Bangkok doesn't lack for markets, and they are generally the cheapest places to shop.
This doesn't necessarily reflect on the quality of the goods sold either, and some excellent bargains are for the taking in Bangkok if you know where to look.
Chatuchak Market is the largest and probably the best of the lot, but there are many more.
Bobe Market is located next to the Khlong Phadung Krungkasem canal and offer clothes, more clothes and even more clothes. Behind the canal, all kind of garments are sewn by hundreds of women and some men. Bobe Market is somehow a little unplanned and large in size, so prepare yourself for some walking. If you are looking for a larger consignment of clothes, this is definitely the place. The fabrics and clothes are often sold by weight. You can go here by canal boat, taxi or tuk-tuk.
Klong Toey Market
Klong Toey Market, Klong Toey (just south of Queen Sirikit Convention Center MRT). A huge and surprisingly centrally located definitely off the tourist trail: the stalls sell goods for Thais, at Thai prices.
Open 24 hours, but best experienced in the early hours of the evening.
Sampeng Market in Chinatown is one of Bangkok's center for gold jewelry and gems. If you are not an jewelry or gem expert, give it a good thought before you purchase anything.
Chinatown food market
Thieves' market (Woong Nakhon Kasem)
The Thieves Market, or Nakhon Kasem, has good prices on antiques, second hand, electronics and many other products and goods. Go there by taxi, tuk-tuk or boat on Chao Praya river.
Off the beaten path, this is mostly a market for locals buying fruit. Nearby is the Sieng Kong Zone, an area with large piles of car parts. It's the oldest spare parts center of Bangkok and you will see plenty of locals working with them.
Adjacent to Wat Mahathat, between Maharat Road and the river, is Bangkok's biggest amulet market, where a fantastic array of religious amulets, charms, talismans, and traditional medicine is sold.
Each Sunday, hundreds of the faithful squat on the ground studying tiny images of the Buddha with magnifying glasses, hoping to find one that will bring good fortune or ward off evil.
Each amulet brings a specific kind of luck — to get the girl, to pass your exams, to keep bugs out of your rice stock, or to ward off your mother-in-law.
The newer amulet market is part of Wat Ratchanada, off the intersection of Mahachai Road and Ratchadamnoen Klang Road, across from the Golden Mount at Wat Saket.
Pahurat Fabrics Market
An indoor market near India Emporium, but it is hard to find, as you need to walk through other stores to get into it. You will find hundreds of shops inside, selling fabrics in every color, shape and pattern you could possibly imagine. It's the most typical market the Indian neighborhood has to offer.
Chinatown Night Bazaar
located right under the Memorial Bridge near Pak Khlong Talat Flower Market, this cramped night bazaar is a nice walk. It mostly sells clothes and accessories for teenagers. Plenty of colorful lights bright up the place.
Thom Market Best known for secondhand goods and assorted knick-knacks, Klong Thom
Market sees action every Saturday from 17:00 onwards, and continues
going until Sunday's early evening. Formerly known as 'Flashlight Market' due to the fact that buyers will
need a flashlight to see the goods, this market is especially crowded on
late Saturday night. Covering areas of Luang, Worachak and Charoenkrung, Suar Pa Roads, Klong
Thom has everything from car spare parts, DVDs and CDs, electronic
devices to clothing items and toys. Besides the roadside stalls, there's
also a three-storey Klong Thom Centre (close to Worachak Road) where car
accessories and toys are on sale. If you want to avoid the crowd, best
time to go is Sunday morning from 8:00 until 11.00.
Major Ratchoyothin Market
Best known for secondhand goods and assorted knick-knacks, Klong Thom Market sees action every Saturday from 17:00 onwards, and continues going until Sunday's early evening.
Formerly known as 'Flashlight Market' due to the fact that buyers will need a flashlight to see the goods, this market is especially crowded on late Saturday night.
Covering areas of Luang, Worachak and Charoenkrung, Suar Pa Roads, Klong Thom has everything from car spare parts, DVDs and CDs, electronic devices to clothing items and toys. Besides the roadside stalls, there's also a three-storey Klong Thom Centre (close to Worachak Road) where car accessories and toys are on sale. If you want to avoid the crowd, best time to go is Sunday morning from 8:00 until 11.00.
Major Ratchoyothin Market
This market offers basically the same as Khlong San, but in the northern part of the city. Items on sale are a bit trendier as well, and with the market located next to the Major Ratchoyothin Cinema and IMAX complex, you can catch a flick before or after shopping around. A few bargain shops and eateries are also in the shopping complex.
How to get there: The easiest way is to take the MRT subway to Phahonyothin station, catch a tuk-tuk and tell him to take you to 'talat' (market)
Opening Hours: 16:00 - 23:00 (every day)
Rod Fai Market (Talad Rod Fai)
Vintage is in. At this open-air bazaar set beside an abandoned railroad track, the vintage look never goes out of style. Spread on the ground is all kinds of accessories and knick knacks from the yesteryear, whether wooden furniture, antiques, old TV sets, bicycles, hippy fashion accessories, classic leather luggage without wheels that no one uses any more but that all travel nomads would love to own. Food is not lacking either: A handful of street-style eateries add various design gimmicks to their shops – from classic Volkswagen campers to old train bogeys – to attract potential diners. The overall feel is down-to-earth cool, and Rod Fai Market definitely stands out from the hordes of outdoor markets across Bangkok.
Opening Hours: 14:00 – midnight (Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays only)
Tang To Kang Gold Shop
Chinatown is one of the oldest districts of Bangkok and about 14 percent of the buildings have been designated as historical landmarks. Tang To Kang is one of them, and it's colonial European-style makes it stand out from other buildings in the area.
Wanit 2 Market
Officially a nameless market, it's located on Wanit 2, in front of the Holy Rosary Church. It's nice to sit down on a plastic seat and eat Chinese snacks.
Suan Lum Night Bazaar Ratchada
Suan Lum Night Bazaar Ratchada or Ratchada Night Bazaar is a market stall shopping mall and open air market currently under construction in Bangkok's Chatuchak district, at the intersection of Ladprao Rd. and Ratchadaphisek Rd, at the Bangkok Metro's Lat Phrao Station.
Located on land owned by the State Railway of Thailand, it will open its first phase in 2012. It is a mixed use development. Upon completion the mall part will be the world's longest in length stretching 1,5 kilometers. I
t is expected to draw the same amount of visitors as the present Suan Lum Night Bazaar around 15,000–18,000 visitors a day of which 4,000 are foreigners.
Total investment in this project is 2.4 billion baht.