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    Best Night Markets in Bangkok

    My parents arrive here in a few days, and i have the job of tour guide. To be honest, i'm having to do some research, as i didn't really do any tourist things during the time i lived here (2004-08)

    i remember hearing something about the old night markets closing down, so what are my current options?

    Thanks in advance for any helpful replies



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    Wally check this one out. Near you as well.


    One Soi's Street Food Scene

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    I suppose a wander down the lanes in Chinatown would be fun

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    I think this is the one i went to 4/5 years ago,actually really enjoyed more like a sprawling boot fair.

    Klong 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.

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    Suan Lum Night market (I think its till open), Patpong and Major Ratchayothin are the most well known.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Humbert
    Suan Lum Night market (I think its till open)
    If it is, I'd recommend that one.

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    Soi 38 a few yards from Thong Lor BTS station, the flaming wok man puts on a good show, foods good too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Humbert
    Suan Lum Night market (I think its till open)
    If it is, I'd recommend that one.
    It was knocked down about six months ago.

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    They were going to open it somewhere else but I don't think i happened?

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    Sapan Phut has a night market from around 6ish or a bit later that is mostly second hand stuff, but has a couple of restaurants close by on the river... Close to the Rama I memorial/memorial bridge.

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    Walk them around Yaowarat for some hustle and bustle and some decent street food.

    The Klong Thom is mostly an open air flea market if they like to poke around a hot sweaty boot sale.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aging one View Post
    Wally check this one out. Near you as well.


    One Soi's Street Food Scene
    i know this place AO, and they have a good selection of food there. cheers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Humbert View Post
    Suan Lum Night market (I think its till open), Patpong and Major Ratchayothin are the most well known.
    Suan Lum is the one then- this is the one that is also visited by thais, aswell as tourists if what i have heard is correct? thanks very much for all of the help.

    next question - how do i get there?


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    Quote Originally Posted by jizzybloke
    They were going to open it somewhere else but I don't think i happened?
    I think I read it did but in a strange location.....Sukhumvit down on the new BTS route.....forgewt where.....60's or 80's I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wally Dorian Raffles
    Suan Lum is the one then- this is the one that is also visited by thais, aswell as tourists if what i have heard is correct? thanks very much for all of the help. next question - how do i get there?
    Begbie said it was demolished. There had been rumors for years about its imminent demise.
    Patpong and Silom Road is good at night, you know where that is right?

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    Thanks to everone for the replies.

    i'm really not interested in second hand stuff, as i'm mostly interested in taking my parents there. i went to a anight market in phuket about 6 months ago, which was really good, and very cheap. most of the punters were thai, and i was hoping there was something a little the same in BKK.
    Suan Lum Night market seems to be the best on offer..

    cheers everyone!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Humbert View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Wally Dorian Raffles
    Suan Lum is the one then- this is the one that is also visited by thais, aswell as tourists if what i have heard is correct? thanks very much for all of the help. next question - how do i get there?
    Begbie said it was demolished. There had been rumors for years about its imminent demise.
    Patpong and Silom Road is good at night, you know where that is right?
    is this the one they demolished around 4 years ago? if so, .....patpong my next choice?

    i was really hoping that wouldnt be the case...

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    Might I suggest Siam Paragon?

    Nice shops, great food and airconditioned. It's open during the day too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wally Dorian Raffles
    is this the one they demolished around 4 years ago?
    six months ago

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    Suan Lum Night Bazaar is now directly opposite Sukhumvit Soi 101/1

    I went there a few months back and half of the shops weren't opened then, probably different now that the BTS has opened

    It is hidden behind a huge stage and beer garden

    Sorry put the wrong soi earlier, fixed it now

    It is called Siam Paradise now



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    Siam Paradise Night Bazaar – New Suan Lum

    January 28th, 2011

    By Pattarasuda Prajittanond
    Photos by Kent Palmer

    After years of management issues, repeated protests and prolonged postponements, the city’s beloved Suan Lum was finally shut down last month, forcing hundreds of shop owners to disperse to the four corners of Bangkok. It was a sad day – though it didn’t mean the end of the night market. Thankfully, it has recently reopened under a new name in a far-flung location.

    Guarded by a pair of decoratively clothed elephant statues, the all-new Siam Paradise has opened opposite Sukhumvit 101/1, in a location between BTS Udom Suk and Punnawithi stations. The more observant among you will have noticed that both of these stops are located on the yet-to-be-opened extension line. If you’re not driving, this means to get there still requires a bus, taxi or motorcycle ride from On Nut station, though the promised August opening of the BTS extension should make reaching Siam Paradise much easier.

    Occupying a site almost as large as the old Suan Lum night market, there are sections for food, pets, clothes, gifts, and everything else the old incarnation was famous for. In keeping with its heritage, it’s also home to an open-air beer garden, replete with large LCD screen playing sporting action, live music from the in-house and visiting bands, and food court. Though it lacks Suan Lum’s iconic tower, it does have a similarly rickety looking Ferris wheel (Suan Lum’s was torn down more than a year ago), while on the second floor of the food court sit a number of karaoke rooms where you can sing the night away with friends.

    There are only 30 or so shops open so far, alongside the fully functioning beer park, though occupancy is expected to rise. So what are you waiting for? Sounds like Paradise to us…
    Siam Paradise, Sukhumvit 101/1, 02-744-7252
    Read our GUIDE to the Siam Paradise Night Bazaar here
    Download a MAP for the Siam Paradise Night Bazaar here
    Last edited by sabaii sabaii; 05-09-2011 at 03:06 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabaii sabaii
    Suan Lum Night Bazaar is now directly opposite Sukhumvit Soi 101 I went there a few months back and half of the shops weren't opened then, probably different now that the BTS has opened
    I doubt many of the same vendors would bother setting up shop in that location. Too far from the action.

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    Some other suggestions,

    MBK,

    Chatuchak Market, but get there early as the heat makes it unbearable,

    floating market, although I've never done that

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    Quote Originally Posted by Humbert View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Wally Dorian Raffles
    is this the one they demolished around 4 years ago?
    six months ago
    ok. i must be thinking about when they originally said it was to meet the demolishion ball..

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabaii sabaii
    Chatuchak Market, but get there early as the heat makes it unbearable,
    Yes, that's a good night market.

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    it looks like patpong it is then .....should be good for a laugh anyway.., but if i remember correctly, the prices are way over inflated, and the vendors are rude. ie: you looked at my product, so now YOU HAVE TO BUY IT!! - that attitude really pisses me off . it would be nice if there was a market simular to the one in phuket which was fantastic.

    MBK is where i will take them shopping. i think they are too old to handle the heat and crowds at the weekend markets..

    thanks again

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