Does any one knows where a good place to shop? I will be in Bangkok for a few days. I know the dollars goes a long way. I am traveling on a budget so i am looking for a good cheap place to shop for clothing, souvenirs maybe arts. Places where the locals shop are the best because one will not get charge the tourist prices. If anyone can offer some suggestions, i would greatly appreciated.
If you're there on a weekend, Chatuchak Weekend Market is well worth a visit. It sells absolutely everything you could possible think of, and is like a small city in itself. Even if you don't buy anything, its an experience.
Apart from Chatuchak, you can also go to Suan Lum Night Baazar & also Platinum Mall (Wholesale).
Chatuchak is a MUST if you are there on a weekend. The vast array of goods is simply insane! You really can find just about anything. And the food options are good there and VERY cheap. ( I paid around 50 cents US for 10 egg rolls that were freshly made right in front of me). MBK is quite an experience as well. It's ridiculously huge and there are many different kinds of shops. Make sure you are ready to bargain as it is customary. It helps a great deal if you at least know how to say a few basic phrases in Thai as well as some numbers.
For days when you don't want to budget, Siam Paragon is nice for high-end shopping (with high-end prices) and there are many good restaurants there also. For gold, go to Chinatown as just about every second or third storefront is a gold shop and the prices are reasonable compared to USA standards especially since Thai gold is at least 23K (96.5) and Chinese gold is often 24K. The prices are similar to what you would pay in the USA for a necklace or bracelet made of only 14K gold which is only 58.5% pure. You pay mostly just for the weight of the metal with very little markup for craftsmanship...in the USA, jewelry is HUGELY marked up from the actual price of the metal weight.
Have a fun trip. Thailand is one of my favourite countries in the world.
Haven't been to any of the other places mentioned but I can definately say MBK is worth a visit!
It's a bit of a relief as there isn't much people yelling out for you to buy stuff, and it's a very developed shopping centre yet the prices aren't really any more expensive than other places