A Shopaholic’s Guide to Bangkok By BTS Skytrain: Chitlom

From maze-like markets to mammoth malls, Bangkok is every shopaholic’s paradise. With everything available from quaint, local sea shell key-chain souvenirs to world-class designer goods, here’s an easy guide to navigating Bangkok’s immense city-centre shopping terrain on the Bangkok Mass Transit System (more commonly known as the BTS or Skytrain).

You might not be able to beat the heat but zipping above the jammed-packed roads on the Skytrain, you  will definitely beat the traffic…and that means more time for shopping!


In the heart of downtown Bangkok, Chitlom BTS station is connected to many shopping centres, featuring everything from branded designer goods to Thai handicrafts and some great restaurants too.

Central Chidlom

Source: www.centralretail.com

Source: www.centralretail.com

Take Exit 5. Opened in 1973, Central Chidlom is one of Bangkok’s oldest and first department stores. It has evolved with time and today is a shopper’s delight offering the best selection of brands and goods in categories ranging from home goods to baby to fashion. Not too large and not too small, Central Chidlom is just the right size for some productive shopping.

Address: 1027 Ploenchit Road, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330
Tel: +66 (0) 2 – 793 – 7777
Hours: Daily  from 10:00 – 22:00
Website: www.central.co.th/en/store/locations/central-chidlom/index.aspx

Central Embassy

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You can’t miss it as you exit the BTS station. Having recently opened in 2014, Central Embassy is right next door to Central Chidlom (both shopping centres are connected via walkway) and is one of the largest and most impressive malls in South-east Asia with its unique curving facade and interiors.Central Embassy is a shoppers haven with finely selected designer fashion, lifestyle and accessory brands as well as unique, one-of-a-kind eateries.

Address: 1031 Ploenchit Road, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330
Tel: +66 (0) 2 – 119 – 7777
Hours: Daily  from 10:00 – 22:00
Website: www.centralembassy.com


Source: www.pantip.com

Source: www.pantip.com

Once you exit the BTS turnstiles, walk for approximately five to ten minutes on the skywalk and look out for Exit 9 on the the right-hand side connecting to CentralWorld. It is the sixth largest mall in the world and features famous and popular local and international fashion brand such as Jaspal, Chaps, GAP, Forever 21, Bershka, TopShop, Dorothy Perkins and many, many more. Needless to say, CentralWorld is a must on your visit to Bangkok.

Within CentralWorld you will also find Japanese department store ISETAN and local department store ZEN. And you’re definitely going to need some recharging if you plan to make the most of a day here, so be sure to explore the various restaurants and food court on the 6th and 7th floors and the new GROOVE annex with even more stores and restaurants. The choices for dining can be overwhelming so you might find this Hungry Guide for CentralWorld handy. Have fun!

Address: 999/9, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330
Tel: +66 (0) 2 – 635 – 1111
Hours: Daily  from 10:00 – 22:00
Website: www.centralworld.co.th/en/ 


Amarin Plaza

Source: www.turismotailandes.com

Source: www.turismotailandes.com

Look out for Exit 6 when you exit the BTS turnstiles and it will lead you to Amarin Plaza. A shopping centre witha more local flair, you’ll especially enjoy shopping in the Thai Craft Market located on the 3rd floor, which features a everything from handmade tapestries to wooden souvenirs and ornate showpieces.

Address: 496-502 Ploenchit Road, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330
Tel: +66 (0) 2 – 650 – 4704
Hours: Daily  from 10:00 – 21:00
Website: www.amarinplaza.com

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