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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Specialty Shops (School, Japanese, Condoms, Chinese, Cosmetics)

Suksapan Panit | ศึกษาภัณฑ์พาณิชย์ An enormous collection of school and office materials (and Thai books), including Thai musical instruments, educational toys, sports equipment and basic electronics for reasonable prices. The biggest branch I know is on 2 floors at Ratchadamnoen Avenue, close to Khao San Road.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Liab Duan Night Market | ตลาดเรียบด่วนรามอินทรา ***

(mapThis huge, daily night market under the highway is a bit out of the way in the north of Bangkok. It's very popular in the neighbourhood but not too crowded to walk.

Most of the wares are cheap clothes, shoes, make-up, fashion and mobile phone accessories and toys, mostly new merchandise, both original and knock-offs (copies) and some small animals. There are also a whole lot of food shops, some small bars, 1-2 with live music, an incidental barber or nail salon and some beggars.

The food section is covered, but most of the market is open and the ground is dusty, so I imagine it'll be a mess in the rainy season. Parking is difficult.

[Prasert-Manukitch Road, near Watcharapon junction; ตลาดนัดเลียบด่วน Liab Duan Night Market; open every day 18:00-24:00]

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Train Night Market Ratchada | ตลาดนัดรถไฟ รัชดา ***

(map) This night market, open since 2015, is easily accessible by underground, but is not as varied as my favourite Train Market at Srinakarin. 

There are market stalls with a wide range of new clothes, shoes, accessories and other small goods at cheap prices. Unlike the Srinakarin branch, there are not many second-hand goods, and there's no furniture for sale either.

All over the market there are many food and snack food stalls, little bars with terrace and the mandatory Rod's restaurant with live music. Little outside barbers shops cater for those with a sharp hairstyle.

[Behind Esplanade Cineplex, Ratchadapisek Road; open Tue-Sun 5pm-1am; facebook.com/taradrodfi.Ratchada, 092-713-5599, 092-713-5577, 092-685-7979]

Sunday, March 8, 2015

JJ Green Night Market | โครงการ จตุจักร กรีน ****

(mapIn the mood for something different, I went shopping at JJ Green, a outside vintage night market from Thu to Sun, next to the famous Chatuchak Weekend Market.

Lots of new and second-hand shoes and clothes, bags, toys, make-up, jewellery and other accessories, a handful of vintage shops, art and handicraft and an enormous number of small restaurants and bars, many with live music. Excellent atmosphere with lots of young and alternative people from all over town.

During the day JJ Green is also a community mall, but I haven't checked it out yet.

1 Kamphaeng Phet 3, Chatuchak
BTS Mo Chit, MRT Chatuchak
JJ Green on facebook

Friday, September 21, 2012

Asiatique the Riverfront | เอเชียทีค เดอะริเวอร์ฟร้อนท์ ***

(map) New night market located in a few century-old warehouses of the East-Asiatic Company next to the Chao Praya river. The view is great, there are many props and there's even a little tram to take you from the river front to the market.

Despite its luxury outfit, the market offers a wide variety of very affordable goods like clothes, accessories, home decorations, souvenirs and handicraft, and there's a wide range of restaurants and a food court.

The Calypso (ladyboy) Cabaret and Joe Louis (Thai) Puppet Theatre provide for additional (but not cheap) entertainment, and a fun and free boat ride from the Saphan Taksin BTS station completes the fun (but beware of the often long queues for the boat). Recommended. [Charoenkrung Road 72-76; night market] Asiatique The Riverfront

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Train Night Market | ตลาดนัดรถไฟ (Talad Rotfai) *****

(map) Called after its former location at a train cemetery, the Train Market consists of a weekend night market 4 nights a week, with regular shops open every day except for Mondays from 4 p.m. until late.

The regular shops sell vintage furniture, lamps and collectibles in the front, followed by a covered area with a wide range of new and second-hand clothes, shoes, accessories and other small goods.

The flea market in the back focuses on second-hand and vintage stuff - both Thai and foreign imported from Europe - being sold to the local population. There are market stalls with smaller furniture and vintage goods like old clocks, movie star collections, young portraits of the royal family, and advertising signboards. Prices are reasonable, sometimes cheap. The regular market area focuses on a younger audience with similar stuff as the shops but cheaper. There's a food court, and little food shops and restaurants are everywhere.

