Bangkok is a shopping heaven. It’s often said that you can find whatever your heart desires in Bangkok, but never has this been more true when describing Sampeng Market! This bustling market runs parallel to Yaowarat (Chinatown) and is truly a wholesale paradise.
What can’t you get in Sampeng should be the better question. Starting from Soi Wanit 1, Sampeng sprawls out in all directions. Wind your way through the alleys and get ready for serious shopping. You can find souvenirs of all kinds, handicrafts, stationary, gadgets and accessories, jewelry and costume jewelry, clothes for all and more. You can even shop for household goods like brooms and pots and pans. Fun fact- most Bangkok shops in town buy their stock here first.
No single item purchases here! The best deals in Sampeng market are available when you buy in bulk. Be patient and prepare to haggle a little bit. Do note that most shops prefer cash. Another tip is to be mindful of your belongings and to generally watch where you are going. Sampeng market is a busy market, so you will sometimes need to make way as messengers on motorbikes try to squeeze their way past. Or, you might have to dodge the laborers transporting large stacks of products to and fro. All of this ads to the unmistakable charm of Sampeng though!
Opening hours: Approximately 9 am – 6 pm daily, though some shops can have more flexible hours. Peak time is early morning and in the afternoon once the midday heat dies down.
How to get there: Closest MRT station is Hua Lamphong plus a short cab ride. Another more adventurous option is via boat. Hop on the Chao Phraya Express Boat to Ratchawong Pier and it’s a short walk from there.
Remember to stay hydrated! When hunger strikes, you can enjoy a refreshing snack at the many street-side road stalls.