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Chinatown is filled with intriguing architecture and interesting businesses, including shops selling traditional medicines and Chinese goods. There are also many stalls and carts selling everything from household goods to produce.
Talat Kao is one of the oldest of the Chinese trading areas. It has a great old fashioned feeling and is perfect for walking along and browsing. Located at Itsaraphap Lane, Talat Kao features stalls that sell produce – especially fruit – and other food items.
Tang Toh Kang has been around for almost 150 years. This gold shop focuses on jewelry and trading. Here you can find many unique pieces made by hand and sure to please. It is at Soi Wanit and is open every day but Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This small and narrow street is pedestrian-only and is lined with numerous shops and stalls which feature innumerable products. This is a great place to go if you are in need of special culinary ingredients, especially herbs and spices. Walking along this street is fascinating in itself. It gets very crowded and busy but it is a lot of fun. Visit between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Little India, or Pahurat, is a popular local shopping area that specializes in beautiful fabrics, including silk and cashmere. Prices are quite reasonable and you will find a number of other interesting shops throughout the area, including in the small side streets and alleys. Pahurat is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and filled with attractive knickknacks and various Indian crafts as well as other goods. It runs along Sampeng Lane and Chakraphek Road, which is south of Yaowarat.
Khlong Thom Market at the intersection of Chao Kamrop and Worachak Roads. This market is a great place to explore in the afternoons and evenings. It opens at about 5 p.m. It does get quite dark, so some people use flashlights to examine their potential purchases. At Khlong Thom, you will find the usual market assortment of products, including electronics, clothes, knickknacks, and more. Nearby Khlong Thom Center sells toys and auto parts and opens at about 8 a.m. and closes before noon.
Talat Saphan Lek is the perfect market for grabbing bootleg items at especially low prices. Here you will find everything from pirated movies to music and software. There are many small pathways winding through the market along the canal. Electronics are also available. Talat Saphan Lek is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and goes to Yaowarat from Charoen Krung Road.
This shopping area is filled with a mixture of stores and street food stalls. In addition to Thai foods, some of the stores at Old Siam Plaza sell clothing and accessories. Several tailors (including wedding specialists) have also set up shop here. The Plaza is well-designed and is open from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. It is located at Triphet Street and Charoen Krung Road.