Where is the Best Shopping at Bangkok’s Riverside?
While it isn’t home to many shopping complexes, you will still find excellent opportunities to browse, buy, and admire anything from clothing to antiques. These shops do not have the super-low prices found elsewhere in Bangkok, but the goods are typically of high quality and many of these shopping sites are quite striking and interesting in their own right. Many are located near the hotels by the Riverfront itself. Be aware that some of the floating markets feature goods with prices that are significantly higher than what you can find elsewhere in the city.
Asiatique The Riverfront
Asiatique is a unique shopping complex that is also home to entertainment such as a ladyboy cabaret show. As for the shopping, you can visit a number of stores that sell clothing, accessories, souvenirs, and many other products. Asiatique is best reached by boat from Saphan Taksin. It is open from 5 p.m. to midnight.
The Oriental Plaza is one the best places to go to find luxury brands from around the world. You can find excellent souvenirs here or pick up some high-quality goods for yourself. The shopping complex is across from the Mandarin Oriental Hotel and perfectly complements the commitment to quality and service exhibited by the hotel. The Plaza is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
From Siam with Love
Located on Charoenkrung Road, From Siam with Love is the place to go for beautifully made and finely tailored clothing. There are many fabrics available so that you may have some fashion items designed for yourself, or purchase excellent ready-to-wear items for both men and women. Men and women will find not only clothing but also accessories here, many quite unusual and striking. It is open every day but Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Chao Phraya Tower Shopping Arcade
If you are looking for Thai goods, head to the Chao Phraya Tower Shopping Arcade. Here you can find fabrics such as silk, artwork, crafts and handmade goods, accessories, and more. The goods are of excellent workmanship. Chao Phraya Tower is located on Rongnamkhaeng Lane and is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Rivercity Shopping Complex
The Rivercity Shopping Complex has wonderful views of the river and is equally attractive for its many stores. The focus here is on antique items and as such there are regular auctions and sales devoted to collectibles and valuables. You can shop for clothing and accessories as well, or grab a bite to eat. It is next to the Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel and is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
OP Place is a fine building dating back to the early twentieth century. It is designed in the Neoclassical fashion that is as much of an attraction as the goods sold within it. OP Place contains a number stores spread out over three levels. Here you can visit art galleries featuring truly fine pieces, some antique. Also sold at OP Place are fabrics (including silk), jewelry, and furnishings. It is open from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and is located near Mandarin Oriental Hotel.
OP Garden is another historic structure located by the Riverside. Unlike OP Place, OP Garden carries many modern items but also emphasizes Thai products. Here you can find clothing, accessories, and decorating items. There are many stores set up in the concept style here and there are a number that sell handmade goods and artistic works. There are also two cafes in a lovely courtyard outside. OP Garden is open from 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and is located at Charoenkrung Soi.