Local markets in Bangkok
Srinakarin Train Night Market
Located a little out from the city centre, but still very accessible, is the amazing Srinakarin Train Night Market. Where some markets in Bangkok might see inflated prices due to the influx of well-heeled foreigners, the Srinakarin night market has not been affected in such a way by tourism.
Most of the traders are unlikely to speak English so let your host help you out by making the communication easier as there is lots to buy. One thing the market is known for is the boutique fashion items, so you can pick up something that you are unlikely to find anywhere else.
Suan Lum Night Bazaar
If you are looking for local arts and crafts then try the Suan Lum night Bazaar and you should find just what you want. A wide range of local carvings, silks and ornaments can be found here along with a plethora of other goods so there is plenty of choice.
This market in Bangkok also doubles up as an entertainment complex so ask your host to join you for their valuable advice on what there is to buy, to see and to do. At Suan Lum Night Bazaar you can expect a night out as well as a shopping trip, but be prepared to carry plenty of bags back with you.
Although located in a shopping mall, Pan Thip Plaza is much more of a market with its many stalls with traders selling their goods. Because Pan Thip sells electronic goods only it may not be for everybody, but it is a dream come true to those that love their tech.
Many of the stalls openly sell counterfeit goods but your local host can join you to help make sure you don’t get caught out, so you buy the real thing instead. The traffic can also make Pan Thip Plaza one of the more difficult Bangkok markets to access, but your host can advise on how to avoid the rush hours.