In the land of smiles, shopping is not complete without some effective bargaining. Learning some basic Thai can really take you a long way.
“Lot noi dai mai ka?” = Could you please lower the price?
“Ah ni tao rai ka?” = How much is this?
Scared you might fumble with the words? We’d try nonetheless: Maybe the locals will get a good laugh and give you the discount anyway!
Aside from the Singapore tourist favourites such as Chatuchak market or The Platinum Mall, listed below are some of our favourite shopping recommendations that you must visit if you are in the vicinity!
#1: Train Market Ratchada (also known as Rot Fai Ratchada)
Like a Thai equivalent of our pasar malam, the night market only operates after dark, Thursday through Sunday. Get your shopping hauls here: The bazaar has an eclectic mix of vintage trinkets and trendy, modern fashion apparel and accessories. The vendors are typically receptive to giving discounts, so it definitely does not hurt to try your luck!Located behind the Esplanade Shopping Mall, the night market is very accessible via the MRT train (alight and walk from the National Cultural Centre station).
#2: Union Mall
If you are near the Chatuchak Market, go a little further and take the train down to Ladphrao station, and head to the Union Mall. Upon stepping out of the station, you will not miss the conspicuous yellow façade that stands out in the sea of other buildings. Union Mall is a shopping hotspot loved by Thai teenagers, and is considered a hidden gem with most tourists. There are five floors of shopping to do, so save half a day on your itinerary to uncover this mall.While the price may be slightly higher compared to the more popular wholesale products sold at The Platinum Mall, most of the shopkeepers are happy to accommodate bargains.It is an indoor shopping mall, so you can shop till you drop while hiding from the sweltering heat. There is also an affordably-priced karaoke lounge that opens until 10pm, so sing the night away with your buddies if you need a break from all that walking!
#3: Town in Town, The Scene
Mostly frequented by locals and nestled away from the city centre, Town in Town, The Scene is a relatively non-commercialised stop that is a 15-minute taxi ride from Royal City Avenue. The open space mall often hosts pop-up stores that sell handmade fashion street wear. Food trucks line the street, selling a mix of Western and Thai food. We recommend trying the ice-cream that is served in a hot pot with dried ice!
#4: House Rama RCA, Royal City Avenue
Who says Royal City Avenue is only for the party animals? Try exploring the place in the day, and you may just change your mind! House Rama RCA is an orange building, and you can reach it by walking past Onyx, Route66. Occasionally you may spot outdoor fashion bazaars that sell apparel from popular international brands.
The same building houses a cinema that showcases indie movies, Thai production shows, and even blockbuster films for just 100THB per ticket! Don’t worry, the international movies are played in English, while some of the Thai ones have English subtitles.
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