Sampheng Lane, or to be more exact Soi Wanit, is a little alleyway that runs parallel to Yaowarat Road in the heart of Chinatown in Bangkok.
On either side of this narrow lane there are shop fronts and stalls selling all manner of things from fruit and sweets to fabrics and handicraft supplies. It’s the place to go if you are into making things because you can buy products like beads, feathers, buttons and bows at a very cheap price.
There are so many fabrics to choose from as well. A variety of fabulous colours and textures, the displays adding to the vibrant feel of the place. The fabrics are also very cheap, some starting at 70 baht per metre.
There are a few jewellery shops as well- the best one is Coco House. Everything is 100 baht. Not the best quality but some really nice and cheap bracelets and necklaces. If you’re anything like me, you won’t be able to resist a peak insist. The walls are covered top-to-bottom in gold and silver jewellery.
Sampheng Lane is full of people and not for those who get claustrophobic. But if you aren’t in a rush to go anywhere, and you don’t mind squeezing your way along you will find a very colourful, very local and very cheap place to explore.
How to get there:
Soi Wanit is a 15 minute walk from Hua Lamphong Train Station. If you don’t fancy walking, get a tuk-tuk or motorbike from the station.