Although the market is known as Sampeng Lane, it is actually on Soi Wanit 1. The market runs the length of this Soi in the heart of Chinatown, with many lanes running off from both sides. It is a unique experience, crowded, hot and bustling with activity. The narrow lane is not for the claustrophobic. The shops deal mainly with bulk sales and usually offer real discounts for persons buying several items. This is the place to buy the 20 pairs of earrings you need for presents. Prices are half of that in the shopping malls. This is also a good place to buy sarongs and lots of different textiles. Along the way there are many food stalls and if you want the comfort of air-conditioning, there are several restaurants along Yaowarat Road which runs parallel to Soi Wanit.
You can walk into Chinatown in 15 minutes from Hua Lampong station which is on the underground train system.
If you are into markets this is well worth the detour, if only for the experience.
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