While Bangkok is known for its shopping malls, it’s the vibrant markets that steal the show. Bangkok is truly a heaven for market lovers. Actually, the Thai capital is one big open-air market. Walking around in any random neighborhood in Bangkok, you will see many street-side stalls and shops. Bangkok’s outdoor markets offer a variety of goods, foods and anything you could ever ask for.
During most of our tours we visit a local market which gives you the opportunity to smell and taste some of Thailand’s unknown, but delicious delicacies.
Bangkok’s markets are scattered across the city. Here is a selection of markets worth visiting during your stay in Bangkok to shop, eat and drink.
Pak Khlong Talat
Pak Khlong Talat, or Flower Market, is Bangkok’s largest and most important wholesale market and distribution centre for flowers, vegetables and fruits. It is a must see for all flower lovers for the sheer variety of exotic flowers, both imported and local and the sweet fragrance of flowers around the area.
Bangkok’s famous Pak Khlong Talat is open 24 hours per day and of course we make a stop here during our Bangkok Sunset Ride. A perfect opportunity to take lots of great pictures!
Chatuchak Weekend Market
Chatuchak Weekend Market (or JJ) is a legend among tourists and locals and one of the world’s largest open-air markets. It is an enormous place where almost everything you can think of is for sale. Chatuchak offers an array of goods such as household items, clothing, religious artifacts, Thai handicraft and live animals. With over 10,000 stalls and between 200,000 and 300,000 visitors every Saturday and Sunday, shopping at Chatuchak is an unforgettable experience!
Or Tor Kor Market
Or Tor Kor Market is ranked as one of the best fresh markets in the world and it’s one of Bangkok’s lesser known gems. This market, located opposite the famous Chatuchak Weekend Market, is so much more than a local market.
Products displayed at this market are selected among the best found in the entire country. There is an incredible range of beautiful fruits, extremely fresh vegetables, meats and seafood.
Or Tor Kor Market is one of the best places in Thailand for food-lovers!
Klong Toey Market
Klong Toey Market is the biggest fresh market in Bangkok, offering low prices on raw meat, sea food, vegetables, fruits, and a few other items like clothing and kitchenware. Freshly cut pig heads, fresh crabs, chickens (dead and alive) and animal carcasses are a common sight here. Klong Toey Market is a hidden village deep within Bangkok’s concrete jungle and is open every day of the week from 6:00 AM in the morning to 2:00 AM in the late evening. If you have never seen a fresh market, Klong Toey Market is the place to go. Join our Bangkok City Culture tour if you want to visit this market. All your senses will wake up while walking here and you will be very busy with your camera!
Pratunam Market is one of Bangkok’s major markets, focusing on clothes which makes it Thailand’s largest clothing market.
Enter the small alleys and you will find yourself in the middle of a clothes-maze. Shops and vendor stalls at Pratunam Market display all kinds of clothes, from shorts, T-shirts, formal evening dresses, suits, winter jackets to bizarre outfits and costumes.
Because Pratunam Market is a wholesale market, the more you buy from one shop or stall, the better prices you’ll get. So don’t forget to bargain!
Sampeng Market (Chinatown)
Sampeng Market, located at Sampeng Lane in Chinatown, is one of the oldest markets in Bangkok and popular with tourists and locals. The area has a colorful history of opium dens, gambling houses, brothels and gang wars, but nowadays the narrow alleyway is a crowded, bustling market. Sampeng has become Bangkok’s biggest wholesale market where a broad range of goods can be found.
Even if you’re not in the mood to buy, a walk through the market is well worth the visit.
Bang Nam Phueng Market
An often overlooked floating market that draws plenty of Bangkokians but not many tourists is Bang Nam Phueng.
Bang Nam Phueng floating market, probably better be called a riverside market, is a real local market with a lot of interesting food and sweets to try. This market (only open on Saturday and Sunday) is a very authentic market with a large majority of Thai visitors.
If you want to leave the hustle and bustle of Bangkok behind you for some hours, our Colors of Bangkok Weekend Edition and Rickshaw & Hike the Colors of Bangkok are a perfect choice. Both tours make a stop at Bang Nam Phueng Market which gives participants the opportunity to taste some Thai delicacies.