During your Thailand trip, you’ll be expected to haggle at all of the stalls in the street markets of Bangkok. A good amount to start at is half the asking price. If you want to have a little fun, you can bluff by starting to walk away – if the seller doesn’t call you back you’ll know that your opening bid was too low.
Khao San Road: Situated in the heart of Bangkok, Khao San Road is a hub of somewhat crazed activity and an essential part of any Thailand tour or trip. It’s home dusty silver shops, stalls selling fisherman’s pants and t-shirts, Pad Thai vendors, a fast food joint or two and the occasional elephant! This is a great place to pick up cheap books, CD’s and souvenirs such as the infamous croaking frog while you’re travelling in Thailand.
Pat Pong night market: Located in the most famous neighbourhood in Bangkok, you should make time in your Thailand travel agenda to go least once in the evening. This is where you’ll find everything from fake watches to imitation sunglasses. The market itself lies in the middle of the red light district- but it’s not dangerous. We found prices here very high compared to other markets, so haggle hard. It’s quirky, and another really authentic Thailand experience.
Siam Square: This is the heart of the business centre, full of western brands such Hard Rock Cafe and McDonalds and you’ll find many expats in this area. This is a good place to be if you fancy going to the cinema (just stand up for the national anthem!). All the big superstores can be found here as well, with all sorts of software and DVDs at incredibly cheap prices. It’s the flipside of Thailand and will give you a totally different perspective on your Thailand trip.
MBK: At eight stories high, this shopping center hosts around 2,000 shops and services, including the 4-story Tokyu department store, restaurants and entertainment areas. You can buy anything from ‘designer’ jean, to shoes, to DVD’s, to mobile phones, all at a really great price. While you’re travelling in Thailand, you should definitely try to squeeze in this experience.
Chatuchak: Chatuchak weekend market covers over 35 acres and is well worth a visit. It is very busy, with a huge variety of stalls and gets quite hectic by lunch time. You can easily spend an entire day there and not get to every stall. It is best to get there early to avoid the crowds and the searing heat of the midday sun. You can find clothes, souvenirs, shoes, food, T-shirts, and even pets (dogs, rare birds, fish, and even snakes). The market only takes place on Saturday and Sundays and it’s a great place to pick up gifts before the end of your Thailand trip.
Chinatown: Packed with market stalls, street-side restaurants, Chinese medicine shops and probably the highest concentration of gold shops in the city, Chinatown is an experience not to miss. This historic area is as old as Bangkok itself, its growth spawned by waves of Chinese immigrants who left communist China, settled down here and continued what they did best: trade.
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