The trip to the Chatuchak Weekend Market, as usual, was both tiring but fun.Â Since we were not yet done with our shopping list, we decided to refer to our Bangkok map to check where we could head next.Â We realized that it was high time for us to pay a visit to MBK.
I also got to visit the famous MBK or Mahboonkrong during my first visit to Bangkok.Â This place would have to be one of the favorite shopping destinations of Bangkok tourists.Â It would surely be a shame if we would not be able to do another trip to MBK during our trip to Thailand.Â So we took the Bangkok Skytrain again to National Stadium (take note that MBK is also within walking distance of the Bangkok Skytrain Siam Station).Â Alternatively, one can take a cab and get off at the taxi unloading area in front of MBK.
The highly popular MBK can be found at the strategic western corner of the Pathum-wan intersection, Rama I Road and Phaya Thai Road. It is highly accessible from any hotel in Bangkok like the Amari Watergate Hotel Bangkok.Â Â It is near other shopping areas like Siam Discovery Center, Siam Center, and Siam Paragon.Â This gargantuan of a mall is made of eight stories and measures a total of 330 meters long.Â All floors are occupied by over 2, 500 stores.Â It used to hold the distinction of being the biggest shopping mall in Asia when it was built in 1985.
It is a known for being a â€œflea marketâ€ housed in one building.Â Both locals and tourists head to MBK to shop for clothes, leather goods, electronic items, jewelry, souvenir, cosmetics, furniture, and many others.Â Because of its flea market set up, haggling is definitely allowed.
One of the first things that we did we arrived in MBK was secure our very own MBK Tourist Card.Â This is one card that will enable the holder the privilege of availing of perks and discounts from different participating stores in MBK.Â Visitors who are interested in getting this card can go to the Information Counters that are located at the Ground Floor and at the Second Floor.Â When I reached the counter, I simply presented my passport and I was immediately given an application form to fill out.Â In a few minutes, I was the proud owner of my very own MBK Tourist Card.Â The list of participating stores was conveniently printed on the brochure that was given to us at the counter.
Since we were already starving, my partner and I decided to look for something to eat.Â We earlier asked the lady at the Information Counter for dining options and we were immediately directed to the Fifth Floor.Â When we reached the fifth floor, we found ourselves at the entrance of The Fifth Food Avenue.Â That was something new to me given that the food court that I went to during my first trip to Thailand was the old one.Â The Fifth Food Avenue was definitely the newer and renovated version.Â The improvement done on the place was very impressive.
At the entrance of The Fifth, each visitor was given a swipe card.Â It turned out that one does not need to pay in cash in any of the food stalls within the food area.Â All food purchases will be â€œchargedâ€ to the swipe card which visitors must surrender upon leaving The Fifth.Â Check-out counters are stationed at the exit and each visitor must surrender the swipe card even if no purchases where recorded in the card.Â It was a very convenient way of dining.
There was also an endless array of cuisines to choose from.Â Thereâ€™s Arabic, Thai, Australian, Chinese, Greek, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Vietnamese and many others.Â There was also separate food stall for beverages like soda, fruit shakes, and draft beer.Â Another stall served purely baked goods and desserts.Â I decided to order Seafood Rice while my partner decided to sample a yummy serving of one Greek dish.Â Afterwards, I decided to get us some Mangoes with Sticky Rice which is very famous in Thailand.
After we had our fill, we proceeded with our shopping thinking that it was a good thing for us to go to MBK.Â We surely filled not only our shopping bags with great bargains but we also got to fill our stomachs with scrumptious food!
Address: MBK Center, 444 Payathai Rd., Patumwan, Bangkok
Contact Number:Â +66-2620-9000
Nearby Shopping Malls:Â One can go up to the Tokyo Department Store located on the second floor of MBK and take the exit leading to a pedestrian walkway.Â This leads to an overpass that is linked to the Bangkok Skytrain National Stadium station.Â From here, one can walk to other malls like the Siam Discovery Center, Siam Center, and Siam Paragon.
THE FIFTH FOOD AVENUE
Address: 5th Floor, Wangmai, Patumwan Bangkok
Contact Number:Â +66-2620-9000