Patpong Night Market, Bangkok
It's where I bought my Spiderman posters for US$1 each, or I guess less(?), and also those small Thai stone figurines with pointed head (Buddha) which you can get really cheap if you know the art of bargaining.
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What to buy: Clothings, shoes, bags, watch and other accessories mostly counterfeits of the original brands, bath accessories, CDs, lamps, ceramics, souvernir items..etc...
Arguably the most touristy of them all. Everything here (the same old things) is more expensive compared to elsewhere and in some cases, you would have all the luck in the world to meet some really unpleasant stall owners. Had a mate who asked some questions on a product and when he decided not to purchase it, met a barrage of obscenities thrown at him. (I returned some volleys of my own - like cursing the owner an eternity of bad sales)
The stalls start coming alive at around 5.30pm but it would not be till 7.00pm before things really get thick. In some ways, the stalls and the many unsavoury outlets here go hand in hand, complimenting each other. Where in the world can you buy fake Rolexs and get to see pussy blows pingpong balls for instance?
The entire flea market extends across many streets, both back & front but it is Soi Patpong that is the real main artery. As per other flea markets, you can purchase all sorts of crap here, albeit more pricey. Bargain hard and don't be afraid to hurl a few vulgarities if the stall owners get rude with you.
Patpong Night Market saw its hey days in the 1980s where it showed Thailand the formula on how to organise a really good and atmospheric flea market. For decades, tourist flocked here to get cheap and good items. But today, new upstarts had begun to steal some glory and thunder away from Patpong. Together with the big heads of some of the stall owners, Patpong is increasingly under siege and may one day ends up as shopping paradise lost.
What to buy: The usual crap.
What to pay: BARGAIN!!
Besides being a famous place for "you knoww what", this place offers great shopping experience and food fun-fare!
By now, you'll realise that what I said it true..That you can go to any market and you can get most of the stuffs....Probably the choice or pattern of choice might differ...
I bought lotsa t-shirts here..Pretty cheap, around B$10 to B$20 only. Nice prints and its still lasting me till today. :)
This place has been happening ever since. Lota of people and rather lots of stuff to see & buy here. Almost everything is bargainable. For eg. A polo tee starting price cost about 550 bht - after bargain it is 200 bht. See what i mean.
Another tips - wear something cool. it can get very hot in there and becareful of your belongings.
What to buy: Mainly imitation stuff ranging from tee shirts, watches & bags. Local products are avaiable too.
What to pay: Depends on you bargaining skills : )
You can find clothes, as well as jewel and other souvenirs. You will also be offered for "banana show" and "ping pong show"... Personnally, I am not fond of these kind of show...
What to buy: Clothes, jewels, DVD, silk, etc.
What to pay: Again, bargain and be carefull!
Everytime i'm in bangkok, i would definitely be carrying back a lot of these, coloured tealights and zen-looking candle holders.
You can find them almost everywhere in bangkok. Siam Sq, MBK, roadside stalls, Patpong and of course Chatuchak. I bought these 3 lovely black tealight holders at the basement of MBK at 170 Thai Baht. It's pretty reasonable to me.
Indian and Chinese markets are giving the best rate for the knock off items people take home (LV, Rolex, Prada...). If you are getting things at Patpong, you aren't getting the best or cheaply. If you look around and see loads of tourists, like yourself, you're stuffed. Still, its a good time, but if you want to pick up some class III copies of Rolexes or some good cheap reproductions of LV bags, get out into the little chinatown/india markets and hunt there.
What to pay: Polo shirts = 3-4 Euros
Rolex class I = 10-20 Euros
Rolex class II = 20-30 Euros
Rolex class III = 70-150Euros
LV bags = 10 - 100 Euros (size matters)
If you want the latest Louis Vuitton or Gucci bags, Rolex watches or the latest block buster film on DVD, then Patpong night market is the place to go.
There are row upon row of market stalls in a couple of streets in the Patpong area flanked by numerous go-go bars.
The fakes are usually good quality and cheap but you do have to bargain and you do have to take a chance on everything working when you get home.
At this market you can find a lot of fake but good stuff.
This is also a good place to watch the crowds of people wandering around here at night.
There is a lot of bars offering sex shows on both side of the market. And they will offer you both "ping-pong" and "banana".
What to buy: Here you can buy you a new fake Rolex or some Gucci t-shirts....
Or what about some DVD films..... copies...
What to pay: Cheap!
Bangkok's largest night market where you can find practically everything. Clothing, clocks, watches, leather goods, silk, souvenirs, etc, but you must be able to bargain well! Most items are 500% over charged. The main products on sale are ready-to-wear garments with many imitation brand name items, Versace, Gucci, Levi's, Nike, etc. Also available are pirated CD's, DVD's and videos, computer software, Rolex watch copies and the like.
Although known as a red-light district Patpong has a very large tourist market. This is a nice place to pick up souvenirs at reasonable prices.