Night Markets, Bangkok
A shopping paradise?
Fondest memory: I've more and mores visitors inquire me about where in Bangkok they can shop until they drop. Then, I found VT would be a good place to share all these to other people too.
- The most popular place for foreigner would be Jatujak market, Take sky train and get off "Mochit" station or MRT "kampangphet" station (NOTE : this station is closer to the market than jatujak station) you can find everything you need there ....cloths, accessories, foods, home decorations, souvenir and it's cheap. (you can find everything as long as it's not an aeroplane!) ; open Sat-Sun around 10.00 am-17.00 am. few shop open on weekday but very few, not worth going during the weekday
- SuanLum night bazaar ; take MRT and get off at Lumpini station ; it's like Jatujak "night version" I prefer to take my visitor to this market than jatujak as it's open everyday at night "I don't have to soak and squeez with million people like in jatujak. But its a pity. Soon, this market will be demolish and replaced by huge complex
- Banglumpoo : Backpacker places "kaosarn road" It's quite a nice shopping for foreign visitors, you'll be able to find your "thai momentos" and cheap cloths. Oh one more thing, many tour agents and it's quite competitive. Enjoy your bargain. This is also close to many attractions like grand palace, marble temple, boxing stadium etc.
- Woman shopping, "soi lalaisap" : Take the sky train and get off "Chong Nonsi" station, or any bus that pass "silom road" this shopping lane is beside Bangkok Bank's head office. I recommend this market if you wanna buy local snacks, cloths, rather suit women shopping than men
- Patunam : " rather cheap cloth market" but design and quality is what you pay
Actually when I first walked on along streets of Bangkok, i was pretty darn excited about the shopping. Just like Hongkong, bkk is the place for shopping, where they had little booths set up along the streets selling items from great souvenirs to pirated DVD's/CDs, u would be amazed to what u can pick up. But all the booths on silom soi and patong soi aren't set up until 9pm. So be sure to head out at night if u want to more variety.. It's definitely alive on the streets of silom at night.....actually it's crowded on the streets almost every single nite I was there, but more so on weds/fridays/sats.
Now if u want air-cond shopping, then i suggest MBK, all u have to do is take the train from SALA DAENG which is on silom soi to National stadium, MBK is right there.
But remember to have ur runners on, because this mall is 7 floors huge, packed with electronics to funky shirts, u name it...i'm sure u can find it in that mall.
And if that's not enough, u can try your bargaining skills at the weekend market (located at the Mo Chit station). Alot of great deals, from shirts and jeans, to bowls, pets and plants can be found in the premise.
Hope this helps......have fun!
Fondest memory: One of the most memorable moments in bkk would have to be the restaurant where i ate at. It's located at khao san rd. Almost half way down the road. It's this thai cuisine open patio restaurant which u will have to enter from a small side walkway. I don't remember what the restaurant is called, but there's not too many thai restaurants with an open patio concept. on that street. So try asking around or do a little searching. The nite i was there, i was seated right in front of the live band who played numerous of Beatles songs. Great food, and amazing atmosphere....one of if not the best dining experience i had in thailand.
Bargaining seems to be a national sport, so it's nice if you know some Thai numbers. To make sure, take a small calculator with you.
At the nightmarket in Patpong, every street vendor has one to facilitate the communication with the tourists.
Enjoy the many NIGHT MARKETS throughout Bangkok. PATPONG ROAD has turned out to be a busy place for shopping at night in the night bazaar. A lot of traders come in the evening and even at 8-9 p.m. to assemble their small outdoor shops.
Walking along this area is an exciting event for visitors. Many kinds of products, e.g. clothing, leather bags, watches, handicrafts, ceramic, wood carving, paintings, etc. are sold every night.
Not only the night bazaar, Patpong area offers many
kinds of entertainment, bars, beer bars, discotheques,
pubs, a-go-go dancing, and shows.
It is easy to have drinks, refreshment, and foods there
Fondest memory: Here I am ... shopping again!!! You can find lots of things in this so called Pasam Malam'stalls
Fondest memory: Smiley, relaxed people. Carts full of dry-roasted insects being pushed around the roads at night. A baby elephant being led around the backstreets. My firm efforts to shrug off the attentions of the 'girlfriends for a night' strung along Sukhumvit.
Favorite thing: Visit the markets. I mean, not all of them but at least go to the major ones like the night market in Pat Pong, Chinatown, World Trade Center, Chatuchak (if you like bargains and don't mind crowded 'gasping-for-air' places). I love visiting the markets of every new place because they give me a glimpse of how the people live. In Bangkok I saw a lot of handicrafts, shawls, sarong, drums, and food.
Favorite thing: If you are lost, always refer to the Map of Suan Lum Night Bazzar which can be easily seen on the street.