The Night Bazaar nowadays, is overrun with the Thai mafia who control the vendors and most of the products are bootleg. It's also not a very safe place for tourists. Most of the vendors at Night Bazaar are happy to cheat them and take their money. I recently know about an incident where a farang was attacked by 3 Thai people and physically assaulted. The police were summoned but did nothing to the perpetrators. Apparently Thai law does not protect victims of assault and assault and battery are not considered a crime in Thailand as in most other countries.
Also, most of the vendors at Night Bazaar are from another area of Bangkok called, Pot Pong, a very sleazy market of bootleg goods and very nasty Go Go bars. The sellers at Pot Pong are complete low-life and many farang have been assaulted and ripped-off there. To escape the bad reputation of Pot Pong, many of these vendors have moved to the Night Bazaar, and have brought their low-life habits with them, making the Night Bazaar an unpleasant, unsafe place - same as Pot Pong.
I'm speaking from experience as I have lived in Thailand for over 5 years and have been visiting for almost 20 years. In places like the Night Bazaar and other outdoor markets such as JJ (Jatujak), tourists need to careful with their valuables. There are many pickpocket gangs and many people who want to cheat tourists and do harm to them. Everyone who has not visited Thailand thinks that it is a peaceful Buddist country, but in some ways it's also like the wild west. Be careful and watch your back!
Suan Lum - Night Bazaar
Bazaar and Nightlife together!! An excellent place to be. Rock and pop music in a large place.
Name: Suan Lum
Attraction Type: Night Bazaar
Close to: Lumpini Park
How to go there: BTS Skytrain station: Sala Daeng after change to MRT (metro) and next station: Loumpini
First Photo: Suan Lum Night Bazaar
Second photo: Suan Lum Night Bazaar
Third photo: Suan Lum Night Bazaar
Forth photo: Khmer monument in Night Bazaar
Fifth photo: Singers in Night bazaar
Suan Lum, a place with a bit of everything - Food, shopping, Massage parlour, beer garden
Was there during the weekdays and after rain, place looks quite although all the shops are open, those looking for food, beer, entertainment and massage, you could find it all there.
there is a live performance there, goes on everynight, with coupon system. nothing to say here though
Dress Code: come as you are
If you're looking for homewares and gifts this maybe a good night market for you to visit. It has a nice large outdoor food hall with live entertainment. It's also close to one of the Muay Thai boxing stadiums. These things sets it apart from the Patpong night market. It's a huge market with lots of choice. I have read online that the market was closed but it was definitely not closed when I visited during November 2007.
Suan Lum could best be described as the VIP outdoor market of Bangkok (where you're always welcome, of course). Covered walkways with centrally-located snack bars provide perhaps the most luxurious (outdoor) market shopping experience in the city. Several bars along with Thai, Italian, German, and even Mexican restaurants are conveniently within the market area, close enough to analyze the crowd while enjoying a drink, yet away from the market's hustle-and-bustle. In the same area, dinner shows featuring classical Thai puppetry can be enjoyed at the famous Joe Louis Puppet Theatre.
On the other side of the market's curious Khmer-looking temple walkway, lies a large outdoor beer garden, food court, and concert venue all rolled into one. Here one can indulge in an assortment of inernational and Thai beers and foods, with international fare either Japanese (yakitori and Asahi) or German (sausage, Paulaner, etc). Beer and food are accompanied by live Thai cover bands performing the latest local and international hits on stage. Also, don't forget to check out the Big Wheel, 'La Roue de Paris' while you're there! And, after a few drinks with friends, head out to one of Silom's many nightclubs.
Dress Code: Casual Wear.
Suan Lum has many of the same Thai trinkets and souvenirs you'll find in other of Bangkok's markets, but here under covered walkways and with a few bars, restaurants and a huge covered food court with live bands nightly. Well worth a wander. You can also enjoy live music or Thai comedies which are held in the entertainment hall of the Suan Lum night bazaar. The Bec Tero event hall can hold over 5000 visitors during the special shows and events and frequently is filled during these events.
Open: 6:00 pm- 12:00 am (every day)
Eventhought the night market has a wide variety of goods, the prices are not relatively cheap as compared to the malls in the central district. For example, a ladies handbag at the nightmarket was selling at ten times the price of those at MBK (for the exact same one..)
Prices are naturally jacked-up for tourists but why should you fall victim if another place is selling it cheaper.
It also has a large food court selling different cuisines out in the open space.
Dress Code: Dress lightly since it can get stuffy.
Suam Lum Night Mkt
- the ferris wheel is the main attraction here
- night market stuff are not as cheap as chatuchak
- the food ctr with a stage. u can catch the singer & 4 dancers with strutting goofy dancing, the food is nice!
- Nearest MRT Lumphini
- check out www.thainightbazaar.com
- can still walk walk around, nothing special here.
