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Bangkok’s Suan Lum Night Bazaar

With hindsight, Suan Lum Night Bazaar was actually quite a relaxed place to browse and shop, not least because the night brought about a cooler environment. It was massive and tiring to try and look through everything, but nowhere near as daunting or as packed as the gigantic Chatuchak Market, which we visited a few days after.

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At Suan Lum, there's also a large, open-spaced food and drinks area which is great for a break in between browsing, but more on that lower down.

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In comparison to Chatuchak Market and perhaps other shopping areas too, Suan Lum seems to sell things more expensively, most notably on some Thai craft pieces I had my eye on. Perhaps if you have time, plan on noting down any items that you see at Suan Lum and then check whether you can buy the same items cheaper elsewhere first.

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Aside from craft items (noticeably clustered together in one section) that might be found elsewhere in places aimed at tourists, Suan Lum also seems to offer higher end items with more of a design and/or retro touch to them.

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The products encompassed gadgets and household items as well as clothes and accessories which seemed to be a mix of local and international brands. These seem to be concentrated in one of the zones closer to Lumphini MRT station, with which you can reach the Suan Lum Night Bazaar. Here are some sights from Suan Lum.

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One of the clothing items we saw are these flashing tshirts, which I haven't seen elsewhere. They're a bit gimmicky and although the light panel was a thin piece of plastic attached to the cloth, the small but bulky wired battery pack kind of defeated the purpose I thought.



As mentioned before, there's a large open air area for eating and drinking in the Suan Lum Night Bazaar.

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There's a load of stalls selling different kinds of food, so we were literally spoilt for choice in trying to decide what to eat. The annoying thing which seemed to be the way for food courts in Bangkok, is that we had to buy food tickets first and then use them to "pay" the stall owners. We ended up having to decide what to eat first and then cost up the total before buying a sufficient amount of food tickets. They almost seemed like another currency but only useable within that food court.

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Payment issues aside, we ended up buying too much. I seem to remember that we had a couple more dishes than shown below, but starting at Linh and moving clock-wise, there's a large bowl of Tom Yum Goong, a mango salad, some veggies, a plate of pork neck and a chicken leg, and some prawn cakes. Oh and the two rice bowls.

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Apparently, there's also a traditional Thai puppet show at the Joe Louis Theatre in the bazaar too, but we didn't find the time to get there. However, we did fit in a massage as there were a couple of places at the MRT side of the bazaar, perfect for when we were about to leave.

The Suan Lum Night Bazaar opens at 6pm and closes at midnight and is right next to the Lumphini MRT subway station.

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