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Best Markets in Bangkok written by Mehr. Mehr is 9 years old and lives in India. Her mother helps her with her blog, which you can find at MoiMehr.com! So happy to have this great writer contribute at CarryOnOrBust guiding our reader on the best places to shop in Bangkok!
Best Markets in Bangkok
‘Whoever said that money cant buy happiness, simply doesn’t know where to shop’ says my Mom. My father and I never limit ourselves to just shopping and sightseeing when in a new location. In fact we are always on the hunt for hidden gems, but I guess nothing holds true when you are in the shopping paradise of the world, Krung Thep, or popularly called Bangkok.
One might have hundred odd reasons to visit Bangkok, but shopping is common for all. How can you not experience this side of the city which makes it the shopping mecca of the world !
Here are the ten best markets in Bangkok. Pay a visit to one or all. Indulge in some retail therapy as well as get an insight into the liveliness of Thai culture, traditional street food, people, beliefs and custom as they put their heart and soul in what they sell.
5 BEST ALL DAY MARKETS :
1. Chatuchak Market
If you do not want to miss what more than 200,000 people are experiencing over a weekend in Bangkok then head straight to Thailand’s largest market, Chatuchak. Named for the green lush Chatuchak park this market is ‘You name it, we have it’ market for us. With around 8000 stalls and 27 sections it sells more than one’s brain can contemplate. You will be spoilt for choice!
How: Take the SkyTrain (or BTS) to Mo Chit station and take exit no.1 OR take the central line MRT to Chatuchak park station.
When: Though Chatuchak market is more famous as a weekend market, it’s almost open on all the days. However, if you want to enjoy the market in its full swing then you must visit it in the weekends when it’s fully open.
Wednesday and Thursday – 6am to 6pm (Plants and flowers only)
Friday – 6am to 6pm (Wholesale day but no hassles in shopping)
Saturday and Sunday – 6am to 6pm (Market days, all shops open)
Where: For latest updates, tips and travel guides use Chatuchak markets personal webpage https://www.chatuchakmarket.org/
2. Pratunam Market
Pratunam market is Thailand’s largest clothing market. Expect to find super cheap clothes here but not essentially high in quality. This bustling market has a wide variety of stalls catering to both locals and foreigners.
How: Take SkyTrain to E1 Chit Lom Station (Sukhumvit Line- green). Take exit 3 and go 250 m straight ahead to intersection of Ratchaprasong Rd. Cross pedestrian bridge to right and walk straight to Petchburi Rd. (500mt) to reach Pratunam Market.
When: Everyday 8am to 11pm.
3. Pak Klong Talat Flower Market
If flowers make you better, happier, and shinier like me then head straight to the Pak Klong flower market for a breathtaking experience amidst a myriad of colours and fragrances. This market also sells fruits and vegetables. So it’s an ideal location for trying exotic Thai fruits. Visit it at the crack of dawn to see how a 60 years old market is the bread and butter for many and admire the assortment of wreaths and garlands Thai people can make with flowers.
How : Take the express boat to Memorial Bridge. From there turn left, and follow the road to the high street and take another left to reach the flower market.
When: Though its open 24 hours, 10 AM – 10 PM is the main market time.
4. Bangkok’s Farmers Market:
How: Bangkok’s farmer market is a must visit stop for tasting locally grown organic produce. They have the fanciest of stuff on offer – freshly baked bread (foccacia, ciabatta, gluten free options), vanilla orange donuts, cookies, granolas, Manuka honey, whipped feta cheese, natural handmade soap and cosmetics, baby pots with chocolate mint, thyme, lavender, Italian basil planted in them, worm compost or tea, and so on. They house themselves in various shopping malls across the city. These days they can be found at Gateway Ekkamai mall.
When: Held on every first and third weekend of the month from 10 AM – 7 PM from Thursday to Sunday.
Bangkok has an array of shopping malls to suit all kinds of lifestyle and pocket. To make your experience a mixture of everything we are listing all the popular malls of the city worth indulging for some more shopping. The icing on the cake is that most of these malls have BTS access. Once you alight from the SkyTrain you can enter directly into the mall. So, if you cant take in the sweaty heat while street shopping then drop in to one of these in your vicinity.
