Lalai Sap Market is a hidden bazaar tucked in the narrow back alleys of Bangkok’s Silom area. While Bangkokians all know about this place, anyone new to town driving or walking past the market's discrete entrance would probably miss it, no matter how vast it actually is.
This market is a complicated mix of shophouses and boutiques connected by stalls and sidewalk vendors as well as air-conditioned mini-malls and food courts. Lalai Sap is just down the road from the famous Patpong market and is more interesting and more real – it’s basically a bazaar mixed with a market selling less touristic stuff, offering an interesting window on Bangkok daily life.
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Discover a colourful variety at Lalai Sap
Lalai Sap is incredibly busy on weekdays at lunchtime when thousands of office workers walk out the numerous banks and insurance buildings on both Silom and Sathorn. It is also different from any other markets as it only opens for a very short period of time, getting ready before lunch breaks to wrap up soon after.
And because the clientele is a young generation of office workers, you'll find here an eclectic range of items varying from tropical fruits, snacks, sweets to large amounts of cheap fashion accessories and plenty of kids clothing and toys. There’s plenty here to keep you busy for an hour and when the crowd or heat become overwhelming, walk into the old-fashioned but well air-conditioned Trinity shopping mall and the Villa Market selling a convenient mix of local and imported groceries.
Eat like a local at Lalai Sap
With such a convenient location – in the middle of the business area of Bangkok – it's no surprise that you’ll find here several large and clean food courts. The most surprising is one inside a garage with an elevated carpark with platforms lifting cars, to allow a second car to park below… not the most romantic place but worth a photo.
All these huge covered eating courts sell a huge choice of local food at very low prices… The concept is smart and simple when lunchtime is short: walk around and buy your food at one of the many lined-up stalls and walk to any available table. Once you’re done, just walk away. Try it, it’s always more fun to eat like locals, but get ready for a serious crowd at peak hours. Anyway, since you’re on holiday and the rest of the customers aren’t, best is to come just before noon or later when everyone is back to work. Even so, there might not be much food left to choose from.
Lalai Sap Market
- Opening Hours: Monday–Friday from 7am to 5pm (closed on Saturday and Sunday)
- Location: Silom Soi 5, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500, Thailand