, most shops and restaurants are concentrated between Soi 3 and Soi 21 (Asoke Roadd) and along shortcuts between Asoke and Ekkamai.

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The pavement of Sukhumvit is cramped with endless roadside stalls offering a wide range of items such as souvenirs, accessories and knock-off clothes. The stalls are open most of the day and only seem to close late in the evening. Haggling is generally expected, but it'll only save you a few more baht. The Khlong Toei Market at Rama IV Road (MRT Queen Sirikit National Convention Center) is definitely off the tourist trail. It is basically a food market with meat, seafood and farm products on sale, accompanied by the usual second hand clothes stalls. It is always open, but best experienced in the early hours of the evening. 

Khlong Toei Market by nist6dh

If you're looking for upscale shopping, there are plenty of malls and department stores throughout Sukhumvit Road. At Thong Lo, all things are cool, be it clothes, gadgets or interior design. It could be called the "Siam Square of Sukhumvit" with its hip fashion boutiques, trendy designer stores and overall swanky appearance.

622 Sukhumvit Rd (BTS Phrom Phong). Opening: daily from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
This upmarket mall has a selections of everything in design, including watches, cosmetics and clothes. It's top competitor is Gaysorn Plaza. The lower floors are dedicated to brands like Louis Vuitton and Rolex but it has more affordably priced goods on the upper floors. Kinokunyia book store has a large selection of English language books including travel-related books. The top floor is home to one of the nicest cinemas in the city and the Thailand Creative and Design Center. Emporium also has a popular food court and a good selection of restaurants on the fifth floor.

J Avenue
323/1 Thong Lo Soi 15 (BTS Thong Lo). Opening: daily from 7:00 a.m. to midnight.
This shopping centre opened in 2004 and is a four-story upscale "lifestyle mall". It is an open-air mall with giant rain trees inside. Its modern architecture and hip designer shops caters to the Japanese crowd (that's what the J stands for) living in the area.

93-95 Sukhumvit Soi 26 (BTS Phrom Phong, then take a taxi). Opening: daily from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
K-Village opened in 2009 and touted as a "neighborhood lifestyle mall". It is another upscale mall with supermarkets, restaurants, caf├ęs, spas and lots of fashion stores. 

Nana Square
49 Sukhumvit Rd (BTS Nana). Opening: daily from 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Quite a generic shopping mall but at a convenient location. It has everything you would expect from a typical Bangkok mall including a food court, Starbucks, Watsons and a dry cleaner.

Ploenchit Center
2 Sukhumvit Rd (BTS Phloen Chit).
A small but decent shopping centre along the west side of Sukhumvit Road. Although the name suggests otherwise, it is not on Ploen Chit Road! The ground floor has the typical chain stores including Starbucks, McDonald's and Boots as well as lower-priced clothing outlets, jewellery shops and a supermarket. Most tourists don't make it here (being too far out) and therefore visitors are mainly office workers from the surrounding buildings. The sixth floor is one of the cheaper food courts along Sukhumvit Road and with a good selection of Thai dishes.

259 Sukhumvit Rd (BTS Asok or MRT Sukhumvit). Opening: daily from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Robinson is the well-known department store that is spread all over Bangkok. Its food court, while still decent, is a bit more expensive than the others, and you may need to order twice get full. It's in the basement floor of the building.  edit

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