More than ‘City of angels’, I would call it ‘City of Shopping’. There are so many shopping malls and places to shop, it is absolutely mind boggling. There is the midnight market, day market, weekend market, shopping malls in every corner – all at dead cheap rates, you need to practically buy another suitcase to carry the stuff back home.
There are thousands of posts on what to do and where to visit in Bangkok covering all the shrines and temples that I do not want my post to be in similar lines. So instead I thought I can be of more assistance to you guys by sharing you tips on shopping – where, how and when to haul in Bangkok.
- Chatuchak Weekend Market
Located at Kamphaeng Phet 2 road, this is the largest market in Thailand open only on the weekends. So if you are making a visit to Bangkok and want to shop, plan your travel accordingly so that you have a Sunday at your disposal, only for Chatuchak. From clothes, to ceramics, portraits, accessories, candles and scents, to local food, to books – everything is available at one place.
Be careful to not get lost as there are 5k+ stalls spread across multiple sections that it may look like a scene out of Christopher Nolan’s Inception. Buy a local coconut slush, devour a personalized garlic bread and begin the shopping spree. I spent half a month’s salary in one day at this place and had to buy a suitcase by the evening to carry the things I bought. A quick tip, whatever the price is bargain for half the price and the good is yours. You get kick ass quality branded knock offs for dead cheap price at this place that even the brand owners would be awestruck.
Amidst all the chaos, do not miss out on indulging in the local street food though.
Should I explain, or does the pictures speak for itself?
The Night or the Midnight markets are spread out in several places across the city which offers food and entertainment and every other dupe products under the moon (get the reference, get it get it?). Do not miss out on the original Rot Fai Market and Patpong Night market. Very important advice – Do not miss out on the banana cream pancake or the beef sticks. If you are broke after the Chatuchak debacle (like me!), just visit to get the look and feel of the nights and enjoy the food and the street music.
3. Floating Market
Pick up a tropical fruit from the canal side store or savor some coconut water under the pricking sun and enjoy a guided boat ride in the Damnoen Saduak market. This place seems to be equally crowded by localities as well as tourists and is a must must visit. Even though the market is at one end of the city, make time to go during the afternoon and take a ride to experience the local Thai culture.
4. Flower Market
Just because I couldn’t go, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t.
If you have time, do visit the Pak Klong Talad market which is the biggest flower market in Bangkok. It is located in the Old City on the Chak Phet Road. It is adjacent to the local attraction, the Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha), so if you visiting the temple you may visit the market as well.
Apart from these, there are several shopping malls as well which house all the major brands however not including the same in this feed as they can be found in any city. Also in the malls itself, you may find the dupe products that you can purchase at the places mentioned above, however suggest that you purchase the merchandise from the street shops as they give a better deal and has better quality products and updated collection as their inventories are fast moving and more updated.
Hope you enjoyed the post and find it informative.
Until next time, goodbye and have a good day!