Many South Asian traders set up shop in Bangkok's small but bustling Little India, where everything from Bollywood movies to bindis is sold by enthusiastic, small-time traders. It’s a great area to just wander through, stopping for masala chai and a Punjabi sweet as you go. The bulk of the action unfolds along unmarked Soi ATM, which runs alongside the large India Emporium shopping centre.

The emphasis is on cloth, and Phahurat proffers boisterously coloured textiles, traditional Thai dance costumes, tiaras, sequins, wigs and other accessories to make you look like a person in drag, a mŏr lam (Thai country music) performer, or both. Amid the spectacle of colour there are also good deals on machine-made Thai textiles and children’s clothes.

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Nearby Chinatown attractions

1. Gurdwara Siri Guru Singh Sabha

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Just off Th Chakkaraphet is this gold-domed Sikh temple. Its large hall is devoted to the worship of the Guru Granth Sahib, the 17th-century Sikh holy…

2. Sampeng Lane


Soi Wanit 1 – colloquially known as Sampeng Lane – is a narrow artery running parallel to Th Yaowarat and bisecting the commercial areas of Chinatown and…

3. Saphan Phut Night Bazaar

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This night market has bucketloads of cheap clothes, late-night snacking and a lot of people-watching. As Chatuchak Weekend Market becomes more design…

5. Flower Market

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In 2016, as part of a cleaning drive, Bangkok's famous and formerly streetside flower market – also called Pak Khlong Talat – was moved indoors. Within…

6. Museum Siam

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This fun museum's collection employs a variety of media to explore the origins of the Thai people and their culture. Housed in a European-style 19th…

7. Talat Mai

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With some two centuries of commerce under its belt, New Market is no longer an entirely accurate name for this strip of commerce. Regardless, this is…

8. Wat Mangkon Kamalawat

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Clouds of incense and the sounds of chanting form the backdrop at this Chinese-style Mahayana Buddhist temple. Surrounding the temple are vendors selling…