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Put on your walking shoes (or buy some new ones) and explore everything from Hermes, Giorgio Armani, TOD's, Gucci, Bulgari, Jeffrey Cambell, Shanghai Tang and Coach to Swarovski and a fully functioning Ocean World.This combination of class, kitsch and kids' stuff makes Siam Paragon popular with families, if only for the frolicking fish and the vast open spaces where two-year-olds can scamper free, after you pay for the babysitting service, that is.To get oriented and pick up transport bearings dive straight into the gleaming sprawl of the monstrous Siam Paragon ( complex facing the renovated Siam Square One .This is at the Siam Square terminus and train interchange spot.SEE ALSO Bangkok business hotels | Top Asian hotel reviews | Phuket resorts review | Shanghai shopping guide | Hong Kong shopping guide | Kuala Lumpur shopping guide | Singapore shopping guide | Pattaya fun guide | Vietnam Beach Resorts | Hua Hin 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 | King Power duty-free | Central World & ZEN | Jim Thompson silk | 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.Ladies can follow the scent straight to Dior where a j'adore 50ml eau de parfum is priced at Bt3,900 (US7, up from 2 in 2015).A Chanel 7.5ml parfum is a bit steeper at Bt4,520 (US6).
Bangkok duty-free shopping has been pretty much dominated by the ubiquitous King Power ( who have also set up a dedicated King Power Duty Free Shop at Rangnam not far from Ratchathewi. This duty free complex offers a broad range of brands like Burberry, Coach, Chanel, TOD's, and BOSS.In general, duty-free prices for liquor and perfumes have climed at Bangkok's international airport in the past year or two, well above the currency fluctuation adjustments but the Johnnie Walker duty-free price seems more attractive.Also look at Jim Thompson ( for fine silk offerings and linens.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.