I simply LOVE markets! I love the vibrant atmosphere, the smiling happy people, and trying out different food and drinks. It is great fun walking around in between the different stalls looking at all the strange, unique, useful, and unuseful things they sell.

When I find something I like, haggling and negotiating on the price is always a part of the shopping game in Bangkok markets. In Thailand, negotiation about the price is expected by the sellers and the first price they give you is always too high. It is all about finding the fair and acceptable price, both for the buyer and the seller. If I can walk away from a market with a few bargains, then my market trip has been a success! 🙂

Bangkok has some of the best and biggest markets in the world, and they are part of the reason why I love the “City of Angels” so much. Markets are a huge part of the Thai culture and the locals love markets just as much as tourists. It seems like new markets are popping up in Bangkok every year. There are so many fun things to do in Bangkok, but visiting a Bangkok market should be part of any Bangkok trip.

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The 8 Best Markets In Bangkok

1. Chatuchak Market

Chatuchak Weekend Market is THE ultimate Bangkok market. It is the mother of all markets, and a real MUST when visiting Bangkok!  It is the biggest weekend market in the world (at least one of the biggest…), covering more than one km, consisting of a whopping 15 000 booths selling just about anything you can imagine from every corner of Thailand! And it has been in Bangkok for decades.

A tourist attraction in itself, the Chatuchak market draws more than 200 000 visitors a day! It is popular among both local Thais, foreigners living in Bangkok and tourists. You should come here and have a look even if you are not a big shopper. It is great fun, but can also be a very hot and humid experience.

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Tha Chatuchak Weekend Market in Bangkok is huge, covering over 1 km!

The market is divided into 27 sections, and you can find things like wood carvings, clay handicrafts, local souvenirs from every part of Thailand, Buddhist amulets, wooden furniture, handmade decorated flowers, ceramic wares, Chinese wares, garden plants, stones, trendy fashions, silk, hill-tribe outfits, paintings of local painters, fluffy dogs, handbags, shoes, jewellery and fashionable Thai design of all sort – All at a cheap prize! It really is spectacular!

We like the art section of Chatuchak the best. It is great fun to walk between all the beautiful and fantastic art and paintings made by talented local artists. Often you can see artists working on their next painting or piece of handcrafted jewelry right there.

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The narrow alleys at Chatuchak Market.

You can also eat and drink at nice small cafes and restaurants, or grab something along the way.

And if you shop too much, or very large things, TNT and DHL are present and are more than happy to pack and ship your stuff to your home. At a price of course 🙂

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If you go to Chatuchak Market you MUST try the Strawberry and Yoghurt (to the right). It is delicious!

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I bought the art to the left the last time we were in Bangkok, and this time I bought the necklace I am wearing (to the right).

It is very easy to feel a bit “lost” at Chatuchak because it is soooo big and there are soooo many people! Find a map if you can (there are guards handing them out), otherwise just go out and explore.

Of course, the usual tactics in crowded areas apply. Keep a close watch on any valuables. Chatuchak has been known to host a few eager pickpockets, and having your wallet hanging out of your back pocket is probably not the wisest thing to do. 

If you are there with friends or family, decide where to meet up if you get away from each other. Half the fun is however to get a little lost, then you can come across some unexpected things that you never knew you needed! 🙂

Don’t underestimate how big this market is! Ditch the stiletto heels, and wear your most comfortable shoes! And remember to drink plenty of water, as it is easy to become dehydrated. I like to use dehydration as an excellent excuse to have another of those delicious strawberry yogurt drinks they sell there (see the photo above) 🙂

Chatuchak is divided into 27 sections. Click on the map below to see what each section contains:

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  • When: Saturdays and Sundays, 6 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • What to get there: Well, basically just about everything you can imagine!
  • How to get there: Sky train to Mo Chit station, or the underground to Chatuchak station, and follow the stream of people.

2. Talat Rot Fai/ Train Night Market Srinagarin & Ratchada

There are currently two Talat Rot Fai markets, also called Train Night Market, in Bangkok. It seems there might be more in the future as these night markets are very popular both among local Thais and tourists.

The first Talat Rot Fai Market opened in 2010 by an previous antiques seller, and was originally located near the Chatuchak Weekend Market (see above) on a piece of land owned by the State Railway of Thailand (SRT). The market stalls were set up among unusued train tracks, old warehouses and train wagons, therefore it soon got nicknamed “Train Night Market”.

