Where to Find Thai Markets in Bangkok
Markets around Bangkok offer fascinating shopping experiences. Compared to air-conditioned malls, though, they are hot and sticky mazes with alleys after alleys of shops selling everything from one-off fashion accessories to knock-off kitsches to farm-fresh flowers and agricultural produce.
As well as excellent bargains, the markets also offer a slice of local life and a great opportunity to sample the kind of food you won't find in most restaurants. Of all the markets in Bangkok, Chatuchak Weekend Market is a must visit, while others, such as those in Patpong, Khlong Thom and Saphan Phut offer exciting night-time shopping experiences. For something you won't find anywhere else, try one of the floating markets, which combine shopping and sightseeing into one.
Markets in Bangkok
Amphawa is the second most popular floating market near Bangkok, not as large as Damnoen Saduak but more authentic, with visitors almost exclusively Thai. Located 50 km from Bangkok this once small village was apparently already present in the mid-Seventeenth Century. It has become such a magnet for Thai weekenders that food stalls have grown from the riverbanks and stretched far into the surrounding streets.
The main draw is of course eating seafood grilled procariously on wooden boats moored around the famous central bridge, serving an appetizing array of huge prawns, shellfish and squid. From noon until late in the evening, the smell is simply irresistible and customers flock to each side of the river all day long. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Saturday - Sunday
Bang Nam Pheung floating market should probably be called a 'riverside market' as like many others it only has a few boats parked along the banks, with most of the stalls on solid ground. But with the success of the famous Damnoen Saduak or more recently Amphawa, this popular type of market is flourishing all over Thailand and every village near a river has its own version.
Bang Nam Pheung is only few kilometres east side of Bangkok but it is not easy to find or to reach without your own transortation. Because of this it has remained relatively low-key and the proximity to Bangkok makes it a great way to step away from the hectic town and step right into village life. Read More...
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Once only popular among wholesalers and traders, Chatuchak Weekend Market has reached a landmark status as a must-visit place for tourists. Its sheer size and diverse collections of merchandise will bring any seasoned shoppers to their knees – this is where you can literally shop ‘till you drop’. The 35-acre (68-rai) area of Chatuchak is home to more than 8,000 market stalls. On a typical weekend, more than 200,000 visitors come here to sift through the goods on offer. Veteran shoppers would agree that just about everything is on sale here, although not all at the best bargain rates. But if you have one weekend in Bangkok, squeeze in a day trip to Chatuchak Weekend Market and you will not be disappointed. Read More...
- MRT: Chatuchak
- BTS: Mo Chit
Damnoen Saduak is the most popular floating market in Thailand, great for photo opportunities, food, and for giving you an insight into a bygone way of life. An early morning start is worth it to avoid the heat and catch Damnoen Saduak at its liveliest. Most visitors who come to Thailand want to visit a floating market and many of them will end up here. Don’t let that put you off though, it’s an enjoyable morning out of the city and if you avoid the tourist shops you can get a real sense of the place. The market is over an hour outside Bangkok, and the easiest way to get there is to join a tour. Read More...
Bangkok Flower Market (Pak Klong Talad) is the biggest wholesale and retail fresh flower market in Bangkok. The market has all kinds of popular flowers and flora-related items, including roses, forget me nots, orchids, lilies and more. Most of them sold in packs of 50 or 100 flowers in each, and prices are amazingly cheap. Part of the Old City, Bangkok Flower market is located on Chak Phet Road near Saphan Phut or the Memorial Bridge. Shops and vendors are housed inside two to three-storey shop-houses on both sides of the main road. The market lies just south of Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha) and has access to a river pier, so it makes for a great one-day trip when combined with other historical attractions in the Old City. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 24 hours, more popular during nighttime
- Location: Chak Phet Road, the Memorial Bridge or Saphan Phut Chao Phraya pier
- How to get there: Taxi or Tuk Tuk
JJ Green Night Market might just be the coolest place to shop in Bangkok, with its much more chilled-out, bohemian vibes when compared to the capital’s gargantuan Chatuchak Weekend Market just down the road.
