Exploring markets is fun in any city. Bangkok is no exception with a variety of markets located in modern air-conditioned malls and, in stark contrast, alley ways and side streets of the city

Chatuchak week-end market (known locally as JJ) is immensely popular with tourists – but this is also a market where many Thais choose to shop. In the hot season, it’s essential to carry bottle water. Access is easy by taxi, BTS skytrain and the MRT underground rail system. Thousands of stalls sell everything imaginable – and more.

Night markets abound in Bangkok, including those in Pat Pong, Khlong Thom, Khlong Lod, Khao San road and Saphan Phut. Khlong Tom used to be known as the ‘flashlight market’ because you needed a torch to view the goods on sale.

Damnoen Saduak is probably the most popular floating market near Bangkok. Visit early before the heat rises and catch a glimpse of market life. It’s some distance from the city centre but well worth the visit.

Bangkok’s Flower Market (Pak Klong Talad) is the biggest wholesale and retail fresh flower market in Bangkok and is open 24 hours a day. The market is located on Chak Phet Road near Memorial Bridge and Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha) and has access to a river pier.