The original Talat Rot Fai Market was forced to close down in 2013 as the land was to be constructed into the BTS Skytrain Station Bang Sue Central. The market was then relocated to Srinagarindra Road (behind the Seacon Square shopping mall) where it still is today. It soon became very popular, even though it is located a 30-in drive from the center of Bankgok (Siam area) and has no Skytrain or Subway/MRT station nearby.

Because of it huge popularity, two similar Talat Rot Fai night markets opened a couple of years later. The second Talat Rot Fai opened on Ratchadaphisek Road (behind Esplanade Mall) in January 2015 and the third Talat Rot Fai opened on Kaset–Nawamin Road later the same year. The latest market on Kaset-Nawamin Road has, however, closed down and is not operating anymore.

The two Talat Rotfai Markets are a bit similiar with a vintage hip and cool atmosphere, popular among young Thai people, although Srinakarin is the one with most vintage and collectible items. So if you are on the hunt for unique antiques, you should head to the Srinakarin version of Talat Rot Fai.

At both Talat Rot Fai Markets you will find plenty of delicious street food, drinks, and both used and new clothes and accessories, as well as antiques and hipster vintage stuff. They have a relaxed hipster cool vibe which I really like. That they are not constructed for tourists but are popular among locals, is why I love the Talat Rot Fai Market. And the best of all, the sellers are not pushy so you can walk around at your own pace and are not pushed to buy anything unless you want to. The prices are also lower here than at other markets in Bangkok, since they do not only cater for tourists but also the locals.

Talat Rot Fai 1/ Srinagarin Train Market – Srinagarindra Road (Behind Seacon Square Mall)

This is the first and original Talat Rot Fai, or Train Night Market, in Bangkok. It still is the biggest and most popular of the two Talat Rot Fai markets, even though you will not find any trains here anymore.

The Talat Rot Fai 1/Srinakarin is, however, the most difficult to get to as it is located in the outskirt of Bangkok and has no Skytrain or MRT station close by. You therefore have to take a taxi or Grab to get here (about a 30 min drive from central Bangkok depending on the traffic which can be pretty bad especially at weekends).

This huge market is divided into three big sections:
  • Market Zone
    In the Market Zone you will find over 2000 different stalls selling just about everyting you need and did not know that you needed. Here you can do some real bargains when it comes to urban and fashionable clothes, shoes, toys, and stuff to your home. This is a great place to find some gifts and souvenirs to bring back home.
  • Warehouse Zone
    Here you will find lots of different stuff, from household things to your house, electronics, used car parts, and second-hand clothes and textiles, shoes, and accessories. The things that are sold here all have a vintage chabby-chic kind of style to it. You can even find old collectable items such as old vintage coca-cola signs, car plates, toys, and cameras.
  • Rod’s Antiques
    This factory style building is the gem of the Talat Rot Fai Srinakarin Market. The whole building is packed with cool antiques and vintage things from all over the world like vintage Americxan cars and motorbikes (Vespas), furnitures from all over the world, and decoration things for your home. You are allowed to take photos, so this is a great place to head to for those unique and cool Instagram shots. 🙂

Ofcourse, shopping is the main focus at the market, but the hipster street food, snacks, and drinks is also a big thing here. You will also find some really cool restaurants and bars here, many with live bands, with hip design like old VW camper vans. You also find a big food court here, which is very popular and gets crowded during weekends.

  • When: Thursday – Sunday, 17:00 (5 pm) – 01:00 (1 am)
  • What to get there: Cool, urban, new and used clothes and accessories, street food and drinks
  • Address: Srinakarin Road Soi 51 (behind Seacon Square Mall)
  • How to get there: Take a taxi or Grab car here, or the BTS Skytrain to On Nut Station and a taxi from there (a 20 min car trip)

Talat Rot Fai 2/ Ratchada Train Market – Ratchadaphisek Road (Behind Esplanade Mall)

The Talat Rot Fai Market 2/ Ratchada is the most convenient and easiest to get to. It is a huge and fun open-air night market selling lots of delicious street food and drinks, as well as nick-nacks, handi-crafts, and souvenirs. It is an urban and trendy market where you can get your nails done, get an edgy tattoo, trim your beard at a cool pop-up barber, or buy something from one of over hundred different stalls.

This market is famous for its unique street food with special Thai dishes, many of which are only found at this market. The dishes have been specially “invented” at this market, and the portions are often gigantic. You will find lots of cool drink stalls here as well, many with live music. A fun place to party! 🙂 We had the most insane pork ribs (the dish is called Laeng Saeb) at this market. This dish, a mix of pork bones/ meat boiled in a green chilli and lime juice sauce, is a fairly new and modern Thai dish which has been around only a couple of years. It has become very popular. The meat is delicious and so tender and juicy! You can choose between the portion size M, L, XL, and XXL. A must-try if you visit Talat Rot Fai Ratchada.

