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Patpong Night Market is a lively market which spills over onto busy Silom and Suriwong Roads. By day this area is vendor-free, but at night it turns into a crowded shopping area, teeming with stalls, some of which date back to the 1960s. T-shirts, dresses, jeans, gemstones, antiques, handicrafts, Thai silk, electrical goods and many other items are sold on this street. The place is a gem for all-night revelers and tourists.
This bustling market is the epitome of the many lively and exciting markets in Bangkok, with its effervescent atmosphere. Bangrak is essentially a flower market, offering blooms for all occasions at wholesale or retail prices. It sells, among others, a huge selection of cut flowers and orchids, specializing in lovely garlands made principally of sweet-smelling jasmines. Aside from the flowers, this trading area also serves as a wet market, with many foods available.
Located close to riverside, this busy market offers a range of fancy items and souvenirs at reasonable rates. The restaurants serves delicious Thai cuisine which you do not want to miss on a happy outing. Khlong San Market extends a happy shopping experience for Bangkok locals of all ages.
With a vast array of stores and and equal number of outdoor stalls, Pratunam Market is the place to be if you're looking for great deals on clothing. One of the city's most popular markets, Pratunam offers pretty much everything from casual and street-wear to dresses and formal attire. The colorful market is a scene of perennial bustle, with everyone from students haggling for their latest find to retailers checking out new stock for their shop. Stroll through the entire market, and it's unlikely that you won't find what you're looking for. Besides clothes, the market is also an excellent place to check out souvenirs, local products and other curiosities.
Every evening, both sides of Sukhumvit Road (from Soi 3 Nana to about Soi 17) teems with counterfeit goods of sorts. Your favorite brand names are available in all shapes and sizes at incredible prices. As the strip is close to the Nana Entertainment Plaza (think Patpong) and near dozens of good restaurants and pubs, there is absolutely no way to be bored on your trek. "Walk, shop, drink and party" is truly the best way to sum up a visit to this part of Sukhumvit.
Baiyoke Floating Market is situated within the Baiyoke Sky Hotel, and is essentially known for its delectable Thai food dishes. This chirpy food market takes you back to the Siamese street food culture and traditional cooking styles. There are around 100 different dishes featuring bold flavors and spices, making your stall hopping exciting. If you are a foodie and trying out new cuisines excites you, Baiyoke Floating Market is the place for you.
Bangkok's largest wet market will either excite or repel you. Aimed at restaurateurs and professional cooks rather than tourists, Klong Toey Market is a slice of genuine Thai life where you will find fresh eels wriggling around in buckets at one stall, dried fish in the next and half a cow being cut into requested portions after that. The smells and the sounds are enough to leave a lasting impression, as well as an assault of color on the eyes!
The relatively small area bounded by Chakraphet, Triphet and Pahurat Roads is known as Little India. It consists of bustling lanes selling mostly cloth and fabric, but also Indian fashions, batiks, sarongs, jewelry, and some Thai costumes. If you don't fancy the narrow lanes and closed conditions of the cloth market, the Indian Emporium (open from 9am to 7:30pm) on Chakraphet Road is air conditioned and sells many of the same sort of goods. It also has a small food court on the top floor. The Gurdwara Siri Guru Singh Sabha (Sihk) temple topped by a gold dome stands in the middle of the district. Excellent Indian food is available in this area, and it is the best place to buy curry mixes and spices. -AH