After-Dark Shopping

The great thing about shopping  in Bangkok is that most malls  and department stores stay open until at least 21:00 - and some even as late as 22:00. So there's plenty of time to make the most of the city's attractions during the day, and fit in a bit of retail therapy either before or after dinner. Many markets offer great after dark shopping opportunities too - and incredible bargains in the moonlight. The most popular after dark markets is undoubtedly the Patpong Night Market.

Patpong Night Market

The Patpong Night Market in Soi 1 has always been one of the 'must-do' night shopping destinations for tourists. The place is busy and chaotic from the moment the sun sets with all the commotion from the Go-Go bars nearby and lots of people, locals and visitors. Many stalls are also set up along Silom and Suriwongse Roads.

You can find virtually anything from pirated CD's and DVD's, designer knock-offs, replica watches like 'Rolexes' that should last for at least a few weeks (unless you're going for the pricey 'super-copies') and leather goods stamped with brand name logos, to the usual touristy crafts and souvenirs. Because of its popularity, prices are usually quite inflated.

Khao San Road Shopping

Khao San Road is literally bursting with things for you to spend your precious baht on. Its abundance of travel shops can supply you with all your logistical requirements - flight, train and bus tickets to your next destination - while the area's tailors will give you some much needed sartorial elegance, cutting you a sharp suit ready for when you arrive back from island jumping.

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Essentials aren't neglected either, with chemists, convenience stores and monetary exchanges dotted around. A big must in Thailand is a compelling read or two for the beach, and there are several of the city's best second hand-book shops scattered around where you can trade in your old books or buy a new one.

Klong Thom Market

Best known for secondhand goods and assorted knick-knacks, Klong Thom Market sees action every Saturday from 17:00 onwards, and continues going until Sunday's early evening. Formerly known as 'Flashlight Market' due to the fact that buyers will need a flashlight to see the goods, this market is especially crowded on late Saturday night.

Covering areas of Luang, Worachak and Charoenkrung, Suar Pa Roads, Klong Thom has everything from car spare parts, DVDs and CDs, electronic devices to clothing items and toys. Besides the roadside stalls, there's also a three-storey Klong Thom Centre (close to Worachak Road) where car accessories and toys are on sale. If you want to avoid the crowd, best time to go is Sunday morning from 8:00 until 11.00.