Category: Shops and Markets

Chatuchak Weekend Market

This is paradise for bargain hunters. Every Saturday and Sunday, 9,000 individual booths are open selling an infinite variety of goods.

It is just about impossible to go to Chatuchak Weekend Market and not buy anything. There is just about everything that bargain hunters, home makers, pet lovers or just browsers can
imagine.

Handicrafts are every where including pottery, hand-made glass models of the Royal Barges, fluffy toys, colourful tropical fish, singing birds puppies of many breeds, furniture and lots of new and second hand clothing, shoes, handbags, belts. There is so much on offer that even international home decor wholesales come here to shop.

Music lovers can find unique traditional Thai musical instruments being sold direct by the artisans who have crafted them to make the pleasing sounds.

One rule for all shoppers to observe is bargain, bargain, bargain. This is part of the fun and also gets you the best prices.

Chatuchak Weekend Market has interesting products from all over Thailand as well as things from far off lands.

You should allow the best part of a whole day to explore the many stalls. You never know what you will find. But this is work that will make you thirsty and puckish, so take a break
here and there to cool off with a fresh fruit juice or feast on delicious Thai dishes such as Pad Thai, barbecue chicken, noodles and sweets.

How to get there: BTS Skytrain to Mochit Station or Metro to Kamphaeng Phet Station
Bus Routes: 3, 26, 27, 29, 34, 59, 77, 96, 112, 134, 136, 138, 145, 502, 503, 510, 512, 513 Open: Saturday and Sunday during 07.00 am.-06.00 pm.
Admission: Free

China Town

The largest outside of China Chinatown is a bustling, crowded area where you can buy just about anything day or night.

The main thoroughfare through Chinatown is Yaowarat Road, which is approximately 1.5 kilometres in length. It was built during the reign of King Rama V. On each side of the
road, there is a network of streets and alleys lined with shops selling all sorts of things. In many of these streets, you’ll find shops side by side selling the same items.

There is an old fresh food market called Trok Isarnuphap where leading chefs from all over Bangkok shop for the finest and freshest ingredients for their restaurant menus.The largest outside of China
Chinatown is a bustling, crowded area where you can buy just about anything day or night.

The main thoroughfare through Chinatown is Yaowarat Road, which is approximately 1.5
kilometres in length. It was built during the reign of King Rama V. On each side of the road, there is a network of streets and alleys lined with shops selling all sorts of things. In many of these streets youll find shops side by side selling the same items.

There is an old fresh food market called Trok Isarnuphap where leading chefs from all over
Bangkok shop for the finest and freshest ingredients for their restaurant menus.
A visit at night will take you to a food street where you sit on stools watching your meal being prepared, then enjoying the delicious cuisine washed down by tea or a cold beer.

How to get there:

Taking subway to Hua Lamphong MRT station then continue walking for 700 metres to Yaowarat Road

Bus routes 1, 4, 7, 25, 53, 501

Gemopolis

Gemopolis is located on Sukhaphiban 2 Road, Prawet District which is near Wat King Kaeo , King Kaeo Road in the eastern part of Bangkok and only 4 kilometres away from Suvarnabhumi International Airport. It is the first and only fully integrated industrial estate for diamond, gems and jewelry in Thailand, occupying 800 rai of land (approx. 300 acres) and it is a complete international centre for gems and jewelry manufacturing and trading. Within its large production base for export, Gemopolis Outlet is a naturally the perfect source for a wide selections of Bangkok  cut diamond at hightly competitive prices. Visitors are welcome to see for the manufacturing process of diamond polishing in Gemopolis.

The outlet is open for the public who is  interested in purchasing some jewelry.
It opens on Monday – Friday from 9.00 am – 4.00 pm. and on Saturday from 10.00 am. – 4.00 pm.

For those interested in observing the manufacturing process or visiting the factory, please write a  letter to ask permission in advance to Gemopolis.
For more details, please call.  0 2727 0000 Website: www.gemopolis.com

Nang Loeng Market

Nang Loeng is an old market by Krung Kasem canal, just 10 mininutes walk from Ratchadamnoen boxing Stadium.  A variety of Thai foods and sweets are daily sold in this market.  Behind the market is an old wooden building once used as a cinema called Chaloem Thani.  In front of the market are two-storey row-houses built in King Rama V’s period, dating back over 100 years ago.

Orchid Farms

There are many orchid farms In Bangkae notably in Bangpai and Laksong Sub-Districts the Thawi-Watthana and Bangcheucknang Canal Every morning fresh flowers are cut to sell to traders for sale to buyers at Pakkhlong Market. Big companies also come to buy flowers direct from this garden.

