Bangkok shopping budget: $$$
Average prices: 250 baht – 3000 baht
Terminal 21 shopping mall is one of the quirkier and more light hearted malls of Bangkok. Popular as a chilled out hangout and as a meet up point for casual food in Bangkok, Terminal 21 flaunts an interestingly decorated interior that, alone, is worthy of visiting without the doing any shopping at all.
With an ongoing airport theme running throughout, Terminal 21 has some cute airport style signposts on each floor marking the various departure and arrival escalators.
There are a total of 9 floors altogether including a London floor, decked out with double decker buses and red phone boxes; a Japanese floor, complete with oriental lanterns and giant hello kitties; an Istanbul floor, which boasts exotic lighting and colourful decor; and San Francisco floor with replica Golden Gate Bridge. Just don’t forget to check out the toilets on at least one of the floors -these intricate and marvellous themes don’t stop in the shops!
Terminal 21 has plenty of cafes, coffee shops, ice cream parlours, patisseries and restaurants to dine in for a simple hangout in Bangkok. With international style restaurants from all over the world, the choice is huge. If you head all the way to the top floor, you’ll find the mall canteen with Thai meals costing from just 3o baht a dish – it’s probably one of the best mall canteens in Bangkok.
Finally onto the shopping at Terminal 21… Floors are conveniently organised and shops grouped together into types of shopping – for example on the first floor you’ll find all the big brand designer shops (such as Quicksilver and SuperDry), on the second floor you’ll find men’s clothing, and on the floor above you’ll find accessories and jewellery. Most of the floors of Terminal 21 consist of cute, indie Thai boutique shops selling a whole range of different styles and clothing tastes.
The boutiques at Terminal 21 are especially useful for pretty dresses, evening dresses and unique Thai fashions in Bangkok. You’ll find each individual shop differing in price range; one shop selling t-shirts and skirts from 250 baht a piece to another shop selling intricately designed dresses for 3000 baht. Many of the fashions are of a unique design and great for buying gifts for female friends back home. There are a couple of souvenir shops selling anime and other cute Thai merchandise which are ideal for gift buying in Bangkok too.
Despite it’s loveable interior furnishings, great quality shopping and fantastic choice of restaurants, Terminal 21 is very quiet and lacking in customers most days. This is great if you prefer a stress-free shopping experience – many of the Bangkok malls and markets such as Chatuchak and MBK can get pretty hectic and unpleasant to shop around… I just hope Terminal 21 will be able to stay open in the future – it’s probably one of my favourite places to shop in Bangkok.
How to get to Terminal 21 Shopping Mall
Terminal 21 is super easy to find in Bangkok. Just take the BTS sky train to Asoke station on the Sukhumvit line. Once you reach Asoke station, you’ll find signs that point to Terminal 21. Terminal 21 actually has a 2nd floor walkway leading straight inside directly from the station.
Other useful areas nearby Terminal 21 worth checking out are the tranquil Benjakiti Park and the bars and restaurants of Nana Soi 11.