Ratchada Train Market is the most convenient and accessable of the Talat Rot Fai markets, as it is located only a 5-min walk from Thailand Cultural Centre Subway/ MRT Station. And if it starts pouring down, like it did one night we visited Talat Rot Fai 2, you can always seek cover at the big Esplanade Mall which is just next to the market. Very convenient!

I just love the vibe and atmosphere here, especially in the restaurant and bar area of the market.

  • When: Every night, 17:00 (5 pm) – 23:00 (11 pm)
  • What to get there: Cool, urban, new and used clothes and accessories, street food and drinks
  • Address: Ratcadaphisek Road (behind Esplanade Mall)
  • How to get there: Subway/ MRT to Thailand Cultural Centre Station, walk 5-min (behind Esplanade Mall)

3. Neon Night Market

The Neon Market, or Talad Neon which is it’s Thai name, is a fairly new market (opened December 2016) in a convenient and central location of Bangkok in the downtown Pratunam area next to Siam. Therefore it is also called the Downtown Night Market of Bangkok. If you are shopping in the Pratunam or Siam area, at for instance Central World or Platinum Fashion Mall, you can easily walk over to Neon Market in the evening and continue your shopping bonanza or try some delicious street food. Or you can take the Skytrain.

At the Neon Market, you will find the latest fashion within clothes, shoes and accessories, but also handcrafts and souvenirs, and delicious street food and cool outdoor bars some with live music.

Seafood is the thing at this market, with Taikong Seafod being the most popular restaurant. They have an all-you-can-eat option where you catch your own live seafood from a tank and cook or barbeque it at your table. Seafood at its freshest. 🙂 There is a bar area in the back of the market, close to the car park, where you will find hip bars housed in old shipping containers. Some of the bars/ containers even have rooftop seatings which we love.

Neon Night Market is the perfect market to visit if you only have a few days in Bangkok as this is centrally located so you don’t have to use lots of time to get to and from the market.

I personally love the Neon Market when it comes to shopping as the things they sell here are more unique and real art crafts and not that much typical mass produced cheap plastic knick-knacks that you find elsewhere at markets in Bangkok. I bought some gifts to bring back home that were uniquely made by the artist right in front of me, and I could choose the design and colors. There are also several talented painters here doing portraits and caricature drawings.

Even though the Neon Market is great, the Talat Rot Fai Night Markets (see above) are bigger, have more visitors and more of an authentic local vibe, and a more diverse and unique food scene. But on the other hand, it is more relaxing to walk around at the Neon Night Market as it is not that packed with people as Talat Rot Fai.

  • When: Every night, 17:00 (5 pm) – 00:00 (midnight)
  • What to get there: Clothes and accessories, gifts, souvenirs, street food and drinks
  • Address: Phetchaburi Road Sois 23 – 29
  • How to get there: Skytrain BTS to Chit Lom Station or Ratchathewi Station and walk about 5 min to the market
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4. Pak Klong Talat Flower Market

The vivid and colorful Flower Market (Pak Klong Talat) is a beautiful and lovely smelling market.

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Chilies in all sizes and colors.

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Busy market at night

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Lots of colorful and beautiful flowers! Smells delicious!

It is such a nice and vibrant market to visit, full of colors and lovely smell! Here you can find all kinds of flowers, vegetables, and fruits.

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A woman making beautiful flower garlands.

Though the market is open 24 hours, it is busiest before dawn, when boats and trucks arrive with flowers from all over Thailand.

Here both consumers and wholesale buyers come to buy flowers and vegetables. Many local florists come to the market early in the morning to stock up on flowers to sell in their shops the following day. Also, the poor who make a living out of stringing and selling flower garlands on the streets, buy sacks of jasmine and marigold flowers here.

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Orchids (to the left) and Chrysanthemums (to the right).

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Flower power!

The market has a long history, all the way back to the reign of Rama I (1782-1809) when it was a floating market here. Later it changed into a fish market before it became the kind of market it is today. It has been a flower market for over 60 years.

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Lots of shopping going on at Pak Klong Talat Market

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Love these colors!

If you want to really experience the Thai culture at local markets, you should consider booking one of the tours with The Market Experience. They have different experiences you can join: The 2-hour Flower Market Tour that gives you a guided tour around this Flower Market and an insight into Thai life, culture, and society, Cooking in the Market, a Thai cooking course, Desserts and Edible Art, where you learn to make those beautiful Thai snacks and desserts that look like piece of art, and the Flower Art Workshop, where you make stunning flower decorations. All of these tours and workshops take place inside the Flower Market. They all look like great fun! I would love to do the Cooking course as it would be great to learn how to cook Thai food with flowers.