The orchids in this area are of good quality and find a ready market. Local gardeners’ associations train growers and share information on improving conditions to help growers to breed better blooms.

Things to Know:

Address: Near Wat Saladaeng Bangkae Road Bangkae District Bangkok 10160
Phone: (662) 421-6687
To get there Bus: 91Kor
Opening Hours: Daily 9 am-5 pm
Nearby Attractions: Brass Workshops, Lord Buddha Images Museum, Phuttha Monthon, Utthayan Avenue

Pak Khlong Talat

London has its Covent Garden, Paris has Les Halles, Bangkok has Pak Khlong Talat which is the biggest fresh flower market in the city.

The Thai people have a great appreciation for fresh flowers, both for the beauty and the fragrance. This is where those who have time and the florists come to buy their flowers at
wholesale prices.

The variety includes roses, daisies and more exotic species such as orchids in every colour and shade imaginable.

Most of the flowers are grown in the neighbouring provinces of Nakhon Prathom, Samut Sakon and Samut Songkram although the best roses come from the cooler climate in Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai.

Unfortunately, the main activities at the market take place late at night and in the early morning but there are flower sellers there all day and in the surrounding streets.

How to get there:

Chao Phraya River Express to Pak Khlong Talat Pier.
Bus routes 2, 5, 8, 53, 60,73, 512

Phahurat Indian Market

This is the place to come to buy fabrics and to enjoy Indian cuisine. Phahurat Market is a small Indian community on the fringe of Chinatown. Most of the merchants are Indian Sikhs who are involved in the textile trade.

They have a unique way of greeting female shoppers, calling each one Khunying which is a Thai royal title similar to the English Lady. Their selection of fabrics is the best in Bangkok, particularly the Indian cottons and silk.

There are many vendors selling ready made goods including shoulder bags which are at unbelievable low prices.

The Indian community in Thailand shops here for the essential wedding gowns and wedding souvenirs.

In every nook and cranny there is someone doing business. This may be selling trinkets, tour packages to India, household items, spices and delicious Indian desserts.

Wander off the main streets and into the many alleyways, you could come across surprisingly good Indian food.

The Thai Sikh community has a major temple, Siri Guru Singh Sabha close to the Phahurat area.

How to get there: Bus routes 7,25,40, 53, 56, 507

Pratunam

Pratunam is one of the older shopping areas in Bangkok that has a highly-deserved reputation among bargain shoppers.

Passing through the area, you will see many shops on the main roads. But the real activity is in the market hidden behind the stalls and shops. Here youll find a huge variety of low cost clothes, fashion accessories, shoes, watches, electronic gadgets and all sorts of souvenirs. It is usually very congested as there are many eager shoppers looking for their bargains.

Pratunam is the location for Thailand’s tallest building, the Baiyok Tower. This is the major wholesale center for the garment trade. It is very popular with minor and major international traders, particularly those from Africa. There is even an African restaurant nearby.

Bargain hunters looking for good deals on computers, accessories and software flock to Pantip Plaza, which is now known throughout the world for its low prices.

How to get there: Bus routes 2, 11, 23, 60, 62, 72, 93, 140, 511, 512

Shopping Street – Siam Square to Chidlom

This is the major shopping area of Bangkok. It is very popular with tourists and Thais, particularly young, fashion-conscious Thai girls. The area started to develop around Siam Square in the late sixties when Chulalongkorn University utilized its land bank adjacent to the university.

Since then, it has continued to progress with new shopping centers being built even now. Starting from the Pathumwan junction it stretches all the way to Wireless Road.The original development, Siam Square, is particularly popular with university students and young Thais who have just started their business careers. There is a well-used phrase on
mobile phone calls Meet you at Siam. Opposite Siam Square is Siam Center which was the first western-style air-conditioned shopping complex in Thailand. Now this area has many other shopping complexes.

The next section in this area is around the Ratchadamri and Ratchaprasong intersection where
there are a selection of 5-star hotels and major shopping complexes catering for the more up-market shoppers. Many of the worlds leading fashion designers have boutiques in this locale.

The Central World Plaza is the largest complex in this area and the site for Bangkoks New Year Countdown celebrations. During the cooler months of November to January, the major
breweries sponsor the setting up of beer gardens on the plaza in front. The last point on this Fashion City map is Central Chidlom, another upmarket department store. This is at the Chidlom and Lang Suan intersection. Soi Lang Suan has many condominiums and a variety of restaurants and bars catering to the more affluent members of society.

How to get there : Skytrain to Siam or Chidlom Stations
Bus routes 2, 15, 16, 21, 25, 29, 34, 40, 45, 47, 50, 54, 73, 79, 93, 141, 163, 204, 508, 511, 513