Bangkok and Hong Kong are among Asia’s top shopping hubs, with shopping venues ranging from sprawling air-conditioned malls to colorful street markets. These lively cities have something to please everyone, from seasoned shopaholics to thrifty bargain-hunters. Confused about where to shop in Bangkok and Hong Kong? Here are some of the most popular shopping destinations in both places.
Whether you’re looking for designer clothes and jewellery or traditional Thai handicrafts, you’ll find it in Bangkok’s lively shopping scene. Here are some of the best places to spend your baht in Bangkok.
Platinum Fashion Mall
The Platinum Fashion Mall specializes in wholesale clothing and fashion accessories. Its four floors are tightly packed with 1300 stores. One simple way of saving money here is to buy in large quantities. You can save about 10-30% per piece by buying 3 or more of any item. Particularly popular with women, this mall is perfect for serious shoppers looking for bustling fun and excellent savings.
Chatuchak Weekend Market
The Chatuchak Market, also known as JJ Market, was once visited mainly by traders and wholesalers. Now, however, it’s an important landmark and a hugely popular tourist destination. Its collection of merchandise is so diverse, you’ll literally want to shop until you drop. It’s the perfect spot to try out your bargaining techniques, and skilled shoppers will find they can get some amazing deals. Be sure to buy if you see something you like because, in this maze of shops, it can be tough to navigate your way back to a particular stall.
The MBK mall is extremely popular among tourists and locals alike. It has 8 floors with 2000 shops, where you can find everything here from handbags, fashion accessories, clothing, and shoes to mobile phones, computer parts, electronic equipment, and stationery. Like in the markets, stores here allow bargaining, and you have the potential to land excellent discounts. Keep an eye out for sale promotions, exhibitions and other events in the centre area of the ground level. The mall also has a large food court and game arena.
The streets of Hong Kong are so overflowing with shops, boutiques, street markets, and malls, that you barely need to look for a place to shop because shopping can take place just about anywhere. As a free port, basic items for sale in Hong Kong come without any duties, sales tax or import tax, making it one of the best places in the world for bargains. Here are some of the most popular places to shop in Hong Kong.
Mong Kok (including Ladies Market)
Although this place is a bit congested, it’s excellent for some real shopping fun. This area includes a famous ladies’ market, originally named for the large amount of women’s clothing and accessories for sale. The name, however, is a bit of a misnomer, since this market sells all kind of women’s, men’s and children’s clothes, as well as bags, sporting goods, electrical items, home furnishings, CDs, and other souvenirs. In the streets of Mong Kok, you’ll find a wide range of items, including flowers, goldfish, birds, kitchenware, sneakers, and wedding apparel. In short, you’ll find just about anything here at bargain rates, so be ready to put your haggling skills to the test.
Temple Street Night Market
Temple Street Market comes alive after 4 pm and stays open late. Visitors can find fashion accessories, clothing, and other goods at this lively night market. You can get huge price discounts if you’re willing to bargain. After the sun goes down, the market fills with fortune tellers and opera singers, adding to the atmosphere of this buzzing market. If you’re looking for souvenirs, you’ll find a fantastic selection of tea ware, trinkets, antiques, and jade.
City Gate Outlet Mall at Tung Chung
The City Gate Mall has more than 80 international brands, all sold at about 10-70% discounts year-round. The mall features natural skylights that provide a relaxing atmosphere. In addition to the extensive shopping facilities, there’s also a 6-screen multiplex, as well as many dining options. This mall isn’t just another leisure destination, but a gateway to attractions like Asia World Expo, Non Ping 360, and Hong Kong Disneyland.
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