While Bangkok has plenty of impressive sites, parks, and shopping malls its markets are among the most popular attractions for many tourists. Being such a large city there are markets of varying sizes in every corner of Bangkok, but from a tourist's point of view the three you're most likely going to want to visit are – Suan Lum Night Bazaar, Patpong Night Market, and Chatuchak Weekend Market.
Patpong Night Market
Hotels near Patpong
Visiting Patpong Night Market is definitely recommended for the experience, even if you don't intend to buy anything! Be aware that although prices may be lower than in your home country, they are likely to be a lot higher here than in Bangkok's other markets. Patpong Night Market is here for the benefit of tourists and isn't frequented by locals. If you see something you like, make sure you bargain hard to get the price down.
Suan Lum Night Bazaar
Hotels near Suan Lum night bazaar.
Suan Lum is open from 5pm to midnight, and the free live music every night is a popular addition to the market itself. The large food court features some great places to eat and there are plenty of beer gardens to enjoy too.
Take the metro to Lumphini for the Suan Lum Night Bazaar.
Chatuchak Weekend Market
Hotels near Chatuchak Weekend Market.
Although the market is a little way out from the main tourist areas (situated in northern Bangkok) try to get here early in the day to avoid the worst of the crowds and the Bangkok heat. Kamphaeng Phet metro station comes out into the market, or you can take a bus from the Khao San Road area which will take around an hour.