Thailand markets are one of the most popular ways to shop, with a great range of food, handicrafts, souvenirs, jewellery, clothing, accessories, shoes and sometimes even tech goods available all at discounted prices. Thailand markets are a bustling cultural experience and thrive on local art, craft and produce and are home to some of the most entertaining haggling you are likely to ever experience. However, visitors should also be aware that many 'brand name' goods sold in these markets are counterfeit and while they are a bit of fun, tourists should not expect the same quality or pay prices anywhere near what they would expect to pay for the genuine article. Visitors should also check the return policy of any vendor, particularly if they are purchasing electronic goods.
Don Wai Market: Located near Bangkok, the main feature of this market is the food. Tropical fruit as well as traditional dishes such as sweets and stewed five-spice duck can be picked up at the market and taken on board boats cruising the Nakhon Chaisi River for an interesting way to enjoy them. A mini-bus offers services to the market from Thonburi, right beside Central Pinklao.
Banzaan Shopping Plaza: Located in Phuket, this market offers the best of both worlds with traditional shopping stalls offering handicrafts and reproduction goods as well as a recently built and more modern market offering fabulous seafood and a funky atmosphere complete with upstairs food court.
Day Market: Quieter and less crowded than some of the other Thailand markets, Koh Samui's west coast boasts some of the region's best seafood as well as a well-stocked grocery store and plenty of handicrafts, ideal for picking up everything you need before boarding the ferry.
Night Markets: Krabi's night market is a popular spot for immersing yourself in the local cuisine with a great range of restaurants offering English menus and authentic meals. Here you can try everything from papaya salad to prawn and lemongrass soup, fresh seafood, fried noodles, satay sticks and milky, sweet desserts.
Phi Phi Market: Another food focused market, this one is located in the heart of a local village and offers an extremely cheap way to sample authentic local delicacies. Visitors can purchase everything from fruit trays to vegetable, fish and meat skewers as well as rice, noodles, soups and salads as well as all manner of friend and sautéed foods.