Everybody knows about Patpong Night Market, Chatuchak Weekend Market, Suan Lum.
But Saphan Phut Night Market - ah ha! It has the variety of goods we crave, but things are CHEAPER!!!!!! And because it is not really a tourist landmark kind of place, you rarely see tourists in the area.
What to buy: There was a whole stretch of young artists painting and drawing and sketching, and henna tattoos too.
The crowd is made up of mainly young thais.. eating, having a smoke, chatting in their little groups.. Probably a pretty popular hangout/meeting point ?
There were also vendors selling critters as munchies. This was where we did the fear factor thingey - see my tip on "Bugs for dinner" under "Off the beaten path" :)
What to pay: Much much cheaper than prices at Suan Lum. Most times, I didn't even feel the need to bargain!
so many stuff that you can find on this street. Most of the cloting is women clothes and its not so expensive. Its hot and not airconditioned here so its best to come in the evening.
What to buy: clothes, shoes, etc...
What to pay: Everything here is cheap but never forget to ask for a discount!
The Bangkok local markets are a fun way to spend a couple of hours. They are colourful and sometimes tasty, because there are street stalls with great and inexpensive food. It's said that the best thai food is the one you buy in the street!
It's a good way also to find some souvenirs and bargains, from local crafts, to clothes, sarongs.
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 :-))
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
To get to Wang Lung catch a ferry to Phrannok Pier next to Sirirajd hospital . At the pier there are a couple of restaurants & a great fresh coffee stand (not Black Canyon) if you need to rest .However ,keep wondering down a maze of Sois and you will come to this local Thai market .You won't see too many tourists down here that's for sure.There are all sorts of stuff for sale here like cloths ,bed linen,household goods,second hand cloth/shoes/bags as well as a wide range of food all very cheap.
What to buy: Don't miss the food especially the cheap sushi,fruit shakes.
What to pay: Very Cheap
Apart from being a haven for shoppers and culinary lovers, Bangkok is also a haven for tropical fruit fans like me. I was astonished to find the variety of fruits available here, not only the familiar ones but also the not-so-familiar, exotic ones. Tropical fruits are readily available all over Bangkok in supermarkets and also in traditional markets.
A traditional market with a particularly large selection of Thai fruit is on Phahonyotin Road just across from the entrance of the Chatuchak Market. While it's quite a distance from downtown, I was rewarded not only by the varieties but also by the low price. There are tons of fruit sellers here selling everything from durians, rambutans, mangoes, mangosteens, tamarinds, pomello, kaya, sapodilla, litchi, the list is endless. And you can bargain too!
There's also a large seating area where you can savour the fruit, especially durians (since most hotels forbid bringing durians inside). I didn't stay as long as I wanted to at the market because of time constraints but on my next visit, I will make sure I'll spend more time at this tropical fruit paradise.
What to buy: Tropical fruits:
- Durians (not too be missed)
There is a small market located near the north west corner of Wat Phra Keo. It is a nice spot to shop for cheap food, drinks, clothing, and souvenirs. There are not too many tourists here, so you will get a better feel for the locals than by walking down Sukumvit! I bought some local tropical fruits, called rambutan, to enjoy as a refreshing afternoon snack.
Going along Sukumvith you usually meet tons of street vendors with t-shirts and many other kind of stuffs you may or not may need. This was the first time though I met a *medicine* street vendor. It caught me because the "shop sign" was Viagra and Valium as to mean we take care of you from the training to the rest.
What to buy: I have no idea what pills they were selling but they claimed them to be viagra and cialis.
OK, can't remember where new rd is but I would try three different places. I am not sure about "high quality" or specifically what you are looking for.
The first I would try is Phetburi Rd. This is the clothing district. Not unlike Chatuchak market where you can walk for hours in nothing but cloth and textiles. I would be surprised if you can't find it here.
The second/third place that I would try is Chinatwon and Indian town. Bith located about in the same place. China town has a lot to offer as far as cloth and textiles, but not as much as Phetburi RD. Indian town is right around the corner from Chinatown, and many of the tailors in Bangkok are Indian. They deal in a lot of cloth and textiles here.
This is like another Jatujak weekend market. However, the environment here is not that humid compare with JJ market. Sepanput night market close at 2am.
What to buy: Sandels, old canvas shoes, clothes..etc.
What to pay: Bargain!
Sukhumvit Road begins in Bangkok, as a continuation of the Rama I and Phloenchit roads which span Pathum Wan district. Starting from where the boundaries of the districts of Khlong Toei, Pathum Wan and Watthana meet, it runs the entire length of the border between Khlong Toei and Watthana, then passes through Phra Khanong and Bang Na districts.
Every evening, both sides of Sukhumvit Road--from Soi 3 (Nana) to about Soi 17--teems with counterfeit goods of sorts. Your favorite brand names are available in all shapes and sizes at incredible prices. As the strip is close to the Nana Entertainment Plaza and near dozens of good restaurants, hotels (like my hotel Amari Bouevard) and pubs (like my favorite Gullivers) , there is absolutely no way to be bored on your trek. "Walk, shop, drink and party" is truly the best way to sum up a visit to this part of Sukhumvit but beware, it is cheaper to buy in Chatuchak or even pratunam.
What to buy: Counterfeit Soccer Shirts at 150 Baht, Pants at 300 Baht, Durian at 50 Baht a Kilo. Assorted Key Chains and Trinkets at 50 Baht (expensive!), Pirated DVD movies for 80-120 Baht, Roasted Coconut Juice at 20 Baht, Cha Yen (thai iced tea at 18 Baht) Eat at Took Lae Dee in Foodland or at Thai Food Terrace and Beer at Tunnel Bar and A Lot more!
What to pay: 50-500 Baht (1.50-32 USD)
At night, Bangkok comes alife with street market in most part of the city springing up and selling items like t-shirts, hats, souvenirs, etc. These items, especially, t-shirts tends to be about THB100 and that price could be negotiated.
These markets could be on the overhead bridges connecting to skytrain station, sides of roads.
You'll find street markets all over Bangkok. This woman in animated conversation was at a stall in a market near the river.
What to buy: You can see the fruit as well as various types of gifts.
The variety of goods available on the streets of Bangkok is staggering. Anything branded or with a designer label will be fake. Hand-made goods though, such as these fans, can be good buys.