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The Emporium
The Emporium
#About Bangkok's High-End Mall

The Emporium is one of Bangkok's luxury malls. It is located in Sukhumvit, and offers six floors with everything you can buy with money, but with an emphasis on high quality and expensive products.

The elegant and rich atmosphere here is a must. Everything is sparkle clean, there are no bargaining here or acting wild.

To the Emporium, since it's attached to the train station, is easy to get to, through a pedestrian bridge. A visit here does not have to end with endless shopping bags as in other popular shopping areas, but is still a must visit.



#What Will You See Here?

The different floors at the malls are divided by categories:

Floor 1 - Mostly international luxury brands, such as Dior, Mont Blanc, Prada, Channel, Louis Vuitton, Cartier and Hermes.

Floors 1 & 2 - International popular brands that are more economical, such as H&M, Calvin Klein, Diesel, Paul Smith, Zara, and Armani.

Floor 3 - Consumer goods, such as bookstores, gadget stores, computers and electronics, office supplies, and sporting equipment.

Floor 4 - Expensive decorating products, boutique design shops, lighting products, luxury furniture and high-class home cookware - all designer.

Floor 5 - Luxury food court, expensive and high quality.

Floor 6 - Design bookstores, performance center, high-tech movie theater with temporary exhibits with free entrance.

The Emporium also has a large supermarket, has a section in each of the six floors. There are clothes, shoes, cosmetics, furniture and design. Here you can find all the high-end cosmetic brands, such as Lancome, Estee Lauder and MAC.



#Tips

At the Emporium, as opposed to markets and the MBK, it's not customary to bargain.

In the Emporium is an excellent food court, of the best in the city.



#A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/j5KcbbtID_c



#The Excellent Emporium Food Court:

https://youtu.be/unuorEZJ6Y4
Siam Paragon
Siam Paragon
#About Bangkok's Luxury Mall

Siam Paragon Mall is one of the largest and most luxurious shopping malls in Bangkok, Thailand and Asia. It is located in a central spot in the city, facing the intersection of the stations of the two lines of the Skytrain, making it the center of Bangkok. This is a shopping mall where those who can afford shop, and tourists visiting the city.

The mall has fashion stores of world-class designers, alongside fashion houses and leading international brands, from Dior, and Prada, to Zara and Mango.

The mall also offers a variety of shops, restaurants, 15 movie theaters, an aquarium and an underwater observatory, one of the most impressive in East Asia, an opera house and the flagship store of Ferrari cars in Thailand.



#What is at the Mall?

The first impressive floor is all fashion stores. There are flagship stores for all the fashion icons and leaders of the fashion industry, like Dior, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Versace, Chanel, Jimmy Choo, Rolex, Burberry, and Marc Jacobs. Notice the big fountain out front, a popular photo spot.

On the first floor, which is also dedicated to fashion, there are international fashion brands, very popular and less expensive than the prestigious entrance. Here are notable brands such as Gap, Armani, H & M, Zara, Mango, Hugo Boss and others.

On the second and third floors are leisure and lifestyle stores. Here you will meet a variety of beauty shops, cosmetics and hair styling. Alongside them are design stores, furniture, technology products and showrooms for luxury cars such as Ferrari.

On the fourth floor is the restaurant complex, with the floor centering a variety of computer and technology stores, of Bangkok's quality. Even if it is possible to buy cheaper computer equipment in other malls in Bangkok, here they are careful about the quality of the products, the service and the professional advice, so that they will not sell you anything fake. On the floor are also fabric stores, textiles and handicrafts, alongside souvenirs, essential oils and more.

On the fifth floor, the entertainment floor, there are 15 movie theaters. Some offer huge screens, one of the largest in Asia. Others offer VIP halls - a great experience of a pampering cinema, with double seating on large comfortable leather armchairs, blankets for cuddling and free refreshments and entertainments. After the movie you will also find a bowling alley and other entertainment experiences on the floor.

The basement floor is Bangkok's Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World, which has a great underwater observatory.



#Tips

At information on the ground floor, as for a tourist discount card, gives 5% percent off at all stores.

Twice a year are end of the season sales. Try shopping during these times.

On the second store is a huge spice store, where you can buy spices from all over the world.

If you are all done here and want to keep shopping, the famous MBK is only 5 minutes away.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/eF-eJawTOCg
MBK
MBK
#About Bangkok's Huge Mall Empire

You may not have heard of Ma Boon Krong, but some people when they hear the abbreviation MBK experience an easy tingling of the shopping fever... This is a mall that teenagers in Bangkok like very much, but not only them. When it opened in 1985, it was the largest shopping mall in Asia.

MBK is a huge shopping center in Bangkok with 8 floors and 2,000 shops and restaurants, with about 100,000 visitors a day, half of them Thai and most of the rest tourists.

