Every traveler to Bangkok learns of its reputation for top-quality products at cheap prices. One thing most seem to be surprised about though are that Bangkok also has some factory outlet stores, with even cheaper prices on amazing products. At Bangkok’s factory outlet stores, you can buy clothing, handicrafts, sporting goods, even Thai silk and at prices sure to thrill. The next time you’re in Bangkok, don’t miss these factory outlet stores as they really are some of the best.
Levi Factory Outlet – As most Levi jeans are made in Asia, it shouldn’t be too surprising that Levi has factory outlet stores here too. Bangkok’s Levi Factory Outlet store is on Sukhumvit Road, right opposite Soi 62, and sells all the usual Levi jeans in various colors, styles and sizes, as well as belts, baseball caps, jackets, t shirts and even bags. If you’re a Levi fan, you’ll love the Levi factory outlet as Levi jeans can be expensive in Bangkok, but these are not.
Thailand Furniture Mart – For furniture of all different styles and price ranges, check out Thailand Furniture Mart the best wholesale furniture and factory outlet store in Bangkok. On Rama IX Road at Huay Kwang, Thailand Furniture Mart is only open to the public on Saturdays, so expect it to be very crowded. It’s also known by Thais as selling the most stylish and in fashion furniture as well as traditional Thai hand-carved furniture and decorative pieces. With more than 100 different sellers, you’ll find sofas, dining tables, bedroom sets, hand-carved bars, bar stools, outdoor furniture and more.
Jim Thompson Factory Outlet – For a long time, I used to see Thais all over Bangkok with bags from Jim Thompson Factory Outlet and never could figure out where it was. Then a Thai friend took me, and I’ll love him for ever because I could finally afford Jim Thompson silk. If you love Thai silk too, you will adore the Jim Thompson Factory Outlet.
If you don’t know the story, Jim Thompson was an American business man in the 40s and 50s who, just about single-handedly, saved the Thai silk industry before going on a walk in the jungle in Malaysia while on vacation and vanishing.
Nowadays, the name Jim Thompson is synonymous with the absolute best Thai silk – top quality and with unbelievably gorgeous designs but, of course, at a quite high price. Jim Thompson factory outlet solves that problem by selling silk scarves, shawls, bags, shirts, make up bags, sunglasses cases, t shirts and pillow cases at prices significantly lower than the normal Jim Thompson stores in Bangkok. The Jim Thompson Factory Outlet is located just off Sukhumvit on Soi 92, and they’re open every day.
MBK, Central Ladprao and Central World Plaza Malls – Other wonderful places to look for factory outlet style stores are at these major Bangkok malls. Every week, you’ll find stalls and booths set up in the main walkway areas of the malls, selling goods directly from Bangkok factory outlets. You’ll find Guess, Levis, Royal Porcelain, ECCO shoes, Adidas, Fly Now, and many more brand names, selling products at 25-80% off. I make sure I stop by most of the major shopping malls every week, as these booths will normally set up and be there for at least 3-4 days and usually for the week.
There are many other factory outlet stores in and around Bangkok. You’ll find Teakwood furniture in Bangkok, ECCO shoes in Singburi, Christmas ornaments in several Bangkok outlet stores and brass ware and bronze ware at various factory outlet stores in Bangkok. Check them out, the prices are phenomenal.