Pattaya, Thailand



Shops & Markets

Convenience stores are everywhere in Pattaya selling basic yet appreciated items when travelling such as a toothbrush, soap, sandwiches, snacks and cold drinks. 7-Eleven and Family Mart shops (all open 24 hours) are the main convenience store chains plus countless independents. If you use the family run shops the prices aren't always marked but should be the same or just a baht or two higher.

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Thailand is famous for its precious stones and jewellery and Thai craftsmen are known for their expertise in jewellery making. Thus, it is not surprising to find jewellery stores abound in Pattaya including those located in the shopping malls. Prices here (or anywhere else in Thailand) are much lower than in the West. You can find their concentrations around the market on South Pattaya Road, around Central Pattaya Road (near Second Road) and towards the south end of Beach Road.

Art galleries have become a rising business in Pattaya and artworks ranging from paintings to sculptures in various styles and designs including Western and Eastern. The art galleries here have a reputation in offering fine quality artworks at affordable prices, often attracting Western tourists. Besides original works, many art galleries also offer custom orders and art reproduction.

Tailor shops are everywhere with than 400 such shops in Pattaya. Most tailor shops are small outlets and individually owned and quality varies ranging from terrible to excellent. To order for a well-tailored suit, your best bet is to go to the shops housed in the better hotels - though prices are higher, they still cost less than in the West. Ideally, make sure you get two fittings before buying.

Thepprasit Market at Thepprasit Road (near the junction with Sukhumvit Road) is one of the most popular and largest night markets in Pattaya. The market is held on Friday-Sunday from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. You can find plenty of items here including clothes, bags, shoes, costume jewellery, varieties of gadgets and plenty of food. A great place of people watching unless you don't like being in a crowd.

Other markets in Pattaya include:

  • Soi Buakhao Market is located at the corner of South Pattaya Road and Soi Buakhao (across from the Friendship supermarket). The market is held every Tuesday and Friday in the evenings. Besides the shopping there is plenty and varieties of Thai food here.
  • The Made In Thailand Night Plaza at Second Road (near Soi 10) is actually held from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. The market is a conglomerate of small shops and an ideal place to find bargains including clothes, shoes, bags, accessories and souvenirs.
  • The Pattaya Floating Market is located at Sukhumvit Road (close to Chaiyapruek Road on the outskirts of Pattaya). This market is held daily from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and targeted at tourists and items sold include souvenirs, Thai silk and handicrafts.

Pattaya Floating Market by Horiuchi

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