Shopping


In Thailand you shop for anything from gems and high technology, to designer items and … err… things that look very much like designer items, but … err … aren’t quite! Trousers, shirts, dishtowels, gold, silver, antiques, silk, sharks fin, Chinese herbs and medicine - the mundane and the exotic, they are all found side-by-side in plentiful amounts. Of course Thailand’s markets are legendary, not simply because they are places to find cheap gifts for people back home, but because they are also a slice of the real Thailand.

Markets are not just there for the tourists, they are focal points for the various communities that make up the kingdom. You will see the ‘real deal’ in a market - real people going about their daily lives rather than some contrived scene created for the tourists!  And of course, shopping is not restricted to markets. Every city and… town has shopping malls that would be fit nicely in any other country.

Thailand also has some great locations which act equally as much as meeting places as shopping venues. Places like Thailand’s world famous Night Bazaars where you can spend an evening picking up some bargains and also get a bite to eat and drink if you want. If shopping is your thing, Thailand is the right place for you - it is good value, however you look at it!


Shopping in Thailand



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Chatuchak Market

Bangkok


Chatuchak Weekend Market is one of the world’s largest weekend markets. Also known as J.J., it contains upwards of 15,000 stalls. It is estimated that the market receives 200,000 visitors daily. The market is open only on Saturday and Sunday. Chatuchak Weekend Market has interesting products from all over Thailand, the stalls are organized...

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Tha Kha Floating Market

Bangkok


The Tha Kha Floating Market probably appears more authentic because it is visited by fewer tourists than its famous neighbour (up to 5,000 foreign tourists visit Damnoen Saduak a day!). As a result it is less built up, has a more natural surrounding and avoids some of the more commercial aspects of Damnoen Saduak (souvenir shops, etc.). The Tha Kha...

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Bang Khu Wiang Floating Market

Bangkok


Probably the easiest to get to in terms of distance from Bangkok, Bang Khu Wiang Floating Market is probably the most difficult to deal with because of its opening hours - 04:00 and 07:00. Sellers bring natural goods (vegetables, etc.) and it is also possible to see monks rowing boats to collect alms! Not at all commercialized, this is probably one...

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Chiang Mai Night Bazaar

Chiang Mai


Chiang Mai Night Bazaar, or Kad Luang (Royal Market) as it is known by locals, is one of Chiang Mai’s biggest draws. Located right in the centre of the city on Ping River, it is easily accessible and if you are in Chiang Mai a visit is almost obligatory. The market attracts huge crowds every evening and it is a great place to pick up trinkets...

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Taling Chan Floating Market

Bangkok


The Taling Chan Floating Market takes place at the weekends in front of Taling Chan District Office. Only recently discovered by tourists, the market is entirely authentic and frequented by locals. Fruit, vegetables, flowers, plants and trinkets are on offer, and after the market a boat trip along the canal will reveal a host of small gardens and...

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Tha Sadet Market

Nong Khai


This place is essentially the main pier for the ferry across the Mekhong River to Tha Dua in Laos. However, Tha Sadet has also become the focal point for local trade between this part of Thailand and neighbouring Laos. The market here is often called the ‘Indochina Market’ because goods sold here are mainly from across the region, but...

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Had Yai

Songkhla


Located 1,300 kilometres from Bangkok, Had Yai is Southern Thailand’s commercial hub. Essentially just a large city, being only 50 kilometres from Pedang Besar on the Malaysian border, Hat Yai provides a gateway to Malaysia and the rest of Southeast Asia. For tourists its importance lies in being a major transition point for travel to a...

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Pratunam Market

Bangkok


Pratunam Market specialises in clothes – lots of them...All different colours, all different styles and all different sizes! It’s one of the biggest clothing markets you are likely to encounter and there’s that ‘new material’ smell everywhere you go. The market doesn’t offer high fashion, but does provide the...

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Bobae Market / Bobae Tower

Bangkok


If you are interested in knowing just how cheap things really are before they get to the shops, go to Bobae. There are two Bobae outlets in the same vicinity: Bobae Market has been on the scene for 30 years or more, catering exclusively to exporters and people in the Thai clothing industry. At Bobae market, you by things in dozens. At Bobae Tower,...

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MBK

Bangkok


MBK, founded in 1985, also known by its former name as Mah Boon Krong, is the most famous shopping mall located in the heart of Bangkok, Thailand. With its 8 stories high and 350 meters long and the total area of 140,000 square meters, MBK was once the biggest mall in Asia. MBK has 150 eateries and over 2,500 shops and stalls selling everything an...

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Patpong Night Market

Bangkok


Although Patpong is historically famous as a Go-Go area, these days it is enjoying increasing fame as a market. The street stalls in the middle of the road offer just about everything you want – a really perfect place to pick up gifts for people back home. Very much the same blend of offerings as at other markets, but the central location is...

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Siam Paragon

Bangkok


Siam Paragon offers a wide range of specialty stores, luxury brand name stores and restaurants as well as a multiplex movie theater (consisted of 15 large size theaters with one of them having the biggest screen and seating capacity in Asia). It also houses the Siam Ocean World (Underwater world) aquarium (the largest aquarium in South East Asia),...

