Shopping is one of the most popular entertainments in Bangkok. Here the cost of goods is significantly lower both for global brands and for local goods. At the local markets you can also buy souvenirs and gifts to your friends. Visiting Thai Markets is a great opportunity to watch a show, try national dishes and even get a massage. In our article we will tell about the most popular and unusual markets in Bangkok.
Chatuchak Market is one of the largest market in Bangkok and around the world. It is located near Mo Chit station, on the opposite side of the northern bus terminal. The market covers an area of about 142 thousand m² and includes a huge variety of small shops. Every day about 200 thousand buyers come to the market for shopping, leaving a lot of money (almost 700 000 dollars). The market is open from 9 am to 6 pm every weekend (Saturday and Sunday). There is a wide range of goods on the market: clothing, household items, antiques, shoes, musical instruments, animals and plants. Chatuchak is well-known for its affordable prices. The cost of goods at the market is almost 2 times lower than in many other markets and shopping centers of the city.
During your vacation in Bangkok, it is worth to visit the Patpong night market and watch how the usual Silom and Suivong streets turn into a vivid sight. A couple of hours before the opening, the merchants install tents and carry out beautiful electric lighting. The market is open to visitors from 07:00 pm to 02:00 am. Clothing, shoes, leather goods, souvenirs, ceramic and wooden products are sold here. While buying a product it is worth to bargain, as merchants reduce prices even up to 50%.
In Bangkok you have a unique opportunity to see how markets just grow on the rivers and canals of the city early in the morning. Damnoen Saduak is the most popular authentic floating market, located 100 km from the city in the Ratchaburi district. Trading starts at 7:00 am and ends at 04:00 pm. In the floating market, you can not only purchase various products, but also try Thai dishes cooked right in the boat. You can visit Damnoen Saduak during Floating Market tour.
Pak Khlong Talad, which is located on the east coast of the Chao Phraya River, is considered to be the largest flower market in the country. Here you can buy lilies, roses, chrysanthemums, orchids and other flowers. Each bouquet is packed in paper with great care, and you can get advice from merchants how to take care of flowers. The Thais buy flowers here mainly for offerings to the spirits. The market works around the clock, but it is better to go shopping in the evening, when the intense heat subsides.
The colorful market in Chinatown, which is located at the town square of the same name, is becoming increasingly popular among tourists in Bangkok. Here you can buy various Chinese-made goods: clothes, household goods, gadgets, souvenirs, medicines and ingredients for them. The market is open daily from 9 am to 6 pm.
It is located at the intersection of Yowarat and Charoenkrung Chinatown streets. In the past, there was a successful trade of stolen goods. But nowadays second-hand goods, antiques, electronics, musical instruments and other things are sold here. This market has become a commission shop for the city. It can be visited from 8:00 am to 05:00 pm.
Fans of extreme can visit Maeklong market - a real sight of Thailand. It is located on the railway tracks in the city of Samut Songkhram. The local population calls it a market covered with umbrellas. However, this is a very dangerous place. Trade tents are located right on the rails near Maeklong station and trains run 6 times per day. Specially trained people help the driver to ride along the territory of the market. Vegetables, fruits, seafood are sold here at fairly low prices. Getting here is not easy, so it's better to go on Bangkok Walking Tour.
During your stay in Bangkok, you should definitely visit one of the local markets. Such shopping will leave an unforgettable impression for the whole life. Here you can also buy a lot of high-quality Thai goods, which can be an excellent gift to your friends and relatives.