Suan Lum Night Bazaar
One of Its Kind
One of the biggest attractions of Bangkok, Suan Lum night bazaar is a unique place bringing together visitors from all walks of life thanks to its excellent shopping, dining and entertainment value. Though a bit pricey in comparison with Chatuchak and Pratunam market, Suan Lum is a way better organized and creates an exquisite ambience many other markets fail to produce.
The stalls start opening late in the afternoon and by dinner time the bazaar is bustling with life, and myriad of lights and colors. From traditional silks and hilarious T-shirts to elaborately crafted souvenirs and dried exotic fruits, Suan Lum night bazaar can please even the most sophisticated shopper. Covered walkways make sure bad weather will not spoil your experience; fans, installed along all the way, cool down the overall temperature, and there are plenty of air-conditioned boutiques as well.
In most cases, the price of the goods is not fixed (even if stated otherwise) and a little bargaining in a friendly manner will bring the price down (how much – depends on the item’s real value and your bargaining skills). Most sellers know basic English, and if not, calculators are used to display the price as well as bargain. It also helps to walk around and compare the prices to get an idea what is reasonable to pay. Luckily, goods are not heavily overpriced like in many other Southeast Asian countries, so aggressive haggling is not needed.
Suan Lum night bazaar is much more than just shopping, though. Its huge area also has a 6,000 seat food court and beer garden with dozens of food stalls offering Chinese, Japanese, Lebanese, Italian and German fare apart from Thai favorites. A wide selection of beers, cocktails, wines, and other alcohol drinks is also available. The huge screens air live football and other sports events, while Thai song and dance bands provide another entertainment option, performing local as well as international hits on stage.
Other attractions of Suan Lum night bazaar include a large arch-walkway resembling a Khmer temple, mysteriously lit up – the point where tourists line up waiting to take pictures. A traditional Thai puppet theater, located in the same area, has regular shows during dinner time, performing “Ramakien”, a Thai epic derived from the Indian “Ramayana”. A huge wheel “La Roue de Paris” beautifully illuminated in the night is another attraction worth seeing.
To a great disappointment of tourists as well as many local people, Suan Lum night bazaar is counting its last days. The much-coveted property right in the middle of the city and easily reachable by MRT has attracted more powerful clients, who plan to develop new business cum entertainment complexes in the area. However, most vendor stalls are still open and the market seems as lively as usual in spite of the deadline set on April 1, 2007 for all sellers to vacate the premises.
If you are planning a vacation in Bangkok Thailand , don’t miss the last opportunity to enjoy Suan Lum night bazaar, truly one of its kind.
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