Regardless of why we’re traveling or on vacation, shopping always tends to be at the top of our to-do list. Whether you’re visiting Sukhumvit, Bangkok for the first time or are a returning visitor, you’re in for some excellent shopping adventures. Here are some of the top shopping centers in Sukhumvit, Bangkok.
Shopping at Terminal 21 will have you feeling like you’re visiting some of the largest cities in the world all under one roof. Each floor of this beautiful mall represents a different city from the shops and food they offer to the coordinating decorations.
You’ll experience a little of Tokyo, Paris, Rome, Hollywood, Istanbul and San Francisco. Of interest to many is that even though they have several large “brand name” stores, they also offer many small shops as well; you’ll even find European designer shops.
Their air conditioned atmosphere will make this one of your favorite stops, whether you’re here to shop, visit a delicious sushi bar, to see a movie or are in need of a hair cut or manicure. Terminal 21, which consists of a 9-story retail section and a 42-story hotel area, also has the world’s longest escalators.
Rain Hill Plaza [Sukhumvit 47]
Centrally located between the Thong Lor and Phrom Phong BTS stations, Rain Hill is an eco-friendly shopping mall that offers unique fashion outlets, specialist restaurants and the beauty of manicured trees everywhere.
Offering more than 30 lifestyle and health stores, as well as more than 20 restaurants, Rain Hill is a 5-story shopping extravaganza that has everything you could need in shopping and entertainment.
Their restaurants offer a wide variety of cuisine from fuss-free meals at unbeatable prices to exquisite international cuisine. If this delicious food quenches your thirst, you’ll love the various types of import beers, wine and cocktails they offer. Rain Hill is also a very popular shopping mall known to have the many hard-to-find items tourists love to bring back home. Small specialty shops, chic boutiques, his and her shops, beauty salons and more – you’ll find a little of everything at Rain Hill Plaza.
Gateway Ekamai Shopping Mall
Gateway Ekamai is an 8-story shopping mall that offers more than 93,000 square miles of fun in the way of specialty shops, international cuisine, fashion outlets, health stores, Japanese restaurants, beauty shops and an entertainment center, among many other attractions.
Of special interest to tourists and history buffs is the Japan Town zone, which features the Japanese restaurants that were the first stores opened in Thailand. In an effort to keep the kids entertained, Gateway Ekamai has the Molly Fantasy Kidzoona playground.
They also offer some of the cheapest food courts in the area. You don’t want to leave without trying their Hokkaido ice cream. If you’re into everything Japanese, Gateway Ekamai is the place to visit.
Located on Sukhumvit Road in the Khlong Toei district of Bangkok, the Emporium consists of a cinema multiplex, a department store, a grocery store, various upscale restaurants, childrens’ play centers and many fashion and trinket shops.
If you’re seeking exciting entertainment for the entire family, The Emporium will not disappoint you. With a variety of food that includes international cuisine, fast food courts, chic or classic restaurants, you’ll find that every type of palate is satisfied. In addition to being the first shopping mall to provide direct access to the Skytrain station, The Emporium was also the first to offer one-stop shopping under one roof (entertainment, dining, upscale shopping and a supermarket).
This exciting mall has three floors dedicated to fashion but also caters to the sports addict or technology-based shoppers. A little of everything is what you’ll find at The Emporium.
Nana Square Shopping Mall
Shoppers looking for a little of everything without having to walk miles through a large shopping mall will love this 5-floor shopping mall that offers fashion, souvenir, electronic, lingerie, handbag and sporting stores.
Nana Square also caters to the shoppers in need of currency exchange or simple banking transactions. If you or your family members feel lost without the virtual world, you’ll be delighted with their Internet café. This shop has not only a large variety of stores but also features some reasonable prices.
Another point of interest is that this shop is located close to the BTS Skytrain station. You’ll also find many hotels within the immediate area of Nana Square, such as President Palace, Royal Ivory and Adelphi Suites.
We’ve all heard the saying “appearance isn’t everything”, and never has this been more true than with the Sukhumvit Arcade.
Although it’s not exotic or elegant like some of the malls and plazas in the area, it is definitely a place to find some great souvenirs or unique gifts. If you’re not into brand names, you’ll love some of the stores that carry many replica products.
Shoppers will love the way the sellers are willing to negotiate prices so they’re almost guaranteed to walk away with great bargains. Whether it’s tailor shops, specialty stores, barber shops or food courts, you’ll find something to occupy your time.
It’s also a great place if you’re not a morning person because most of the shops don’t open until late afternoon. In fact, most of the excitement of this place can be found in the evenings! Sukhumvit Arcade also has many small stalls located along the streets between the Asoke and Nana Skytrain stations so strolling down the street at night can garnish a good bargain.