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When talking about shopping areas in Thailand - even in the city that full of the malls like Bangkok - there are many markets and famous walking streets that the locals love markets just as much as tourists because of the liveliness, delicious cheap street food and snacks.
On the other hands, markets are one of the huge parts of Thai cultures and the easiest way of getting close with local life in Bangkok. These are 5 iconic shopping areas in Bangkok that we highly recommend.
1. Chatuchak Weekend Market
Chatuchak Weekend Market is one of the world’s largest walking streets (also known as JJ market). The shops there are from all clothes bags accessories jewelry cosmetics to gardening art pet and book zone, also massive amount of street food and bars. Be careful to get lost in there and you might get more goodies than you expect.
Open hours: Saturday – Sunday 8am-9pm.
How to go: BTS Mo Chit or MRT Chatuchak Park
2. Srinakarin Night Market (Train Market 1)
Train Market or as locals call “Talad Rod Fai” is an open-air market selling vintage goodies from antique furniture to vintage fashion and some of modern fashion, cool restaurants, bars, snack stalls as well with its railway theme.
Open hours: Thursday-Sunday 5pm-1am.
How to go: Behind Seacon Square. You can take a motorbike from the nearest BTS Udom Suk.
3. Klong Thom
Khlong Thom Market or known as “Flashlight Market” due to the fact that shoppers need a torch to view the goods when shopping at night. The market is best known for its secondhand goods and everything from spare car parts, DVDs and CDs and electronic devices to clothing and toys.
Open hours: Daily for daytime from 9am-5pm, Only Saturday for night time from 5pm onward
How to go: The easiest way to get there is by taxi, but you can also take the MRT to Wat Mangkon Station.
4. Sampeng Market (Yaowarat)
Sampeng Market is in Yaowarat - Bangkok’s Chinatown, is basically a narrow shopping alley called Sampeng Lane (or Soi Wanit 1) packed with fantastic Thai street food and shopping markets which Sampeng is the most famous of them all. From cheap clothes, shoes, jewelry, kitchenware, electronics, toys, silk, to typical China stuff like tea, silk pyjamas, dried food, herbs, Chinese lanterns and also a place where many store owners come to buy wholesale deals.
Open hours: Daily from 9am-6pm
How to go: Take the Chao Phraya River Express boat to Ratchawong Pier, and walk for a few minutes or by taxi if you want to be comfortable.
5. Pratunam Market
Pratunam Market is the indoor wholesale market and there are also booths out in the alleys and streets around Pratunam. You will find clothes, shoes, and accessories like jewelry, handbags and sunglasses, also many of the stalls have ancient sewing machines at all hours of the day. This market is located in a popular tourist area, so here you will see a mix of locals and foreigners.
Open hours: Daily from 10am-8 pm
How to go: BTS Chit Lom station and walk from there. Follow Chid Lom road, get to Petchburi road untill you reach Ratchaprarop road and take a right on Ratchaprarop road.