Sampeng Lane Map

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    • Shops in Chinatown are closed for Chinese New Years and Songkran
        • Chinese New Years Feb 19-21, 2015
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    • Shops are open 7 days a week, from 8:30 to 5:00 with some shops having slightly different hours

Some shops are closed on Sundays but not all.

It is very crowded on Sat-Sun and holidays. The walking lane in Chinatown, Bangkok, is known as Sampeng Lane (signs say Soi Wanit 1) and it’s the only place in all of Thailand to get cotton quilt fabric at cheap prices. There are a lot of fabric shops! Diana drew up a map showing the shops that have 100% cotton. Bolts wrapped in plastic are for sale by the bolt. The shop numbers go in order so you can find a shop by it’s number with even numbers on one side, odd on the other. If you buy less than 10 meters of fabric, the price is retail but still cheap, as low as 35 baht per meter ($1 per yard). If you buy 10 meters or more, which can be various fabrics from one shop, the price is wholesale which means about a 25% discount. Minimum cut is 1 meter, sometimes 2. The shopkeepers are honest and the prices are low. Watch out for pickpockets though. The closest skytrain station is Hua Lampong, or Wong Wian Yai and get a taxi to Sampeng. Or arrive by boat at N 5 Ratchawongse or N 6 Memorial Bridge (Saphan Phut) and walk.

Don’t bargain! It’s not a bargaining place! If you buy in quantity, you get the wholesale price. For example if you buy a dozen sarongs, or 10 meters of fabric or more, you get the wholesale price. These shops sell in quantity! Thanks for reading and have fun!

79 comments on “Sampeng Lane Map
  1. Nicole Falealii says:

    Hello im reading about places such as Pahurat, sampeng lane and chinaworld.
    Are these places located close to each other or are they essentially the same place.
    I want to plan a trip to purchase quilting fabrics. Could you give me addresses. So I can locatee a hotel near by.
    Thank you

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  2. Hi hi! I was told it is dead town on Mondays, is that true? Should I avoid Mondays, please?>

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  3. First let me thank you for taking the time to share this information on line. I am in Bangkok for a couple of months as my daughter is having her first baby. Last time, based on your information I was able to get a whole stack of quilting fabrics! This time I am looking for cotton crochet thread to make handbags. Want to crochet a tote bag. Any idea where I can get this? Thanks once again

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  4. Carrie says:

    Hello! I love this resource! Can you tell me if you’ve seen the name brand Moda in Sampeng, and if so where I can find it there? Also where can I find flannel?
    Thank you!

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  5. Nad says:

    Hello,
    Was wondering if i can get t-shirt type of materials here in sampeng lane? If not, where i might find cotton materials used to make t-shirts in bangkok? Thank you!! :)

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  6. Dilshad Sultana says:

    Hi,
    I’ll be in bangkok very soon and I wanna buy bag making fabrics and sheets, interfacing,washer, anvil, metal frames for clutch bags and also leather, wooden handles.Could you plz tell me where can I get these bag making stuffs in Sampeng lane?
    S
    so wooden, leather handles.

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  7. Ms Sam says:

    Hi,
    I wanna find accessories like neck chain for wholesale. could you pls advise which shops provide this kind of goods

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  8. Shola says:

    I don’t know of the nearest post office, but you will be able to mail at any one, if it’s a lot, surface mail will be much cheaper but takes 5- 6 weeks…..

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  9. janelle says:

    Hi, I’ll be in Bangkok next week and the market sounds great. Amongst other things I’m looking for fiberfill to us to stuff an ottoman and some sew in interfacing. Have you seen these? Perhaps at the place that sells wadding? Thanks Janelle

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  10. shany says:

    Hi,
    i really need your help to find a tailor for swimwear in Bangkok.
    thank you very much…

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  11. Amber says:

    Lycra fabric can be found at shop next to the temple where cars park – on the way out of the temple – shop is on your right. Great Lycra fabrics in solid and print!

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  12. Zorina Dawood says:

    Hi
    I’m going to Sampeng Lane in March and would like to know where to find craft embellishments, bows, ribbon, cord, paper flowers etc. I was there 2 yrs ago and only found 1 shop. I was told there were/ are many more. I must have missed it. Please help and where possible give shop numbers sothat I would know which direction to go. The taxi usually drops you off and yoy join the lane but could be walking in the opposite direction. Thanks for the valuable info.

