MBK Shopping Center in Bangkok

MBK Shopping Center In Bangkok Thailand
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  • MBK (Mahboonkrong Center)
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MBK is a budget to mid-range shopping mall, very popular with locals as well as tourists. Situated in the heart of Bangkok, just minutes away from the National Stadium BTS Station.

There is a total of eight floors. Two floors are full of mobiles and accessories. It's a great place to buy mobile phones, mobile accessories, and mobile repairs.

Includes a 4-story Tokyu department store. Full of clothing, accessories and souvenirs.

Camera shops on the upper floors – offering DSRL cameras, GoPros, tripods, camera bags, camera accessories, GoPro accessories, camera lenses, and more. Anything related to digital cameras, you can pretty much find them here.

Hours of operation: Every-day 10am - 10pm

Number of shops and services: 2,000

Address: 444 Phayathai Rd, Bangkok, Pathumwan 10330

Interior of MBK Shopping Center

Ground floor - walking path in MBK

Ground floor

There are lots of outdoor market style stalls where you can bargain down the price, as well as regular shopping mall shops. All inside a comfortable, clean and air conditioned building.

If you’re in a rush you might miss out on some deals, and you might need 2-3 hours looking around and being patient to find the best deals.

Located on the 5th floor is one of my favorite food courts, The Fifth Food Avenue. This food court offers all kind of dishes and drinks. Indian, Arabic, Vietnamese, Hainese, Chinese, Thai, Italian, Western are all here. I would just go to MBK for this food court. The prices are higher than regular Thai food courts. You can expect to pay 200-300 baht per dish, but that’s a reasonable price for tourists.

Pros

  • Sells all sort of women/men fashions, Thai souvenirs, just anything you can fit in a suitcase. As well as large furniture and appliances.
  • Clean, indoors, air conditioned, and fairly large.
  • Accessible through National Stadium BTS Station.
  • Close proximity to other large malls in Bangkok. Such as Central World, Siam Paragon, The Platinum Fashion Mall, Siam Center, Gaysorn Shopping Centre, and Amarin Plaza, just to name a few. Can be a good starting point if you are planning a day shopping in this area.
  • Lots of Thai as well as international restaurants (Japanese, Korean, Western) and cafes with a wide variety to cater to all tastes.
  • The top floor is the entertainment area, arcade and movie theater.
  • Not an expensive or upscale mall, unlike other nearby malls.
  • Great shopping and eating experience.
  • Free baggage drop off.
  • Similar to what you can find at Chatuchak Weekend Market, except the heat. Although, Chatuchak is a bit cheaper, it's best to shop at Chatuchak first, so you know the price.
  • Cheaper than Khao San Road.
  • Lots of banks and ATM machines.

Cons

  • Many items are cheap Chinese made type quality, including poor counterfeit items, so be careful. Recently there has been a crackdown on counterfeit designer products, so don’t expect to find a huge variety of knock-offs because you might be disappointed.
  • If you’re buying any electronic devices or computer parts, best to bring someone that is more knowledgeable in electronics and computers.
  • Some shops do not like to haggle but remember you can make an offer on knock offs. It is easier to bargain if you buy more than one item in the same shop.
  • Very popular with the Thai locals and tourists, can be very crowded. With a reported 100,000+ visitors per day, 1/3 are foreigners.
  • Quality ranges from very low to mid-low.

Shops and services

Floors 1-3: Clothing and shoes, leather goods, cosmetics and hairstyling, toys, gold and jewelry
Floor 4: Electronics, mobile phones, CD and MP3
Floor 5: Fifth Food Avenue (international food hall), restaurants, furniture, photography, and computer
Floor 6: Food court, souvenir shops
Floor 7: Cinema, bowling, karaoke
Floor 8: Cinema, arcade

Women shoes, accessories & clothing

Made in Thailand women shows in MBK

Women high heels made in Thailand

Women handbags in MBK

Women shoes for sale in MBK shopping center

More women shoes for sale - 899 baht per pair

Women shops

Hangbags and women shoes

Random women accessories

Entertainment

Movie theater, bowling, and arcade at on the top floor.

SF Strike Bowl in MBK

Arcade: Hero City in the entertainment area

Random photos

Thai souvenir shops that can fit your suitcase

Thai souvenir shops that can fit your suitcase.

Drawings and painints shop inside MBK shopping center

Chinese home furnitures inside MBK

Chinese home decorations on top level of MBK

Thai desserts for sale on the ground floor of MBK

Thai desserts for sale on the ground floor of MBK

Map & how to get to MBK Shopping Center

Exit National Stadium BTS Station to go MBK

The best way is to use the BTS to avoid the crazy Bangkok city traffic. Get off at National Stadium BTS Station and Exit #4.

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