The largest city of Thailand, Bangkok is known to grant an incomparable shopping experience that is both thrilling and delightful, whatever the discerning shoppers are seeking. While some love engaging in exclusive shopping at modern, glamorous malls with a towering size and gleaming chrome, many locals and tourist have long fancied shopping at Bangkoks famously buzzing street markets.
Unlike the ordinary large markets, Street markets are mini markets set up in evening or in the early afternoon. These markets can be found all over Bangkok, spread along the sidewalk. The most popular sidewalk market in this city is Sukhumvit street market, which is highly preferred by tourists. This market stretches down on both sides along Sukhumvit road, offering items such as souvenirs, Thai silk, T-shirts, leather bags, watches, DVDs, CDs and Thai handicrafts.
For the younger, a suitable market would be the one in Khao San Road, which sells used books, fishermen pants and backpacks in addition to all the essentials. Shoppers have the benefit of also getting their hair dreadlocked or hands hennaed, whereas a visit to the large Pratunam street market, very popular among Indian and Arab shoppers, will give you some great bargains. Here you will find many items from clothes and shoes to bags and wallets.
For people who are interested in Thai culture, an ideal place for shopping would be the famous Flashlight market. Every Friday night this market can be seen on Worajak road. This is so called because when the darkness arrives hundreds of people turn on the flashlight they have bought in order to see the items clearly. Almost anything that is related to electronics and cooking are sold here such as TVs, fans, freezers, records , cooking pots, washers, gas cookers, sticky rice pots and enormous steel cooking counters. In addition, some fantastic small street stall restaurants are here for your convenience.
So if you are planning to travel to this part of Thailand, make sure to keep some extra suitcases in handy, as these impressive street markets are bound to make you want to shop till you drop. For your accommodation needs, choosing Anantara Bangkok Sathorn out of the many Hotels in Bangkok , would be a smart move considering the fact that it is an elegant Bangkok hotel with a fastidious interior.
Pushpitha Wijesinghe is an experienced independent freelance writer. He specializes in providing a wide variety of content and articles related to the travel hospitality industry.