If you miss Milin ( at Siam Paragon, don’t worry, there is one in almost every high-end mall in Bangkok.
If you're squeamish and the wallet timid, head for the anything-goes weekend market on the outskirts of town.
Reminiscent of Hong Kong’s IFC shopping mall, the gleaming Siam Paragon is right next to the BTS Siam Square station and tends to attract travellers with well-endowed wallets and an eye for luxury designer brands.
To get oriented and pick up transport bearings dive straight into the gleaming sprawl of the monstrous Siam Paragon ( complex facing the renovated Siam Square One .
This is at the Siam Square terminus and train interchange spot.
Playing with a black-and-white palette, the label adds surprising textures, modern twists and unexpected splashes of color.
Head here for posh pencil skirts, blouses and eveningwear, or simply to gawk.
This Bangkok shopping guide is for the intrepid but, with a stout heart, a good map and a stouter bag, you'll be bulk ordering bags, belts, jeans and blouses like the pros in no time. And do visit the informative Tourism Authority of Thailand site.
Remember, your VAT refund of seven percent (the local tax) involves some paperwork and patience. First, you'll need to spend at least 2,000 baht "per store, per day" as per the rules, each time filling out a PP10 form that is usually promptly supplied by sales staff.
Ladies can follow the scent straight to Dior where a j'adore 50ml eau de parfum is priced at Bt3,900 (US7, up from 2 in 2015).
A Chanel 7.5ml parfum is a bit steeper at Bt4,520 (US6).
Pick up a fine linen scarf for Bt3,500 (US5), a men's linen shirt for Bt3,200, or a silk tie for Bt3,300. For sheer bragging rights, no would-be shopper can afford not to touch base at EM Quartier ( part of The Mall Group and right alongside Phrom Phong station) across from the glitzy revamped Emporium (both collectively termed the EM District) and the cavernous but largely empty Central Embassy.