Part vintage flea market, part local drinking hangout, JJ Green is best visited on Thursday to Sunday evening, from 17:00 to 24:00, although many bars here keeps going until after midnight on Saturday and Sunday night, when the market is at its busiest. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Thurs - Sun 17:00 – 02:00
- MRT: Chatuchak
- BTS: Mo Chit
- Address: 1 Kamphaeng Phet 3, Chatuchak, Bangkok
Khlong Lat Mayom is one of the three floating markets located close to Bangkok, no more than twenty kilometres from town and accessible by taxi from Wongwian Yai (the last BTS station on the Silom Line). Khlong Lat Mayom is nothing like the huge touristy Damnoen Saduak or the crowded Amphawa but really has the charm and authenticity of a local market and you might be one of the only foreigners around. You can spend a couple of hours here then move to the largest Taling Chan floating market, just a couple of kilometers away. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm.
- How to get there: Take a taxi from Wongwian Yai BTS station... it's a bit far but should cost 150 baht. For TAXI: (ตลาดน้ำคลองลัดมะยม - ตั้งอยู่ถนน ตลิ่งชัน-บางระมาด มาทางพุทธมลฑลสาย 1 หรือหากมาจากทางถนนกาญจนาภิเษกก็เลี้ยวเข้าซอยใกล้ๆ เนติบัณฑิตยสภา จะมีป้ายบอกตลอดทาง)
There is no lack of markets in Thailand and visiting one of them is always a great experience - a window opened directly onto the daily life of local people. Klong Suan 100 Year market (pronounced 'Klong Suan roi pee' in Thai) is more than just a fresh food display, a giant bazaar or a touristic floating market, it is really a living museum. Located outside Bangkok, about 20km past Suvarnabhumi airport, this very large old market is set on one side of the Prawet Burirom 'klong' as they call canals in Thailand.
Because of its remote location the place hasn't yet be invaded by foreign tourists, however with the emergence of social networks and online photo sharing, it has become exremely popular for the new generation of Thais to rediscover the authenticity of remote places. So you might not yet encounter many 'farangs' (overseas tourists), but you definitely can expect to meet a crowd of young Thais who enjoy driving out of town at the weekend to find some fun, food and nostalgic, cute stuff. Read More...
Khlong Thom Market, formerly known as 'Flashlight Market' due to the fact that shoppers need a torch to view the goods (when shopping at night), is especially crowded late on Saturday evenings. Jam-packed with motley vendor stalls and displays, the market is best known for its secondhand goods and assorted knick-knacks.
Covering areas of Luang, Worachak and Charoenkrung, Suar Pa Roads, Khlong Thom has everything from spare car parts, DVDs and CDs, electronic devices to clothing items and toys. Besides the roadside stalls, there's also a three-storey Khlong Thom Centre (close to Worachak Road) where car accessories and toys are for sale. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Saturday, from 17:00 until Sunday (about 17:00)
- Location: Corner of Worachak Road and Chao Kamrop Road
Neon Fest Night Market has opened up on the grounds of what used to be Bangkok’s most famous market: Suan Lum Night Bazaar. Despite occupying the same location, this brand new Bangkok night market is quite different. The market is laid out in lines with shipping containers for shops. This was a new concept for Thailand, originally started (very successfully) by Art Box pop-up market. (Interestingly, The New Suan Lum Night Bazaar has actually relocated and can now be found on Ratchada in the north of the city.) Read More...
- Opening Hours: Thursday to Sunday, 17:00-24:00 (until July 31st 2016 only)
- Location: Southeast corner of Lumpini Park, at the intersection of Rama 4 and Wireless Road
- Tel: +66 (0)98 264 1726
- Website: https://www.facebook.com/neonfestbkk/
The new Rot Fai Market in the Ratchada area of Bangkok is bringing the same convivial night bazaar feel, antiques curios, and street food snacks and treats from its original location, into an area of the city that is much easier to access thanks to the nearby Cultural Centre MRT Underground Station.
Although the Srinakarin branch is much larger, it is also way out in the suburbs of Bangkok, making it challenging for people who find themselves on the other side of the city. This new Train Market is more central and compact, meaning it’s easier to pop in for a spot of browsing anytime from 18:00 to 24:00, Thursday to Sunday. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 17:00-24:00 (Thursday-Sunday)
- Location: Ratcadaphisek Road (close to Esplanade Shopping Mall)
- MRT: National Cultural Centre
- Tel: +66 (0)92 713 5599
The Old Siam Plaza on Burapha Road is a shopping mall in Bangkok’s Old Town. Most of the indoor malls here are outdated but often brimming full of charm, and this is one such example. It’s well-known throughout the local community for its two large open atriums packed with food vendors selling sweet and savoury treats, plus a standard selection of handicrafts, household appliances, and fashion.
