Suan Lum Night Bazaar, Bangkok
Suan Lum Night Bazaar
The second best bazaar market in Bangkok also and with a great nightlife inside.
First Photo: Suan Lum Night Bazaar
Second photo: Fast food in Night Bazaar
Third photo: Music in Night Bazaar
What to buy: Shoes, Suvenirs, T-Shirts
There are many markets in Bangkok where you can buy everything from fruit and vegetables, to materials, copy goods, gold and silver.
The markets are always busy and extremely hot, but its worth the effort.
Patpong Night Markets has a huge range of copied goods such as handbags, watches and clothes. This area is also a famous nightspot with its many bars. Make sure you bargain hard as prices are very inflated here.
If you go by sky train get off at Saladaeng station.
Thailand's biggest markets are the Chatuchak Weekend Markets. They are located at Mo Chit Sky Train station.
Its a huge place and very draining to try and see it all - you would need a few visits. Everything can be bought here including animals, clothing, homewares, copy gear and handicraft.
There are over 8000 stalls and up to 200,000 people can be there in one day!!!
Suan Lum Night Bazaar in my opinion are the best markets. This place is not cramped, has lots of good food stalls, nightly entertainment and once again sells everything. Though it will not be open for much longer as they have been in the process of closing it down for well over a year now.
The night bazaar is only a short taxi ride from Silom Road. These markets are definitely worth a visit.
If you take your time to look around, you'll find quite a few 'boutiques' here. By that I mean, young people who design their own stuff and sell it here in their corner of a shop in this night market. I bought several shoes (around 750-1000 baht), dresses ( 200-800 baht), accesories etc from such shops. Unique stuff I must say. They have alot of creativity.
What to pay: Price ranges from 200 for the commonfare to 1000 for self-designed stuff
Going to the department stores like Central Dept Store, MBK mall, or others, you may not find "matching" sold as a set or exactly matching. But you can do the same thing in any other country by going to dept stores. You did not mention what kind, locally made? Ethnic?
You can go to the markets and match them yourself and probably come pretty close. There is the Sunday, or Chatuchak or Weekend Market, where you should be able to find almost anything you need. Be prepared to spend all day there as it is huge, only open Friday Sat and Sunday. There is Suan Lum market or Lumpini market or night bazaar, if it's still open, last I heard it was. Much smaller but they probably have at least the hand bag, maybe not the shoes but you never know. You could try China Town. They have a section of back alleys that is nothing but shoes and the shoe alley seems to run forever, I know, my wife dragged me down it. I don't think we ever found the end of it. You may also want to try Petchaburi markets or the clothing district. These places only scratch the surface of where you can buy these items.
Good luck and have fun
Suan Lum bazaar is the night version of Chatachuck weekend market. There’s quite a lot on sale here and it’s a good place to bargain for souvenirs, grab a bite or even buy furniture. It’s got a pretty big layout and there’s a lot of selection. It’s also nice to look at things in the cool of the night rather than the heat of the day.
What to buy: Antiques and furniture (along with just about everything else) can be gotten there.
What to pay: Asking prices are generally far above the final one. Bargain hard, but with good humor
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. Open: 18:00 - 00:00 (every day)
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.
What to buy: Creative gifts, trendy home items, clothing/jewellery boutique shops by local designers, packaged dried fruits, a few stalls selling the usual market CD's/clothing.
This is a huge night market that is clean and well-organised. However, prices are much higher than Chatuchak and other local markets.
6pm - midnight
1) MRT - Lumpini station
2) BTS - Saladaeng station
3) Bus - 4, 13, 14, 17, 22, 43, 45, 46, 47, 50, 62, 76, 109, 115, 116, 149, 173
Slash at least 60% off the calculator price!
