[Thailand] MBK in Bangkok is the place to go for all kinds of souvenirs and sundries!

At any rate, if you go there, you can find everything from sweets, souvenirs, cute Thai goods, Thai pants, dresses, smartphone peripherals, etc. MBK Center!

It’s a bit of a chaotic mix of a shopping center and a shopping street, but if you know what kind of stores are there, it can be a good base for souvenir shopping in Thailand or an oasis when you get tired of walking!
It tends to sell more common items than Siam Paragon and Central World, so you can enjoy shopping without spending a fortune!

It’s directly connected to the train station, so it’s a convenient place to visit!

(I’ve been to this place more than any other in my three trips to Thailand.

What is MBK

In a nutshell, it’s like a shopping center and a shopping mall combined, a magical place where you can find everything from snacks, souvenirs, and Thai goods to SIMs, cables, and other smartphone peripherals!

Opened in 1985, it is the oldest shopping center in Thailand, and when it opened, it was the largest in Asia!

It looks like they did a major renovation in 2017, and it’s cleaner than when I visited in 2015!

By the way, I didn’t think about it during my trip this time, but I ended up going there three days in a row (that is, all days).

Tenant and Floor Guide

MBK is huge!
So I’ll show you the main tenants and their respective floors!

Major Tenants


・Tokyu Department Store, 1st to 4th floor
・Tops Market (Supermarket) 1st floor
・Watsons (drugstore), 2nd floor
・Restaurants Mainly on the 1st floor (McDonald’s, Kentucky, Starbucks, Misdo, Burger King, ramen shops, etc.)
・Food court 5th floor
・General merchandise store

Floor Guide

The main stores on each floor are as follows.


1st floor (G floor): fashion accessories, restaurants, souvenir shops, banks
2nd floor: fashion and accessories, jewelry, cosmetics
3rd floor: fashion and accessories, jewelry, smartphone peripherals
4th floor: smartphone peripherals
5th floor: fashion and accessories, camera accessories, furniture, food court
6th floor: fashion and accessories, souvenir shops, restaurants
7th floor: Restaurants and eateries (Starbucks, KFC, ramen shops, maid cafes, etc.), movie theaters

There are stores selling fashion accessories and cosmetics on pretty much every floor.

And take a look at the floor guide on MBK’s official website!
MBK|Floor Guide (English)

Shops

Here are the stores we actually used!

・2nd floor Watsons (drugstore)

・1st floor Tops Market (Supermarket)


Thailand Limited Edition Pritz PRETZ Tom Yum Kung Flavor & Raab Flavor

・1st floor Restaurants (McDonald’s, Kentucky, Starbucks, Misdo, Burger King, Ramen shops, etc.)


A latte smoothie! It’s a café menu item you can’t find anywhere else in Japan!
Refreshing and delicious!


I bought it at the cafe on the first floor for 45 baht!

・5th floor food court


・6F General merchandise stores and souvenir shops

[OKI] Asian pants, sarouel pants, aladdin pants, men’s, women’s, unisex, ethnic

Thai pants and t-shirts are also available from 100 baht and are very cheap!
They are also surprisingly durable, so how about one as a memento?

Business hours

Officially 10am to 10pm. No holidays.

Beware!

Maybe it’s the Thai quality, but most of the stores are open until 9pm, and after 8pm they start preparing to close (laughs).
Food courts and restaurants are open until 10pm. Food courts and restaurants are open until 10:00 p.m. However, it’s different from Japan, so 10:00 p.m. is the time when the shutters of the stores close.

The store information on Google Maps also says it closes at 10pm, but it actually closes earlier than that, so be careful!

What you can buy at MBK

Here’s a quick rundown of what you can buy at MBK!
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・Thai limited edition sweets and souvenirs to take home with you

・Clothing & Sundries in Thailand

・USB cables, adapters and other smartphone peripherals, smartphone bodies Mainly on the 4th floor

・Cameras and Peripherals 5th floor

Points to note when buying at MBK

・The electronics stores on the 4th floor and the clothing stores on the 6th floor are basically private stores.
・Many items do not have price tags on them. Many items do not have price tags. The price you pay is usually a rip-off.

As much as you want! A food court where you can enjoy the cuisine of many countries

Apart from the restaurants on the first floor, there is a food court on the fifth floor.

The food court is very useful when you want to eat a variety of foods at a reasonable price!
Meals start at about 50 baht (about $1.70), and you can eat well.
The meals start at 50 baht (about 170 yen), and you can eat well.

Location of the food court

The official name is INTERNATIONAL FOOD COURT.
It’s located at the opposite end of the 5th floor from the outlets, directly above the Tokyu Department Store which is up to the 4th floor!
If you go to the 5th floor, there’s an information board so you won’t get lost!

How to use the food court

1. Purchase an IC prepaid card at the service counter.
The deposit amount is optional. You can get a refund for any excess charge, so it’s convenient to have more than enough.
If it’s crowded, such as at lunchtime, get a table first!
Place your order at the restaurant you are interested in. Pay with a prepaid card (or cash if the restaurant doesn’t accept cards).
Wait in front of the restaurant for your order to be made immediately (there is no buzzer like in Japan).
When you have finished eating, the staff will take your dishes away (if they don’t come, you can leave them there).
When you run out of money, go to the service counter and charge it.
6. Pay for the excess charge at the service counter and leave the restaurant.

Meal prices

The price for a meal starts at about 50 baht.

Thai Tea, 25 Baht
Khao man gai, from 50 baht
Crepes (the most expensive), 85 baht
Others, about 50-100 baht

Crepes for 85 baht. The price is reasonable, but the volume is more than that …

Cleanliness

No difference from food courts in Japan
It’s cheap and clean, so it’s safer than eating at an unfamiliar eatery in the city (laughs)

Good things to have

Wet wipes: For wiping your hands, and also for wiping tables.
My chopsticks, disposable chopsticks: The store provides plastic chopsticks (as expected of a country that is strict about ecology!). My chopsticks, disposable chopsticks. My chopsticks, disposable chopsticks

How to get to MBK

BTS (Bangkok Skytrain) Silom Line, directly connected to National Stadium Station at the end of the line.

How to get there from major places

From Bangkok National Railway Station (Bangkok Metro Phalangboln Station): Transfer to BTS (Sala Daeng Station) at Silom Station
From Asok: Transfer to the opposite train (Line 4) at Siam.
From Mo Chit area: transfer at Siam and take the train one floor up (line 4)

MBK is a convenient spot where everything is available!

At any rate, if you go to MBK, you’ll find everything from snacks, souvenirs, cute Thai goods, Thai pants, dresses, phone peripherals, and more!
It’s especially great if you’re stuck for souvenirs or short on time!

Just go to MBK first!

Cards are recommended for shopping in Thailand

When shopping in Thailand, credit cards are recommended rather than cash.

The reason is that if you have cash on you when you are robbed, the damage will be greater.

Credit cards can be stopped immediately by phone, so there is less risk. There are many stores in Thailand that accept credit cards.

While shopping in Thailand, it is a good idea to be connected to the Internet


While you are shopping, make sure you are connected to the internet so that you can do some research.

I once had to give up buying a product in Thailand because I didn’t understand the words on it.

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