Top 5 Markets You Should Visit Once In Bangkok
You can’t leave Bangkok without visiting the markets in the city. The markets here offer a variety of unique things to shop, the delicious street food, snacks, and drinks. If you want to buy something in the market don’t forget to bargain over the price because the first offer they give you is always too high as negotiation is expected by the seller. Bangkok has some of the best and biggest markets in the world which is a part of Thai culture.
Night markets with appetizing street food are very popular. Let us talk about the top 5 best markets in Bangkok.
1. Chatuchak Weekend Market
Chatuchak Weekend Market is called the mother of all markets as it is the one of the biggest markets in Asia covering more than 1km. Chatuchak market is open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 6PM and closes at midnight. It also opens in the day time only on Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 6pm.
This market is divided into 27 sections, where each section has a specific type of items for sale like clothes, plants, art, etc. You can buy the things like wood carvings, clay handicrafts, local souvenirs from every part of Thailand, Buddhist amulets, wooden furniture, handmade decorated flowers, ceramic wares, Chinese wares, garden plants, stones, trendy fashions, silk, hill-tribe outfits, paintings of local painters, fluffy dogs, handbags, shoes, jewellery and fashionable Thai design at a cheap price. You can also eat and drink at small cafes and restaurants.
Chatuchak Weekend Market is called the mother of all markets as it is the one of the biggest markets in Asia covering more than 1km
2. Pratunam Market
Pratunam Market is famous for selling clothes, shoes, and fashion accessories at wholesale prices. Prices here are cheaper than most of the other shops. It is located at the intersection of Ratchaprarop and Petchburi roads. Shops and vendor stalls at Pratunam Market display all kinds of clothes, from shorts, T-shirts, formal evening dresses, suits, winter jackets to bizarre outfits and costumes.
The market itself is open 24 hours and Retail shops open at about 10am until 9pm. Best time to go is between 11am and 8pm.
Pratunam Market is famous for selling clothes, shoes, and fashion accessories at wholesale prices
3. Talad Rot Fai Train Night Market
Talat Rot Fai market is also called Train Night Market. The first Talat Rot Fai Market was initially located near the Chatuchak Weekend Market on a piece of land owned by the State Railway of Thailand. The market stalls were set up among unused train tracks, old warehouses and train wagons, therefore it got nicknamed Train Night Market. Later in 2013 they were forced to close down as the land was to be constructed into the BTS Skytrain Station Bang Sue Central. The market was then relocated to Srinagarindra Road. Two similar Talat Rot Fai night markets opened a couple of years later. One Talat Rot Fai opened on Ratchadapisek Road and the other Talat Rot Fai
opened on Kaset–Nawamin Road later the same year. Talad Rotfai Markets both have a hip and cool atmosphere, popular among young Thai people, although Srinakarin is the one with most antiques and collectible items and you will find plenty of delicious street food, snacks, drinks, used and new clothes, shoes, and accessories, as well as antiques and hipster vintage stuff.
The first Talat Rot Fai Market was initially located near the Chatuchak Weekend Market on a piece of land owned by the State Railway of Thailand
4. ArtBox Night Market
Artbox is a market where many of the stalls are housed in big shipping containers which looks cool. It is one of Bangkok’s trendiest outdoor markets. Stalls here offer vintage fashion, handmade accessories, funky gadgets, and trendy home décor at cheap prices. There are few bars, a live music stage, and an axe-throwing experience. Entrance to Artbox Bangkok is free. The best time visit is on weekends and evenings when the market is at its liveliest.
Artbox is a market where many of the stalls are housed in big shipping containers which looks cool
5. Sampeng Market
Sampeng Lane Market pretty much sums up the whole shopping experience of Chinatown Bangkok. It is located on Soi Wanit 1, a small alleyway running parallel to Chinatown’s main Yaowarat Road. This is a very busy market with rows of stalls peddling a wide range of goods. But it is one of the cheapest places for shopping in Bangkok which includes silk sarongs, jewellery, women’s shoes, home décor and appliances, toys, handicrafts, and dried food. It takes a couple of hours to fully cover all the area. The main Yaowarat Road is lined with Thai Chinese restaurants, as well as street stalls selling moo ping (BBQ pork skewers), kanom buang (crispy tacos with sweet filling), mango sticky rice, fish cakes, spring rolls, and sangkaya (coconut ice cream sandwich).
Sampeng Lane Market pretty much sums up the whole shopping experience of Chinatown Bangkok
Above is a list of 5 worth-vistting markets in Bangkok that you can visit to buy souvenirs, and gifts for relatives. Or simply observe the trading life of traders in these markets. Hope you find interesting things and good trip there!
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Questions & Answers (1)
You missed the biggest market. Pattivikorm market..
Sounds like it's time to plan a trip to Bangkok :)