Frenetic Bangkok can be overwhelming for shoppers, but here’s a handy guide to help you find the best markets for you.
1. Atujak Green
Also known as JJ Green, this night market is part vintage flea market, part local drinking hangout.
2. Chatuchak Market
Saturdays and Sundays, 6am to 6pm With over 15,000 booths selling everything from Thai art to antiques to fruit and veg, plants, ceramics and fresh meat, you could get lost in this expansive market – luckily you can pick up a map from one of the guards. Spend a day here shopping for gifts and sampling the food stalls as you go.
3. New Rot Fai Market
A buzzy night bazaar selling antiques, kitsch trinkets and street food.
4. Pak Khlong Talat
This bright flower market is open 24 hours. Even if you’re not in the, er, market for flowers, it’s a fun sight to see.
5. Patpong Night Market
Daily from 6pm to midnight Bathed in electric light, this bustling night market is popular with tourists wanting to wander one of the more edgy corners of Bangkok; lined on either side as it is with Go-Go bars, their neon signs competing for attention. If the mood takes you, barter for fake designer goods, tourist T-shirts and souvenirs.
6. Bang Nam Phueng Floating Market
Around 23 kilometres south of the city, this small floating market is only accessible by taxi with most visitors being Thai locals. It’s a great place for an authentic slice of local life, with fresh food and traditional snacks on offer.
7. For vintage finds: Siam Gypsy Junction
Wednesday-Sunday from 5pm to midnight This has made a name for itself as a vintage night market that has a sideline in excellent street food. It’s positioned right alongside the State Railway’s main track out of the city and trains regularly roar past. Old records and magazines, bikes, sneakers, suitcases and curiosities are laid out on the street in front of the vendors’ vintage cars and camper vans.