Chinatown is awesome for buying things wholesale; you'll usually get a 10-15% discount if you buy three or more of an item. Everything from quirky dancing Santa dolls to funky keychains to the latest in Kpop jewelry, look around Chinatown and you'll likely find it. It's a veritable hodgepodge of things.
What to buy: Costume jewelry, knick-knacks, hair accessories, sewing stuff like buttons and thread
What to pay: 100 to 1000 baht, depending on how much you're picking up
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First Photo: Soi Wanit market in Chinatown
Second photo: Soi Wanit market in Chinatown
Third photo: The main street outside Soi Wanit market
Forth photo: Soi Wanit market in Chinatown
Every time I go the Bangkok,
I look for shops that
have extended hair pieces.
These accessories are fantastic
for bad hair days or to
just change your look.
Why wait years and years
to grow your hair very long?
Not to mention the cost to
maintenance you hair healthy.
You can find these pieces
in large department stores,
but at double the price, if not more.
Within a hidden corner of Chinatown,
tucked away in the area
where all Indian things are sold,
is a shop that has an
extensive choice of wigs
and hair pieces.
You need to get to Pahurat road,
next to Triphet Road and
walk into the hidden maze of stalls.
Within that area you will find the shop.
What to buy: Wigs and Hair Pieces
If you love jewellery, do not miss Chinatown (Sampeng Lane). I bought so much jewellery there, I can open my own store!
Opening hours: not sure but I was there at 8am and the market is already buzzing with activities.
1) Bus: No 1, 4, 7, 25, 53, 501
2) Boat: Ratchawong Pier
1) Sampeng is off the main road. It may be a bit difficult to locate if you're on foot, but dont worry, just say 'Sampeng' and the locals will direct you to the right place.
2) Be adventurous. Walk through all the small alleys and you'll find plenty of 'hidden' shops selling more jewelleries, shoes and handbags.
3) Ask for wholesale price. Then ask how many you need to buy (from the same store) - the answer is usually 3 pieces.
The alleys in Chinatown are so narrow - and need to accommodate the shops inside, vendors on the "footpath", loaded motorbikes with stocks in and out for the day - or just passing through, mobile food vendors, beggars and hoards and hordes of shoppers. Absolutely no such thing as being in a hurry - and there is a great tolerance for the slow pace, the cramping and absolute absence of "personal space", moving at an instant's notice for motorised "traffic" and the general throng of it all.
What to buy: You can buy it best by the dozen or half dozen! So cheap in larger quantities - most of the shops are "wholesale only". There are whole streets with just one thing to sell - especially shoes, shops dedicated to one item only - such as plastic bags, bed sheets, rope and strings, hair accessories, bags, undies, watches by the gazillions, semi-precious stones, pet accessories........!
Food vendors either stay put or wander through - the best fresh fruit, drinks, hot unnamed treats, the lightest little cakes, sticky rice yummies.
What to pay: Buy by the dozen and spend as little as possible! You always get the most for your dollar here. Be careful too - and, if you think you can make your way back to a better price, get quotes - as I have found that, even buying large quantities, the prices can vary staggeringly!
The market in Chinatown stocks everything in bulk at a fraction of the price you pay at the Bangkok markets.
What to buy: If you're looking to stock up on accessories, hair accessories, souveniers to take home as gifts... socks... evrything under the sun!
What to pay: Very little - but you need to buy in bulk
This is a shop selling local Chinese food products like pork floss crackers, preserved tropical fruits, fruit candies etc. The owners are friendly and kind. As we left the shop and boarded a taxi whose driver does not seem to understand where we wanted to go, the shop owners sent their assistant to clarify with the driver. We had a pleasant experience shopping here.
Wander around on the streets parallel to the main street of Chinatown and you'll find some amazing alley-way shops. Wholesale costume jewelry, Clothes, Household stuff, Kitchen Stuff, You name it! Closes at 7 but things get a bit dark, crowded, and weird after dark so - maybe better to be out of the side street area by dark. Good fun to just snoop around - who needs to go to the weekend market?
What to pay: Cheap! And you can barter - the more you buy and the more you talk "wholesale" the better the prices!
If you visit the Chinatown area, you can wander around the many small street markets you will find there. I have never bought anything there: they are mainly food markets and I am not gonna cook anything as a tourist, and, most important, I can hardly recognize any item that they sell!!!!
But anyway, walking around and getting lost in this odorous charming mysterious markets has always been a pleasant activity for me. Besides, it gives you many good photo opportunities :-))
to hair items,
to smelly foods,
junk, junk and more junk.
This is an excellent place to buy junk!
And at wholesale prices!
What to buy: Junk
There is so much stuff to buy here!
If you have a daughter
who likes Barbies, Hello Kitty
and all of that stuff,
look no further!
Tons and tons of things
of the Barbie line.
to buy here.