Shop Till You Drop At The Best Markets In Bangkok

The bustling city of Bangkok is every shopaholic’s dream come true. From big flashy malls with luxury brands to busy markets markets for local flavours, unique crafts, trendy garments and home wares, there’s something for every whim and fancy. Here’s our list of the best markets in Bangkok to forage whilst practicing what momma taught you  bargaining!

#1 Patpong

Fun and chaotic – perfect for an after dinner shopping adventure!

Where: Phat Pong 2 Alley, Suriya Wong, Bang Rak

What: Perfect for some after dinner retail therapy, the Patpong night market is located in the bustling district of Silom, and is a fun and colourful chaos if you’re looking to score some bargains in the accessories or casual wear department, souvenirs (who doesn’t like to be gifted a Singha beer tank to wear to bed?) and infamous branded knock-offs.

#2 Chatuchak

Take a break from shopping and indulge in some refreshingly delicious coconut ice cream

Where: About 5 minute walk from Mochit Skytrain (BTS) Station and Suan Chatuchak Station (MRT)

What: Ready to roll up your sleeves and forage through the biggest weekend market in the world? This famous market is a must visit for anyone travelling through Bangkok. Spread over 27 acres with more than 15,000 vendors selling everything under the sun – you’ll find everything you and your wardrobe needs, your pet needs and your home needs (and then some!). A word of advice: there is a lot of ground to cover so we suggest starting after breakfast and expect to be there till sun down.

#3 Pratunam

Stop and smell (or better yet – taste!) the local snacks along the way

Where: Intersection of Ratchaprop and Petchburi roads to Ratchaprarop Soi 3

What: Spread out in the alleys of Pratunam, this market is jam packed with clothes, shoes and fashion accessories at wholesale prices  and you can even try your luck at pushing the low prices even lower. Get sucked into the colourful retail chaos as vendors left and right offer everything from T-shirts, evening dresses, suits and jackets to fancy dress costumes. Anytime is a good time to be planning your next costume party, we think!

#4 Artbox

Creativity unboxed at the Artbox

Where: Airport Rail Link, Makkasan Station

What: As the name might suggest, this seasonal night market is wholly dedicated to art and creativity. Rows and rows of vendors operating out of containers (the kind construction sites use) sell their crafty wares from jewellery, clothing, shoes and accessories to artisanal food and drinks  uniquely designed items that you might not be able to get elsewhere. Add to that an almost festival-like atmosphere and you’ve got a fun shopping excursion.

#5 Talad Rot Fai 

Vintage knick knacks and paintings at Talad Rot Fai

Where: Srinakarin Soi 51, behind Seacon Square Shopping Mall, Ratchada

What: Open Fridays through Sundays, Talad Rot Fai is hipster heaven, selling charming collectibles and memorabilia, vintage clothing and weathered antiques  you’ll find everything from vintage posters, comics and cameras to cool cafes and eateries. The name means ‘train market’ as the original Talad Rot Fai antique market was located next to a train station but was shut down in 2013.

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Sasha Yusof

This tiny nomad packs a punch, especially when it comes to weekend getaways, high fashion and hunting down the best local eats and coffee spots. She also loves cats. With a vengeance.


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