If you're squeamish and the wallet timid, head for the anything-goes weekend market on the outskirts of town.Reminiscent of Hong Kong’s IFC shopping mall, the gleaming Siam Paragon is right next to the BTS Siam Square station and tends to attract travellers with well-endowed wallets and an eye for luxury designer brands.This Bangkok shopping guide is for the intrepid but, with a stout heart, a good map and a stouter bag, you'll be bulk ordering bags, belts, jeans and blouses like the pros in no time. And do visit the informative Tourism Authority of Thailand site.Remember, your VAT refund of seven percent (the local tax) involves some paperwork and patience. First, you'll need to spend at least 2,000 baht "per store, per day" as per the rules, each time filling out a PP10 form that is usually promptly supplied by sales staff.Madame Flamingo (tel: [66-2] 673-7268), on the ground floor, is a favourite among footwear enthusiasts on a creative bend.Waltz in for a pair of leather pumps, equal parts modern and vintage, designed by Bangkok-native Janet Pantila Promfang.SEE ALSO Bangkok business hotels | Phuket resorts review | Shanghai shopping guide | Hong Kong shopping guide | Kuala Lumpur shopping guide | Singapore shopping guide | Isan, Khao Yai | Krabi | Pattaya fun guide | Vietnam Beach Resorts | Hua Hin Guide | Bhutan fun guide | Goa resorts review | Luang Prabang fun guide | Manila fun guide Once-drab and musty Rivercity has a new look and is developing fast as the hub of a new shopping, dining, and entertainment zone with your pick of fashion, antiques and souvenirs/ photo: Vijay Verghese JUMP TO Siam Paragon | Central World & ZEN | Siam Square | Gaysorn | MBK | Emporium | ASIATIQUE | Terminal 21 | Chatuchak Weekend Market , as it is called, has earned itself a deserved place - up there with the best - as a shopping mecca, with deals on wheels and glitzy shopping malls rubbing shoulders with alley wares and weekend markets.The variety is mind-boggling and local Thai designers are producing some inspired stuff that will have your bags groaning in delight.
Also look at Jim Thompson for fine silk offerings and linens.
Slide Show E-mail Page Print To be eligible to claim a refund, you'll need a total shopping bill of at least Bt5,000 so give that credit card some serious exercise.
The PP10 form requires your passport number (though you may not be asked to actually produce it), and your departure flight number.
Pick up a fine linen scarf for Bt3,500 (US5), a men's linen shirt for Bt3,200, or a silk tie for Bt3,300. For sheer bragging rights, no would-be shopper can afford not to touch base at EM Quartier ( part of The Mall Group and right alongside Phrom Phong station) across from the glitzy revamped Emporium (both collectively termed the EM District) and the cavernous but largely empty Central Embassy.
More on these later as we proceed down busy Sukhumvit.