Top markets near Bangkok for an authentic local Thai experience
Newer attractions along with historical 100-year-old markets near Bangkok for highlighting the traditional charms of Thailand.
While fancy new shopping malls pop up in Bangkok almost every week, most travelers still hope to escape the capital’s urban nature to enjoy the charms of traditional markets outside Bangkok. Here is a collection of easily reached markets near Bangkok, mixing in older more traditional markets with newer ones that offer visitors a more authentic local Thai shopping experience.
Ang Thong province’s ancient market is considered to be a must-visit destination for Thai tourists and is becoming increasingly popular with overseas visitors. They are invited to know this heritage market, San Chao Rong Thong, where period Chinese-style houses, shops, and cuisine can be found. Travelers can stroll around the old neighborhood and try traditional dishes at the Market. Must-try items are Chinese-style coffee, shrimp Khanom Khrok pancake, and authentic Thai desserts. Visitors can tour Thai and Chinese shrines of the locally revered Thai Buddhist monk Luangpho Nam and the Chinese god Guan Yu.
SUPHAN BURI: Sam Chuk Market
Sam Chuk is considered to be one of the country’s most famous and authentic markets. In 2000, the local community decided to revitalize the old market while preserving its original atmosphere and took nine years to complete. The Market is an award-winning example of old market revitalization that is being copied by numerous sites across Thailand. Those visitors are keen to learn more and should visit Khun Chamnong Jeenaruk Museum to view the history of the Market through the life of a local noble who lived from 1910 to the 1970s.
LOP BURI: Talat Chumchon Tambon Khoktum Markets
Bang Rachan Retro Market offers a snapshot into days gone by in old Siam. The vendors dress in a retro and speak the old Thai language. There are performances by sellers and young Millennials in preserving the history of Ban Bang Rachan for generations to come. It opened in 2016, with 20 shops and since that time it has grown to over 370 shops at present.
SAMUT SONGKRAM: Amphawa Floating Market
Amphawa Floating Market is on a bustling canal; its banks lined with attractive teak shop-houses that open to the water. If you arrive early, then you’ll see Buddhist monks making their rounds by boat and the local people offering food and alms as they paddle. Most visitors arrive around midday to enjoy seafood lunches of shrimp and shellfish that are cooked on boats and handed up to diners on the bank.