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    • Shola says:

      Scroll to the top of this page and you can print the map, this whole area is the fabric and notions area, if you go in the opposite direction you will find accessories, clothes and toys. The best place to start is the fabric shop ‘Kikuya’ (ask motorcycle, taxi or tuk tuk for kick-oo-yaa, most know it) on Soi Vanit 1(soi wanit noong), walk ACROSS the road from Kikuya and continue down the lanes opposite, not the lanes on the same side as Kikuya. Following these lanes all the way through will take you past all the notion shops you need :)

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  13. In Samyakk, we have a huge collection of latest designer sarees online, silk sarees,Banarasi sarees, Mysore Silk sarees, Kanchipuram silk sarees, printed sarees, lehenga sarees and party wear sarees. Buy sarees online at best price and get free shipping worldwide.

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  14. Amber says:

    Hi Jill,
    I am looking for Lycra swimwear fabric in Bangkok. Can I get it at the fabric market in Chinatown?

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  15. Loida says:

    Do you know shops in sampeng selling bags for reselling?

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  16. Pao says:

    Hi,

    Do you have any idea if they sell fake brands like abercrombie and fitch, aeropostale, etc? Found some at MBK but they are too expensive to resell. Thanks very much..

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  17. Shola says:

    In Sampang Lane you’ll find all the accessories you’re looking for, but there’ll be very little when it comes to imported quilting fabric. There are 2 shops in Sampeng, they are franchise shops and won’t be cheap compared to the market shops. ‘Fabric House’ (Written on map as Cotton House’) and ‘Kikuya’ which is on the main road before you enter the lane for Fabric House, they will have some. Also China World has a shop on the ground floor opposite True Coffee that has imported US and Japanese fabrics, limited choice but very cute and also very expensive! I was quoted between 250 -400 Baht per yard there, but the fabric is nice! I always start at Sampeng (beginning of map) and walk all the way through to China World, it’s quite a way but you get to see everything, and you come out in India town, where all the Indian fabrics are :) Good luck! I would dedicate at least one whole morning and early afternoon to it!

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  18. Chloe says:

    Hi! Really great information about Sampeng. Thank you for sharing! I am planning a short trip to Bangkok in Nov and would like to know how much time I should allocate to Sampeng Lane and China World. I am looking for US & Japanese quilting cottons. Other things I will be checking out are notions such as zippers, zipper sliders, buttons & cotton tape/crochet lace tapes. Which place is more worthwhile to spend more time in? I may only have from morning to around 4pm to spare. Any advice is appreciated. Oh, and which place should I go first, Sampeng Lane or China World? THank you!!

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  19. Anonymous says:

    Thank you Shola,
    That means i shld take a taxi down from pratunam at 3pm the latest. To kikuya go all the way down is sampeng…. I wanted to nuy kitty stuff n etc not cloth…
    So where is the t&k? Can i know which road i need to turn in to t&k seafood before i miss out?
    Thank u so much…

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    • Shola says:

      HI, Sorry I don’t know T&K :( Just take the lane going down next to the Kikuya shop on Ratchawong Rd, 3pm traffic will be better than 4 but going back will be very very slow after you finished shopping, if you can get there in the morning it’s much better!

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  20. Shola says:

    Ask to be taken to Kikuya (Kik-oo-ya) in Ratchawong Rd, 4pm is a very busy time on the roads , I’d advise morning or early afternoon as traffic will be v bad between 4 -7pm. For clothing and accessories you need to start at Kikuya, Sampeng Lane continues down, next to the Kikuya shop, this is the area you will need…The opposite side is mostly fabric but does have some accessory shops……
    http://pantip.com/topic/30649157 (picture of entrance to Sampeng Lane Kikuya side..you can just see ‘UYA’ mid top photo in red/white, this is the Kikuya shop)
    Happy shopping :)

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  21. Anonymous says:

    Hi wil be visitin sampeng lane for hello kitty stuff,ladiez shoes n clothes..
    Ard 4pm… I will take taxi to sampeng lane from pratunam? Is there other streets name that is nearer to start the shop other then cloth? Is it near to T&K seafood stall? Can i walk over. Tk for dinner after shopping? Can u advise me on that? Appriciated

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  22. BK Das says:

    Hello everyone,
    I want to buy ladies and kids dresses from Bangkok for business purpose. Can you help me in this ? I am from Kolkata, India.

    BK

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  23. myra says:

    hi. I need the shoe and jelly slippers wholesale in sampeng. hpw u get to do fpr the material name cards etc. I need contacts for business purpose.

    thanks

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  24. Just wanted to say thanks for the rich and informative post. I am new to sewing and to bangkok and this is really helpful.

