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Experiencing Thailand Food Culture and Shopping through Thailand's Top Markets

Updated on July 13, 2013

The Chatuchak Weekend Market

The Chatuchak Weekend Market

Bright colors, throngs of tourists and locals, smells of Thai food, and 8,000 stalls create this ultimate Thai shopping experience. If you are a bargain hunter looking for a great price on a souvenir, this market is your best bet.

The market is divided into 11 categories, carrying everything that you could imagine.

Lonely Planet currently ranks the market as the #2 thing to see in Bangkok.

Open: Saturday and Sunday, 9am to 6pm

Fresh Thai Produce

The Or Tor Kor Market

The Or Tor Kor Market is right next to the Chatuchak market. It's very different than the latter, however. It's much quieter, clean, and somewhat more expensive, however, the food quality is much higher. There is a food court where visitors can enjoy a variety of specialty and gourmet Thai foods. Be sure to try the custard-like durian, one of the most well known Thai fruits.

Or Tor Kor is a food market, so there is an abundance of food stalls where you can pick up ingredients for a recipe, or Thai cooking utensils to bring back home.

Or Tor Kor Market opening hours: 6am - 8pm, daily

Durian sellers

Thai Fruit

If you are a lover of exotic fruit, then the Saphan Kaho Fruit Market should be on your to-do list. Be sure to try some thai mangosteen, a sweet and somewhat sour fruit. You can find thai dragon fruit, dried durian, or a huge, spiky jackfruit for sale, among many other things. Thailand is known for its fruit culture, and this market is perhaps the center of it.

Pak Khlong Talat - The Flower Market

Pak Klong Talaad is the largest flower market in Bangkok. Stroll through to discover a huge variety of Thailand flowers. Thai florists all congregate together in this market mostly devoted to flowers - although a few other things are also sold here.

While you can purchase or just look at flowers here any time of day, most of the hustle and bustle here occurs at night and early in the morning.

Markets Outside the City

The Damnoen Saduak Floating Market and the Amphawa Floating Market are both outside of the Bangkok center. They are a cultural experience as much as a shopping experience.

You can take floating market tours if you are inclined. One-Day cycling tours are also an option.

Thai Floating Market

Chatuchak Weekend Market:
Chatuchak Weekend Market, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900, Thailand

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Saphan Khao Fruit Market:
Saphan Khao, Si Yaek Maha Nak, Dusit, Bangkok 10300, Thailand

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Pak Khlong Talak:
Pak Khlong Talat, Wang Burapha Phirom, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand

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