Thepprasit Night MarketThepprasit Market, which is located on Thepprasit Road a little off the Sukhumvit Road junction, is a night market that is open on the weekends, from Friday to Sunday. Some of the shops are also open during the week. Located close to Tesco Lotus and the Pattaya Outlet Mall, this is one of the popular Pattaya markets because it has everything from trendy clothes, bags, shoes and watches to electronics and pets. The electronic stalls are in a separate section where you can bargain for mobile phones, mp3 players and other gadgets. An interesting feature of Thepprasit market is its large food court where you can sample Thai food, desserts and exotic tropical fruits. It is easy to get to the market from Central Pattaya by baht bus or motorcycle taxi.
Soi Buakhao MarketThis is another of the Pattaya markets that are great for bargain shopping. Located in the corner of South Pattaya Road and Soi Buakhao, this market is open on Tuesdays and Fridays. Since many of the locals shop at this market, you can actually get things at ‘local’ prices minus the tourist mark up, if you bargain well. From clothes to souvenirs and stalls selling food and chilled beer, this market has plenty to offer for a day out.
Floating Market PattayaOf all the local Pattaya markets, the floating market has the most character and charm with its wooden walkways on stilts and boat rides through the waterways. It is the best place to buy souvenirs to take back home as you can get crafts from every region in Thailand. The Pattaya floating market has four sections, each representing a different region of Thailand – North, Northeast, South and Central. There are around 75 stalls selling handicrafts, Thai silks, antiques, pottery and food at this market that is open from 10.00 am to 11.00 pm. With Thai dancing and games for entertainment, this market in Pattaya is a great choice for a family day out. It is located on the Sukhumvit highway, around 5 km from South Pattaya junction.
While there are several other Pattaya markets, including some street markets with rows of stalls along some of the major roads in the city, most of them sell mainly clothing, accessories and beach essentials. The interesting thing about the markets at Soi Buakhao, Thepprasit and the Pattaya floating market is that they also provide an opportunity to experience some of the local culture. Visiting at least one of them during your stay in Pattaya should be on your itinerary.
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