The popular MBK Mall is linked to Siam Square and the Siam Shopping Center via a pedestrian bridge. Its location, at the intersection of the Rama I and Paya Thai streets, guarantees a lot of traffic for buyers and the excellent prices as one of the competitive places in the capital of Thailand and Asia in general.

By the way, the name of the MBK is from the names of the parents of the entrepreneur who founded it, "Ma" and "Boon Krong". If you're in the shopping arcade, look at the ground floor of the huge canyon, you can see the statues of his parents, after which one of the pilgrimage destinations of the consumers visiting Bangkok is named. Here too, as you must have already understood, you are in a kind of temple ...



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/kJmwkoGjZaU



Merchandise:

https://youtu.be/Iy-EkpB7NzM



Another Look:

https://youtu.be/TOC3oN1j3d0
Skytrain
Skytrain
#About the Efficient Train that Rides Above the City

The Skytrain, or its full name, "BTS Skytrain," is a system for transporting many people efficiently in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand. The name is short for Bangkok Transit System Skytrain.

Beyond being a great attraction for kids, and in a way the whole family, this is a great system that is above the city, and its fastness is considered a sort of "fiction." The way between Siam Square to the Sathon district, is a world record breaking 10-minute ride!

The Skytrain, which was officially opened on December 5, 1999, has two lines. The Green Line, Sukhumvit Line, leads North and East from the Siam station. The second is the Turquoise Line, leading South and West.


#Tips

The Skytrain will be perfect for a day of shopping, it allows for a quick transportation between malls and central areas in the city.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/4ri_XaX4UYk

Shopping in Bangkok

Pratunam Market
Pratunam Market
#About Bangkok's Indoor Market

Pratunam Market is one of the most popular and largest markets in Bangkok. This is an indoor market, which will remind more of a mall than a typical market. The combination of an amazingly inexpensive, indoor and huge complex, which in the summer is also air-conditioned and is an excellent escape from the heat and humidity of the Thai capital, makes the shopping here a great experience. A truly tourist shopping paradise.

Among the market stalls you will find a huge variety of products. There seems to be everything here and dirt cheap. From clothing, footwear, toys, computers and electronics to cosmetics, fragrances, toiletries and whatnot ... It's important to be aware that most of the brands you see here are fake, but at least what locals here call cynically, an "original copy."

Along with the endless shopping that this market offers, you can relax in the rest area, offering indulgent cafes and massages for your feet and shoulders, just what you'll need to carry your busy shopping bags from here.

A little rest from the bustle of shopping and the crowd of people who are crowded here in the shopping area will also provide you with a dining experience.



#Tips

Prices in this market are particularly low and cheap. Bargaining is permitted, but haggle a little and politely and do not overdo it, because the merchants here offer cheap prices already and often cannot give more discount than they give.

The imitations here are accurate and look great, but it is important to check every product you buy, because the quality here is not always high. Remove clothes from a sealed package and examine them. Check that appliances are working and try as much as possible for each item you choose here.



A Closer look:

https://youtu.be/DXspZQUdhBE
Pak Khlong Talat
Pak Khlong Talat
#About Bangkok's Flower Market

Pak Khlong Talat is open 24 hours a day, and in this covered market, you can see an unimaginable number and colors of flowers, in bouquets, decorations, or in any form. This market is a wonderful destination, vibrant and popular for photos in the city.

The origin of the market's name means, "Market of the meeting canals," is near the Chao Phraya River.

This is the largest wholesale and retail flower market in the Bangkok area, and Thailand's most important source of fresh flowers. Here you can see rare and flower-based works of art, such as flower sculptures and animal models made of flowers.

Besides flowers, you can find at the market an endless supply of accessories for flowers and flower bouquets. There are varieties of vases, ribbons, and other decorations. Flower enthusiasts can also find here many things to bring home.

The high peaking hours of the market are during the nights and early mornings. During the evenings boats come to the river and dock on the pier near the market, and unload the supply of flowers from near and far. From all around Thailand, hundreds of trucks arrive, that unload their flower supplies. In a short amount of time, many of these flowers are sold in big bundles that will be distributed to flower stores, temples that will sell flowers to followers, and hotels and businesses around Bangkok.



#What will you see at the Flower Market?

The huge flower market in front of you is actually a collection of five different and adjacent markets, creating a colorful celebration of colors, shapes and smells. In the market, which covers a wide area, you will see a huge selection of varieties of flowers and plants, along with bouquets, necklaces and very beautiful flower decorations.

Amongst the hundreds of stalls crowded with flowers in the market, you'll see quite a few stalls that offer flower arrangements for special events, such as weddings and birthdays, and flower arrangements for various festive and ritual purposes. An in-depth look will show you women sitting in the market stalls themselves and making bouquets of flowers and prayer beads, decorations and animals from flowers, beautiful flower chains and more. Pay attention to the patience with which they do their jobs and the fact that many of them have babies children,and that they sit there hours on end each day waiting on their moms.

