Cities Less Travelled: The Markets of Bangkok

There’s a reason Bangkok is one of the world’s hottest cities. From the amazing food, culture, nightlife, and historic attractions to the incredible markets and hotels in Bangkok that cater to all budgets, there is something that attracts people of all ages to the Big Mango (yes, that is its nickname).

If there is one thing I love to do in Thailand, it is shopping. For starters, I find some incredible items (think jewelry, bags, vintage items, and clothes) for far less money than I would spend anywhere else in the world for the same things. While I spent most of my time living in Chiang Mai as an expat, I definitely got down to Bangkok to spend some baht.

What markets are worth the exploration? Get ready to get your shopping on in some of the best markets of Bangkok!

The Ultimate Market

The best markets to check out in Bangkok |
Photo via Flickr Creative Commons: istolethetv

No trip to Bangkok is complete without stopping by Chatuchak Market. It’s location is central and it attracts both locals and tourists alike. This market is massive — and I mean massive. It’s got everything from vintage vendors to tourist shops to artisanal crafts, shoes, and so much more. Hungry? Don’t worry. There are plenty of food options to power you through this epic shopping adventure. Measuring in at 35 acres and offering a whopping 15,000 shops, head there early to beat the crowds. The best time to go — when you can truly experience the rush of shopping delight — is on the weekend when all of the stores are open. But, for a quieter experience, and far less touristy, head there during the week. The market is open daily from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Vintage Market

Dalat Rot Fai, located near Seacon Square, isn’t centrally located, but heading to this market is worth it. This spot is where the local hipsters and vintage-lovers head to find their threads. Dive into the local scene and see what all the cool kids are wearing, or scour the racks to find your own second-hand dream outfit or handmade item. Dalat Rot Fai is open Tuesday through Sunday, from 5 p.m. to midnight. Sadly, there isn’t public transit that exists for this gem, but it is still possible to get there. Simply take the BTS to Chit Lom or the Sky Train to either Nut On or Udom, and then grab a metered cab.

The Floating Market

Amphawa Floating Market in Bangkok
Photo via Flickr Creative Commons: Uwe Schwarzbach

Yes, the floating markets are touristy. And yes, there is a chance of getting ripped-off, but it is still a really cool experience. Instead of the packed Damnoen, check out Amphawa. This market is an adventure. For starters, it is 50 km outside of town, but that means there are less tourists to contend with and it offers a more authentic glimpse at a floating market. Here, you can find plenty of amazing foods to sample, along with some shops. Amphawa is only open on the weekends and gets crowded in the afternoons, so head there early. To get there, hop on a minibus from Victory Monument.

Are you ready to go out and shop? What other markets are worthy of checking out in Bangkok?

This post is part of Hipmunk’s #CityLove project.

Published by dtravelsround

Awakening the soul while traveling ... a story of being on the cusp of adulthood.

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