Chatachuck Weekend Market.
This is a must stop if you are in town for the weekend. Most
stores open by 9 am on Saturday & Sunday. Most prices are fixed, but I
can occasionally find vendors that will bargain a little (except on
clothes). If you buy a lot, a taxi will take about 45 minutes to 1 hour
to get back to the apartment (cost will be about B100-135).
BTS (Skytrain) -- Mo Chit
The market is visible from the platform.
MRT (Subway) Chatuchak Park OR
Kamphaeng Phet Stations
Prattunam (Indra) Market:
This is a great place to shop for clothes. It is located near the Indra
Hotel so simply tell the taxi - Indra Hotel or Prattunam. There are
hundreds of shops in the alleys, under the buildings and out on the
sidewalks. Prices are generally fixed but very low.
Pantip Computer Center:
This is located on Petchaburi Road about 2-3 blocks from Prattunam. It
is a 5-6 story complex that sells computer & computer related items. It
is popular for foreigners because you can buy virtually any computer
software (B120 a disc) VCD movies (about B100 a movie) and DVD's (Asian
region - B180).
This is a clothing wholesale market. It is located in the Boabae Hotel
and it consists of hundreds of small stores on about 7 floors of the
building. Most of the outlets sell in increments of 6 or 10 for a
really good price. Almost all will sell a single item at a much
increased price. For example you can buy 6 shirts (not necessarily
identical) for 65 each, but if you only want one it will be B95 or
B100! There is a street market in the parking lot, but it is only open
from midnight to 6 am!
This shopping area is called Marbakron. Take the
Stadium (train change at Siam, then one stop to the end of the
line). You walk into a department store in MBK from the skytrain
platform. Go through the store to the left and you will enter into the
heart of MBK. One floor (about the 3rd or 4th) is almost all cellular
phones. The next floor up has lots of clothing, stuffed animals and
other goodies at the extreme southern end. There is a great Thai food
court on the 5th or 6th level. There is a movie theatre complex on the
level above the food court. Movies are about B100 and you can get huge
deluxe seats for about B200. (Even the cheap seats are great). On the
movie level there is KFC, McDonalds, etc.
There is one alley in Chinatown that is a great place to buy cheap gifts
to take home (pasalubongs). Generally everything is sold in wholesale
lots from 6 to 12 pcs for a fixed price. I seldom find anyone here that
will bargain, but the more you buy, the better the price gets. It is
very hard to determine which stores will sell retail (one item only) so
you just have to ask.
This is like a Wallmart. The easiest one to find is at
BTS Station ON
NUT which is the last stop at the eastern end of the skytrain.
There is another one on Rama IV just a short taxi ride from the
Also like Wallmart with a French influence. Closest one is on Rama IV
across the street from the Lotus. Great prepared curries, fried rice,
and noodles near the meats in the grocery section. Taxi stand is in the
parking garage on the main floor. Also good one at
MRT Thailand Cultural Center.
Great department store. Two good book stores, CD store, movie theatre,
home supplies, grocery store, food court and more. Doesn't open until
10:30 am. One station east of Asoke platform at
BTS Station Phrom Phong.
Central Department Store:
Two stations west of Nana is a stop that has a walkway directly into
Central Department Store. Good selection of hardware, electronics, and
home items at department store prices.
BTS STATION Chit Lom
Small one at BTS Phloen Chit
station west of Nana Station. Big Home Pro is located in
same building as Carefore at
MRT Thailand Cultural Center. Good selection of
hardware & household supplies. Slightly expensive and frequently OUT OF
STOCK. Deliveries require hours of paperwork!
Dis be da place for gold! Get the card from the business card holder
and give them a call. They will send a car for you for free and also
take you home - no purchase required. They are the only jewelry store
in Thailand supplying the AAFES catalog sales. There stuff is
absolutely good quality and guaranteed. I prefer to do business with
Apple. Just tell her JC sent you. (Note: Venus deals in limited
styles. If you want something exotic in gold necklaces, earrings,
bracelets, etc just check one of the BIG gold shops in the main street
in Chinatown. If you want something custom made like a ring or pendant,
then Venus is the place. It will take 4-7 days for custom stuff.)
Want a nice walk? From our apartment you can
see a walk-way over the klong (canal). Unfortunately, you have to walk
out to Sukhumvit and then over to Soi 10 to get on the walk-way. But
then it is a nice walk to Lumpini park. At Lumpini park you need to
cross back over the street at the elevated crosswalk about 300 feet
south of the walkway. Just 150 feet south of the crosswalk is Venus
jewelry. Close to MRT
Patpong Night Market:
On the street between the bars there is a pretty good night market with
tourist trinkets from VCD's to t-shirts. Sometimes on Sunday night they
close Silom road and that entire road fills up with vendors. That makes
Sunday night a great time to go to Prik Kee Nu for dinner and then
stroll around the street vendors.
Sun Lum Night
Market: This is on the corner of Rama IV
& Wireless Road just down from Venus & the American Embassy. There are
about 100 semi-permanent vendors here and not many bargains that I saw.
The food court looked like a great place to experiment with unknown Thai
dishes. MRT Lumphini Station