Bangkok Airport shopping offers an amazing selection of products from the sublime to the luxurious and some of these are unique to Thailand.
What to buy at Bangkok Airport?
As you kill time waiting for your outbound flight then here are some more ideas for grabbing a last minute memento of your trip to Thailand.
Browsing through brand name collections is a great way to pass the time whilst on a short Bangkok layover, so why not treat yourself to some Bangkok Airport duty free shopping on your next trip via Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport.
If you are wondering what to buy in the Thailand Suvarnabhumi Airport Duty Free complex, then read on.
Pick up that amazing brand name gift for your special partner from the fabulous boutique stores located in the well-proportioned shopping mall in Bangkok Airport.
With personalised service guaranteed, any purchase will provide memories of this trip and the gift will provide good service for years to come.
Duty free Bangkok Airport items available for purchase, include liquor, tobacco and perfume and they are all available from King Power and other franchise stores.
Cigarettes are still freely available, but before purchasing, make sure to check the duty free allowance at your destination airport.
King Power Suvarnabhumi Airport liquor shop is open 24 hours, so you can make final purchases all day and all night.
But, if you need that special luxury item then the shopping mall on the the 4th level of Suvarnabhumi Airport allows easy browsing and comparisons of leather goods, jewellery and fashion items.
This selection of Suvarnabhumi Airport shops host some of the world's most recognised brands in close proximity to each other.
But bear in mind, many shops in Suvarnabhumi Airport may not be open 24 hours.
For the brand name outlets mentioned below, the Bangkok Airport shops opening hours are included, as well as some product details of suggested items to buy in Bangkok Airport.
Those passengers departing to Australia, should note that there remains a restriction on the amount of liquids and powders that can be taken on the airplane in unchecked baggage.
Prior to the boarding gate there are individual bag inspections for excess liquids.
The reason that large containers are not allowed on the aircraft is because the Duty Free retailer does not provide a departure gate delivery service. (although there could be a bit more to it than that)
Read more here on the Australian Government website.
Bear in mind that this restriction also applies to those that are transiting through Suvarnabhumi Airport and might have purchased Duty Free items at the point of origin.
My simple advice, is to purchase alcohol and perfumes in Australia on arrival.
The pre-boarding security inspection will open each item of carry on luggage and check the following:
Items over the limits will be confiscated and put into a special bin for destruction.
If you are planning to do any shopping in Bangkok Airport then book into a Miracle Lounge to rest your tired feet after making your purchases.
Admire your gifts in peace and comfort, before continuing on the next leg of your travels.
Bangkok Airport lounges are available from GetYourGuide, so check availability and pricing at the link now.
For those interested in luxury goods shopping, I curated a list of the most well known brands that could be of most interest to travellers.
By no means is this list complete and so if you would like your franchise listed, then please reach out on the Feedback page.
It is not that long ago that Bangkok Airport was first commissioned and in the early days the place was a spartan shell of an airport.
Now things have changed remarkably, with its aim to become the foremost airport in the Asian region.
Competing with the likes of Changi Airport in Singapore and new Hong Kong Airport has encouraged the development of an amazing retail shopping space, set to delight even the most discerning shopper.
Longchamp were founded in Paris in 1948 by Jean Cassegrain and have now made a presence in this upmarket location with a fine range of ladies bags on offer.
Longchamp Bangkok Airport is most well known for their innovative "Le Pliage" women's foldable handbag, which is also available from Amazon.
Do some Bangkok Airport duty free shopping today and walk out in style.
Visitors to Bangkok Airport are now confronted with all the very best of the world’s brand name goods.
Gucci is a brand name that every woman about town would like to own.
Handbags, clutch bags and even small purses are all on offer in this duty free location.
Take some time to browse what is on offer and make a cheeky selection to pamper yourself.
Gucci were founded in Florence, Tuscany in 1921 by Guccio Gucci and now have a prime location in this Bangkok Airport shopping mall.
Initially, the brand started out as a luggage manufacturer, producing luxury travel goods for Italy’s wealthy upper-classes, but nowadays luxury eyewear, watches and jewellery have been added to the collection.
During the second world war, the label introduced its distinctive “Double-G” monogram, as well as the now iconic Gucci stripe, consisting of two green stripes interrupted by a single red bar.
Do a little Bangkok Airport shopping today, walk out and be noticed for your fine taste in accessories.
Not only is Bangkok Airport shopping a great way to pass the time when you have to change planes in Bangkok but it is also great for those travellers that are departing internationally from Bangkok itself.
Wander the store and enjoy the experience and listen to the helpful advice from the attentive staff.
Gucci Suvarnabhumi Airport is certainly one of the best shops in the location and they have everything to please the discerning shopper.
The Gucci Dionysus range of handbags can be seen at Amazon.
This Gucci Duty Free Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport shopping complex never closes.
Open 24 hours
At your leisure, browse the range of stores that carry all kinds of modern and traditional Thai goods, knowing that you are only minutes away from your boarding gate.
Salvatore Ferragamo initially started the Hollywood Boot Shop in 1923 and supplied shoes to many great Hollywood stars.
After returning to Florence, the current shoemaking company was started in 1928 and now is part of a prime retail location in this Bangkok Airport shopping zone.
