Nearby Silom Road is the commercial heart of Bangkok and is home to dozens of smart shops and arcades. Surawong Road is nearby and is also popular, while Patpong Road runs between the two and really comes alive at night with its market and sexy bars.
You will find the likes of the Gaysorn Plaza, Peninsula Plaza, and Central department store in this area, along with other high-fliers. Central World Plaza is good for handicrafts and Gaysorn for jewelry. You can shop here all times of the day and year.
Best seen in the morning for the shopping to avoid the incessant heat, Yaowarat Road and Sampheng Lane are the main Chinatown thoroughfares. They feature a profusion of typical Chinese medicinal outlets and red and gold jewelry shops. Nearby is Ban Mo Jewelry Street and Old Siam Plaza, other popular traditional shopping places.
Suan Lum Night Bazaar
One of the main shopping experiences can be had at Suan Lum Night Bazaar, which is open-air and is popular with tourists and locals. You can pick up cheap clothes, souvenirs and food here. It also comes with a large food court and beer gardens and is noisy and lively.
Bangkok shopping tips
Wear cool clothes, as Bangkok is always hot, and do your market shopping in the morning (avoid rush hour) if you can. Always compare prices between one stall and the next and don't be afraid to ask for a discount even in a swanky store with fixed prices. Be sure to check for any flaws when shopping at the market and ask for tax forms at the big stores.