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Day markets

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Bangkok boasts no shortage of day markets where you can grab a dozen pairs of elephant pants, a bouquet of orchids, a fresh pig’s head, a used karaoke machine or just a meal enjoyed with the locals. Have fun sifting through the following list to choose which of them is right for you.

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Chatuchak In Bangkok’s largest market, some 5,000 stalls line a labyrinth of steamy roofed walkways filled with a breathtaking array of goods, including new and vintage clothes, locally designed handbags, Benjarong porcelain, Buddha images, wholesale chopsticks and paintings sold by the artists themselves. While parts of the furniture and kitchenware sections are open daily, JJ, to use the nickname, is only in full gear on weekends. You’ll also find plenty of food, though we suggest popping across the road to Or Tor Kor Market (see below) for lunch.

Want some banana? Photo taken in or around Day markets, Bangkok, Thailand by David Luekens.

Want some banana? Photo: David Luekens

Chatuchak Weekend Market: Corner of Kamphaeng Phet Rd and Phahonyothin Rd in North Bangkok, a short walk from Mo Chit BTS Station, Chatuchak Park MRT Station or Kamphaeng Phet MRT Station; most stalls open Fri-Sun 09:00-18:00

Sampeng If Yaowarat Road is Chinatown’s backbone, then Sampeng Lane is its belly. The market spans the length of a single lane officially known as Soi Wanit 1—it’s only a kilometre long but the tight quarters and endless distractions can make it feel endless. Giant teddy bears, Hello Kitty backpacks, wigs and battery-powered fans are displayed amid the blur of cheap Chinese-made knick-knacks. It gets extremely crowded, especially on weekends, and the vendors are hardened hagglers. While this is not a food market, you’ll find loads of street eats nearby.

Sampeng Market: Spans the length of Soi Wanit 1 in Chinatown from Song Wat Rd to Chakphet Rd, and accessible by walking south from anywhere on Yaowarat Rd or north from Ratchawong river ferry pier; open ... Travelfish members only (Around 2,300 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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