If you ever get a chance to visit Florence, then Palazzo Spini Feroni, one of the great palaces of Florence, houses the company's flagship store and a museum dedicated to Ferragamo's life and work.
Initially, the brand started out as a boot and shoe manufacturer, producing luxury travel goods for movie stars such as Joan Crawford and Gloria Swanson, but nowadays has been complemented by eyewear, perfume, belts, scarves, bags, watches and a ready to wear clothing line.
Th Salvator Ferragamo Bangkok Airport range of shoes is available at Amazon.
Open 24 hours
Louis-François Cartier was trained as a jeweller and initially started the business in 1847 after taking over the workshop from his master, Adolphe Picard.
In 1874 the business was passed to his son Alfred Cartier.
Then in 1899, Alfred handed the business over to his three sons, who were then instrumental in expanding the company internationally and making the brand well known amongst European royalty.
To this day, the brand still focusses on its primary products of jewellry and watches and the Cartier Bangkok Airport shop continues to uphold the family tradition of fine watches.
This range of Cartier watches can be seen at Amazon.
Open 24 hours
One store that should be on your shopping list is the OTOP shop. Products marketed under the OTOP branding are always popular gifts.
As the OTOP brand (One Tambon One Product) is synonymous with traditional Thai handicrafts and products crafted in the ways of old.
The OTOP program was developed and pioneered by the Thai Royal Family to provide skills education and home based business opportunities for rural Thai citizens.
The intention is to encourage the retention of traditional skills inherent in the Thai community and provide local work opportunities.
Your purchase is helping in more ways than one, and whatever you purchase from this OTOP outlet is going to support rural Thai communities and their families.
You will find the OTOP shop located towards Concourse C, opposite Gin Ramen Restaurant and if you need to do some shopping at Bangkok Airport then OTOP should be on your list of shops to visit.
The brand of Emporio Armani was founded as recently as 1975 by Giorgio Armani.
The Armani brand has many sub brands and is a prime Italian luxury fashion house and Italy's second-biggest fashion brand, behind Prada.
If you are looking for some fine Italian brand gifts, then stop by the Emporio Armani Bangkok Airport store and see what is on offer.
This select range of Emporio Armani watches is also available at Amazon.
Closes 10:00 pm
If you didn't manage to get to the famous Jim Thompson shop in Bangkok, then don’t despair because there is a retail outlet located right here in Bangkok Airport.
Inside the Jim Thompson Bangkok Airport store, browse amongst the array of silk scarves and ties, before selecting one for the man in your life, or perhaps you could purchase a silk shawl for that very special lady waiting back home.
Knowing that it is from Jim Thompson, she will appreciate the gift all the more.
This Duty Free Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport complex never closes.
Open 24 hours
The house of Fendi was created in 1925 by Adele and Edoardo Fendi. The first shop was in Via del Plebiscito in Rome and the brand originally focussed on fur and leather goods; something it is still know for today.
Until 1999 Fendi was a family-owned business until Prada and LVMH, one of the world's biggest luxury goods groups, took a controlling stake.
OTOP, Gucci and Jim Thompson shops are some of the many highly respected Brand Name retail stores in Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport.
Make a mental note to do some Duty free shopping at Fendi Bangkok Airport before departure and really make the most of your remaining time in Thailand.
This range of Fendi watches is available at Amazon.
If your Bangkok Airport shopping trip has been delayed, then browse through the Amazon online collection and treat yourself from the comfort of your home.
The Mont Blanc origin started in 1906 when designer Albert Epstein teamed up a banker called Alfred Nehemias to create a German manufacturing company of luxury goods.
Between the two of them they created a range of simple to use fountain pens that included a built-in ink well, which were revolutionary for that era.
The business was subsequently taken over by Wilhelm Dziambor, Christian Lausen and Claus Johannes Voss, who set it on the road to becoming a worldwide leader in the luxury accessory market.
The staff in this Mont Blanc Bangkok Airport shopping outlet are pleased to advise you, when selecting a gift.
Nowadays, the Montblanc brand, which was adopted for the company in 1934, is on other goods besides pens, including watches, jewellery, fragrances, leather goods, and eyewear.
If you have ever held a Montblanc pen, then you will appreciate how heavy and sturdy they feel; indeed a testament to that original German engineering focussing on the production of a quality accessory.
There is no better time to do that last minute Bangkok Airport shopping, than just before you make your way to the Departure gate and say farewell to Thailand.
This range of Montblanc watches and pens is currently available at Amazon.
Open 24 hours
So that's is a brief summary of the high-end Bangkok Airport stores, but if you already did some shopping in Bangkok, then you may be eligible to claim back the VAT that was paid on those goods.
Read below to see how you can claim back the VAT from your retail purchases.
The claim system is the same, whether you depart from Phuket Airport, Don Meuang Airport, but specifically I mention VAT Refund for tourists from Suvarnabhumi Airport in the description.
Can tourists claim back VAT at Bangkok Airport?
Eligible tourists are able to claim back VAT from purchases made during their stay in Bangkok.
Eligibility requirements to claim back VAT are:
How do I claim my VAT refund in Suvaranbhumi Airport?
Refer to the map below for the locations.
Further detailed eligibility and payment methods are outlined in the Thai Revenue Dept. website.
So there you have it:
What Duty free shops are in Bangkok Airport?
The full list of Duty Free shops is listed below: