Bangkok has a lot of markets ranging from the enormous Chatuchak Market to the small electrical goods markets in the alleys of Chinatown. The markets are one of the cheapest places to shop in Bangkok and you will find a wide variety of high quality goods at bargain prices if you know where to shop and when. You can always find an open market in Bangkok as there are a few night markets that take deliveries of stock throughout until the early hours of the morning. Bargaining with the vendors for cheaper prices is a must, and remember it's important to smile when you do this and bargain with some fun to get the best prices and make Bangkok markets an exciting shopping experience.
Chatuchak Weekend Market
Probably the most famous market in Thailand and a must visit for any visitor and resident alike. It is huge and covers over 35 acres and is the worlds' biggest weekend market. It has a massive range of goods, counterfeit designer clothes, bags, watches, sunglasses and DVDs, antiques, handicrafts, art, books, clothes, household accessories, plants and flowers, animals, birds, fish to name but a few and a big selection of each. It truly is a shopper's paradise. As the market’s name suggests it is open fully on the weekend from 9.00am to 6.00pm, and on Friday for wholesalers. The pet, plant and flower sections are open throughout the week. Chatuchak is easily accessed by the BTS sky train or metro, but it is always very busy and hectic and combined with a hot day is not always the most comfortable place to shop, and the last weekend of the month when all the locals are paid are best avoided.
Bobay market is located where Klong Sab San Rd. meets Krung Kasem Rd. It is largest garment wholesale centre in Thailand with well over 700 shops selling cheap clothes and textiles.
Bangrak market is not so far from the Shangri-La Hotel on Charoen Krung Rd. It's mainly a flower market, but also sells a lot of meats, fruit and seafood at a reasonable price.
Klong Tom Market
Klong Tom market in Chinatown is a true flea market, full of second hand goods of all kinds, and an experience to visit.
Pahurat Market is the largest fabric market in Bangkok and is located in the Pahurat Little India district area of the city. It is one of the best places to purchase Thai silk in Bangkok.
Nailert (Nai Loet) Market
Nailert Market is along the Petchburi Rd. opposite the Amari Watergate Hotel is a smaller convenient version of Chatuchak. It has a smaller range than Chatuchak but with similar produce, clothes, handicrafts, flowers etc.
Khlong Toey Market
Khlong Toey Market is a large market North of Penang market on Narong Rd. It is one of the cheapest markets in Bangkok, but it is mainly a food market. Wednesday is the best day to visit.
Penang Market it situated in the Klong Toey district which probably accounts for its large selection of cheaper than the shops electrical goods, which seem to have made it off the ships without getting taxed! As such, though there are bargains to be found, electrical goods are not guaranteed so be careful to check what you are buying. Also on offer in this area are the usual clothes and lots of food vendors.
Pak Klong Market
Pak Klong Market is a very large night market best visited between 2.00-4.00 am when it has fresh deliveries of flowers, fruit, vegetables and spices. It's situated when Klong Lord meets the Chao Phraya River near the Memorial Bridge, but do not confuse it with the nearby Memorial Bridge Night Market which sells a variety of goods at low prices.
A very popular market for tourists, mainly because of its convenient location in the infamous Patpong red light district. The main shopping here is for counterfeit designer clothes, bags, watches, sunglasses and DVDs, in fact it's pretty much all it sells but the prices are high and the quality is not always the best so very few bargains are to be had here. On top of which many of the vendors seem to be ruder in this area than many of the other markets in Bangkok, and it turns shopping into less of a fun experience to a stressful experience. Certainly enjoyable to look around, but for serious shoppers, go elsewhere.
Pratunam market is located on the intersection of Petchaburi Rd and Ratchapraprop Rd.; about 10 minutes walk from the Central World Plaza and Gaysorn Mall. It is one of the best places in Bangkok to find cheap clothes, both counterfeit branded and non branded and many people shop here for wholesale clothes to sell abroad. As well as clothes, it offers a fair selection of counterfeit designer bags, watches, sunglasses and DVDs. It is soon to be moving location to an enclosed mall a little further down the road.
Situated on Pramusen Rd. near the famous backpacking area of Bangkok, the Khao San Rd. this market offers mainly clothes and household accessories for locals. Just a few streets away though on the Khao San Rd. street vendors offer a lot more for tourists in the way of fake clothes and CDs, and cheap Thai souvenir items.
Thewet flower market
Thewet Flower Market is on Klong Phadung Krung Kasem just off Samsen Road in Dusit. It is predominately a flower and plant market that sells a large range of potted plants and orchids.
Sampeng Lane is in Chinatown, it sells mainly wholesale goods for the local market, textiles, fabrics, toys, spices, jewellery and many Chinese foods.
Suan Luam Night Bazaar
Suan Luam is a relatively newly developed night market in the Lumpini area, based along the same lines as Chatuchak market but not nearly as large. It sells Thai handicrafts, household goods, and art and crafts geared mainly towards the tourist market, though has a large selection of clothes also. Added to this, many restaurants and places for a drink are located within the area including the large outdoor beer garden which has a variety of imported beers and nightly shows.
Thieves (Nakhon Kasem) Market
Thieves market is located within Chinatown and so called because it is where a lot of stolen goods used to be sold, but it now deals mainly with second hand goods (supposedly!). You will find many antiques there but many of them will be counterfeit so beware what you buy. It sells many other items, mainly furniture, ceramics and pawn shop goods.