EmQuartier, Emporium – Access from BTS Phrom Pong
Terminal 21 – Access from BTS Asoke
MBK – Access from BTS National Statdium
SiamParagon, Siam Center, Gaysorn, Central World – All are accessible from BTS Siam station.
Asiatique Mall – Access from BTS Saphan Taksin
Platinum Mall – This is the only mall not having a direct access to BTS. However, if like us you too rely on SkyTrains and metros for travelling then try this newly made skywalk to Platinum. Take BTS SkyTrain and alight at Chidlom Station. After taking exit 9 walk through Ratchaprasong skywalk. Turn right to enter Gaysorn Plaza Building. Take the escalator up one level. Walk until you see “cocoon” and walk through the cocoon. Take the escalator down one level. You will see the new skywalk that leads you to The Platinum Fashion Mall. Huh!
5 BEST NIGHT MARKETS:
1. Talad Rot Fai Market, Srinakarin
Talad Rot Fai or popularly called the train market is an open-air market specializing in antiques and vintage collectibles. It was initially located next to the train tracks between Chatuchak and Mo Chit but then got relocated to a better and bigger place due to BTS line expansion. If you are a night owl and want a unique shopping experience in an energetic surrounding then Rot Fai market will impress you to the brim.
How: Alight at BTS On Nut station and take a taxi to Seacon Square.
When: 5pm to Midnight, every week from Thursday to Sunday.
Where: Srinakarin Road Soi 51 behind Seacon square
Tip: Check out Rot Fai Ratchada if you are living in the central Bangkok. More compact but almost the same feel. Take MRT to National Cultural Centre to reach there.
2. Asiatique Riverfront
How: Alight at BTS Saphan Taksin and take the free shuttle at the end of the pier. In ten minutes you will be at your destination. The boat runs only till 11 pm hence while going back you might need a taxi to take you to the BTS station (beware of Bangkok traffic even at night).
When: 5pm to Midnight all days of the week.
Where: Chareonkrung Soi 74-76
3. JJ Green
Jatujak green market or JJ Green is the coolest market of Bangkok, selling a plethora of clothes, shoes, accessories in both permanent and makeshift stalls. The weekend Chatuchak market lies on the same road, hence tourists who come to shop there also flock in JJ Green to get a feel of both.
How: Alight at BTS Mo Chit or MRT Chatuchak and walk up Kamphaeng Phet road. The market is located inside the park.
When: 5pm to 2am from Thursday to Sunday.
Where: 1 Kamphaeng Phet 3, Chatuchak, Bangkok
4. ChangChui Bangkok Plane Market
If Reduce, Reuse and Recycle is the motto of your life then head to this market for some serious inspiration. You wont be able to stop marvelling at the wackiest of art pieces made using recycled scrap. Set in open air with the background of an airbus, this market is an Instagram-able spot. However, you won’t find many tourist here since this market is located in the outskirts of the city.
How: Take BTS Skytrain to Victory Monument station. From there take Air-Con 515 or 539 to Bang Kruai. Or take the Chao Phraya Express Boat to Krung Thon Bridge (Sung Hi) pier and takeAir-Con 515 or 539 to Bang Kruai.
When: 5pm to 11pm, all days of the week except Wednesday.
Where: 462 Sirindhorn Rd, on the western outskirts of Bangkok. You can visit their webpage at http://en.changchuibangkok.com/visit
5. PatPong Market
Flocked mostly by foreign tourists this place mostly sells cheap quality products. If you don’t mind buying fake items, then bargain hard so you get it at the cheapest rate possible. This infamous market, located in one of Bangkok’s nightlife district is busy and chaotic due to the presence of bars near it. However, it’s a great lively place if you want to do some quick souvenir shopping for friends back home.
How: Alight at the BTS Sala Daeng station and exit down.
When: 6pm to 1am everyday.
Where: 2 Khwaeng Suriya Wong.
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