Bargain Hunting for Couples in Thailand
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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).
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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!
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MBK Center / Image Credit: Lonely Planet
Terminal 21 Bangkok / Image Credit: James and Sarah Talalay
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Amphawa Floating Market / Image Credit: Oriental Escape
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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.
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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).
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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.
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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.
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When the sun sets, it’s time for more shopping at the night markets!
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Khao San Night Market is one of the most popular night markets among backpackers due to the budget hostels surrounding it.
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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!
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It’s also known for one very entertaining vendor. Watch him perform while blending your Thai Iced Tea!
Jatujak (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.
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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!
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 Café / Image Credit: Seth Lui
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Riverboat / 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.
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Asiatique 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.
The Deals Just Get Better
In celebration of ASEAN@50, enjoy special rates on flights and hotels when you book via Singapore Airlines or SilkAir here, and via Shangri-La Resorts and Hotels here. The holiday season is drawing near — what are you waiting for?