Exploring a market is one of the best ways to experience local culture! All markets have some things in common – the bustling crowds, the tantalizing smells, the sound of footsteps, and the bright colors. However, each market is also unique!
This is definitely true when it comes to Thai markets in Bangkok. There are many markets here, and you won’t be able to stick to just one or two! Be sure to visit the best markets and get a chance to see a little bit of everything.
Wondering where to start? Here is a list of the ten best markets in Bangkok!
1 Chatuchak Market
This market is huge! In fact, it’s one of the biggest markets in the world. It covers 27 acres and has 27 different sections filled with thousands of sellers.
You can get just about anything here, but the best part is probably the local art. You’ll be able to find unique art in a variety of styles by talented local artists. Once you’ve seen the art, you should also check out the food stalls and souvenir items!
This market is open from six to six on Fridays, Saturday, and Sundays. Be sure to pick up a map when you go, because you’ll definitely need it to navigate this huge space.
2 Pak Klong Talat Flower Market
This market has been around since it was established as a floating market it the 19th Century. It has changed a lot of the years, but it still has the old-fashioned charm you’re sure to love.
When you step into Pak Klong Talat Flower Market, you’ll be enveloped in the sweet aroma of jasmine! Here, you can buy many varieties of Thai flowers. The vendors sell baskets of blossoms, bouquets, and even beautiful and artistic garlands.
3 Klongsan Market
This market’s location on Klong San Pier was once a train station! It is a distinctly local market, and there are not a lot of tourists. This makes it an excellent place to visit if you want to immerse yourself in everyday Thai life!
When you visit, you can buy interesting clothing and accessories. There are many options here at great prices, and you shouldn’t hesitate to practice your bartering skills. Klongsan Market is open every day from seven AM to ten PM, so you’ll have plenty of time to browse.
4 Klong Toey Fresh Market
This huge fresh food market is an awesome place to pick up groceries! You can get meat and veggies when you shop here. Everything here is as fresh as possible! A lot of the chicken and fish are killed when you buy them. It sounds kind of gross, but that’s the best way to buy meat. You can’t get any fresher than that.
5 Bangkok Farmer’s Market
This is a modern, trendy place to shop! For the yoga-lovers and organic eaters, this is the best market to visit. The Bangkok Farmer’s Market is dedicated to health and well-being, and it even donates to community programs. Be sure to plan your visit right, because it only happens on the first and third weekends of the month. You don’t want to miss it if you’re in town at the right time.
6 Pratanum Market
If it’s raining, this market will still be going strong! Pratanum Market is one of the few Indoor/outdoor markets you’ll find in Bangkok. This market sells a lot of different things, but it’s best known for selling accessories at wholesale prices. Grab a purse or two and some shoes!
7 Talat Rot Fai
You don’t have to limit your Bangkok shopping sprees to the daylight hours! In the evening, you can head over to Talet Rot Fai. This night market is located near Seacon Square shopping center. This is the coolest place for Thai hipsters to shop! You can get new and used clothes that are trendy with the young Thai crowd, or just grab a cup of coffee and walk around.
8 Thanon Khao San Market
If you don’t mind slightly sketchy activities, this market is a lot of fun. For an entertaining shopping trip, hang out here and take a look at the questionable items for sale. We know you totally won’t buy anything you shouldn’t! This place is a great market to get weird backpacker stuff, ranging from hemp clothes to fake student IDs.
9 Talat Mai
Although this market’s name means “New Market,” it has been around for about 200 years! This market is a bit different than the other markets listed here. Although it’s in Bangkok, this market is not Thai. It’s Chinese! You can explore Chinese culture when you browse Talet Mai. This is the best place to get Chinese goods, especially the edible kind. Be sure to make this a dinner stop here while you’re in the area.
10 Nonthaburi Market
Get a ride to northern Bangkok for one of the city’s favorite old-fashioned market. This is a great place to get produce, but you’ll have to arrive early in the morning—most sellers leave by 9 am! This market is very local, so you won’t see a lot of other tourists wandering around. This is a great place to get a taste of Thai culture! And I mean “taste” very literally. You’ll find great local produce here. You’ll probably spot several vegetables you didn’t know existed.
If you are visiting Bangkok, you can’t miss taking a trip to one (or seven) of the area’s markets! Whether you like good Asian food, nice clothes, weird souvenirs, or just people watching, you are sure to find a few great markets during your visit. Be sure to bring plenty of cash, because you won’t want to resist a few unique purchases! Hey, it’s never too early to start planning for Christmas gifts.