Shopping in Bangkok: The Best Markets in Thailand's Capital

Photo of Wing Yan Chan
9 February 2017

The overwhelming number of markets in Bangkok can often cause a headache. With limited time in the city, picking the must-shop spots is really important, which is why we’ve delved into the Land of Smiles to seek out the best bazaars and markets the capital has to offer.

Chatuchak Weekend Market | © edwin11_79/WikiCommons

Chatuchak Weekend Market

With over 8,000 stalls, Chatuchak Weekend Market ranks as one of the best and biggest local markets in Bangkok. The goods here range from plants and ornaments to local fashion brands and accessories at bargain prices; a kaleidoscope of products that allows travelers of all ages and interests to find something that suits them. Antique telephones, Thai pants, and delectable street food can all be found between the makeshift booths.

Opening hours: Sat & Sun 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Fri 6 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Watch out for: Some brilliant bargains
Address: Chatucha Weekend Market, Kampaengphet 3 Road, Khwaeng Lat Yao, Khet Chatuchak,Bangkok, Thailand

Rod Fai Market | © Jonathan Lin/Flickr

Rod Fai Market

This retro and vintage-themed bazaar is comprised of three zones: the ‘Market Zone; ‘Warehouse Zone’ and ‘Rod’s Antiques’. The most up-to-date fashion and accessories are up for grabs in the Market Zone. The Warehouse Zone offers all the different kinds of vintage items travelers can imagine, from household goods and electronic appliances to second hand apparel, while Rod’s Antiques is frequented by those in search of exclusive merchandise, like Japanese anime figurines, Coca-Cola collectibles and used cameras.

Opening hours: Wed, Fri, Sat & Sun 4 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Watch out for: Exclusive vintage wear
Address:Rod Fai Market, 51 Srinagarindra Road, Nong Bon, Prawet, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon,Bangkok, Thailand

Commodities in Suan Lum Night Bazaar | © ©russavia/WikiCommons

Suan Lum Night Bazaar

Known as one of the most entertaining outdoor night markets in Bangkok, Suan Lum offers up a medley of Thai commodities, delicate international cuisine and cold beer between its German, Italian and Mexican restaurants and bars. What’s more, events are scheduled regularly in the nearby Bec Tero center and the market comes complete with a big beer garden and food court.

Opening hours: 9 p.m. – Late
Watch out for: Cold beer, great street food, live band performances
Address: Suan Lum Night Baszaar, Ratchadaphisek Road, Chatuchak District, Bangkok,Thailand

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market | © iquinhosilva/Flickr

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

The most renowned floating market in Bangkok is one of a kind; a place to dust off your bargaining skills and haggle next to the water. Small boats selling fruit and veggies cluster along the banks of the river and all produce is guaranteed to be super-fresh and straight from the Thai fields. Remember to try and haggle sellers down: it’s part and parcel to Damnoen Saduak and gives the market its lively vibe.

Opening hours: 7 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Watch out for: Fresh vegetables and fruit
Address: Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, Ratchaburi, Bangkok, Thailand

Thai silk in Sampeng Market | © Globe-trotter/WikiCommons

Sampeng Market

Pay a visit to this hidden gem for inexpensive fashion. Visitors can shop from store to store to discover the latest Thai fashion in crowded lanes and aisles. Plenty of apparel, including pants, skirts, dresses and even formal wear tends to go for half the price as in shopping malls. There is also a vast selection of low-priced, Thai fabrics on offer, not to mention a whole bunch of super-friendly retailers to chat to.

Opening hours: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Watch out for: Affordable fashion
Address: Sampeng Market , Soi Wanit 1, Bangkok, Thailand

Amulet Market | © Chris Brown/WikiCommons

Amulet Market

Offering a wide selection of religious icons, the largest amulet market in the city is located near Wat Mahathat. Travelers can find talismans, amulets, charms and pendants that claim to bring good fortune, whilst exploring the depths of Eastern mysticism at its most earthy. Buddha statues in exotic styles made with gems, engraved images, whittled statuettes and blessed bracelets are all on sale. Remember though: there are some strict rules in place about buying and transporting images of the Buddha, so check before you buy.

Opening hours: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Watch out for: Exotic Buddhist religious items
Address: Amulet Market, Phra Borom Maha, Ratchawang, Bangkok, Thailand

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