These Stores Are Reason Enough To Book A Trip To Bangkok

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One of the best aspects of traveling is bringing home tokens that mark the trip — be it handmade sandals or the perfect vintage T-shirt. In fact, travel is often the best way to justify an all-out shopping spree. And as far as shopping capitals go, Bangkok is one of the world’s best. From sprawling mega-malls that feel like cities in themselves to vintage shops tucked behind street-food carts to charming boutiques touting popular Thai designers, Bangkok has a shopping vibe that is entirely its own.
If you’ve always wanted to explore the city but didn’t know quite where to begin, we’ve got you covered. In partnership with Korean Air, which offers convenient flights to Bangkok via Seoul, South Korea, we’re bringing you the very best shops that give fashion-conscious travelers a true taste of the city. And while Thailand might be a bit of a trek from the U.S., you can kill time during the flight by curling up with a blanket, a glass of wine from Korean Air’s in-flight collection, and one of many movies on your personal TV. You’ll even get free slippers. Hit the ground refreshed and ready to shop at these top Bangkok boutiques.
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Mall culture is deeply ingrained in the Bangkok shopping scene, but EmQuartier is more than just your average mall. A luxury liner of upscale shopping (complete with an IMAX theater, waterfalls, a climbing wall, a swimming pool, and even sleeping pods), the mall is comprised of three zones: the Glass Quartier with high-end fashion and beauty brands, the Helix Quartier, packed with food and beverage options, and the Waterfall Quartier, which houses more than 60 Thai fashion brands.

The Waterfall Quartier will be your stop. Make sure to stop into Sendada*, founded by Thai designer Chanita Preechawitayakul, who fuses vintage vibes with sophistication and femininity. Next, hit Disaya, which boasts bold and colorful geometric and animal prints. Lastly, don’t miss Tutti, which focuses on elegantly understated dresses made with lace and chiffon.

EmQuartier, 637 Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok, Thailand; +66-2-269-1000.
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Siam Center

Another Bangkok institution, Siam Center is a hub of art, fashion, technology, and entertainment — it’s also home to more than 200 international and Thai brands, including lots of local designers. And while you can certainly snag your favorite international labels here, the real discoveries are to be found at the tinier boutiques. Embrace the eccentric at Wonder Anatomie, which offers abstract prints and unexpected materials (the store itself is also a head-turner, with a ceiling designed to look like skeletal remains). Then, wander over to Pony Stone for a mashup of trends, from ripped T-shirts and destroyed jeans to everything denim and fur to sequins and slits.

Siam Center, 979 Rama 1 Road, Bangkok, Thailand; +66-02-658-1000.
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(un)Fashion Vintage

Part vintage store, part cafe, (un)Fashion Vintage is the place to go if you’re looking for quality vintage leather. You’ll find a well-curated selection of bags and shoes (sourced from Europe, North America, and Asia) popping off of shelves, overflowing out of baskets, and literally hanging from the ceilings. The shop also offers one of the best cups of coffee in town inside its bright and cozy café, where you can post up on a cushion-lined bench and take stock of all your incredible new leather finds.

(un)Fashion Vintage, Ekkamai Soi 10, Bangkok, Thailand; +66-2-726-9592.
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Open House

Think of Open House as a coworking space meets a small village of shopping and dining. Perched 164 feet above Bangkok in the Central Embassy complex, the space features restaurants, bars, galleries, pop-ups, and workspaces. While everything there is worth exploring, make sure you hit the Open House Bookshop by Hardcover, specializing in rare and out-of-print books. Open House’s Art Tower is also a must for any aspiring artist, offering unique tools and materials. And don’t miss the Design Shop, which houses a collection of curated products by local artists, like ceramics, jewelry, and wooden pieces.

Open House, Level 6, Central Embassy, 1031 Ploenchit Road, Bangkok, Thailand; +66-2-119-7777.
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The name says it all. Located on the fourth floor of Siam Discovery, a newer shopping center where each floor is dedicated to one area of specialty, Ecotopia is a treasure trove of all things eco-friendly. Here, you’ll find Thai-made products that are all environmentally friendly — from clothes to cosmetics to fresh produce to stationery.

Ecotopia, 989 Rama I Road, Bangkok, Thailand; +66-2-658-1000.
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Terminal 21

Take a trip around the world at this unique concept store, where each floor is named after a different international city. Though the shops don’t necessarily reflect said destinations, each floor does boast the corresponding cuisine. While most floors house international brands, in the Istanbul section, you'll find one-of-a-kind vendor-style shops that are unique to Bangkok, including Vara, a high-quality leather fashion house. You’re here for one of the shop’s bags, which are both practical and stylish (they’re also available in over 15 different styles and all different colors, so there’s truly something for everyone). Our favorite is the “Naked” bag, a bucket bag with drawstrings that’s easy to throw all your daily necessities into.

Terminal 21, 88 Soi Sukhumvit 19, Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok, Thailand; +66-02-108-0888.
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The Trapeze Swingers

This vintage hideaway tucked amid street-food stalls, bars, and backpacker hotels is a place you’ll want to take your time in. Make your way through the two stories of clothing, accessories, handbags, and even vinyl to uncover some of the more unique vintage pieces the city has to offer.

The Trapeze Swingers, 15 Chana Songkhram Alley, Bangkok, Thailand; +66-86-332-1045.
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Camp BKK

Parked right in the heart of one of the busiest sections of the city, Camp BKK is full of reasonably priced womenswear designers and is a favorite amongst Bangkok-based twenty- and thirtysomethings. Here, you’ll find everything from lightweight dresses and jumpsuits to colorful sunglasses and sandals.

Camp BKK, Siam Square Soi 5, Bangkok, Thailand; +66-2-252-2334.
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Thonglor Art Village

Tucked away from the throngs of overcrowded shopping neighborhoods, the Thonglor district is a vintage shopper’s treasure chest. The Art Village in particular is home to some of the city’s best vintage dresses, jewelry, bags, and decor, spread between two very full rooms. Make sure to first browse the entrance rack, where everything is priced at 100 Thai baht (a little over $3).

Thonglor Art Village, 353/1 Sukhumvit Rd, Bangkok, Thailand; +66-85-145-4691.
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