Along with the flower sellers in the colorful market, you can also see vegetable stalls, fruit and spices and even tiny restaurants, one or two tables serving market workers and visitors.



#Flowers in the Market

In Bangkok's Flower Market you will see a wide variety of flowers and beautiful local flowers. You will see endless varieties of flower grown here, like lotus, jasmine, roses, and gerberas. There are also imported flowers sold here, like irises and tulips.

But without a doubt, the king of this market is the orchid. This is the most popular flower in the market. See here the dozens of orchid varieties, sticking out in all sorts of places with different sizes and colors. If you are an orchid fan, you will feel in heaven here. When you are surrounded by all the colors and sizes possible, you will definitely take photos and treasure these memories.



#History of the Flower Market

Bangkok's Flower Market is over 200 years old. This was originally a fish market for fish and seafood. During the second half of the 20th century the market turned into the flower market you see today, when bit by bit more flowers were brought and sold here. The success has been so big, that more and more merchants come here. Slowly flowers became the main symbol of this market, and this became the flower market for all of Thailand.



#Tips

A special visit to this market is after midnight, when vendors receive their supplies and the market is in full force, but very different than during the day. Most of the big deals happen here between the hours 2 am and 6 am.

If you decide to visit here, visit early in the morning. If you come here before 10 am, then you won't suffer from the large amounts of tourists and crowds.

Bargain - Vendors here mean business. The prices here are usually high, because of the popularity among tourists. Make sure to bargain for a good price, and if you didn't get what you were looking for, move one to the next stall.



A Closer Look at the Bangkok Flower Market:

https://youtu.be/wlwCMCCPI2s



A Day In Bangkok's Flower Market:

https://youtu.be/ydZzI4paxOw
Wat Mahathat
Wat Mahathat
#About the Market of Talismans and Ancient Medicine Near the Monastery

Wat Mahathat Monastery, meditation center and talisman market nearby, are great places to see the daily activities of the Buddhists in Thailand. It seems that it has been able to maintain its authenticity much more than the over-toured temples in Bangkok. This place's advantage is its modest architecture and history, compared to the fact that its purpose is more education and religious, rather than for groups of tourists.

Wat Mahathat, built during the kingdom of Ayutthaya, has an important role in the daily lives of the monks and believers in Bangkok. Religious ceremonies take place here, the temple flourishes with education and learning in Buddhist philosophy. Among the believers, many foreign travelers come here to receive lessons in meditation, which happen here daily.

Not any less than the daily meditation and the religious monks here, who spend hours huddled over religious texts, Wat Mahathat is distinct in its belief in talismans, these are spread out in front for visitors to see in the market, the lucky charms and the defenders of bad luck, stands out in Wat Mahathat.

The monastery is a center for Buddhism in Thailand and its neighbors. Because of its vast importance, the market has become so big and important as well. Many charms are sold here, with the promise to protect against evil spirits and bad luck. The atmosphere at the market, which is near the temple's gates, reminds a little of a flea market, however the items sold here are of great importance for Buddhists, and are treated with great respect.



#The Buddhist University at the Monastery

The central place of importance for the Buddhist monastery in Southeast Asia is the Buddhist University of Mahathat Rajavidyalaya, which is also here. Many monks from Thailand study here, along with those from Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia who study here.

Many tourists are not satisfied by wandering through the alleyways of Wat Mahathat and its surroundings, but also study and practice meditation, led by monks.



#Tips

Here you can join a meditation class in English, happening here every day.

After touring the place you can eat here, at the restaurants overlooking the river.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/eRLRsrdMypU
Khaosan Road
Khao San Road
#About the Backpacker Road in Bangkok

Imagine a short street crowded with taxis and tuk-tuks, which are a kind of three-wheeled taxis, lots of billboards and backpackers moving on their way to their guesthouses. This is not India - it is Khao San, or Kawasan, a short street in the center of Bangkok, which is the backpacker center of the city.

Its convenient location, in the district of Bangalampu, about a kilometer from the King's Palace, makes Kao San the perfect place in Bangkok for cheap accommodation. That's why this is Bangkok's bustling backpacker center. Those who stay here are usually traveling on a tight budget, and love the endless activity 24 hours a day, when there is always something happening here.

But even for those who do not sleep here, it is worth visiting this lively and young street and experiencing the shock of the guesthouses, hostels, along with an unbelievable abundance of food stalls, restaurants, bars, clubs, shops for everything possible, women wearing braided hair or dreadlocks and Thai massage facilities.

