Bangkok Hangover: BTS (Sukhumvit Line) Guide

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Bangkok is made for shopping. We spent most of our post-event days just riding the BTS and going to shopping places. Therefore, here's a guide going around Bangkok by BTS. This is to actually save money from taxis that can rip you off as much as tuktuks.

We went to four shopping places: Naraya shop beside Emporium, Mah Boon Krong (MBK) Center, Chatuchak weekend market and Narai Phang Royal Thai Government Handicrafts Center. Here is a guide going to each place via BTS. We were staying at Ibis Nana so our reference station is the Nana station. 

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It's important to purchase a Smartpass ticket for your stay. It's their version of our MRT's stored value ticket. We got ours as a giveaway at our conference.

Naraya shop beside Emporium
Naraya has an impressive collection of bags and quilted items. They're quite cheap. You can buy a big bag fit for your laptop for just 470 Baht*. Makeup pouches are around 60-90 Baht. They come in every girly color and pattern possible. Basic colors are red, black, blue, gold, and purple. Basic patterns are animal print, polka dots and stripes.

To go to the two-floor store of Naraya beside Emporium (another shopping place), ride the BTS (Sukhumvit line) and get off at Phrom Phong station.

Chatuchak Weekend Market (Sat-Sun open until 6pm)
We came past 5pm of a Sunday at Chatuchak so we weren't able to spend all our money there. It's your version of Greenhills+168 mall but way cheaper. You can get dresses and chiffon tops for 80-100Baht. I got two pretty belts at 39 Baht each.

To get to Chatuchak, ride the BTS (Sukhumvit line) going to Mochit. Get off at Mochit station. It's the last station of the BTS Sukhumvit Line.

Narai Phand Royal Thai Government Handicrafts Center at President Tower
Our local event partner representative brought us to Narai Phand to shop for speakers' gifts. The prices at Narai Phand is controlled by the Thai government. You get 10% off if you use Visa. They have a great collection of Thai silk, lacquer ware, bronze, ceramics and wood carvings. We got these Thai silk covered business card wallets and notebooks for only 100 Baht each. They also have nice paper bags for your purchase.

Products are arranged by section, similar to what Kultura does in our country. The place is ideal for shoppers who have no time to go around looking for Thai souvenirs. It is open Mondays to Sundays from 10am to 8pm.

To go to Narai Phand, ride the BTS (Sukhumvit line) and get off at Chit Lom station. It can be found below Intercontinental Hotel.

Mah Boon Krong (MBK) Center at National Stadium
MBK Center has it all (just like SM!). It has six floors with souvenirs, cameras, clothes, mobile phones, and two food courts. You can spend your days here shopping and haggling. We went to MBK every day of our post-event days.

Going to MBK can be via taxi. Don't forget to say the Thai name of the place for the drivers to know exactly where you're going. If you're riding the BTS, you have to ride until the Siam station. Get off and transfer to the  other BTS line (Silom) and ride to National Stadium. MBK has a walkway straight from the National Stadium.

Enjoy shopping and going around Bangkok!

*Exchange rate: Php1.00 = THB1.4

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