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Bangkok Night Markets, Where to Shop at Night in Bangkok

Bangkok Night market

Bangkok Night market

Bangkok Night Market is next to Lumpini park and is also known as Suan Lum Night Bazaar or just Bangkok Night Bazaar. It is basically a much smaller version of Chatuchak Weekend Market but which is open every day of the week from about 6pm until 11pm.

Bangkok’s Night Market attracts tourists and locals alike but make sure you bargain over the prices as it’s quite possible to get some good deals here. It might be a little easier than at Chatuchak because many more people go to Chatuchak and so making a sale is not as hard for the vendors. Having said that, the night market is still popular.

Many markets offer great after dark shopping opportunities too – and incredible bargains in the moonlight. The most popular after dark markets is undoubtedly the Patpong Night Market.

Patpong Night Market

Patpong Night market
Patpong Night market

After recently cleaning up its act, Patpong’s become one of the ‘must’ night shopping destinations for avid shoppers. Found in the built-up area known as Silom, the place is always busy and chaotic with all the commotion from the Go-Go bars nearby and lots of foreign tourists. This market in Bangkok’s notorious nightlife district is often the first and easiest stop for many tourists just arriving to Bangkok, whilst lodging at one of several mid-to-upper-end hotels in Silom.

Be warned though, the quality and prices of most items sold are about as real and trustworthy as the girls shaking their wares in go-go bars flanking the area. Both market and go-go bars seem to complement each other well, but remember not to be fooled by first impressions, and to bargain hard.

One of the world’s most (in)famous red-light districts, Patpong is where it all started (Thailand’s Go-Go culture). It has even been immortalised in a James Bond chase-sequence. Its two parallel side-streets, found between Silom and Surawongse Roads, house around 100 neon-lit strip bars offering risque sex shows, purchasable pole-dancers and post-op ladyboys.

But while for men Patpong is likely to mean ‘adult’, for women, families and the kids Patpong definitely means ‘market’. At night this teems with hawkers and humble stalls selling what is mostly tourist tat.

For the serious flesh-seekers, Patpong has long since been usurped as the ‘king of the scene’ by its counterparts around Sukhumvit. However, its reputation means it’s still a huge attraction, mainly for sightseers more interested in ogling at – rather than indulging in – the carnal delights on offer.

Go-Go Bars Bangkok Hot Spots

Patpong Go-Go Bars
Patpong Go-Go Bars

Bikini-clad dancing girls, over-the-top ladyboys and lewd, eye-popping shows… Yes, the Go-Go bars that earned Bangkok its worldwide notoriety are still alive and letting it all hang out. For better or worse, Bangkok’s illustrious ‘After Dark’ reputation owes much to these spots.
The first area that springs to mind is Patpong. Nowadays, having become part of a wider entertainment scene that includes the popular Patpong Night Market, bars, nightclubs and a gay back street, it isn’t the aggressive red-light district it once was.

Open-minded visitors, lured in by hard-selling touts and their curiosity, treat the infamous upstairs shows like a circus show, coming in for a quick look at the inventive performances, a giggle and a couple of overpriced drinks before heading off to continue their shopping or hit a nearby club (these performances are also dubbed ‘ping-pong shows’, and a lot of imagination isn’t needed to guess the origins of this phrase.
Patpong Go Go Bars Nana Plaza

These are found predominantly at Nana Plaza and Soi Cowboy, red light districts both situated on lower Sukhumvit Road. Depending on the current level of police interference, both offer explicit shows featuring girls in various stages of undress; usually uniforms, bikinis or pretty much nothing bar a coy smile and a dash of Burberry Weekend. Nana even has its own on-site ‘guesthouse’ for clients.