Sampeng Lane is a very narrow alleyway running parallel to Yaowarat Road and is famed for hosting a cheap accessories and clothing market attracting hordes of young people. The alleyway, whose proper... Read More
Sampeng Lane is a very narrow alleyway running parallel to Yaowarat Road and is famed for hosting a cheap accessories and clothing market attracting hordes of young people. The alleyway, whose proper name is Soi Wanit 1, was actually full of opium dens and brothels way back when, and it is easy to imagine why, as you feel like you're in a rabbit warren when wandering through here. The narrow lane can barely fit two people abreast, and if you add some motorcycles making deliveries through here, combined with 1000 people, well, you get the picture. Despite the chaos, the market actually is divided into sections, with its eastern end concentrating on accessories like jewelery, shoes, and watches. The middle section of Sampeng Lane has ceramic toys, lanterns, and all sorts of Chinese goods, while the eastern end of the market features Indian run stalls selling silk and other fabrics.
Sampeng Lane (Soi Wanit 1)
- Chinatown/Yaowarat's Best Attractions: "Try to walk through here earlier in the morning when it is not as crowded. It can be sweltering here in the middle of the afternoon."
- Best for Chinatown/Yaowarat's Best Attractions Because: For an old school and real Bangkok alleyway market experience, Sampeng Lane is vintage Chinatown.