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Shopping and dining are both very popular pastimes among the residents of Bangkok, which makes this the perfect place to take a break. Vibrant night markets can be found in many districts of the city and all of these colourful shopping zones feature food stalls. Large food courts can also be found in all of Bangkok’s main shopping malls, while the city is also known for its world class international restaurants that attract gourmet diners from all over the world.
Sukhumvit Soi 11
This vibrant street is lined with some of the best international restaurants in Bangkok, which serve up everything from gourmet hamburgers to fine Italian cuisine and dishes flown in straight from Australia. People who want to indulge in a spot of shopping before they dine will find a large number of street stalls set up alone the main road that joins Soi 11, and some of the goodies that can be found here include DVDs, souvenirs, t-shirts and counterfeit watches.
This vibrant market is held on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the year and features hundreds of stalls that sell just about everything imaginable under the sun. Of course, holidays to Thailand will be more exciting if you visit Bangkok with your friends, and browsing for bargains as a group can be a lot of fun. In addition to clothes, bags, house ware and all manner of other items, Chatuchak Market also boasts a large number of food stalls and restaurants, which are great places to pause for a while.
This upmarket shopping centre specialises in products from some of the world’s leading designers such as Dolce & Gabbana. Not only is Siam Paragon a great place to escape from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok for a while, the ground floor also features an excellent food court. In addition to branches of some of the world’s most popular fast food franchises, this food court also contains stalls that offer reasonably priced Thai dishes.
This vibrant street is a great place to indulge in a little people watching and really let your hair down, especially after dark. The whole road is lined with street stalls that mainly cater to the backpacking crowd and sell travel essentials such as adapters and padlocks as well as clothing and accessories. There are also some excellent international and Thai restaurants to be found along Khaosan Road.