As someone who prides herself on her ability to shop well and efficiently, I would like to share with you what my girlfriends and I have learned over our last few days here in Bangkok. We focused our efforts at MBK mall, connected to the BTS/Skytrain station called National Stadium. Here, you can pretty much find anything and everything under the sun while enjoying the benefits of air conditioning .
To get a sense of what you should actually pay (and if your time allows) spend one day doing recon, asking about pricing and try to barter when possible. Then return the following day, in the morning and buy buy buy. The morning is key as we learnt that shop keepers have a belief that they need to secure their first sale as soon as possible as this will set a positive tone for rest of their business day (meaning they may be a bit more generous with discounting!).
In terms of strategy, you’ve heard that saying, “Dress for success”? Well in this case, dress to maximize your shopping ability. MBK is a couple football fields long and 7 floors high, so wear shoes that will allow you to cover a lot of ground. Depending on whether you can fit into the Thai sizes, consider wearing clothes that are easy to try stuff on over or under to save time (think: tank top and skirt for ladies)
And take breaks, rest up – it can be overwhelming. The best food court (aka the Thai food court) with prices that are 1/3 the price of the dishes served at the “international food court” is on the 6th floor. Or if want to chill out and get away from the busy pace of the food court head up to the 7th floor and try one of the reasonably priced restaurants.
Cap your day off by snapping a picture in front of one of the I (heart) MBK signs with all of your shopping bags and goods!