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CentralWorld

Bangkok


CentralWorld is the largest shopping mall in Bangkok. It’s a one-stop destination for shopping, dining and entertainment. Located in the vibrant center of Bangkok in Ratchaprasong area, the striking complex covers an expansive 550,000 square meters and is home to over 500 shops and boutiques, over 100 restaurants and dozens of first-class...

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Khaosan Road

Bangkok


Khaosan Road or Thanon Khaosan is a popular tourist street in central Bangkok, Thailand. It is located in the Banglamphu area about 1 kilometer north of the Grand Palace (Wat Phra Kaew) "Khaosan" translates as "milled rice", a reminder that the street was once a major Bangkok rice market. In the last 20 years, however, Khaosan Road has developed...

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Siam Square

Bangkok


Over the last few years Siam Square has become the zenith of shopping experience in Bangkok. As the name suggests this is a square stretching out to Rama 1 Road, Chulalongkorn University grounds and Henri Dunant Road. It is packed with every variety of shop and predominantly caters to Bangkok’s young and beautiful. This is not a place for...

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Chiang Rai Night Bazaar

Chiang Rai


Chiang Rai Night Bazaar is located between the bus station and Phaholyothin Road in the center of town. The market consists of many small stands on the narrow street running between Phaholyothin Road and the bus station. The variety of shops is appreciated by shopping enthusiasts. Everything is on display from ready-made garments silk, tattoo...

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Mai Sai

Chiang Rai


Located north of Chiang Rai, Mai Sai is the most northern town in Thailand and directly on the Thai-Myanmar border. As this is one of the few active crossings between Thailand and Myanmar, Mai Sai has a ‘border town’ feel about it – plenty of coming and going and plenty of activity. The main street acts as a night market but most...

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Pattaya Walking Street

Pattaya


Pattaya Walking Street is the hub of nightlife scenes in Pattaya. It is a tourist attraction that draws foreigners and Thai nationals. There you will find all kinds of entertains such as bars, go-go bars, discothèques, live music bars, seafood restaurant and brothels. During the day time the street is used for transportation in Pattaya. It...

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The Morning Market

Mae Hong Son


This market is not big on gifts for the folks back home, but it is big on activity and is one place you will definitely get an insight into how locals live. The market opens very early and by about 09:00 it is teeming with people engaged in buying all sorts of local produce, mainly foodstuff. This is a great place to take some pictures if you are...

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Central Chidlom

Bangkok


Central Chidlom is considered the flagship store of the Central Department Stores chain. It offers a variety of local handicrafts from all over Thailand, designer fashion, home-wares, children’s wear, cosmetics, watches and pens, electronic equipment, household appliances, jewelry and gems and leather accessories. It also houses a number of...

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Hua Hin Night Market

Hua Hin


Hua Hin Night Market opens every night at 06:00 p.m. and continues until 11:00 p.m. The market is located at the center of town and runs all the way from Phetchkasem Road to the railway line. The market will give you a fascinating insight into the way local people live their lives in Hua Hin. The market is certainly a main tourist attraction. The...

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Chiang Mai Walking Street

Chiang Mai


Organized since 2006, Chiang Mai Walking Street is a Sunday evening walking street at the Three Kings Monument Courtyard. This thriving Sunday evening market covers nearly the whole of Rachadamnoen road (the main road of the old city), many of its side streets and the square in front of Tha Phae Gate. It is famed for the locally made handicrafts...

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Damnern Saduak Floating Market

Ratchaburi


Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is the largest floating market in the vicinity and probably the one you've seen on the postcards. The market will quickly fill up with groups of tourists. If you want a more 'authentic' feel to your visit, it is best to get there as early as you can.

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Amphawa Floating Market

Samut Songkhram


Amphawa Floating Market is a local floating market and very popular among tourists. The market is located in Samut Songkhram province. Amphawa district is about 50 kilometers away from Bangkok. It is near Wat Amphawan Chetiyaram.

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Maesai Border

Chiang Rai


Maesai Border is the northern-most district of Chiang Rai Province in northern Thailand. It is about 62 kilometers north of Chiang Rai City and has easy access along the main highway. There is a large market on the main road. Many small shops line both sides of the street. Maesai Border is famous for cheap jewels (jade, emerald, rubies) and cheap...

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Hua Hin Floating Market

Hua Hin


Hua Hin Floating Market is located in Hua Hin (Soi 112), along Nhong Hoi-Thab Tai local road and about six kilometers from the town. Hua Hin Floating Market recreated the atmosphere of old Hua Hin with colonial design buildings. It features more than 130 shops and 30 wooden boats shop selling hot meals, snacks and beverages. In addition, there are...

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Saturday Night Walking Street

Chiang Rai


Saturday Night Walking Street is located on Thanalai Road center of town. Operating only on Saturday evening, it is easy walking distance not far from Chiang Rai’s Night Bazaar. The Walking Street runs from Thanalai road around a kilometer long. Thanalai Road is closed from cars at 05.00 p.m. to 11.00 p.m. on Saturday night, for the walking...

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