Khao San Road night shopping
When is the best time to embark on a Khao San shopping spree? Well, unless you want to end up bad-tempered and dripping sweat, we say in the evening. Not only is it cooler, but the range of things on sale here also becomes even more intriguing (except on Mondays).
From dusk onwards, creative, baby-faced Thais come and sprawl out on the ground everything from funky hair accessories and exotic blouses to one-off T-shirts and vintage clothing. Many of these items were lovingly crafted by their own tender hands.
All sorts of counterfeit clobber
The market stalls in Khao San Road are both eclectic and exciting. It only takes a few minutes of tricky manoeuvring Khao San Road's narrow, obstacle-strewn pavements to realise that every last inch of space is dedicated to small commerce. Tightly packed stalls line the walkways on either side and sell pretty much anything that can fit inside a backpack: knock-off T-shirts, sandals, shorts, sunglasses, bikinis, jewellery, textiles, pirate music CDs and DVDs, old Thai movie posters, and more.
Colourful street vendors also do the rounds, most of them from Northern Hill Tribes. This friendly but persistent breed traipses up and down, selling things like hammocks, croaking ornamental frogs and ethnic jewellery. As always when buying at markets in Bangkok, remember to bargain reasonably.
Amit Fashion & Tailoring
Amit Fashion & Tailoring makes excellent fitting clothes at very reasonable prices without compromising quality. They’ll even keep your measurements for up to 5 years and accept mail orders from around the world. With over 20 years of experience, Amit Fashion guarantees the customers satisfaction and quality of its work.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 10am to 10pm
- Location: 67 Khaosan Rd, Talat Yot, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)2 282 5030
Open since the '80s, this market is favoured by locals for its bargains. Banglamphu Market is a good place to find inexpensive Thai products of almost everything from jeans, T-shirts, shorts, to well-known brand sneakers. There are a few secondhand book stores and numerous internet cafés located here.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 10am to 10pm
- Location: 61 Chakrabongse Rd, Chana Songkhram, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
Four Sons Jewelery
Situated at the end of Khao San Road, Four Sons Jewelry offers 95% sterling silverware including; rings, necklaces, earrings, bracelets and pendants on both retail and wholesale terms. Four Sons Jewelry provides storage service, as well.
- Location: 181 Khaosan Rd, Talat Yot, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)2 468 9199
James International Fashion
Khao San has several shops offering good deals for tailor-made clothes. But if you want your suit and dresses done by one of the world's best tailors then head to James International Fashion. It was once listed in the 'Top 10 Best Tailors in the World' list by a renowned publication.
This 4-storey shop carries over 3,000 choices of quality fabrics and textiles including English flannels and worsteds, Scottish tweeds, fine cashmere, French gabardines, silk mohair from Italy and colourful Thai silk. James International Fashion is located on Sukhothai Road in the Old City.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 9am to 7pm
- Location: 439 Chitchada 1 Park, Sukhothai Road, Bangkok, Sukhothai 10300, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)2 668 2993
Open since 1981, Rainbow Silver specialises in jewellery and trinkets made in sterling silver. Despite its numerous designs of silver jewellery merchandise, they also take custom orders and produce made-to-order jewellery. Worldwide delivery or export service is provided.
- Opening Hours: Monday–Saturday from 10.30am to 8.30pm, closed on Sundays
- Location: 269 Khaosan Rd, Talat Yot, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)2 629 0414
Tea Ki Tae Kon
Tea Ki Tae Kon offers mainly gorgeous textiles from main silk-producing areas in northern Thailand. There's also a selection of interesting postcards and quality souvenirs that are not widely available elsewhere, selling at reasonable prices.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 10am to 5pm
- Location: 138 Phra Sumen Rd, Chana Songkhram, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200