Papaya Vintage Shop in Bangkok

Ali Baba meets Indiana Jones

Papaya vintage is like no other shop you have even seen before. Many have heard of it but few have actually stepped inside it. It is so bizarre that some of the greatest and genuine vintage items on display are not even for sale! So, what kind of shop would do that?

If you haven't been there before, you won't be impressed by the location and even less by the exterior of the warehouse. Because that's what Papaya is; a warehouse in the suburbs of Bangkok. The entrance is small and resembles a workshop cluttered with junk and some workers chit chatting while fixing unidentified pieces of unidentified junk. Psychologically, this modest corridor will play a role in the way the shop progressively reveals itself to you.

Wandering in the first room is already a treat... it's dark, dusty, with no apparent logic and delightfully messy. Anyway, all your eyes care about are the thousand toys and objects from the past, vivid reminders of the greatest moments of young years. Standing between Darth Vader and a huge collection of Ultraman figures, a full scale Albert Hitchcock endlessly stares at James Dean forever posing cool next to the doorway. Now if you think this room is awesome, you are about to have a serious shock, this is just a fraction of what awaits behind the door where the real stuff is kept!

 

It is probably pure coincidence, but the way things have been stored in a haphazard fashion acts as a crescendo. From the first room, a narrow maze meanders between walls of shelves crumbling with more treasures until it suddenly expels you in a wide open, three-storey high space literally packed from floor to ceiling with thousand of objects. Some are instantly familiar and of course old, and some others unidentifiable. Among these are some real rare gems of vintage design furniture from the sixties, and some absolutely stunning art deco chairs, desks and light fixtures.

If Ali Baba would have made a joint venture with Indiana Jones’ warehouse, it's probably what it would look like. Climbing the upper floors is like travelling randomly through time. Trying to list the amazing objects, items, figures, toys, household objects and furniture tightly packed next to each other would be impossible and everyone reacts in their personal way. But you can’t help but notice the pinball machines, Vespas and full-size familiar comic characters of Flash, Wolverine, Green Lantern and Batman, all proudly standing next to... a pair of giant rabbits.

Papaya Ladprao Bangkok

Now if you decide to buy, you won't see any price tag hanging from any of these fabulous objects, so you need to get someone to help you, at the risk of never finding your way back to that beautiful retro lamp you saw hanging... somewhere. A good tip is to take a photo with your mobile and go back to the centre of the shop where someone is always at the computer. Of course you can expect some bargaining, but even worse, the owner might just casually announce that this item is not for sale! How about that one? Sorry not for sale either... So why is that? Is it some kind of museum? Well, sort of...

Walk all the way to the top floor and you will notice a lot of buzzing activity next to an empty room... and often some very pretty girls and handsome boys all dressed up like they were about to step onto the catwalk. And that exactly what it is! Papaya has become a favourite studio for professional photographers! Think about it...where else can you find a treasure trove of fantastic items readily available to combine in the most eccentric way a fashion photographer would dream of? There is no limit to your creativity here, so no wonder the owner likes to keep the best-looking items to rent out instead of selling them.

So go there to shop if you are a vintage lover, but most of all, go there to dive into a world of fantasy and fun memories... it's like a free museum! But note that the owner might not allow you to take photos as he charges professional photographers a hefty amount for the right to shoot in the shop.

Papaya Vintage Shop

Location: Soi Lat Pharo 55/2, Lat Pharo Road Wang Thong Lamg, Bangkok 10310
Tel: 02 539 8220

Related Pages

Siam Vintage Siam Vintage

Go up the stairs at Siam Vintage to find an eclectic mix of boutiques, ranging from vintage accessories and clothes to talented young designers trying to make their mark on the fashion scene. Read More...

 
Chatuchak Market

Chatuchak Weekend Market boasts over 15,000 stalls selling everything imaginable, from clothing, fresh and dry food, pets, plants and used books to furniture and even fighting roosters.  Read More...

10 Great Vintage Shops

Bangkok is a real treasure trove of vintage delights, whether you are looking for a new/old outfit or a desk made from a 1950s Mercedes. There is nothing more fun than rummaging through racks and boxes to find something special and unique. Read More...

 
Siam Square Shops 5 Great Siam Square Shops

Wandering around Siam Square is a great way to find some decent bargains but also to discover some up-and-coming Thai and Asian brands, who offer a great mix of unusual designs at great prices. Read More...

Best Selling Hotels in Chatuchak
Loading...
LOCATION :  
HOTEL :  
CHECK IN : CHECK OUT : FOR : NIGHT(S)
IN : Loading...  

Send us your feedback

Help us keep this website up-to-date by sending us your comments and suggestions. If your question is about a hotel please use this link - For TOUR questions and enquiries please use this link

Hotel Quick Finder

City:
Check In:
Check Out:
in:
Loading...
Bangkok Magazine
Download our Free {place} Guide

Asia Web Direct Travel Club members have access to our free travel guides, and lots of other travel specials and benefits from the Asia Travel Specialists.

Please enter your details and we'll send your free {place} Travel Guide to you straight away. We will also add you to our free Asia Web Direct Travel Club Newsletter.

All fields are required.

We will not pass your details on to any other company or individual. We take your privacy seriously!

in
in Loading... out