If you’re looking for some middle ground between trashy markets and Buddhist temples take a walk down Charoen Krung Rd. One of the oldest roads in the country it was original named ‘Charoen Krung’ meaning ‘New Road’. Along here you’ll find an eclectic mix of antique, jewellery and silk shops, galleries and tailors. Although it’s not somewhere I’d really shop, the strange collections and layouts of shops make it seem more like a museum than shop in most places. Hit the O.P Place, which is a small shopping centre housing all manner of small antique and art shops, its set back a little from the main road, but it you head down Soi 38 for around 100m you’ll find it.
How to get to Charoen Krung Rd?
The easiest and most convenient way is to take the BTS to Saphan Taxin Station (if you’re coming from Khaosan rd area or the east of the city beyond the BTS take a taxi to National stadium BTS station and head to Saphan Taxin from there). Once there follow the signs for Charoen Krung rd, take exit 3 from the BTS and it will bring you out onto Charoen Krung road.