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"Watch your back at Night Bazaar" Suan Lum Night Bazaar Tip by Famespear

Suan Lum Night Bazaar, Bangkok: 17 reviews and 30 photos

The Night Bazaar nowadays, is overrun with the Thai mafia who control the vendors and most of the products are bootleg. It's also not a very safe place for tourists. Most of the vendors at Night Bazaar are happy to cheat them and take their money. I recently know about an incident where a farang was attacked by 3 Thai people and physically assaulted. The police were summoned but did nothing to the perpetrators. Apparently Thai law does not protect victims of assault and assault and battery are not considered a crime in Thailand as in most other countries.

Also, most of the vendors at Night Bazaar are from another area of Bangkok called, Pot Pong, a very sleazy market of bootleg goods and very nasty Go Go bars. The sellers at Pot Pong are complete low-life and many farang have been assaulted and ripped-off there. To escape the bad reputation of Pot Pong, many of these vendors have moved to the Night Bazaar, and have brought their low-life habits with them, making the Night Bazaar an unpleasant, unsafe place - same as Pot Pong.

I'm speaking from experience as I have lived in Thailand for over 5 years and have been visiting for almost 20 years. In places like the Night Bazaar and other outdoor markets such as JJ (Jatujak), tourists need to careful with their valuables. There are many pickpocket gangs and many people who want to cheat tourists and do harm to them. Everyone who has not visited Thailand thinks that it is a peaceful Buddist country, but in some ways it's also like the wild west. Be careful and watch your back!

Address: Rama IV Road
Directions: Lumpini MRT Station
Theme: Other

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jan 9, 2010
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