Thai shopping doesn’t get more authentic than a floating market, and these stalls nestled in the western outskirts of Bangkok are some of the country’s best. The main draw at this riverside market is the food, where you can try things like boat noodles, or Kuay Tiew Rua, or Khanom Chin, which is rice with different sauces like coconut and fish. You’ll find the markets are split in to two sections, one with fresh produce and the other with snacks and cooked meals, as well as souvenirs and a section where you can make and paint your own crafts.
See Bangkok’s markets for yourself on our Bangkok & Khao Lak Multi-Centre holiday.
In Thailand, markets aren’t just reserved for mornings. They’re a 24-hour affair, with night markets being some of the most popular. The Lat Yai market, which sells everything from knitted dolls to handbags, is only open on a Sunday night and comes to life with live music and entertainment. Haggling is welcomed by the stall-owners, so you’re sure to get a good bargain here.
You can see more of Phuket on our Bangkok & Phuket Multi-Centre holiday.
This is Chiang Mai’s only flower market, and it’s one of the most famous in the country. You’ll find inexpensive orchids, jasmine, lotus flowers and birds of paradise on sale here – as well as lots more. And once you’re done with the flowers, you can head next door to the huge Warorot Market, which sells everything - fresh food, clothing, handicrafts, you name it, it’s got it.
Looking for something a little more upmarket? Fisherman’s Village is home to stylish bars, restaurants and boutiques. It’s also the perfect place to go if the usual hustle and bustle of the night markets are a bit much for you, as it’s not too crowded or noisy. And when you get tired of exploring the street stalls, which sell hand-carved soaps or handcrafted souvenirs, there are over 40 restaurants for you to stop and take a break in. Our favourites are the seafood restaurants, which can be found in the Waterfront District.
Bang Niang Market is your classic market space. There are never ending rows of stalls filled with Thai silk, dresses, banana pancakes, luggage and fried crickets on sticks – yum. All prices are up for negotiation, so get flexing those haggling muscles for the ultimate bargain.
You can visit Khao Lak on our Khao Lak & Phuket Multi-Centre holiday.
Krabi’s Walking Street is the ideal way to snap up some really unique souvenirs. From lamps made of recycled bottles and coconut shells, to Malay grazed sarongs, you’ll find local Thai gifts at super cheap prices. You’ll also find amazing food here, with over 100 food stalls and eateries to choose from, selling snacks such as spicy bamboo salad, and tasty Thai desserts.
See Krabi’s markets and more on Krabi & Khao Lak Multi-Centre holiday.
What better way to relax after some marathon market shopping than staying in Patong Merlin Hotel, which is right next door to the beach and has four swimming pools on offer.
A beachfront setting, massages for two and a gourmet restaurant are all on offer at this adults-only hotel.
Millennium Hilton Bangkok offers up something a little more sophisticated, with river-view bedrooms, an infinity pool and a rooftop lounge with 360-degree city views.
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