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In My City: Bangkok

By April 21, 2014 , , , , , , , , , ,

Today’s “In My City” post features Urban Mantra’s hometown of Bangkok! 



Just like they say that the French possess an innate fashion sense, I find the Thais to be a generally well-dressed lot. They take great care in their appearance. The average person on the street is neatly dressed with a basic sense of style, Indeed, I would describe the Thai dressing sensibility as smart and well put-together. To emulate that style, take what I’m wearing here. A pastel pink top and a black & white striped skirt (with pockets!) paired with black heels and a hot pink bag. Somewhat matchy-matchy but not overdone. Hopefully smart and put-together? The top was purchased at Siam and the skirt at Terminal 21 (one of my favorite places to shop in Bangkok and described in greater detail in an older post).
Top from Siam, skirt from Terminal 21, shoes from Banana Republic,
necklace from J. Crew, Lauren by Ralph Lauren Newbury tote
Now let's talk about shopping in the so-called City of Angels, known to turn even those who hate shopping into shopaholics! Whether it’s trendy clothes, cute shoes and bags, local handicrafts or home wares, you are sure to find something that fits your budget. From high end malls to street shopping, you can have your pick of the lot! So where do you go for what? Where do the locals like to shop? Where can you get the best stuff at the best prices? Urban Mantra’s got you covered. Read on for more details…
  • MBK is an old favorite for budget-friendly apparel (clothes, shoes, purses, makeup), accessories, and souvenirs 
  • Terminal 21 is located right in the city center and is a great place to buy trendy clothes and accessories. You can spend a whole afternoon there, wandering through the little stores and exploring what they have to offer. I also love the kitchy airport theme they have going on at this mall. Each floor is a different city and is designed accordingly. It’s actually quite fun! 
  • Are you the type of person who likes to load up on things if you like something? Then Platinum Mall is the place for you. Here, prices of goods are cheaper if you buy in threes vs just one. For example, if you are looking to buy gifts for a few friends, or a bunch of jewelry, or perhaps different colors of nail polish, then this is a great place to come! 
  • Chatuchak is a huge street market open only on weekends but boy, can you find great stuff here! You can find everything under the sun here in terms of clothes, shoes, bags, scarves, jewelry, etc. But personally, I love, love, love coming here for the unique home decor items and local Thai handicrafts sold at a much lower price point compared with anywhere else. This outdoor market is shaded but still, be mentally prepared to deal with the discomfort of the heat! 
  • If shopping for high end designer goods or the recognizable name brand stores (eg, Zara, Mango, Forever 21, etc), then head on over to Emporium, Central, or Siam Paragon 
  • For street shopping for clothes by up and coming local designers, Siam Square is the place for you. Be sure to bargain!

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8 comments

  1. Another beautiful n informative post Richa.
    N the styling is impeccable.
    Does Urbanmantra have a FB page?

    Aditi
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    1. Thanks Aditi! No, at this time we don't have a Facebook page. Maybe in the future?

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  2. you look stunning!! and thanks for that great list! i've noted it down

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    1. Thank you so much! And hope you can visit Bangkok someday and put the list to good use! :)

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  3. Beautiful - you are glowing and look great! Love the take on Bangkok and Thailand - its very unique with an Indian slant! Keep it coming. I would love your take on what its like to be an Indian in Thailand....

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    1. Thanks for your comments and for visiting the blog! :)

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  4. I can look for someone to adopt me there, coz bangkok takes over me every time I go there . Have been to chatukchak only once and missed going through on my last trip,looking forward to explore more of that market on my next trip this year ! And I love everything you wear, pretty colors doll <3
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