Bangkok, Thailand




The best place to shop for fabrics is a visit to the Phahurat Indian (Fabrics) Market located at Phahurat Road and Triphet Road. The market opens daily from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Unlike other markets in Bangkok, which have a typical Thai atmosphere or characteristic, the market here is typically Indian like a bazaar from somewhere in Bombay, India.

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The first task is to actually find the market - it is carefully hidden and you need to walk through a couple of stores. This old market is a labyrinth of narrow lanes with a South Asian character and barely wide enough for two people to pass each other. Once at the Phahurat Indian Market, you'll definitely know you are here as it is a market on "steroids"! There are an uncountable of of retailers of Indian descent selling fabrics in every colour and design that you could possibly imagine. Some shops specialise in custom-made wedding gifts, dresses, accessories, traditional Thai dance costumes and souvenirs. 

Bangkok's Phahurat by veritatem 

As Phahurat becomes deserted at night, Pak Khlong Talat (wholesale flower market) at Chakphet Road starts to become lively. The market has nothing to do with the Indian community but a great place to stroll through and a highlight in its own right. The endless piles of orchids, roses and other flowers are an interesting sight with something to be found for any budget. There are amazingly expensive bouquets for thousands of bahts as well as beautifully created roses for just 50 baht. The market opens at all times but the best time to visit is around 3:00 a.m. when new flower batches arrive from West and Central Thailand. If that is too late (or too early) for you, visit the market from 8:00 p.m. onwards when the market is beautifully illuminated and becomes very lively.

Flowers at Pak Khlong Talat by Globetrotter

A visit to the flower market can easily be combined with a visit to the Memorial Bridge Night Market held at  Saphan Phut (close to the Memorial Bridge Pier and opens on Tuesday-Sunday from 8:00 a.m to midnight). This cramped night bazaar is a fun walk through the night with plenty of colourful lights brightly lighting up the place. Expect nothing spectacular though, most of the products for sale are clothing, shoes and accessories for teenagers and some second-hand merchandise.

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