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“passing time” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Siam Paradise Night Bazar

Siam Paradise Night Bazar
2430 Sukhumvit Rd, Bangkok, Thailand
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Ranked #230 of 285 Shopping in Bangkok
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“passing time”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2011

needed to pass some time, only a 40 Bht taxi ride up the street from the hotel. Walked back to the hotel. Good deals.

Visited December 2011
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“Local hang out spot”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2011

This place is not made for the 50 something sex tourist. Its a local hangout with local prices and local food. come here only if you're sick if lady boys and crap trinkets being shoved in your face.

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“90% Empty, lousy food, limited drinks”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2011

I went on a Saturday night, but I doubt it matters what night you go. The vast majority of the stalls are empty and vacant. There is a food court in the rear with maybe 1-2 vendor, but I did not see any customers and it looked closed. In the front food court/beer garden, there are about 6-7 vendors, all selling street food quality at restaurant prices. Within a couple minutes of me entering the beer garden, I had someone from every single vendor sticking a menu in front of me, desperate to make a sale. The noodles I decided on were about 3x what the same dish from a street vendor would cost, and lower quality. Aside from beer, there are really no drink options there. Fortunately, there is a 7-11 in front of the entrance. The beer garden was at best, about 20% filled with people, at 9pm on a Sat night.

As for the actual market, it was a verifiable ghost town. There were rows and rows of stalls, but only 2-3 stalls per row were open. I really enjoyed visiting the Suan Lum Night Bazaar last year, and was very upset to hear that it closed. Apparently, this is operated by the same company, but without any tenants or customers, it is clearly a failed attempt. The location is terrible, it used to be right in the middle of the city, with easy connections via MRT. Now it is 1/2 way between 2 BTS stations, at the very far end of the Sukhumvit line, far far away from where any tourists would be. Not to mention the 5-10 minute walk from the BTS station is on a fairly dark stretch of Sukhumvit road with a very poor excuse for a sidewalk. I really do want to see this place succeed and reclaim some of the glory of Suan Lum, but from what I saw, it is very unlikely to happen.

If you do decide to visit and walk there from Punnawithee BTS, stay on the north side of Sukhumvit road until you get to the pedestrian bridge in front of the bazaar (which is on the south side). The sidewalk on the north side is a little better and brighter, and there are actually a few shops and restaurants on that side. On one hand, I want people to go support it so it can succeed, but I have a real hard time justifying why anyone should visit it at all right now. If you want a real authentic 'Thai' shopping experience, just go to Station 21 at Asoke Station...that is where all the real Thais actually go shopping. The food is a lot better there, as well. If you really need a lot of tourist crap, just go to Chatuchak.

Visited November 2011
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“Terrible, terrible”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2011

This paled in comparison to its predecessor - Suan Luam Night market. We read online that this was "THE" place to go after the closure of Suan Luam night market and so headed there one of the nights we were in Bangkok.

Alarm bells should have rang when most of the taxis we flagged declined to send us there but we persisted and took a long train ride to Punnawithi (it was the second last stop on the BTS line).

After alighting from the train station, it was another long walk of around 15 mins (through deserted roads, forsaken fields) before we reached.

The place was quiet - with only a litter of people around the dining area.

Dinner was settled at the dining area (a row of food stalls - mainly selling Thai cooked food - Tom Yum soup, basil leave chicken, seafood etc) which we what we ordered. There was a live band performing on stage. The place was huge but only about 10 tables were occupied the day we were there.

Having settled our dinner, we started shopping. Barely 30% of the shops were open, they were mostly deserted and the few shop owners were disinterested and often quoted rocket-high prices as if to scare off the few tourists who were there. We got sooooo bored, we left soon after to make the long journey back to our hotel in the main city area.

I do not recommend wasting an evening here. There are more to Bangkok's night life than this.

Visited October 2011
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“Not as good as Suan Lum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2011

We used to love going to Suan Lum night bazaar and were sorry to hear it had finally closed. We decided to give this place a try. It appears to be still developing and it was not very busy when we went there though it was tuesday night. Took the BTS to Punnawithi and it is about a 5 minute walk from there though not the easiest with prams. There is a beer garden with live music and cold beer, the smallest size was 1 litre and they still had the beer towers. The beer garden is not covered so would not be the best when it rains. Not all the food stalls were open though tom yung was tasty. Not all the shops were open though there was still a good variety and we found it cheaper than MBK. I hope this place succeeds and it will be worth another look when we are next in Bangkok.

Visited October 2011
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