Lookin' for a chill night after a crazy evening? There's a place in Suan Lum Night Bazaar. Other than the beer garden at the front gate, I found "The Tank" a very good spot to drink it all up. This place isn't cool, hip or anything...no live music, no DJs, but it offers a wide-variety of food + draft beer (both Thai and int'l) a nice place to sit and talk after a long, hard day.
Nearby, there's a Coffee House "Doi Tung", Thai-grown coffee supported by Her Majesty the Queen. Also some handicrafts and souvenirs from the Northern part of Thailand for sales at the Mah-Fah-Luang Foundation.
Dress Code: Casual
There is a beergarden inside Suam Lum Night Market. We had a lot of fun with our 2-litres beer (dont think we are heavy drinkers, its only that we were six people...) with a small tap attached to serve yourself the beer. It also includes a system to maintain the beer properly cool. The only inconvenience was that we only were offered very light snacks, but it was also our fault, because there are a lot of stalls around where you can buy many different kinds of food and take them to your table.
Hay una zona de cerveceria al aire libre dentro del Mercado Nocturno de Suam Lum. Nos divertimos mucho con nuestra cerveza de dos litros (no vayais a pensar que somos unos borrachuzos, es solo que eramos 6 personas) con un grifo pequenho para ir sirviendote tu mismo. Tambien incluye un sistema que mantiene la cerveza fresquita. El unico inconveniente fue que solo nos ofrecieron unos aperitivos muy ligeros, pero tambien fue culpa nuestra, porque hay un monton de puestos alrededor donde puedes comprar muchos tipos diferentes de comida y llevartelos a la mesa.
Dress Code: Casual
Suan Lum is a great night market for all the family to potter around . Here you are left to browse round the units which are all divided into blocks...i.e , clothes , audio or local artifacts , etc. There aren't the go-go bars or thai girls vying for trade here so you are free to enjoy the market and and all the local goods on sale , unlike at Patpong which is in 2 streets full of go-go bars with men/women offering you the delights of the ping-pong/banana shows .
I went here with my husband and son and not once were we hasselled by traders , I would be more than happy to come here with a girlfriend and just enjoy the atmosphere of the place . Prices were excellent and I found some great bargains , didn't even have to barter too much as they started at reasonable prices anyhow .
Great night market and addition to it is a beer garden which featured 2 big screens showing live telecast of soccer matches. The reason why I like Suan Lum Night Bazaar so much is because the space is not so cram as other night market and it is quite cooling to shop here. The price of the things sold here is moderate and you need to bargain hard to get better price. For me, I used the bargain, bargain and walk away method. If the shopkeeper has profit to earn at that price, he will sell the thing to you. Or else, he will not sell it to you. One annoying thing is it is hard to get a metered cab after going to the market.
Yes, in Asia, night market is quite common. Generally a great family activity taking the children stroll down night market to see some latest and unique item they in mind to buy.
Suan Lum Night Bazaar, a great night market which recently refurbished to upmarket and organise. If you heading for souvenirs, taste local delicacy, local handicraft and some not genuined branded clothes, this is the place.
SKILL REQUIRED : BARGAINING!!
There is a large beer garden in the middle of the bazaar. They sell coupons which you redeem for food and beer but I guess you could use cash if you run out of the coupons. You can order food from the side shops and eat at one of the tables in the garden. You can also order food and beer from sexy waitresses. They have different kinds of beers, local and European kinds. My favorite was Tiger beer (and fried fish/shrimp chips).
I wish I had taken some photos.
Dress Code: Casual. Jeans and T-shirt will be fine. It was hot, even in January, "the winter" there.
Suan Lum Night Bazaar is a more orderly version of Patpong and Chatuchak markets. The shops are well laid out and there is more corridor space between shops unlike the cramped conditions at Chatuchak market. The shops sell mainly Thai handicraft like Thai silk, lampshades, wooden carvings, trinklets and other decorative items. If you are feeling hungry or thirsty, there is a huge covered food court with numerous stalls selling a wide variety of food - Thai, German, Chinese, Japanese etc. You have to purchase cash coupons in order to buy the food and drink. There is a stage on which amateur performers blast out their songs at ear-splitting levels.
There are also a few al fresco dining cafes, restaurants and bars if you prefer something outdoor.
Suan Lum (Lumpini) night bazaar is probably the most famous of the night bazaars in Bangkok. Because of this there are a lot of tourists turning up here and in turn the prices are going up. While it is a little more expensive than places like JJ (Chatuchak) weekend market, it is still worth a look. Some real cool shops here a bit trendier and cleaner than most night bazaars in BKK. Nice restaurants and bars in the area aswell so come here do your shopping for clothes and thai memorabilia and go get a decent meal or drink in the surrounding restaurants.
Get here by using the MRT getting off at the Lumpini station or just get a taxi.