Second trip to Thailand, without my knowledgeable husband, I lined up the tuktuk driver and said I wanted to go to Suan Lum - had only been to a fairly limited part of Patpong (or Silom - as I was to find out) - wondered why the cheeky driver said "what you want to go there for?". Took me about 10 mins to realise that I was at SILOM and not SWALUM - guess it was all in the way I tried to say it! He was well known to me, and when he came back, I said "why you bring me to Papong?" - and a comical conversation went from there - "this is Silom madame" etc. Anyway, I learned a geography and language message! If in doubt ask for the "night bazaar"!!
What to buy: The market experience at Suan Lum Night Bazaar is very different to Chatuchak - firstly its at night, and therefore COOLER, and its really quite nicely done, with all tiled indoor stalls. Its really growing - seen it every few months for last couple of years - and just gets bigger and more diverse. Lots of individual's craft, whether clothing and accessories, or more expensive homewares. Some of the artisans are very talented, and will probably get snapped up and lured out of the place with retail offers. Just have to keep something in reserve from the day to really appreciate this market. I find I am often so tired and foot weary, I don't have the energy to stay long - and I thought that was impossible!
What to pay: Bargain as hard as you can. Any tourist shopping venue has a go at top prices initially.
Not yet tired of whole day shopping and craving for more? Suan Lum Night Market offers wide variety of souvenirs, clothes, jewelry, bags, shoes etc. Within the m,arket you can also find small massage parlors offering foot massage to your tired feet.
We bought couple of items from here like glass souvenirs, pillow cases, candle holder etc.
Bargaining skill is definitely needed to get a good price.
This night bazaar is right across Lumpini Park. It's a great place to see local craft and other kitsch. There are good places to eat around, so it's a nice place to walk off your calories and spend some more baht.
When I was there last, there even a ferris wheel. Too bad, I didn't have time to ride it (I know, I'm such a kid).
What to buy: You can buy anything from clothes to jewelry to local art and craft to furniture to household kitsch. It's a feast for the eyes.
Although it was steamy hot out still at midnite (38C)...We made our way through this organized maze of shops, food vendors, beer vendors and everything else you could think of!! When we first entered, we ordered some really inexpensive Thai food which was very good..You first had to buy coupons, and then you could exchange it for food or beverage...They even had live music..It was actually a great big Food Court..
We shopped and shopped and shopped..til it was very late...and didn't buy anything!!! But there was just so many Thai Handicrafts, clothes, shoes, tshirts, etc, that i just couldn't decide what i wanted!!
If you're on the lookout for reasonably priced souvenirs, then I'd suggest heading down one evening to the Suan Lum Night Bazaar, which is right next to Lumphini park. It's not going to be there much longer, though - the tenants have been given notice to quit by April 2007 at the latest, as the site is going to be redeveloped.
While it lasts, it's great for an evening stroll and as it's much more tourist-oriented than Chatuchak weekend market, you just might find something to take home. There are several on-site restaurants, so you can spend the whole evening here. It's easy to get to - take the subway to the Lumphini stop, and the entrance to the market is right next to the subway exit. The market opens from 4pm to midnight daily.
Shopping place with a good ambience. Aside from the many shops, there are also nice outdoor restaurants, a tourism office, banks/money changers/atm machines.
What to buy: souvenir items
quality clothes, bags and shoes
What to pay: About 20% to 70% more compared to Chatuchak or local markets.
if you want high-end local products, suanlum night bazaar is your place...you can eat at their very big open food court and listen to bands play at around 9:00pm...food prices are affordable 70-80 baht (shrimp fried rice with drinks) per pax....the market is well-organized and clean, restrooms are also clean and well-maintained
What to buy: local handicrafts and clothes
What to pay: 1000baht and up for handicrafts and clothes
At Suan Lum, you may find that the stall owners are more willing to bargain than Chatuchak. My husband bought a T-shirt here at a lower price than at Chatuchak - about 150 Bhat. As he wears XXL, the larger sizes tend to be a little more expensive.
Managed to pick up souvenirs quite cheaply too - elephant sleeved chopsticks, salt and pepper shakers, etc they have the lot.
Also as it is a night bazaar, it is slightly cooler to shop here than at Chatuchak.