  • When: 24 hours every day, but it is busiest in the evening.
  • What to get there: Mainly flowers, but also vegetables and fruits.
  • How to get there: The Flower Market is located on Chakphet Road. Take a taxi or use the river Express Boat to Saphan Phut station. From there it is a short walk.

5. Klongsan Market

The vibrant and busy Klongsan Plaza Market is where the local Thais go for shopping after they finish off at work, so don`t expect to meet that many other tourists or to find typical tourist souvenirs here.

The area where this market is located actually used to be a train station.

Klongsan Plaza Market

Klongsan Plaza Market

Here you will find everything from trendy clothes, shoes, jewelry, jeans, accessories…..Yep, basically everything you might need for a new look! Few tourists know about this market, which is a lucky thing because that means they are likely to be charging Thai prices.

You will also find many stands selling food, drinks, and snacks here.

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Lots of delicious Thai food at Klongsan Plaza Market

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The Klongsan Plaza Market comes to life after dark

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Many different kinds of food can be found at the Klongsan Plaza Market

In this market, we also stopped to visit a giant Buddhist monk (not a real one, a doll). Here they also sell amulets that will protect you and give you a long and happy life.

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You can also see a HUGE Buddhist Monk (in plastic) at Klongsan Market.

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Our guide Natt telling us about the monk (to the left), and good luck Buddha amulets for sale (to the right).

  • When: Every day from 7 am. to 10 pm.
  • What to get there: Everything from clothing, jewelry and shoes and cheap prices.
  • How to get there: Take a boat on Chao Phraya River and leave at Klong San Pier. And you’ll be in the market.

6. Klong Toey Fresh Market

The Klong Toey Market supplies Bangkok with half its fresh food. This market also sells wholesale and retail appliances, and you will find all kinds of meat, fish, seafood, fruits, vegetables, herbs, but also clothes, shoes, clocks etc.

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Lots of fresh fruits and vegetables at the Klong Toey Market

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Meats and fish at Klong Toey Market

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Piles of vegetables of all sorts!

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Fruit sellers at Klong Toey Market

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Crabs at Klong Toey Market

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The fish was still alive when he put them out. You can not get any fresher fish!

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Farmers from all around Bangkok sell their products at Klong Toey Market

And the food they sell here is REALLY fresh! The fish and crabs are still alive when they are delivered to the market, so they kill the fish when you buy it, the same goes for the chickens.

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A truck-load of pineapples!

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The vibrant Klong Toey Market

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Delicious fruits at Klong Toey Market

It is great fun to walk around in this market, even if you don`t plan to buy anything. The market is huge and super busy with local Thais stocking up on fresh food.

A fun fact about this market is that according to Wikipedia, in 2010 CNN listed it as one of the most authentic markets in Bangkok, but apparently CNN also said that it is a place best avoided when hungover 🙂

  • When: Every day from 6 am. to 2 am.
  • What to get there: All fresh food, fruits, vegetables and herbs you can imagine, plus clothes, clocks, shoes….well, basically everything!
  • How to get there: MRT Subway to Klong Toei station, and walk out of Exit 1. When you come out, take right, and follow Rama 4 Road east about 10 minutes, and the Klong Toey Market will be on your right-hand side. You can`t miss it, it is so huge!

7. Bangkok Farmers Market

The Bangkok Farmers Market is not only a market but a whole organization working together with and for organic farmers all over Thailand. They have built a platform and community in Bangkok, with a focus on Healthy Living, and bringing people together. They also do Yoga and give back to the communities through education, charity work, and community programs in Thailand.

Every first and third weekend each month they arrange Farmers Market at a particular place/ shopping mall in Bangkok, where farmers, food producers, and artist come together to sell their organic products like fruits, vegetables, food, drinks, beauty products, clothes, jewelry and so much more!

It is a great place to walk around and try different local specialties when it comes to food and snacks. It is so nice to see that also Thailand has started to put a focus on organic products and cherish local producers.

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I bought some honey from this girl. It was delicious!

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Would you like some worm tea maybe?! Eh…..we passed on this one….

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Cute home-made toys. I really wanted to buy that small penguin, it was soooo cute!!! But, unfortunately, I did not have room in my backpack.

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Of course, we had to buy this one, home-made chocolate! It was super-good!!

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And I could not resist a pair of earrings with freshwater pearls. It came in the cutest little bag I have ever seen!

