The organic sound of vinyl have been causing quite a change in how we listen to music. Luckily, the City of Angels is home to more than a few places to find them. Here, the best record stores in Bangkok for music lovers.
Get ready to get your groove on at Garage Records in Bangkok. This record store started off small, with nothing but an online shop to show for itself, but today, Garage Records is one of the most popular record stores in Bangkok, and its plethora of vinyl to choose from probably has something to do with it. Prices vary almost as much as the selection.
In June 2014, three college friends opened 1979 Vinyl and Unknown Pleasures. Before this happened, their passion for music was solely shared among one another, exchanging CDs, song recommendations, and becoming music connoisseurs of sorts, before deciding that they would make a business doing what they love: listening to music. From 1990s alternative jams to British rock, these friends have certainly searched the music world in the hope of finding the best and most unique tracks, which can now be found at their record store in the form of vinyl tracks, albums, and more. This cool record shop is also located in one of the trendiest neighborhoods in town: Thonglor. Hidden Tracks Records opened in March 2013, and it has been hand-selecting unique and popular music to put in their shop ever since. The authenticity of a vinyl is what this record store loves about what they do, and they savor the surface noises a vinyl makes. Hidden Tracks Records is located just a 10-minute walk from Thonglor, one of the coolest BTS Skytrain stations in town. Stop in to check out this great music selection.
Vinyl-lovers do not have to be in Bangkok to check out this record’s store extensive collection. In addition to its storefront in Bangkok, ZudRangMa Records also has an epic online store that is chock-full of vinyl to choose from. Their website makes it incredibly easy for newbie collectors to hop online and check out their stock. The website also breaks the vinyl into different categories, including what they personally recommend, budget-friendly vinyl, artists, format, label, genre, and, finally, new releases. In addition to music from Southeast Asia, the Caribbean, Africa, and around the world, the team at ZudRangMa Records concentrates on the vintage sounds made across Thailand and bringing them back to the capital. ZudRangMa Records is also a record label, with a studio and bar duo found just adjacent their shop. Studio Lam is equipped with a bar and live music regularly, making it a great place to visit after the record store closes up shop.
Record Hunter is home to vinyl from all over the world. In addition to some rare Thai vinyl, visitors of this record store will find work all the way from Japan, Germany, and the United States, just to name a few. Record Hunter is also super convenient for those visitors who are simply passing through the city. In addition to accepting PayPal as a form of payment, this vinyl store can also ship your purchases worldwide. Some genres visitors can expect to find at this record shop include rock, world, gothic metal, reggae, and more.
This small but legit record shop is found among the chaos of Chatuchak Weekend Market. While the stall might be surrounded by a surplus of other goods and items for sale, Heaven & Hell Records Shop has always held its own against nearby contenders with its amazing selection of music. This store is particularly good for those music-lovers who are into heavy metal. In addition to vinyl, visitors of this small shop will also find t-shirts, cassettes, and more worth browsing.
Find a unique LP or pick up the newest release from your favorite artist at Fatblack Record. This record store is overflowing with good finds for music-lovers. Its rustic, brick interior is covered floor-to-ceiling with music lover’s favorite vinyl. Regardless of the release year or genre, Fatblack Record is sure to have something for everyone to listen to and enjoy. In addition to its storefront location, Fatblack Record is also a music label that both produces and releases exclusive vinyl albums of alternative Thai bands, many of which were made over a decade ago in the 1990s.
At Vinyl Die Hards, it is all about the atmosphere. Vinyl are simply tumbling off the shelving found throughout this record shop, with a multitude of genres to choose from. Prices start at just ฿100 (under $3), making it possible for vinyl-lovers to come, explore, and pick up a record or two without breaking their banks.