Sampaeng Lane

Wholesale shopping madness

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What we say: 1.5 stars

Ever wish that one could purchase a few metres of gold lamé fabric, some pink plastic rhinestones to affix to your mobile phone, a heavy gold necklace, fairy lights, a new mp3 player, and some fried bananas in the same place? No? How odd.

Sampeng Lane is the home to notions in Bangkok: for those of you who don't sew, notions are all the things besides fabric that clothes require to function: buttons, clasps, decorations, ribbons, zippers and the like.

It doesn't stop with just notions, however, as there are shops and stall selling umbrellas, hats, fashionable ready-to-wear clothing, toys, souvenirs and shoes.

Sampeng Lane has evolved into a heaving commercial street that runs through the south part of Chinatown — it's a fun place to have a poke around, especially Sunday after dim sum.

Hawkers, food carts, blind singers, old grannies, singing salesmen, and thousands of people descend to see how far their baht can go.


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Sampaeng Lane, Also called Soi Wanit 1
Opening Hours: Open daily, best during the morning and early afternoon hours
How to get there: Sampaeng Lane runs from Songwat Road to the east through to Chakraphet Rd in the west, parallel to Yaowarat Rd.
Last updated: 16th February, 2012

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