We’d go as far as saying this is a ‘hidden gem’, but the substantial crowds streaming through the three-storey building every day would suggest otherwise. It’s ‘hidden’ perhaps for the tourist market and Bangkok’s younger generation, who normally stick to the convenience of Siam’s megamalls. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 09:00-18:30
- Location: The Old Siam Plaza, corner of Burapha Road and Phahuratm Road, Old Town Bangkok
Ranked the 4th best fresh market in the world by a famous travel guide, Or Tor Kor is so much more than a local market. Products displayed here are selected among the best found in the entire country. With such an incredible range of beautiful fruits, extremely fresh vegetables, meats and seafood, Or Tor Kor should be on the list of Must-See of any chef or budding Gordon Ramsey, and it's just next to Chatuchak Weekend Market! Read More...
- Opening Hours: 06:00 - 20:00 (every day)
- Location: Kamphaengphet Road, opposite Chatuchak Weekend Market
- MRT: Kamphaeng Phet
- How to get there: Take the MRT subway to Kamphaeng Phet station. Exit number three, and you're in the market.
After recently cleaning up its act, Patpong's become one of the 'must' night shopping destinations for avid shoppers. Found in the built-up area known as Silom, the place is always busy and chaotic with all the commotion from the Go-Go bars nearby and lots of foreign tourists. This market in Bangkok's notorious nightlife district is often the first and easiest stop for many tourists just arriving to Bangkok, whilst lodging at one of several mid-to-upper-end hotels in Silom. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 18:00 - around 01:00 (every day)
- How to get there: Coming from BTS Siam station, depart at Sala Daeng station and exit down one of the right-hand stairs. Follow the increasing trail of vendors along the sidewalk, and after five minutes, you'll know you're there.
At Rod Fai Market, an open-air bazaar set beside an abandoned railroad track, the vintage look never goes out of style. Spread on the ground is all kinds of collectibles and memorabilia from the yesteryear, from antique furniture to hippy fashion to Mao kitsch. Rod Fai Market definitely stands out from the hordes of outdoor markets across Bangkok but it could be hard to find, as it’s tucked behind what appears to be an abandoned warehouse near the Chatuchak Weekend Market. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 17:00 - midnight (Sat-Sun)
- Location: Khamphaengphet Road (behind Chatuchak Weekend Market)
- MRT: Kamphaengphet
Sampeng Lane Market pretty much sums up the whole shopping experience of Chinatown – and, to some extent, the surrounding Old City area; it’s hot, busy, and the narrow lanes often become overly congested with vendors selling everything from fabrics, cheap clothes and electronics. As well as the steady flow of pedestrian traffic, pushcarts, worn-out vespers and the occasional truck overflowing with fresh produce all add to the madness.
But this definitively hectic nature of Sampeng is all part of the fun. Plus, this really is one of the cheapest places to come shopping in Bangkok, with impressive discounts available when you buy in bulk (10 or more items at a time gets you into wholesale territory). The most popular items to look out for are silk sarongs, jewellery, copied DVDs, women’s shoes, home décor and appliances, kids’ toys, cosmetics, handicrafts, dried food and all your usual tourist souvenirs. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily 08:00:18:00
- Location: Sampeng Lane, Soi Wanit 1, Chinatown, Bangkok
Suan Lum Night Bazaar Ratchada is a night market located on Ratchada Road, close to Lad Phrao MRT Underground Station. With 1,800 stalls, shops, restaurants and plenty of entertainment options, it is looking to recreate the experience of the original Sun Lum Night Bazaar, which was a mainstay on tourists’ itineraries until it closed several years ago. Opened in December 2015, this new location is slightly more out-of-town and has a more modern vibe than its predecessor. The night market is complemented by a brand new 800 room hotel called The Bazaar Hotel.
