There’s a constant carnival of markets in Bangkok. Day, night, food, flower or floating, you could spend your entire trip shopping and eating your way through the myriad. Make sure to bring a big appetite and wear a comfortable pair of shoes! To help you find your way around, here’s a quick Bangkok shopping guide highlighting the different markets in BKK.
Bangkok Shopping: Markets
Bangkok Day Markets
The biggest is Chatuchak Weekend Market and it is mental. Seemingly there are 15,000 stalls, but as far as I’m concerned it’s infinite; I thought I’d never find my way out. There is a map but it’s much more fun to go on intuition.
You can buy everything at Chatuchak, and it’s especially good for souvenirs and street food. Give yourself a whole day to wander around – if you forget to wear those comfortable shoes, you can always buy a pair there.
Chatuchak is open from 6am to 6pm, plenty of time to get lost and found again.
Pratunam Market / CC by 3.0 / Biyu Lau
For clothing, your Bangkok shopping should zone in on Pratunam Market. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, you’re not looking hard enough! There are imitation brands galore at wholesale prices. The market is open 24 hours and is in the centre near Chit Lom Skytrain station.
Chatuchak Weekend Market
Skytrain to Mo Chit or subway to Chatuchak Park
Open weekends 6am to 6pm
To get to Chatuchak take the Skytrain, jump off at Mo Chit station and follow everyone else. Or take the subway to Chatuchak Park and do the same. Chatuchak is open from 6am to 6pm, plenty of time to get lost and found again.
Skytrain to Chit Lom
Open 24 hours
Bangkok Food Markets
CC by 3.0 / Rob Pongsajapan
When it comes to produce head to Or Tor Kor Market for a graze. Beside Chatuchak, it has the freshest fish, meat, fruit and vegetables on offer. It’s open every day and is a great place to devour a fish curry followed by a grilled coconut pancake.
Fresh food fans will also love the intense experience of the much larger and loved Khlong Toey Market. It’s a locals’ market and a lot more chaotic (and smelly) than Or Tor Kor. If you get abit queasy, avoid the raw meat section. Khlong Toey is open every day and is easy to get to on the subway.
Or Tor Kor
Or Tor Kor Market
Skytrain to Kamphaengphet
Open daily 6am to 8pm
Khlong Toey Market
Rama IV Road
Skytrain to Klong Toey
Open daily 6am to 2am
Bangkok Night Markets
Rod Fai Market / CC by 3.0 / Jonathan Lin
My favourite night market to do a bit of shopping in Bangkok is Rod Fai Market. Once located behind Chatuchak, but now beside Seacon Square, it is by far the best for browsing. If you are into vintage, it’s chock-a-block with collectibles, including classic cars!
There’s live music and heaps of makeshift bars for a beer and some street food. It’s open Thursday to Sunday evenings until midnight.
Top market shopping tip: Get a daily foot massage!
On the opposite end of the spectrum is the fabulous Asiatique The Riverfront night market cum mall. There are more than a thousand fancy boutiques to enjoy in this huge complex by the port. Find top fashion, beautiful souvenirs and exquisite jewellery. Get there by Skytrain to Saphan Taksin then jump in a boat and walk up the pier.
Rod Fai Market
Srinakarin Soi 51
Skytrain to On Nut, then taxi
Open Thursday to Sunday 5pm to midnight
Asiatique The Riverfront
Get there by Skytrain to Saphan Taksin then jump in a boat and walk up the pier.
Chareonkrung Soi 74-76
Skytrain to Saphan Taksin then free shuttle boat
Open 5pm to midnight
Bangkok Flower Market
Flower Markets / CC by 3.0 / Guillaume
Go to Pak Klong Talat Market early to experience a wall of sweet scents and vibrant colours. I’d never seen so many orchids, roses, carnations and lilies in one place. You’ll soon realise where the good luck garlands are made that you see in all the temples.
The market is in the Old City near the Reclining Buddha and is open 24 hours.
Pak Khlong Talat
Pak Khlong Talat
Chak Phet Road
Open 24 hours
Bangkok Floating Markets
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market / CC by 3.0 / Dennis Jarvis
It’s so worth taking the time to drive an hour or so outside Bangkok to a floating market. There’s simply no better shopping adventure than bartering from a long-tail boat at Damnoen Saduak or Taling Chan floating markets.
If you want to get away from the tours and tourists for a more authentic Thai experience, head a little farther to Amphawa Floating Market. Stay over and do a night cruise to see the amazing fireflies, and don’t miss the temples!
You’ll travel a huge distance market hopping in Bangkok and that’s even before you’ve shopped in all the malls.