Let's be honest, there's absolutely no way you can rein in your inner hoarder when you're in Bangkok (the land of cheap shopping!). With comfy clothes and cute little accessories going at a couple of bhats, you might even need to purchase an extra luggage just for your spoils!?
If you thought that we'd be deterring you from shopping, then you've got another thing coming? Here's 6 street markets in Bangkok every shopaholic needs to visit for the ultimate shopping experience!
1. Chatuchak Weekend Market
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The maze arrangement of Chatuchak Weekend Market.[/caption]
Anyone who has travelled to Bangkok would agree that Chatuchak Weekend Market is a fantastic representation of a street market fiasco.
Crowned as Thailand’s largest, it boasts a labyrinth of 8,000 booths complete with floor-to-ceiling display of daytime and evening dresses, homegrown clothing labels, knock-off handbags and quirky ceramics - just to name a few.
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Korean-inspired apparels to elevate your style game[/caption]
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Handmade souvenirs for your friends and family.[/caption]
Despite its maze-like layout, Chatuchak is surprisingly easy to navigate. However, with a weekend crowd of 200,000, it’s easy to lose sight of your shopping companions. Set up a meeting point like the Clock Tower that is smack in the middle of the street market.
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Keep your dads or boyfriends distracted with these boots![/caption]
Credit: drinkdinediscoverOpening Hours
Wed - Thu: 6:00am – 6:00pm (Plants & Flowers)
Fri: 6:00am – 6:00pm (Wholesale Day)
Sat - Sun: 6:00am – 6:00pm (Street Market)
: 587/10 Kamphaeng Phet 2 Road, Chatuchak, Bangkok.
: Chatuchak is located adjacent to the Kamphaengpecth MRT Station. It’s also a 5 minute walk from Mo Chit Skytrain BTS Station and Suan Chatuchak (Chatuchak Park) MRT Station. For buses to Chatuchak Weekend Market, refer to this list (link: http://www.chatuchak.org/map.html).
2. Jatujak Green Night Market (JJ Green)
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One of the many quaint shops at JJ Green[/caption]
If you think you’ve seen it all at Chatuchak, wait till you meet their hip neighbour JJ Green Market.
A local flea market with a retro spin, the crowd at JJ Green comprises all the cool kids of Bangkok. Formerly known as Siam Gypsy Market, this outdoor market is neatly sectioned by street food and souvenirs as well as vintage merchandises.
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Stay shaded from the heat with these hats[/caption]
Flea market favourites such graphic tees, printed caps, accessories and cool sunnies are scattered across JJ Green. Fans of nostalgic collectibles will enjoy their time at the vintage section where everything from old-school nintendos to pre-loved clothes are sold from car boots.
: Thu - Sun: 5:00pm – 12:00am
: Kamphaeng Phet 3 Road, Chatuchak, Bangkok.
: Take the train to Mo Chit BTS Station and the street market is located next to Chatuchak Weekend Market.
3. Artbox Bangkok
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Container-style street market for your instagram![/caption]
Looks familiar? You’ve probably seen this container-style street market somewhere in your friend’s instagram feed.
With local shops set up within large-sized containers, go nuts on quirky accessories, independent clothing labels and one-of-a-kind souvenirs - mostly made by homegrown purveyors.
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Shop to support Bangkok’s independent labels.[/caption]
They also have live music and jam sessions to put you in the mood. The thing about Artbox is that their pop-up dates remain a mystery until the big reveal on social media. Only open on selected weekends of the month, be sure to follow them on Facebook for their upcoming appearance
: Selected Fri to Sun: 3:00pm – 12:00am
: Location varies but past venues indicate that Artbox is held within walking distance from a local train station. (Previously, BTS Phrom Phang and MRT Queen Sirikit) Check out Artbox's Facebook page
for the latest updates!
4. Asiatique the Riverfront
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Modern street markets are always fun with a big ferris wheel[/caption]
Asiatique the Riverfront feels like a rebirth of the old Suan Lam Night Market that used to reside by the Chao Phraya River. Akin to a retail boulevard, Asiatique is widely labelled as a modern street market complete with a massive ferris wheel.
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Super cute clothes at Asiatique![/caption]
Open in the evenings, catch similar street market favourites from summer dresses to quirky knick knacks. Then again, there’s no harm in spending some bahts at the popular Naraya store where floral bags and pouches are aplenty.
Our readers just shared with us that there are halal food stalls along Charoen Krung Rd, which is only a short walk away from Asiatique. There's even a mosque! Head out to the road from Asiatique and turn right on to Charoen Krung Road for some halal street food ?
: Mon - Sun: 5:00pm – 12:00am
: 2194 Charoenkrung Road, Wat Prayakrai District, Bangkor Laem, Bangkok.
: Take the train to Saphan Taksin Station and follow the signs to Asiatique’s shuttle boat that will take you directly to the entrance for free (service hour is 4:00pm-11:30pm).
5. Talad Rot Fai Market Srinakarin
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Spectacular overview of the famous Talad Rod Fai[/caption]
Partly a hipster hangout, the Talad Rod Fai is one of the more exciting night markets in Bangkok.
Featuring stalls of purse-friendly apparels and accessories, snap up some wardrobe staples, casual footwear, fancy phone covers and local snacks before your trip home.
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Old world charm within a modern street market.[/caption]
The highlight of this local street market is the variety of retro finds that feeds any old souls. Imagine old-school Vespas, dusty antiques as well as Harley bikes - all within the same space!
: Thu - Sun: 5:00pm – 12:00am
: Srinakarin Soi 51, Bangkok.
: Take the train to On Nut BTS station and take the taxi to the street market. This one is located behind Seacon Square Shopping Mall.
6. Talad Rot Fai 2 Market Ratchada
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Brightly-lit stalls minus the tourist crowd at Talad Rod Fai 2[/caption]
Just as fanciful as the original Talad Rod Fai in Srinakarin, the Ratchada version offers the same quirks with a lesser crowd.
Stuffed with everything from summer dresses to soft toys, spend extra time at the vintage section where antiques and automobiles are on display, accompanied by Thai pop tunes blasting from a Volkswagen van.
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For handsome cuts and shaves before your trip home ;)[/caption]
While your girlfriend or sisters are off shopping, join the rest of the boys for a quick haircut at this makeshift barber shop.
Thanks to the street market’s popularity among the locals, clothing and souvenirs are said to be cheaper than the likes of Chatuchak.
: Thu - Sun: 5:00pm – 12:00am
: Ratcadaphisek Road (close to Esplanade Shopping Mall)
: Take the train to Thailand Cultural MRT Station and walk to Exit 3 where the street market is only a few minutes away. The street market is located behind Esplanade Shopping Mall.
Well, fellow shopaholics, where will you be stopping by next? A word of advice though - try not to spend your savings away (or do... we can't stop you!)?