Old City (Rattanakosin) Shopping
Where to Shop and What to Buy in Old City (Rattanakosin)
The Old City is not big on conventional modern-day shopping opportunities, but (rather fittingly to its character) there are some great markets to explore. Banglamphu Market extends over Chakraphong, Phra Sumen, Tanao and Rambuttri Roads, and is especially good for cheap garments, shirts, jeans, shoes, cosmetics, fashion accessories and trinkets.
A big highlight is Pak Khlong Talad, the famous flower market. This is where farmers from the city outskirts and surrounding areas congregate to sell their fruit, vegetables and flowers from midnight until sunrise, seven days per week - and definitely an excursion worth staying up for.
To kill time, the nightly market under the bridge next to the flower market has been growing steadily in size and the variety of goods on offer. Head to Khao San Road for beachware and anything else the blissed-out, budget traveller could want - from plane tickets and second hand books to morning-after pills.
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Other Shopping Places in Old City
Open since the '80s, this market is popular with locals for its bargains. Banglamphu Market is a good place to find inexpensive Thai products of almost everything from jeans, T-shirts, shorts, to well-known brand sneakers. There are a few secondhand bookstores and numerous internet cafés located here.
- Opening Hours: 08:00 – 18:00
- Location: Banglamphu Market, Jakkapong Road (north of Khao San Road)
Bo Bae Market (Clothing Wholesale)
This is not a place to pick up a few odds and ends. Much like Pratunam Market, Bo Bae has served as the centre of wholesale clothing for over the past 30 years. With over 1,000 shops within the Bo Bae Tower and the open-air market along Padung Krung Kasem canal, shoppers can enjoy a wide range of inexpensive goods such as T-shirts, dresses, shoes, winter jackets, fancy dress or even Muslim attire. Shipping services are also available for those who want to send packages back home.
- Opening Hours: 06:00 – 18:00
- Location: Krung Kasem Road, near Price Palace Bangkok Hotel
Charoen Chaikarnchang Shop
This is easily the largest and most impressive silver religious shop in the area. A lot of big bronze Buddha images are displayed at the shop. Let’s face it, it’s highly unlikely that you’re in the market for gigantic Buddha images but it’s fun just to look around and observe the manufacturing process at the workshop in the back. Charoen Chaikarnchang produces many impressive Buddha images for temples all over Thailand.
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 17:00
- Location: 87 Soi Nava, Bamrung Muang Road
- Tel: +66 (0) 2-2224800
James International Fashion
Khao San has several shops offering good deals for tailor-made clothes, but if you want your suit and dresses done by one of the world's best tailors then head to James International Fashion. It's listed in the National Geographic Magazine's 'Top 10 Best Tailors in the World'.
This four-storey shop carries over 3,000 choices of quality fabrics and textiles including English flannels and worsteds, Scottish tweeds, fine cashmere, French gabardines, silk mohair from Italy and colourful Thai silk.
- Opening Hours: 08:30 – 19:00
- Location: 439/1 Sukhothai Road
- Tel: + 66 (0) 2 668 2993-5
Nittaya Curry Shop
Nittaya offers a wide range of curry pastes, one of the most important ingredients for cooking delicious Thai red, yellow, green, and all kinds of curries. Nittaya is well-known for its quality and exports to many markets in major cities around the world. Pick up a few canisters for your own pantry or souvenirs for friends back home. A variety of classical Thai sweets is also available at the shop.
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 19:00
- Location: 136 – 40, Chakraphong Road (Tha Phra Athit pier)
Sanam Luang / Khlong Lod
This night market, a reincarnation of the one in Sanam Luang, is dedicated to food and second-hand goods. Apart from the usual finds such as T-shirts, clothing, sneakers, fashion accessories and handmade trinkets, you will also find brassware, second-hand guitars, used books, old magazines, remote controlled toys and motorbike parts. Examine the goods very closely before you purchase, as the market is barely lit, or you might be surprised to find out later that they don’t look as cute as when you bought them.
- Opening Hours: 18:00 – midnight
- Location: From Rattanakosin Hotel on Ratchadamnoen Klang Road
Saphan Phut Night Market
Every evening (except Wednesdays) the area around the Memorial Bridge (known amongst Thais as Saphan Plut) on the Rattankosin side of the river is packed with vendors and shoppers trading for apparels and entertainment items include T-shirts, sneakers, jeans, related accessories, DVD’s, CD’s, video games and more.
Some counterfeit brand-name clothing like Ralph Lauren, Armani, Fred Perry as well as creative pieces can be found; plenty of food stalls, too. Bartering is almost not necessary, as the prices are amazingly cheap. The market is popular amongst local teen shoppers. It opens from 17:30 (or later on a rainy day) until around midnight.
- Opening Hours: 17:30 – 24:00 (closed on Wednesdays)
- Location: The Memorial Bridge or Saphan Phut Chao Phraya pier
Ta Tian Market is an immense fresh market place located by the riverside, opposite the white walls of Wat Pho. The market itself is easily missed by most visitors who often take a break at one of the charming little cafes under the arches of the Sino-Portuguese façades, and not many actually spot the small entrance right in the middle of this U-shaped heritage style building. Read More...
Tha Chang Amulet Market
This is one of the oldest markets and is probably the best place in Bangkok for buying religious paraphernalia. Along the side of the road are plenty of vendors offering everything a good Buddhist would need, from antlers or tusks, dentures from famous abbots, images of Buddha to famous monks embossed in bronze, wood or clay. The market is meant for religious locals rather than tourists, though it is worth a visit.
- Opening Hours: 08:00 – 18:00
- Location: Tha Chang Pier
Tha Prachan Pier Market
Most people come here to look for used brand-name shoes on sale in various sizes, and for creative printed T-shirts designed by students of art faculties from nearby Thammasat and Srirpakorn universities. Other goods available include fashionable clothing, handbags, accessories, interior decorating items, musical instruments, books, postcards, and handmade souvenirs. Celebrated fortunetellers also gather here, and some can communicate in English.
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 19:00
- Location: Tha Prachan Pier
Wang Lang Market
Located on the Thonburi side of the river, just across the river from Tha Prachan Pier; Wang Lang Market is known for secondhand quality goods including garments, shoes and accessories. Inexpensive brand-new clothes and related items, as well as delicious food are available. Wang Lang Market offers a unique Bangkok shopping experience.
- Opening Hours: 10:00 -17:00
- Location: Wang Lang Pier, near Siriraj Hospital