(This is an excerpt from my book, Choose a Way Bangkok. More on that in a minute.)
Papaya Vintage Market
306/1 Soi Lat Phrao 55/2, Lat Phrao Rd, Wang Thonglang
GPS: 13.794239,100.597225 – link to Google Maps
Admission: free – open 9:30am-6pm everyday
Yes, that is in fact eight Jar-Jar Binks doing the conga in the photo above. It’s just a taste of what you’ll find here – while most of what you see is indeed for sale, the market is better thought of a display area for the oddball offerings. The organization is as eclectic as the collections. On one shelf you might see a collection of mugs from Rugrats to Courvoisier, while another area features dozens of chairs of all sorts. As you’d expect, the selection changes daily.
It’s clear the place has been well kept-up, although finding a salesperson can be a quest if you want to buy something. Also complicating things is the lack of prices – have a price in mind if you’re asked for one, and don’t hesitate to negotiate. Some local pro photographers use this three-story indoor market as a place for their photo shoots, and you might come across one in progress! Give it at least an hour and allow yourself to imagine a house or apartment with some of the stuff found here.
From Lat Phrao MRT Station: Take exit 4 to street level, then look right for the bus stop. Jump on any bus but 151 or 156. Watch closely along the left side of the road for the blue street signs, and get off as soon as you see Lat Phrao 55/2. Get back to 55/2, then turn down the side street. Walk about 100 meters and look for the entrance around the corner to the right.
It’s one of Bangkok’s most notorious markets. Head to the Pantip Plaza for plenty of electronics and tech (9.0km)
An entire museum dedicated in Batman? Yep. Go check out the Batcat Museum (6.7km)
Feeling brave? Make your way to the once-daily snake show at the Bangkok Snake Farm (weekdays at 2:30pm) (13.4km)
Presenting Choose a Way Bangkok, version 2.0:
See Bangkok on your own terms! Just like the old-school choose-your-path books, the choices are up to you.
Would you rather go to the palace, a Buddhist temple made of gold, or the museum dedicated to Batman? With a Choose a Way book, you choose every step of the way – visit a place with our awesome directions, then choose from three new places to visit.
This travel guide to Bangkok doesn’t force you into following the same itinerary as everyone else. It covers thirty-five of the most interesting places around Bangkok – enough for up to 5 days of traveling around Bangkok. Sites are mainstream, offbeat, indoors, outdoors, kid-friendly, for adults only, and more! Start in the morning, based on what time you’re ready to go, and start tapping the links.
Each day starts with more than 1,000 possible paths to take.
This guide to Bangkok also has GPS coordinates, links to Google Maps, and precise directions. No more stumbling around foreign streets hoping to find a street sign, or asking locals where a place is. Travel confidently and independently – and best of all, there are no bad endings!
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About the Choose a Way™ series:
Choose a Way™ books are your opportunity to explore a city’s curated hotspots on your terms. Each book features dozens of places, carefully chosen by an expert on or long-time resident of the city, and offers hundreds of possible paths to take through each book. You’ll visit up to five mainstream, lesser-known, and offbeat sort of destinations every day – and you’ll choose every step of the way.
About the author
Chris Backe is the blogger behind One Weird Globe, a popular blog about offbeat destinations and life as an expat. His mission in life is to make travel awesome, and to set you up to succeed while traveling. He’s lived in Korea, Thailand, Colombia, and traveled to weird destinations across Europe. He’s also the founder of the Choose a Way series, the interactive travel guidebooks that put you in charge. He’s been seen in Atlas Obscura, io9, Fark, Mental Floss, Groove Magazine, and many other publications. When not traveling or writing, he enjoys swing dancing and a good game of Cards Against Humanity.