Bangkok’s Markets



Bangkok’s Markets

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Markets are a fundamental part of Bangkok life. Both specialty and general markets provide great browsing, whether you are interested in flowers or fabrics, sarongs or stamps. Do not try to take in too many markets in one outing – focus on one area and explore that in depth. Nancy Chandler’s Map of Bangkok, readily available locally, can be a great help in planning a market sortie.

Khao San Road Market may take up only one tiny road, but it has become a legend among backpackers as a source of almost anything imaginable. In addition to rucksacks, hiking boots, and other travelers’ equipment, it is good for secondhand books, jewelry, clothes, bags, and pirated DVDs.

Banglamphu Market is a typical neighborhood market with general stalls displaying food, shoes, clothes, and assorted bric-a-brac.

Pak Khlong Market is the most lively and atmospheric wholesale fresh produce market in the capital. Open 24 hours a day, it is best viewed – and cheapest – between 10pm and 5am, when exotic blooms line the pavements along with fruit and vegetables.

Phahurat Market is the commercial hub of Bangkok’s Indian community. Fabric sellers and tailors predominate, and the air is filled with the aroma of Indian food and spices.

Nakorn Kasem, otherwise known as the Thieves’ Market, in Chinatown was once a focus for stolen goods. Today, it is a good place to pick up pots and pans, antiques, ceramics, and furniture. Hard bargaining and a sharp eye for spotting fakes is recommended.

Sampeng Lane Market (Soi Wanit), in a former red-light district, has bargain priced quality fabrics, toys, household goods, Chinese decorative items, and stationery.

Bangrak Market is a small but thriving local bazaar. Many of the top hotels buy their fruit, vegetables, meat, and seafood from here. The market also has fabric and clothes stands.

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