Eleven cities, including Cairo, London, Istanbul, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Paris, have been designated as the world’s best for shoppers. The 11 were chosen not merely for having the widest range of goods and great bargains, but for ensuring that shopping offers an interactive experience, with atmosphere, history and local colour, as well as sights, sounds, smells and traditions to enjoy.
Bangkok was praised for its malls and outdoor markets with bargains galore, for its range of food and textiles in Pratunam and for the ancient floating markets like the one at Damnoen Saduak. The famous floating markets have long been known for fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers and are a symbol of Bangkok’s tourism industry. Special mention was given to the Chatuchak Weekend Market and its 15,000 stalls selling everything from antiques to clothing and household goods.
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Mr. Thawatchai Arunyik, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) said, “It is a great honour to have been included on this prestigious list; after all, some of these markets have been visited by travellers and traders for centuries – literally in the case of cities; such as, Istanbul and Cairo.
“That Bangkok’s markets are so well known internationally is testament to our huge variety of shopping opportunities. From cool malls with the latest tech, to age-old village and canal-side markets, there is something for everyone, and our weekend market at Chatuchak is known the world over for its thousands of shops selling bargains galore. With new stalls, markets and malls opening all the time, Bangkok looks set to be the must-visit nation for shopaholics the world over.”