An introduction to Shopping in Thailand
Weekend Market at Chatuchak Park. This large open public ground covers approximately
35 acres opposite the Northern Bus station on Phahonyothin Road.
Known as Suan Chatuchak, it hosts the popular Weekend Market where
people buy and sell a thousand local products. Items range from
exotic fresh fruits, vegetables, handicrafts, dress materials, furniture,
toys, domestic utensils and pets. There is a particularly fine section
for plants. The Weekend Market is open on Saturdays and Sundays
from 7.00 am to 6.00 pm.
These are very important commercial centres for those living on
the banks of the many canals and away from road. Every day, from
about 6.00 to 11.00 am small boats laden with all kinds of tropical
fruits and vegetables and other produce from the orchards or nearby
communities assemble for business.
This is handicraft centre, under government supervision, located
on Ratchadamri Rd. Visitors may inspect and buy selections of handicrafts
from all parts of the country. Items available include Thai silk,
ceramics, wood carvings, lacquer ware, bronze objects and Khon masks.
The store is open daily from 10.00 am until 8.00 pm.
Bangkok's China Town is an old business centre covering a large
area around Yaowarat Road and Charoen Krung Road. There are many
small streets and alleys full of shops selling all types of goods.
The area is always lively, and market stalls abound. It has been
the main centre for trading by the Chinese since they were moved
from their old site some 200 years ago to make way for the Grand
Palace and Emerald Buddha complex.
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