Pahurat & Chinatown in Bangkok
Although the sprawling of Chinese shops from the nearby Chinatown are slowly spilling over into Phahurat, South Asian restaurants and businesses are still prevalent in the area
- Sampeng Lane Chinatown
The area is also the site of some of the more unusual markets and shopping malls in Bangkok, including the sprawling Sampeng Market, the colonial-styled The Old Siam Plaza, and the new four-storey India Emporium
Pahurat Textile Market - Little India
The Pahurat district is Bangkok’s Little India, centre of the Indian community, who are mostly Sikh and the capital’s largest fabric market in Bangkok. If you want to buy Thai textiles this is the place to visit. The choice is vast so don’t be in any hurry to buy, although you will be sure to get many offers. Take you time and check out at least a dozen before making a purchase
Sampeng Lane Bangkok
Sampeng Lane is the main artery of Chinatown. It's a well kept secret that few tourists manage to find.
The chances of stumbling across it are quite remote as it is a very narrow lane that runs from Songsawat Road in the East to Chakraphet Road in the West, running parallel to Charoen Krung (New Road) between there and the river.
The whole lane is so narrow that you can cross it in two paces, or you could if it weren't so crowded. For the most part it is thronging with shoppers, mainly locals, with mopeds and motorbikes weaving between them.
Sampheng Textile Market
Sampheng Textile Market Product Grey, woven, knitted, embroidered, laced, stretched, printed or preshrunk - if it's on fabrics, it's obtainable at the Sampheng Textile Market.
From finished fabrics to custom-woven pieces, these shops supply clothes, fashion goods and sewing accessories to garment makers, wholesalers and retailers alike.
Facilities Most shops offer shipping service or have direct contact with shipping companies who provide packing, transporting services as well as customs clearance
Phahurat (or Pahurat) certainly don't take first place on the Bangkok to-do list of most travelers. Most will recognize Bangkok as a city of must-see temples, palaces, bazaars and shopping malls, and while most of that can also be found in in this district, what makes these neighborhoods different is their lack of big attractions. No "must-sees" to be found here, just a lot of sights you could see if you feel like it. The area is best experienced by watching and enjoying the general atmosphere - if you are not there to buy textiles, that is