Patpong Night Market
Bangkok Shopping | Bangkok shopping and markets
No trip to Bangkok is complete without experiencing market shopping. Outdoor markets adorn Bangkok and can be found virtually everywhere, including on the river, which is known as the 'floating market." One market extravaganza you will not want to miss is the Patpong Night Market.
The Patpong Night Market is an wonderful place to unwind after spending a day seeing the sights in Bangkok. It is located in the area of Silom, which is also famous for its go-go bars. You can easily travel by subway or tuk-tuk to reach this fabulous market that has something for virtually everyone and is an ideal way to purchase gifts for those back home.
The open air Patpong Night Market is open every evening and the area around the market is amid some of the best hotels in the city. This is a wonderful place to shop, but be aware that many of the "designer" purses and shoes are not authentic, although you will have a difficult time distinguishing them from the real thing.
Here you can get clothing items at quite a bargain. When shopping at the Patpong Night Market, it is important to realize that the vendor expects you to barter for a better price. Do not be fooled by the prices on the items. Many Westerners, and particularly Americans, dislike bartering, but it almost necessary in the outdoor marketplaces of Bangkok. Your best bet is to put the item down after looking at it and wait for the vendor to "lower the price." He or she will most likely do this several times. It is then that you can offer what you feel is fair for the item.
The Patpong Night Market is noisy and fun. It is surrounded by the local go-go bars which are pretty much a staple in Thai culture. If you are looking for CDs , electronic equipment, T-shirts, blue jeans, perfumes or "designer" goods, this is the perfect place to shop. Here you will get the best prices, particularly if you learn how to barter with the vendors.
Food vendors sell sweets and other goods at the Patpong Night Market. While most of the sweets are safe to eat, be wary of any drinks that contain ice as the Thai water sometimes plays havoc on the intestinal tract of Westerners. There are many places to sit and relax with a bottled drink while you examine your lovely finds.
The Patpong Night Market is truly a shopping delight. Because it occurs in the evening, it usually cooler and makes for much more pleasant shopping. The market is so huge that you will most likely be tempted to return again and again.
For a delightful shopping experience during your Thai holiday, visit the Patpong Night Market.
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