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Things to do in Bangkok • Shopping and spas

Get your shop on at Bangkok’s greatest boutiques and markets – then unwind with the city’s best Thai massage

Jim Thompson Museum, Bangkok, Thailand

Things to do in Bangkok: Take the silk route to Jim Thompson

Where to shop in Bangkok

Chatuchak Market, Bangkok, Thailand

All you need is at Chatuchak Market © Mark Parren Taylor

Bangkok’s best shopping vacillates between stand-alone stores like the Thai couturier Kai, known for his sumptuous gowns, the silk clothing and décor of Jim Thompson and malls and new markets such as the riverside night bazaar Asiatique. A wave of spectacular new malls, meanwhile, marry local and international brands with experimental architecture (such as Central Embassy, EmQuartier, Siam Square One), or novelty interiors (like Terminal 21).

Many Thai fashion labels like Issue grew from the tiny shoplets of Siam Square’s lanes into Siam Centre, which has undergone a handcrafted redesign. While Bangkok’s best market remains Chatuchak Weekend Market, stocking everything under the sweltering Thai sun, its northern annex ‘JJ Green’ is one of several new retro hipster night markets. The cheeky homewares by Propaganda also exemplify the inspired Thai design taste.


Bangkok shopping venue details

Kai Boutique Bangkok Cable Building, 187/1 Thanon Ratchadamri. +66 2251 0728-9.
Jim Thompson 9 Surawong Road. +66 2632 8100.
Asiatique 2194 Thanon Charoenkrung. +66 2108 4488.
Chatuchak Weekend Market Thanon Kamphaengphet. +66 2272 4440-1.
Propaganda Siam Discovery, 4th floor, Thanon Rama I. +66 2658 0430.

Where to get a Thai massage in Bangkok

Spas and traditional massage parlours apply Thai healing and herbal heritage in nearly every Bangkok street and hotel. The busy branches of Health Land offer clean, expert therapies at great value. Pampering, privacy and opulence increases with the price at Bangkok’s best spas – check out the two Oasis Spa sanctuaries for prime examples. 


Bangkok spa and massage venue details

Health Land 120 Thanon Sathorn Tai at Soi 12. +66 2637 8883.
Oasis Spa 64 Sukhumvit Soi 31. +66 2262 2122. 


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