Suan Lum Night Bazaar, Bangkok
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.
A good place to go in the evening. Airy and quite clean. Items like Home decor are abundant - another alternative to Chatuchak. Try the beer garden for a variety of food - looks unclean but its reasonable... 200 baht is enough for 2 plates of crab meat fried rice, vegetables and drinks.
When I arrived at the Bazzar I was sheltered. Couldn't really understand the need for so many vendors. My dad was responsible and explained it helped their light lifestyle. I thought I could judge a book by its cover, but soon grew on the experience. I was spoiled but knew something special was discovered by me. A extremely popular song that had been played on the year was soon being played by the trumpeter and live band at a night club, and it was tremendous. I was more attractive but shy and wouldn't relate but enjoyed walking and making my dad happy.
Dress Code: I
Suan Lum Night Bazaar, the first official night bazaar ever available in Thailand, right in the heart of The Big Mango itself.
Located at the south-eastern corner of Lumpini Park, “Suan” is the Thai word for park and “Lum” is the abbreviated version of the proper name.
Open 7 days a week from 3:00 PM to midnight – some spots until 2:00AM – it is so convenient and easy to find.
To get to Suan Lum Night Bazzar take the Skytrain to S2 Sala Daeng ,Station (Silom Line).
Walk about 100m and you will see Si Lom MRT station. Take the train to Lumpini and you will see Suan Lum Night Bazzar.
Or just take a 15mins walk from Sala Daeng to Suan Lum Night Bazzar.
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A clean and well organised area for food and shopping. You will feel safe here.
There are different areas for different types of dining - hawker stalls, restaurants, fast food.
The food stalls at the food court sell Thai and western food, all purchased with coupons. Unused coupons can be exchanged for cash.
There is also free entertainment with singing and dancing on a big stage.
The shopping area has many shops selling craft and clothes as well some selling packed local food like dried durian, dried jackfruit etc. Prices quoted are reasonable (more reasonable than at Chaktuchak Market and if you like to bargain, you can get it lowered a little). Frankly I wished I had known about this place before I shopped at Chaktuchak. Some shops sell boutique quality clothes.
There is a money changing facility available (run by a bank) until 10pm.
Metered taxis and tuk-tuks easily available for your return trip.
The Suam Lun night bazaar is located virutally next door to Lumphini Stadium where you can indulge in some Thai boxing. The night bazaar itself is a relatively new addition to Bangkok and hosts numerous shops and stalls. It also seems to house, for some reason unknown to me, enough German restaurants to satisfy a small Bavarian town.
But, the place to eat is the main open air food court / neer garden near the entrance to the bazaar. Buy your coupons when you enter as cash is not taken by the stall holders. Find a seat (which should not be too hard as there are numerous young girls working for the beer stalls who are around to help). These same girls will take your beer orders and fetch your drinks; but food is self service. The food court caters for a number of styles of cuisine; but is obviously south east asian dominated. The food is all wonderful and fresh.
At one end of the food court there is a stage where live music is often served up. It is a bit karaoke but after a couple of beers you tend not too notice. Also, if it rains, don't panic. There is a retractable roof which will soon glide across the open space at the first sign of a dark cloud.
Here, many kinds of food you can choose, also many brands of beer (Thai beer and import one) you will enjoy while listening to a live band.