Beyond the cheap lodging neighborhood, many here will note that the word "Khao-san" has long become a kind of mantra in backpackers in Thailand. For many of them this is a kind of paradise for backpackers, and no less. This street is an open center for young people, artists, art students, tourists with backpacks and young people from Bangkok who come here to listen to music, drink and dance in clubs along the street.

Incidentally, in Thai "Khao San" means "delicate rice." Here was once the central rice market of Bangkok. Even today, the streets are full of incredible variety of Pad Thai stalls and a variety of Thai delicacies, at ridiculous prices. Next to them are countless restaurants, with food from all over the world and spices. There's everything here, from Indian food to Italian, Chinese, Japanese, American and more.

Enjoy!



#Tips

From Khao San Road many tours depart, and transportation to many tourist destinations around Thailand. There are many travel agencies who offer deals to places like Chiang Mai in the north, Koh Phangan in the south and also to nearby countries, visas and transportation.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/lUwFJV2ax7Y


Chatuchak Market
Chatuchak Market
#About the Huge Weekend Market of Bangkok

Chatuchak Market, or the Chatuchak Weekend Market, is considered one of Thailand's largest markets, or even the largest market. With 27 different areas, which offer 15,000 booths to about 200,000 visitors each weekend, most of them locals, it is no wonder that this market is so cheap. This is an amazing flea market.

From clothes and household products to pets and exotic foods - you can find everything here. There is a huge supply of objects and products - from clothes, bags and shoes to kitchen utensils, jeans, wood sculptures, furniture, kitchen equipment, flower pots, plants and gardening supplies. This is a paradise for those looking for bargains and a perfect place to buy gifts for family and friends at home.

Add the habit of haggling here and you'll have great opportunities, to find the stunning things that will be a real find.

The areas in this very large market are numbered. Among them are many who love Zone 1, where Vintage and second-hand products, like old cameras and radios, Siam ancient posters and more. Zones 2-6 and 10-26 sell clothes and accessories and in Zones 8-11 there are ceramics, handicrafts, housewares, furniture and gardening products, food, drinks, books, art and used clothes.

Bangkok's flea market has a variety of food stands, fresh tropical drinks and good restaurants, such as the one between the Zones 1 and 26, which offers excellent fried chicken and papaya salad.



#Tips

Spend at least half a day on the giant market.

The market operates only on Saturdays and Sundays. Try arriving in the morning hours, because in the afternoon there are always crowd of visitors.

At the information booth at the entrance to the market you can get a map of the various areas.

Bargaining and price comparisons are acceptable here, but with a smile please.

It's hot and humid here and very crowded! - Wear light, comfortable clothes and comfortable shoes and bring a bottle of drinking water and a convenient bag for new shopping.

Beware of pickpockets!

Please note that removing antiques and even good imitations requires a special permit in Thailand.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/Wx2ANAoMkKI
China Town Yaowarat
#About Bangkok's Vibrant Chinese District

Already at the entrance to China Town, the Chinese District of Bangkok, from the direction of the train station Hua Lamphong, you will see the Chinese gates beautifully decorated at the entrance. This is one of the more special "China Towns" around the world.

On the main street Yaowarat you can see barbershops, and stores for gold and jewelry, reminders of Chinese temples, various Chinese pharmacies and traditional drug stores. There are also shops for spices, sweets and exotic delicacies, not necessarily appetizing for Westerners, such as bird nests and dried shark fins.

To China Town in Bangkok you don't necessarily need to come for the shopping, but also to enjoy the look and feel. Not any less exciting than the beauty of the district, but the great people watching that can be done here. Most of the residents of the districts are descendants of Chinese immigrants who came to Bangkok during the rule of King Rama I.

Many visitors come here for the lively and vibrant shopping centers in the district. In a few colorful streets, crowded and full of people, there are hundreds of stalls selling anything that can be imagined. Clothes, textiles, souvenirs, ancient items and clocks, and flowers, endless food products and knock-offs at low prices - this is one of the main shopping areas in town.

For its cheap prices, compared to other areas in the city, and thanks to the picturesque district, there is no better place to enjoy shopping than here.

At the center and at the main area of the district is an incredible food area filled with people, a variety of restaurants and stalls here offer sweets and desserts. From baked banana over coals and traditional Chinese food, Thai food, as well as exotic Chinese flavors.



#Tips

Chinese New Year's is celebrated here in February. For the parades and ceremonies, parts of the streets are closed off to transportation and the mood here is excellent.

At the Vegetarian Festival held here each October, stalls offer a variety of vegetarian traditional Chinese and Thai dishes. Many of those who keep Kosher tend to eat here during this festival, because usually many of the dishes contain meats.

Many of the celebrations are concentrated in the area near the Wat Mangkon Kamalawat Temple.

China Town is between Yaowarat and Ratchaongsi streets in Bangkok.

In the district is the Sampeng Lane Market that crosses the street and where walking around is recommended.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/TLgsY5mOMGo


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