If you’ve come to this page for information on where to buy cheap (but quality) luggage in Bangkok, then I am sure you’ve also encountered other Google search results about travel forums talking about the same topic. I also know that one of the advice you read from those travel forums mentions MBK as one of those places where you can buy cheap luggage in Bangkok. I did go to MBK my first time here in Bangkok and even though you can haggle with the small store owners, I would not recommend it and I am writing this to give you, readers, another convenient option.
There is no shortage of buying cheap luggage in Bangkok and hailing from the Philippines myself and once in a while trying to convert my baht into pesos in my head, I have come to know the difference. My first stay in Bangkok was in May this year for two weeks and I arrived here in Nonthaburi (same place I stayed at before) on July 2nd and am about to leave on July 30th, that’s in two days from now. During these two separate visits, I have bought 2 luggages.
When I tried going to MBK because Caucasian and European travelers alike deemed it as one of the best places to buy cheap luggage in Bangkok, I was questioning myself whether or not it was worth heeding that travel forum advice. Since I stayed in Nonthaburi in May, it was quite a travel by taxi to get to MBK. I had to pay for the toll fee once, which the Grab driver was kind enough to let me know. MBK is huge and I did scout each floors for stores selling luggages and after two hours I was not so impressed. So, yeah, you better think twice about what you read on travel forums these days.
I did find a decent page to buy cheap luggage in Bangkok, though. I tried browsing through Lazada.com’s Thailand page. I already have a Lazada account from the Philippines and I did have to sign up again by using my Google sign-in credentials, too. It was shipped to my apartment within two days and best of all, delivery was free. I bought it for 999 Baht; the ones I found in MBK were around 1500 Baht. I did get a better deal and I did not have to go out, pay for the fare and toll fees because the luggage was delivered right to my doorstep.
My second luggage purchase from Lazada Thailand was priced at 890 Baht. I bought it just this month. You have to be aware of the dimensions you want in a luggage. The item description in the website is not lacking in that info. And, yes, I also did get it within two days from ordering it at Lazada Thailand’s website.
If you’re staying more than a week in Bangkok and need to replace your luggage, try to browse through Lazada Thailand. Make sure you tick the option “Ships from Bangkok/Thailand”.
UPDATE: May 1, 2018
Just an FYI to anyone still searching for keywords related to this article, I have been using the 2 luggages I bought in Lazada Thailand for 10 months already and I have been consistently moving from one country to another on an average of every two months or so. Both luggages are still intact despite being constantly on the road.
UPDATE: SEPTEMBER 4, 2019
For someone like me who had been travelling 5-6 times a year for that period, I can say my two suitcases bought online at Lazada Thailand have served their purpose for 2 years. I’ve had to say good-bye to these two old suitcases as I decided to buy a new bigger (29″) one so I can check in only one luggage.
I went with the clamp style this time because from past experience, I found the zipper type of the same size only lasted me 2-4 trips. I bought this at a BP World branch in Esplanade Ratchadaphisek for only 2,700 baht. My budget was originally for 4,000 baht for a clamp suitcase type but as I went to check out other shops at the said mall, I found BP World displayed some discounted ones, some at 50%. Try to check out any BP World branches in other malls in Bangkok as well for their discounted suitcases.