Our first edition of The Face Off, we battled it out to determine which of these two is the preferred shopping haven of South East Asia. We paired our beloved shopping capital Bangkok with the land of pho, Ho Chi Minh City where the shops and bargains may surprise you.
Down-to-earth local glamour, Chatuchak weekend market is a shoppers’ haven with 27 sections and more than 10,000 booths to boast. Its vast selection include clothes, books, antiques and even pets. This open market is open on Fridays from 6pm – 12am and weekends from 9am – 6pm.
When Chatuchak closes at 6pm, one can head over next door to the JJ Green market for a taste of street food and unique vintage finds. The newer hipster-like market is the Artbox Market where pop-up stores and eateries are hosted in recycled shipping containers. Young hip locals frequent here for the spoilt-for-choice of streetwear brands and accessories.
Siam Central Station is a supreme shopping district for department store buffs with some of Thailand’s biggest malls. It is a gateway to stunningly designed malls Siam Paragon and Siam Discovery for people with hefty purses. Budget shopping can be done in an indoor market like MBK Center with over 2000 shops for fashion, IT gadgets and food. The largest wholesale mall in Bangkok is Platinum Fashion Mall where you can get tops and skirts for as low as RM20.