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Places to Visit in Bangkok

Erawan Shrine

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If it’s your first time visiting Bangkok, here is a non-exhaustive list of commonly visited tourist spots in Bangkok with directions. We are not adventurous travellers so these are just the common hangouts that most people already know, and they are all accessible by BTS (our equivalent of the MRT). While you are planning for your trip, do check out our recommendations for places to eat in Bangkok and travel tips for first-time visitors to Bangkok. Enjoy your trip!

1) Siam Square Vicinity

siam paragon

Siam Paragon

How to get to Siam Paragon, Siam Square, Siam Center and Siam Discovery Center
Alight at BTS Station: Siam

Siam Paragon is one of the most iconic & posh shopping malls in Bangkok. In addition to the magnitude of shops and restaurants, it also houses a huge oceanarium (Siam Ocean World) and a IMAX 3D cineplex.

Siam Center and Siam Discovery Center are linked to Siam Paragon via a lined walkway. Madame Tussauds wax museum can be found in Siam Discovery Center.

Right opposite Siam Paragon on the other side of the main road (separated by the BTS track) is the open area known as Siam Square. Here you will find many shophouses and eateries. Checkout our review of Som Tam Nua, Ban Khun Mae and Mango Tango for some delicious eats in the area. Hard Rock Cafe Bangkok can also be found here.

2) MBK

MBK

MBK by night (photo from wiffygal’s instagram)


How to get to MBK
Alight at BTS Station: National Stadium. It is also walkable from Siam Station by cutting through Siam Center and Siam Discovery Center.

MBK is still very popular with tourists and students even after the opening of the newer malls, probably due to the trendy, affordable fashion wear and accessories for sale. Tokyu is the anchor departmental store. There is a Tops supermarket at the ground floor. There are several eateries including MK steamboat, Hachiban Ramen, The Pizza and Shabushi, just to name a few. If you are looking for beverages, a popular chill-out spot would be Caffe Nero by Black Canyon Cafe.

3) Central World

centralworld

How to get to Central World
It lies between BTS Siam and Chit Lom stations so you can alight at either station, and walk to Central World via the overhead walkway.

Centralworld is another major shopping mall. There are two anchor tenants, namely Zen and Isetan, as well as many international restaurants and famous brands.

4) Erawan Shrine

Erawan Shrine

How to Get to Erawin Shrine
Alight at BTS Station Chit Lom. The shrine is right outside Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel.

Since Thailand is a majority Buddhist country, you will find no lack of places of worship for Buddhists and Hindus alike. The famous and extremely popular Erawan Shrine housing the 4-faced Phra Phrom, the Thai representation of the Hindu god of creation, Brahma is worth a visit.

trimurti shrine centralworld
At the end of Centralworld, outside Isetan, you can find Trimurti Shrine, which is well-known for singles seeking love. See the appropriate movie poster in the background?

5) Platinum Fashion Mall

platinum mall

How to Get to Platinum Fashion Mall and Pratunam Market
Exit from Isetan at Centralworld and cross the small bridge to find Platinum Fashion Mall. There is an overhead bridge on the second floor which takes you over the main road to Pratunam Market (wholesale clothes).

Pratunam

View of Platinum Mall from the overhead bridge (photo from wiffygal’s instagram).

The Platinum Fashion Mall is an air-conditioned mall housing several floors of wholesale clothing. The place is a popular hangout for the locals. Opposite it is Pratunam Market (wholesale clothes).

6) Asiatique The Riverfront

Asiatique The Riverfront

How to Get to Asiatique
Take the BTS to Saphan Taksin station. Alight and look for the pier. A free ferry ride on the river-taxi is provided at the pier, just look out for the signs. The journey each way takes about 15 minutes and intervals are frequent.

Asiatique The Riverfront is a relatively new attraction. It is an open-air flea market converted from a pier and warehouse area. It sits beautifully along the Chao Phraya River where you can enjoy alfresco dining.

Asiatique Street
The charming streets along Asiatique.

Asiatique Ferry
The free ferry ride from the pier.

7) Chatuchak  (Jatujak or JJ) Weekend Market

chatuchak

How to Get to  Chatchuk Market
What’s nearby: Chatuchak (Jatujak) Weekend Market, Or Tor Kor Market

No Bangkok holiday is complete without a trip to Chatuchak market. It is popular with both tourists and locals. Prices are usually marked and very reasonable. If you intend to visit every single shop in the market, be prepared to allocate two full days. It is only opened on Saturdays and Sundays and most shops operate from 9am to 6pm. The areas are categorized into sections serving food, housewares, pets, plants, clothes, handicrafts, etc, so be sure to check out the signages showing your location. Tip: Use the clock tower in the middle of the market as your landmark.

8) Or Tor Kor Market

ortorkor

How to get to Or Tor Kor Market
From Chatuchak Market, walk to Kamphaengpecth MRT station. Enter via the underground link mall from the entrance of the MRT station. When you emerge from the other side, you will be able to spot the large Or Tor Kor banner easily.

When you visit Chatuchak market, don’t miss the Or Tor Kor fresh food market for local fare, fresh fruits and snacks. You can buy fruits and eat it on the spot.

ortorkor market
The stalls look like those in a wet market but the place is clean and dry. There are plenty of fresh fruits and dried goods for sale.

mangoes
Sweet and juicy honey mangoes at very reasonable prices.

mango box
We bought a box of mangoes to make mango sticky rice when we reach home.

pineapples
Juicy, cheap (we paid 60 baht for 3 small ones) and incredibly sweet honey pineapples from Changmai. They even cut the pineapple for us to eat on the spot.

snacks
The local snacks here are the cheapest and freshest compared to those sold at supermarkets and JJ Market.

9) Terminal 21

terminal21
Terminal 21 is a new shopping mall and each level is themed by country. There is an interesting mix of shops, restaurants and is worth a visit if you have time.

How to get to Terminal 21
Alight at BTS station: Asok

Brands & Shopping

boots
Boots is not found in Singapore but they can be found in almost every shopping mall in Bangkok. Boots is a UK brand and carries toiletries, medical, pharmaceutical and beauty products.

naraya
While you are at Central World, don’t forget to check out Naraya, Thailand’s homegrown brand. Famous for its fabric bags and accessories, they are extremely popular with tourists, who flock in bus-loads to the store.

beautybuffet
Beauty Buffet carries its own line of cosmetics and has European inspired designs in its packaging.  You can find an outlet in most major shopping malls.

karmart
Korean fever hits Bangkok as well, and you can find Korean-themed cosmetics shops such as Karmart located at BTS stations, shopping malls or along shophouses.

notto
If you are into authentic Sanrio products, Notto, located within Siam BTS station carries many cute and lovable plushies. Rilakumma is especially popular here. The products sold here are locally licensed and hence cheaper than Japanese imports.

Gourmet Market

Grocery shopping

We can’t resist going grocery shopping even when overseas. We bought some Thai food products from our favourite Gourmet Market at Siam Paragon (basement).

Spice Story

Photo from wiffygal’s instagram


Spice Story
used to be a stand-alone shop at basement of Siam Paragon, but have since shifted to Gourmet Market (the anchor supermarket at basement of Siam Paragon) at the same floor. They sell a variety of herbs and spices at attractive packaging and prices. I love their bottled chilli peppers and parsley. You can even find squid ink sachet here!
Lobo
I brought back some Lobo spices for my friends (namely Pad Thai and Tom Yum) to rave reviews. They are inexpensive and can be found at Gourmet Market, Siam Paragon.

Related Articles:
- Where to Eat in Bangkok
- Travel Tips for first-time visitors to Bangkok

   

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