MBK Center (Ma Boon Khrong Center)

Shopping 444 Phayathai Road | Patumwan, Bangkok, Thailand Published on: 17-06-2016

10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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  • Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
MBK Center, also known as Mahboonkrong, is a large shopping mall in Bangkok, Thailand. At eight stories high, the center contains around 2,000 shops, restaurants and service outlets.

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Why MBK Center (Ma Boon Khrong Center) is special ?

MBK is probably Bangkok's most legendary shopping mall, popular with both tourists and locals, and busy with shoppers every day. There are eight floors packed with 2,000 shops that sell everything from clothing, fashion accessories, handbags, leather products and luggage to furniture, mobile phones, electric appliances, cameras, stationery and DVDs. Launched in 1986, MBK is a beehive of activity, especially on weekends, when half of Bangkok converges to shop for bargains. It's not as up-market or stylish as neighbouring Siam Discovery, Siam Centre and the glitzy Siam Paragon, but it offers a mind-boggling range of goods spread over 89,000 square metres and is considerably less expensive.


Source: http://www.bangkok.com

What to explore at MBK Center (Ma Boon Khrong Center)?

On the ground floor of MBK you will find lines of stalls selling fashion, shoes and handbags, fast food outlets and a Tops Supermarket, with an open space dedicated to sales offering prices discounted by 30% to 50%. As you move up the levels you will find enclaves of products almost-randomly placed. Part of the fun of MBK is exploring the long straight paths looking out for things that take your fancy. As a rough guide, fashion can be found on the lower floors, a mass of electronics on the third and fourth floors, with home furnishings and souvenirs on the fifth and sixth.

Like every shopping complex in Bangkok, there are plenty of options when you get hungry. There are two food courts - one local (sixth floor), one international (fifth floor) - with lots of choice. The top floor comprises of an entertainment complex boasting a multi-screen cinema, karaoke, a computer games arcade and plenty of other restaurants. MBK have also added a 3D Trick Art Museum, which is a fun family activity just perfect for a rainy day.

Bargains galore – and free air-conditioning!

To start with, fashion outlets cover everything from jeans, outsized clothing (for the 'larger' Western frame), shoes, handbags, accessories, jewellery, trendy apparel and famous-name brands. The bargain prices of many of these items mean that merchandise is often copy products or from questionable origin. It's important to take a closer look at the quality and craftsmanship.

But if your idea of a shopping bargain is to pay a few dollars for an Adidas T-shirt or a Gucci belt – and authenticity is not an issue – head straight to MBK. Many of the products that can be found here are similar to that at markets, but the convenience of shopping in an air-conditioned environment beats hot and sticky markets – especially in the hot season.

And, just like the markets, all prices are negotiable; MBK is probably the only mall in Bangkok where you can put your bartering skills to the test. You'll be surprised how much a big smile can knock off the original asking price. If you're shopping wholesale, prices get even more competitive.

Heaven for Electronic Goods and Mobile Phones

The fourth floor is dedicated to mobile phones, DVDs, CDs and all kinds of related gadgets and paraphernalia in a market-type environment with stalls crammed into every available space. New phones, second-hand phones, starter packs, the latest (copy) DVDs, PC games and games consoles, MP3 players and what have you...

A flagship tenant is the four-storey Tokyu Department Store, the only one in Bangkok and a leading department store in Japan, which offers a wide range of quality merchandise like clothing, apparel, cosmetics and household goods at reasonable prices. On the fourth level is has a supermarket too. There's also a TOPS supermarket at MBK (ground level) and a mini indoor craft market (on the sixth floor) with a range of arts and crafts from all over Thailand – a lot of it though the typical souvenir-type items targeted at tourists.

Source: http://www.bangkok.com

How to get to MBK Center (Ma Boon Khrong Center)?

MBK is particularly easy to reach thanks to a direct walkway linking to National Stadium BTS Skytrain Station. Literally every taxi driver knows this most famous of shopping malls in Bangkok too, so you can hail a cab from anywhere but traffic can be intense.

Source: http://www.bangkok.com

Selling points

  • One of the best malls in Bangkok
  • Shop till you drop
  • A place to shop and bargain
  • Shoppers' paradise
  • A must Visit places for shoppin
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Tips for you

  • On 2nd and 3rd floor, you will find a large number shops for wholesale shopping.. They are very economical and trendy
    Products
  • Be advised that there are several shops selling branded products at much lower prices than the stores, these are not originals, they are as per the term used the first copies!
    Products
  • Don't forget to eat at the food court of the mall.
    Things to do
  • Whatever the shopkeeper quotes , please quote 70% of that price as your price. You can freely baragin for almost everything.
    Experience
  • It's better to not buy electronic products in this mall for some of them are fake. It depends on your luck to make them work.
    Experience
  • There are also halal restaurant for muslim to go.
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Reviews

FourSquare View more

MBK Center, also known as Mahboonkrong, was opened in 1985. This place is crowded by teenagers and foreigners nowadays. Daily open at 10.00 - 22.00... Enjoy Shopping!! Recommended!!

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TripAdvisor View more

Revisited for the second time after 4 yrs after reading the reviews on TA assuming it has changed. I found a similar tshirt on the roadside stalls at a cheaper price then mbk. On my last visit, I had seen the same shoes which i bought from indra at a higher price in MBK. Moreover, the shopkeepers dont bargain and quote a really high price.Platinum mall has much better variety and quality.I just wasted my time going to this mall. Please don't waste your time here in MBK. Better go to Indra and Pratunam market.

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