[Srinakarin Road soi 51; open Tue-Sun 5pm-1am; facebook.com/taradrodfi; 081-8275885, 086-1267787, 081-7328778, 081-7525588]

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Wang Lang Market | ตลาดวังหลัง ***

(map) A short ferry ride away from the Grand Palace, you can find this big day market and small shops next to Siriraj Hospital, Thailand's first hospital.

It's popularly called the "ladies' market" and yes there are lots of cheap and medium-priced fashionable clothes, shoes, bags, jewellery and other accessories, but also other small goods and a variety of delicious foods and snacks.

An additional beauty of the place is that there are many eateries and coffee places at the riverside where you can sit down after your shopping spree and enjoy a view of the life along the river and the Grand Palace and the Wat Arun further down the river. [Phran Nok Road, Wang Lang (Siriraj) Pier N10; day market]

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Saphan Phut Market | ตลาดสะพานพุทธ ***

(map) This big night market lies at the foot of the Saphan Phut (Memorial Bridge) over the Chao Praya river.

It's a local market targeting low-budget but fashion-conscious youngsters, selling lots of jeans, clothes and shoes, both new and second-hand, bags, hats, jewellery, sunglasses and other accessories, coloured and big-eye contacts, perfumes, illegal DVD's, tattoo "shops" and there's a separate art section with cartoon artists drawing caricatures.

Surprising finds were live rabbits and a few stalls with shishas (water pipes). [Saphan Phut Bridge; night market; closed on Wednesday]

Monday, November 7, 2011

Terminal 21 | เทอมินอล 21 ***

(map) Normally not a fan of shopping malls but here is one that has some unique shops and pretty theme park decorations. The mall is built like an airport with personnel dressed as air hostesses, and every floor covers foreign destinations with matching shops like fashion in Rome and Paris, a bazaar in Istanbul, and Tokyo for little designer shops.

The smaller shops with local and Japanese fashion brands are the most interesting with unique products at reasonable prices. Decorations like the Golden Gate bridge and samurai wrestlers make it worthwhile bringing your camera.

There's a whole floor with restaurants, and a food court with reasonable prices upstairs. [Sukhumvit 21 (Asok); mall] Terminal 21

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Patpong Market | ตลาดพัฒน์พงษ์ **

(map) The centre of Patpong is the tourist market selling both real and fake designer brand watches, sunglasses, wallets and clothes, legal and illegal DVD's and lots of souvenirs. As a rule of thumb, the shops generally hold the real items and the market stalls have the fakes, sometimes very good ones. After having dealt with foreigners for a long time the vendors are not so friendly anymore and tough bargaining is necessary. 

The market sprawls over from Patpong into both sides of Silom Road on one side, and on Surawong Road at the other end. Patpong itself is also Bangkok's Famous Red Light District, so don't bring the kids if you don't want them to catch a glimpse of bikini or topless ladies doing a pole dance. [Silom Soi 5; night market; open daily]

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Tha Chang Market | ตลาดท่าช้าง [CLOSED]

CLOSED in 2015

(map) Next to the Grand Palace, sprawling along Maharat Road next to the Tha Chang ferry pier one finds the Tha Chang day market. Most of the stalls are a simple piece of cloth or a small table set up on the pavement, selling both new and second hand goods. There are a few shops selling second-hand books, some in English, new sunglasses, souvenirs, toys, bags, t-shirts and lots of other small goods.

The area is currently under renovation (Aug 2014), but you can still find plenty of shops with religious Buddhist objects and traditional medicine with animal teeth, tiger hairs and all kinds of undetermined products, and fortune tellers are waiting to tell you your fortune based on the cards or the stars. [Tha Chang pier and Maharat Road; day market]

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Live@Sukhumvit (Siam Paradise / Sripaisit Night Bazaar) [CLOSED]

CLOSED in 2015

(map) * (Sep 2012) I declare this night market officially dead; visit another night market instead. *

[opposite Sukhumvit 101/1, a 5 minute walk from BTS Punnawithi (E11); night market]

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Khlong Lod Market | ตลาดนัดคลองหลอด (Rachini Night Market) ***

(map) This local night market near the Grand Palace - moved earlier this year from Sanam Luang to Rachini Road near the statue of Mae Thorani - creates a very lively atmosphere in nightly Bangkok.

A lot of second-hand stuff, but also new things, mostly cheap and small wares like shoes, jeans, toys, dolls, food, jewellery, bags etc. Worth a stroll. [Rachini Road; night market; closed on Wednesday]

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Chatuchak Weekend Market | ตลาดนัดจตุจักร (J.J. Market) *****

(map) Anything you may want to buy you can buy here at the best prices in Bangkok. This market is huge and it is easy to get lost. Clothes and shoes, new or second-hand, souvenirs, tableware, handicraft, live animals and art.

