Sampeng Lane is one of Bangkok Chinatown’s narrow alleyways where items such as garments, accessories, household appliances and others can be purchased. Sampeng Lane, otherwise known as Soi Wanit 1, comprises of the entire alley and all the little lanes that connect to it. It is the oldest market in the city and still has some of its old charm.
It is always busy at Sampeng Lane, especially on the weekends. Most of the sales that take place here at wholesale, though retail options are possible. In order to receive the best discounts purchases must be made in bulk. Prices of items at Sampeng Lane Market are half of what you would expect to pay in shopping malls or boutiques throughout the city.
A typically Thai open market, Sampeng Lane Market is in fact one of the city’s largest and cheapest locations to purchase wholesale items. It is not on many tourists’ agenda since it is not known for all its hidden gems. Many storekeepers in Bangkok visit the market on a weekly basis to stock up their own shops. Despite catering largely to the locals, tourists that are friendly and can bargain in a non-intrusive manner will be able to get better deals at Sampeng Lane Market than they would elsewhere.
Clothes are one of the main items available at the market. There are plenty of shirts, shorts, dresses, skirts, pants, formal wear, dress shirts and unique fashion to look through. Sampeng Lane Market is also known for its vast selection of Thai fabrics. The locally made products come in an array of colors and styles. The retail price of fabric is already very cheap but the price goes down if you buy a large amount.
Shoes are plentiful at the market, especially if you are looking for ones that are simple. Loafers are incredibly cheap at the market, as well as high heels, sandals, slippers and more. There are even leather shops that make their own sandals and shoes. It is possible to custom order these items as well, at a much cheaper price than they would be in the West. Cheap fashionable shoes and fake sports shoes are available as well.
Another reason that Bangkok residents visit Sampeng Lane Market is to stock up on snacks. The market has plenty of stalls that sell both Thai and Chinese goodies such as assorted nuts, dried fruit, dried squid, dried fish, chips and candy.
Where is Sampeng lane market and what is the opening hour –
Location: Soi Wanit 1 Yaowarat Bangkok 10200, Thailand
Opening hours: 8:00-18:00
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