The shops and stalls are split between an indoor market area and an open air shopping street. The type of items for sale are fairly typical of night markets in Bangkok, including printed tees, shoes, fashion jewellery, artwork, wood carvings, and a host of souvenirs. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 16:00-24:00 daily
- Location: Ratchada-Lad Prao Intersection
- MRT: Lad Prao
- Tel: +66 (0)2 938 1471
- Website: https://www.facebook.com/suanlumnight
The Sukhumvit Street Market takes over both sides of the street along a 1km stretch between Nana and Asok BTS Skytrain Stations. The eclectic range of goods include clothes, copied DVDs, knock-off watches and enough cheap souvenirs for all the family…and then some. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 11:00 - 22:30
- BTS: Nana
- Address: Sukhumvit sois 2-12 and sois 3-15
Talad Neaw Neaw - Vintage Market
Talad Neaw Neaw is actually located inside Wang Lang Market – like a market within a market – and is worth a mention in its own right for its surprisingly good range of vintage, flea market-style clothes and accessories. Most of the stalls here open mid-morning and close before 17:00, proving particularly popular with fashion conscious university students in the area.
When we went we found vintage designer shirts for about 200-500 baht, classic western American apparel like denim jackets and cowboy boots (300-2,000 baht) as well as a range of stores selling locally designed garments such as dresses, hats and t-shirts. This flea market is like a tiny slice of Chatuchak Market (the best place in Bangkok for vintage gear). Find it by entering Wang Lang Market (from the pier) then head to the centre – or ask one of the stall owners for ‘Talad Neaw Neaw’.
- Opening Hours: 10:00 -17:00
- Location: Centre of Wang lang Market, Wang Lang Pier, Bangkok
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. This discreet door opens onto a short tunnel and beyond it, only the curious traveller would discover a gigantic and busy market sheltered under a very high ceiling. The place is more of a basic warehouse than a market, selling a huge array of dried sea products displayed in large sacks, wholesale cooking ingredients and all kinds of fresh products ranging from well known veggies to totally alien looking ingredients. Read More...
Just few kilometres outside Bangkok but still far enough to not yet have been converted into a full scale tourist attraction is the charming Taling Chan Floating Market. It has everything you need to spend a good half day without having to book a tour and it is far more genuine than the big famous markets. Here you can enjoy a great seafood lunch sitting on the floor with the locals, ride a longtail boat around the nearby klongs (canals) for a 100 baht, do a bit of silly shopping and a lot of food tasting. You can even get a foot massage under the trees for only 200 baht! Enjoy it while it still feels 'local' as it already started to change. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 8 am to 5 pm
- How to get there: Taxi is the easiest way but you can get on the BTS to Wongwian Yai Station then ride a taxi for about 17mn, or ride the bus for an hour following this map from Central World http://goo.gl/maps/Xw1DV
The Circle Ratchapruek
This modern ‘themed-market’ draws similarities to Bangkok’s popular Asiatique night market, with its bright colours, European-inspired decor and range of stores selling locally designed products alongside popular chain restaurants like MK, McDonalds and a whole host of Japanese buffets and grills.
The market area, which is spread over some 7,000 square metres just off the major Ratchapruek Road in Thonburi, is home around 100 shops and stalls and has parking space for over 500 cars (most people tend to drive due to its slightly out of the way location). The Circle Ratchapruek is particularly popular with young families with its themed installations, colourful artwork and regular events, activities and educational shops for the kids.
- Opening Hours: 11:00-22:00
- Location: The Circle Ratchapruek, 39 Ratchapruk Road, Bangramad, Talingchan Bangkok
- Tel: +66 2 865 6850
The captivating Thieves Market (aka ‘Woeng Nakhon Kasem’) has a long history of being the go-to place in Bangkok to pick up fake luxury goods, knock-off electronics from China, and general contraband like dirty DVDs and dubious herbal medicine. The market has recently cleaned up its act, although prices for a lot of the wholesale items are still fell-off-the-back-of-a-lorry kind of cheap.
Even if you’re not on the lookout for a smelly pair of secondhand shoes, a whole kitchen sink or a miscellaneous TV remote, Thieves Market is still worth a browse, especially if you’re in the Chinatown (Yaowarat) area. It’s a great way of seeing an authentic Thai market in full swing, and besides, you might even spot a hidden treasure that’s priced well under what it is worth. Most of the vendors lay out their goods out on the floor Saturdays and Sundays only. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Sat/Sun 10:00-18:00