Bargain Hunting for Couples in Thailand

Bargain Hunting for Couples in Thailand

Bangkok - Victory MonumentImage Credit: TripKrunch

Thailand isn’t just a popular destination among couples on honeymoon for its scenic beaches and villas, but also for bargain hunters.

Visitors from neighbouring countries (especially Singaporeans) even make it a point to embark on a yearly pilgrimage to Bangkok, Thailand, for shopping sprees and affordable eats, and it’s little wonder why — the vibrant city offers an abundance of cheap goods, delicious street food, and interesting cafes.

Shop Till You Drop

Outlet shopping malls are aplenty, and the go-to place for most visitors is The Platinum Fashion Mall (Platinum Mall).

Bangkok - The Platinum Fashion MallThe Platinum Fashion Mall / Image Credit: Mutiara Rizki

Staying true to its namesake, everything you need from top to toe is available here. Clothing styles range anywhere from Japanese to Chinese, and you’ll get further discounts when you buy in bulk — some blogshop owners even make monthly trips here to stock up on their products!

Bangkok - Thai Wanton NoodlesImage Credit: Miss Tam Chiak

When you’re done shopping, pop over to Soi Petchburi 19 for the famed Braised Pork Rice and Thai Wanton Noodles at SabX2 Wanton Noodles.

Bangkok - MBK CentreMBK Center / Image Credit: Lonely Planet

Bangkok - Terminal 21 Shopping Centre
Terminal 21 Bangkok / Image Credit: James and Sarah Talalay

Other popular shopping malls include Union Mall, Shibuya 19, MBK Center, Terminal 21 Bangkok, and Pan Tip Plaza for electronic products.

Bangkok - Siam Discovery Shopping CentreSiam Discovery / Image Credit: Dezeen

Spend a full day exploring Siam Square, with Siam Paragon and CentralWorld offering high-end boutiques and entertainment.

Bangkok - Central Embassy Shopping Mall
Central Embassy Shopping Mall / Image Credit: picaidol

Looking for luxury goods? The EmQuartier and Central Embassy Shopping Mall will make any shopper’s face light up.

Floating Markets

Amphawa Floating Market
Amphawa Floating Market / Image Credit: Oriental Escape

Amphawa Floating MarketImage Credit: My Adventure Travel

Khlong Lat Mayom, Amphawa, and Bang Nam Pheung are among the most visited floating markets. Experience what it’s like to shop, get a massage, and enjoy a bowl of authentic boat noodles all on a ‘traditional’ wooden boat.

Street Markets

Bangkok - Chatuchak Weekend Market
Chatuchak Weekend Market / Image Credit: Travel Daily Asia

Haggling is part of the fun in shopping in Thailand, and the best places to do that are at the street markets.

Pick up anything from flip-flops to wooden handicrafts at the king of all street markets at Chatuchak Weekend Market (Chatuchak Market).

Bangkok - Chatuchak Weekend MarketImage Credit: Renta Travels

Bangkok - Chatuchak Weekend Market MapImage Credit: Chatuchak Weekend Market

Chatuchak Market is open only from Fridays to Sundays. Arm yourself with a map and lots of water as you conquer the ginormous market with more than 8,000 stalls!

When you get tired from the heat and squeezing through crowds (and you will), a scoop of delicious Thai coconut ice cream will perk you up instantly. Choose from a variety of toppings such as corn, barley, or even sticky rice.

Thai coconut ice cream
Image Credit: Seth Lui

Moo Ping (Grilled Pork Skewers)
Moo Ping (grilled pork skewers) / Image Credit: Eating Thai Food

You can also choose to take a seat for a quick meal to recharge and rest your feet. Mango sticky rice and papaya salad are great choices, but fried pancakes, grilled pork skewers, and fried quail eggs are perfect street market snacks.

Fried Quail EggsFried Quail Eggs / Image Credit: Spring Tomorrow

When the sun sets, it’s time for more shopping at the night markets!

Bangkok - Khao San Night Market
Khao San Night Market / Image Credit: Aroi Mak Mak

Khao San Night Market is one of the most popular night markets among backpackers due to the budget hostels surrounding it.

Bangkok - Talad Rod Fai SrinakarinTalad Rod Fai Srinakarin / Image Credit: Trazy

Another popular night market is the Talad Rod Fai Srinakarin Night Market, known for its retro décor and vintage products. We’re sure you’ll be able to manage a few hipster shots for your Instagram there!

Bangkok - Talad Rod Fai Srinakarin
Image Credit: Places And Foods

Bangkok - Talad Rod Fai Srinakarin
Talad Rod Fai Srinakarin / Image Credit: Living Nomads

It’s also known for one very entertaining vendor. Watch him perform while blending your Thai Iced Tea!

Jatujak (JJ) Green Night MarketJatujak (JJ) Green Night Market / Image Credit: edt guide

Another night market to visit for vintage loot is the Jatujak (JJ) Green Vintage Night Market, albeit smaller than Talad Rod Fai.

BOX SPACE RatchayothinImage Credit: edt guide

Talad Neon Night MarketImage Credit: Goozoom

BOX SPACE Ratchayothin and Talad Neon Night Market are perfect shopping destinations for couples. The evening is made more romantic with the pretty décor and dazzling light fixtures that sets them apart from the usual night markets. The food, drink and live entertainment come to life after dark, and it’s a must visit to BOX SPACE Ratchayothin if you wish to experience Thailand’s modern youth culture.

Check out this ultimate guide to Bangkok’s street markets as it covers other street markets that you can also visit.

Other Fun And Romantic Experiences

Café hop and spend the afternoon with your furry friends at a pet café!

Little Zoo CaféLittle Zoo Café / Image Credit: Brett Worth

Apart from the usual puppies, Little Zoo Café also has guinea pigs, parakeets, fennec fox and even Meerkats!

Tom Yum Kung Spaghetti at Little Zoo CaféTom Yum Kung Spaghetti at Little Zoo Café / Image Credit: Seth Lui

True Love (Husky) Café True Love (Husky) Café / Image Credit: Asia Trend

End the day with a romantic dinner as you cruise down the Chao Phraya River:

Chao Phraya RiverCruise Dining / Image Credit: Tristar Floating Restaurant

RiverboatRiverboat / Image Credit: No Destinations

Or ride the riverboat to Asiatique The Riverfront, where you can dine and enjoy the view of Asiatique Sky, Thailand’s tallest Ferris wheel. Other attractions that can be seen from a river cruise include Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn), the Grand Palace, and Rama VIII Bridge.

Rama VIII BridgeRama VIII Bridge / Image Credit: palmbook

Asiatique The RiverfrontAsiatique The Riverfront / Image Credit: No Destinations

The night bazaar by the waterfront houses over 1,500 boutiques and 40 restaurants, and you’ll have no problem spending the evening trying out delicacies and shopping for gifts. The riverboat is also a great opportunity to capture some scenic shots of the Bangkok evening.

Ko Dang Talay, seafood restaurant at Asiatique The RiverfrontKo Dang Talay, seafood restaurant at Asiatique The Riverfront / Image Credit:

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