  • When: Every 1st & 3rd Weekend of the Month, from 11 am. – 7 pm.
  • What to get there: Food, snacks, drinks, jewelry, clothes, shoes…..all sorts of organic made things, everything locally made in Thailand.
  • How to get there: It is located different places around Bangkok (mostly inside shopping malls), but usually, it is close to a Sky train station.
  • Facebook page (the best place to find out when the next Farmers Market is going to be, and where): https://www.facebook.com/bkkfm

8. Pratunam Market

This is kind of an indoor market, but there are also booths out in the alleys and streets around Pratunam. At this Market, you will find clothes, shoes, and accessories like jewelry, handbags and sunglasses, everything at wholesale prices. You can basically find all the knick-knacks you can ever imagine! It sure is a shopping bonanza!

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Shopping bonanza at Pratunam Market!

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Dresses at Pratunam Market.

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Tons of handbags at Pratunam.

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Fancy a quote to put on your wall, or maybe a mask?

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Mobile phone covers in all different sizes and colors! As well as tons of hair ribbons, also with a big green bow! Who wouldn`t like to have a pair of ribbons with a bow?!

It is great fun to walk around at Pratunam Market, and you can do some real bargains at super low prices!  It is located in a popular tourist area, so here you will see a mix of locals and foreigners. It’s a nice market to buy gifts, but also to shop clothes (if you can find your size )and shoes for yourself. And it is also fun to watch the Thai girls and boys go shopping crazy!

  • When: Every day 7 am. to 7 pm. (although my impression is that they start to close they booths at around 5-6 pm.). But then the next door Baiyoke Night Market opens (from 5 pm. to Midnight), so just walk over to the next street and continue to shop. Shop til you drop!
  • What to get there: Clothes, shoes, jewelry, sunglasses, and all thinkable knick-knacks, useful and not so useful!
  • How to get there: Take the Sky Train to Chit Lom station, and walk from there. Follow Chid Lom Rd., till you get to Petchburi Rd which you cross and take a left. Walk on Petchburi Rd till you reach Ratchaprarop Rd., and take a right on Ratchaprarop Rd and you will be right at the Pratunam Market.

Markets are a big part of the daily life in Bangkok, as they are the main places where people do their shopping. There are sooooo many markets in Bangkok, but these are my favorite ones! They are not typical tourist markets, so here you can shop along with the local Thai people while they are doing their daily shopping. Even if you are not a big shopper yourself, it’s great just to walk around the markets experiencing the atmosphere and get an authentic look at Bangkok’s daily life.

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If you are looking for more shopping in Bangkok, we have written the ultimate shopping guide to Bangkok.

And if you are looking for delicious Thai Food in Bangkok, here are our favorites. As for hotels, read all about the best places to stay in Bangkok.

Are you wondering what else you should see and do in Bangkok? Check out our ultimate best-of-Bangkok itinerary.

We visited two of these markets on a Bangkok night tour with tuk-tuk, which you can read more about here


Where To Stay In Bangkok

Bangkok offers a wide selection of accommodation for all budgets, and you will have plenty of choices when it comes to finding the right place to stay.

Bangkok is pretty affordable when it comes to accommodation, so you can get some really good deals and even find five stars hotels very cheap compared to other places in the world. However, accommodation prices do vary greatly with the season. Below are some of our favorite hotels in Bangkok.  We have stayed at all of the hotels below.

Hotel Muse Bangkok

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Hotel Muse has a beautiful and classic decor

Read our review of Hotel Muse her. It is a cool and unique boutique hotel, perfectly located in the center of Bangkok!
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Avani Riverside

Awesome rooftop infinity pool at Avani Riverside Hotel

If you’d like to stay along the river without breaking the bank, the new Avani Riverside hotel is a great alternative to the usual riverside luxury hotels. Rooms are super comfortable with fantastic views overlooking the Chao Phraya river and the fantastic rooftop infinity pool is probably our favorite in Bangkok.
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Casa Nithra
If you’re looking for a mid-range option close to Bangkok’s famous Khao San area, then the Casa Nithra comes highly recommended. The rooftop swimming pool is lovely, the rooms comfortable and the breakfast has plenty of options. It’s located in a quiet area, yet Khao San is just an easy walk away.
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Hotel Icon is a small hotel centrally located on Sukhumvit road. The rooms are fresh and modern, big and comfortable with all the usual comforts such as flat screen tv, aircon, and free Wi-Fi. The rooftop swimming pool is great!
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⇒ For more accommodation options and tips on which areas of Bangkok that suits you best, read our complete guide to where to stay in Bangkok.

Travel Guides

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