Bangkok Shopping Guide: Bargains and Markets

Here is our Bangkok market guide for all the best Bangkok markets to get your souvenirs, handmade crafts, local specialty treats, and delicious street food.

Best for Homewares: Chatuchak Market ตลาดนัดจตุจักร

The biggest and best weekend market in Bangkok, Chatuchak - sometimes called JJ Market -  is a shopaholic's paradise. With over 8,000 stalls, you'll find everything from clothing and accessories to home decor and art. Dive into the labyrinthine alleys, and don't forget to haggle for the best prices. 

Chatuchak Market Tips: Avoid the animal section. It is distressing to see pets and exotic animals packed into tiny cages. The place encourages the illegal wildlife trade as well as puppy and kitten mills. Map Link. 

Best for Electronics: MBK Center มาบุญครอง เซ็นเตอร์

A legendary shopping destination, MBK - Mahboonkrong - is a must for tech enthusiasts and bargain hunters. Explore eight floors of the latest gadgets, fashion, and traditional Thai products at wallet-friendly prices.

MBK Tips: Even Bangkok’s most professional photographers use the camera stores on the 5th floor, but don’t trust the second hand phones you will find on the 4th floor. Map Link.

Best for The Superstitious: The Amulet Market ตลาดพระเครื่องท่าพระจันทร์หมีญวน

Delve into Thai spirituality at the Amulet Market. It specialises in Buddhist amulets and charms. Collectors and curious visitors alike will appreciate the intricate craftsmanship and cultural significance of these artifacts. 

Amulet Market Tips: The majority of amulets in this market are mass-produced and cheap. Nevertheless, among them are rare treasures - centuries-old amulets blessed by revered monks - that carry significant historical and spiritual value. Map Link.

Best Street Food Market in Bangkok: Jodd Fairs Market จ๊อดแฟร์

Jodd Fairs Market is open nights only - 4pm till midnight daily. It is a street food haven, featuring a diverse range of delectable bites. From savory treats to sweet delights, it offers an authentic and compact culinary experience, with both Thai food and some surprising western fusion items, salted mackerel ice cream anyone? 

Jodd Fairs Tips: Come prepared with small bills and coins, as, like many markets in Bangkok, most stalls only accept cash or Thai bank transfer via QR code. Map Link. 

Best for Fashion: Pratunam Market ตลาดประตูน้ำ

Pratunam is the go-to district for clothing in Bangkok. All the streets within about 6 blocks of The Platinum Fashion Mall are in the garment biz. Krungthong Plaza is a plus-size paradise, the Circular Shopping Mall is bargain central, and Palladium is good for costumes and jewelry.

Pratunam Shopping Tips: Go around 5pm so that you can do some shopping in Platinum Mall, and hit the market stalls but also watch the area transform into a night market once the sun goes down. Map Link. 

Best Night Market Bangkok: Rod Fai - Srinagarindra Train Night Market ตลาดนัดรถไฟ ศรีนครินทร์

Open 5pm to 1am, this vintage-themed market offers a unique blend of retro items, antiques, and trendy fashion. Explore the quirky stalls, grab a snack from the food vendors, and soak in the vibrant atmosphere.

Rod Fai Tips: Plan for crowds and wear comfy shoes for lots of walking, it is big! Map Link.

Best Floating Market Bangkok: Tha Kha Floating Market ตลาดน้ำท่าคา

Everyone goes to Damnoen Saduak floating market. It is pretty cool, but it is packed full of tourists. If you want a calmer, more authentic experience, head to Tha Kha instead. 

Tha Kha Tips: Consider arriving early in the morning. This is when you can witness the locals starting their day along the canals. Map Link.

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