The easiest way to get to MBK is to go by sky train, or BTS as it is known locally. The sky train is a fast and cheap way to get around the city. Fares are between 20 and 40 baht for a single journey depending on the distance you travel. The system has two lines, both of which will take you to a station near MBK. To use the sky train you need to buy a ticket from a vending machine which you will find located in front of the entrance gates in any station. The machines only take 5 and 10 baht coins, but you can always get change from the kiosks also located by the entrance gates. There are two stations near MBK – Siam Square and National Stadium. When you arrive simply follow the signs to MBK.
MBK is large. There are 7 floors connected with vertiginous escalators. Inside you will find everything from furniture to electronics, some genuine and some fake. There are also numerous good value food outlets, a cinema, internet shops and a bowling alley. You can easily spend a day here, and fulfill pretty much all your shopping needs at the best value prices you will find anywhere in Thailand.
Here is your quick guide to the shopping:
- Ground (1st) Floor: Fashion and beauty, jewellery, printers, and fast food outlets.
- 2nd Floor: Fashion and beauty, and jewellery shops.
- 3rd Floor: Fashion and beauty, and a large market style collection of stalls selling clothes and souvenirs.
- 4th Floor: Electronics including computers, phones, software and various other accessories.
- 5th Floor: Furniture, cameras and an Index Living Mall for home ware.
- 6th Floor: Large fashion Zone with independent stalls selling clothes and a wide range of souvenirs such as wood carvings from the north of Thailand
- 7th Floor: Entertainment zone with cinema, bowling center, gaming centers and karaoke booths.
You can access the BTS from the 2nd and 3rd Floors and there are toilets on every floor for a 3 Baht fee. For eating we recommend ShaBuShi by Oishi on the 3rd Floor (follow the signs to the BTS). This is a Japanese restaurant where you take items off a conveyor belt which snakes through the restaurant. There is an all inclusive price of 290 Baht for a 90 minute session of gorging on good quality Japanese food. For the price you also get soft drinks, tempura and dessert. This is great value for money, and lots of fun. Each place setting has its own individually controlled water cooker where you can cook your own meat, fish, prawns and vegetables with sauces of your own choice.
You don’t need to think of this as primarily a daytime activity as MBK is open 7 days a week from 10am to 10pm. Much like the rest of Bangkok, we enjoy going in the evenings best of all. It is a good night out in itself and there are plenty of good bars and clubs in the area if 10pm is too early to go home.