There are quite a few small restaurants and bars between the shops, so plenty of space to relax after or in the middle of your shopping. [Phahonyothin Road, BTS Chatuchak; most shops only open during the day at the weekend] Chatuchak Market

Suan Lum Night Bazar | สวนลุมไนท์บาร์ซ่า [CLOSED]

CLOSED in 2011. (map) Visit another night market instead.

Pratunam Market | ตลาดประตูน้ำ **

(map) If you're setting up house in Bangkok, this is an easy place to go for cheap towels, sheets, mosquito nets etc. Also available are lots cheap clothes (not always very fashionable), shoes and souvenirs.

Some shopkeepers ask very high prices when they see a foreigner and are not too friendly either. Stiff bargaining is necessary. [corner Petchaburi Road/Ratchaprarop Road; day market]

You can continue your shopping at the next-door Indra Square | อินทรา สแควร์, a mall with clothes, bags, accessories, make-up, shoes and fabrics, suitcases, tailors, souvenirs, handicraft, mobile phones and other electronics. This mall at Ratchaprarop Road is very popular with Indian visitors.

Pantip Plaza | พันธุ์ทิพย์ พลาซ่า ***

(map) For computers, hard- and software, legal and illegal, DVD's, music CD's, digital camera's, mobile phones, accessories, in short, anything electronic you may want to buy. [Petchaburi Road, opposite Soi 17, branches in Ngamwongwan and Bangkapi; mall] Pantip Plaza

Other popular places to buy electronics are Fortune Tower (Yaohan) IT Mall | ศูนย์คอมพิวเตอร์ ไอทีมอลล์ ฟอร์จูน at Ratchada Road and Ban Mor Market | ตลาดบ้านหม้อ, a day market at Ban Mor Road.

Mahboonkrong | มาบุญครอง (MBK) ***

(map) Cheap (but fashionable) and medium expensive clothes, designer and local brands, shoes, watches, mobile phones and accessories, DVD's, VCD's and sunglasses in huge quantities. [Phayathai Road; mall] MBK 

Siam Square | สยามสแควร์ ****

(map) Lots of little shops with trendy clothes, shoes and accessories with (sunglasses, watches) or without brand names for low and reasonable prices. Local upcoming designers keep shop here.

This area is not a shopping mall and only some of the streets are covered, so it may get hot or wet depending on the season.

In the evenings it's more crowded when young vendors set up a market selling clothes, original accessories, DVD's, bags and shoes near the main road. [in the small side streets off the sois of Siam Square, parallel to Rama 1 Road; night market and shops]

Khao San Road | ถนนข้าวสาร **

(map) In this famous backpackers "paradise" one can find market stalls and shops cheap T-shirts, baggy trousers, souvenirs, illegal DVD's, music CD's and not so cheap second-hand books and travel guides.

Illegal student cards, press cards and other documents are for sale right under the nose of the nearby police station, but I wouldn't recommend buying them. In some countries in the region, especially Singapore, counterfeit documents can cause you a lot of trouble and even time in prison if you get caught.

Sampeng Market | ตลาดสำเพ็ง (Chinatown) ****

(map) Chinese foods, fabric, tools, household wares, artificial flowers, all lined up on both sides of this narrow lane. Lots of people, pushcarts trying to push through, food vendors, in short, very hectic but good shopping. [Chinatown (Yaowarat), off Chakphet Road; day market]

Friday, October 3, 2008

Pahurat Market | ตลาดพาหุรัด (Little India) **

(map) Home or at least the shopping area for the local Indian (mainly Sikh) community is this market close to Chinatown. Lots and lots of fabric, Indian stuff, delicious food starting from cheap and simple samosas to complete meals, herbs, sweets, music, incense, and jewellery.

Some of the original market is still there, but the ugly India Emporium shopping mall has replaced at least part of it. The cosy atmosphere has gone but the goods are still the same and cheap as always. [Area inside Pahurat Road, Chakphet Road and Triphet Road; day market]

Nakhon Kasem Market | เวิ้ง นคร เขษม (Thieves Market) ***

(map) The best place to go for (computer) games and toys. Dozens and dozens of shops, selling just that, including play stations, and even some shops selling (sports) guns and second-hand photography equipment. [Samyod crossing, Charoenkrung Road, parallel to the canal; day market]