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    • Amy says:

      Hi there – amazing
      Info, thank you!! Do you happen to know of an honest semstress/dress maker who can copy items and do alterations in Bangkok? I find the normal tailor houses to be overwhelming and just want some little Thai lady who can sew :)

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  25. Quynh says:

    Thank u very much :X u r so kind

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  26. Carrie says:

    Thank you for all this information! Being relatively new to BKK, I’m looking forward to utilizing your well done research of this area! I’ve organized a group of ladies to go shopping this weekend and your map and information is greatly appreciated!

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  27. Jill C. says:

    http://bkkquilt.com/2009/07/31/rotary-cutters-and-mats/ JCC Shop for rotary cutters, mats, rulers… wholesale! 2 km from pathumwan.

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  28. Quynh says:

    i’m going to be in pathumwan

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  29. Quynh says:

    Hi, thanks for your information,i want to ask where can i buy tools such as rotary cutter tailor, ruler, cutting mat …? plz help me

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    • Shola says:

      Hong Garment Accessories on the Sampeng Map have all of these items, Rotary Cutters and cutting mats are still quite expensive as they are brand name import. I buy regular cm cutting mats in stationary shops in town (b2S etc) and mark them myself in inches, much much cheaper!
      HTH’s :)

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      • Quynh says:

        How much for rotary cutters and cutting mat in Hong garment do u know? and give me address where can i buy regular cm cutting mats in stationary shops in town, i’m in bkk on next tuesday ^^ hope to see your reply

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  30. Jill C. says:

    quilted fabric – Fabric House/Cotton House. There’s a branch at Central World.

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  31. Nishi says:

    Hi, want to buy quilted fabric for my sons school supplies, but I can’t find it in sampeng. Do you know where to buy? Btw your info is really guide me where shopping at sampeng!

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    • Shola says:

      If you follow the map on this site, it has quite a few shops that sell quilted fabric, not all the shops are on the map but if you follow the main lane ‘Vanit 1′ on this map you will definitely find some! I was just there Friday, in that area and I saw some here and there, sorry I can’t give you a specific shop, it’s not something I ever buy:)

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  32. Anonymous says:

    Hi,
    May i know where can i buy lycra & where shop have minky fabric?

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  33. Claudia Rovell says:

    Hi, Thank you for the info. I would like to buy finished quilts in large quantity. Do you know where to go in Thailand?

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  34. novi says:

    Hi… Can I find Hello Kitty stuff in Sampheng Lane? Thank you… ;)

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    • Shola says:

      In a word ‘tons’! Go the opposite way of the fabric section of the lane and your’ll come across Hello Kitty everything everywhere:)

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  35. Shola says:

    Keep on walking down, it’s quite far from Gemini but there’s another shop selling only stretch fabrics (mostly shiny) and some voile types, if you look on the Sampeng map (this site) it’s the area of lane between Trok Hua Met and Chakrapet, on the left hand side, (going toward Pahurat area) It’s a large shop, outside at the front are long vertical bolts of sheer and stretch fabic, walk inside and there’s also thin shiny and swimwear fabrics, all bolts are about 60 -80 inches and most are between 59-89 baht per meter, v cheap! (I’m sure it’s AFTER ‘HOng Garment Accessories’)
    HTH’s!

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  36. B says:

    Hi there, I am after 2-way or 4-way stretch polyester lycra…. 40 denier…
    I am in BKK now, and have spoken with Gemini, but their stock is quite dull with no sheen..
    DO you know of ANY other places I could try??
    Desperate to find it!!
    Thank you!!

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  37. Paulo says:

    Hello, im sampeng market i can buy hair extensions??
    Thank you for helping.

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    • Shola says:

      I’ve not seen hair extensions as I usually stick to the fabric end of the market but if you go to the other end (away from the fabrics) you might find some, sorry, not much help…

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  38. Hello, I would love to know where I can get a rich supply of Japanese cotton fabrics especially the soften more muslin like printed ones. I have seen a selection at Kimono Shop in China World Mall but where else? Would appreciate the help.
    Thank you.

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  39. Anonymous says:

    Hi – does anyone know where I can find wholesale stores for zippers, clasps, rings and other hardware for bags? Thank you!

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    • Anonymous says:

      On the map #48 Hong Garment Accessories sells all that kind of stuff, also around that area are other shops that sells all these things.

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  40. Lisa says:

    Good to know. One is an unlined simple lace jacket, one is a cotton jumpsuit, so both woven – I think I will give it a try! Thanks so much for the reply.

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  41. Lisa says:

    Hi, do you know if there are also places here that can copy clothing items, ie actually do the sewing? I know there are a lot of tailors in Bangkok but I am just looking for copies to be made of items I already own. Thank you :-)

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    • Shola says:

      Depends what kind of clothing it is, most tailors will copy a shirt or trousers/skirt for you but they don’t seem to copy knit (stretch) fabric stuff, I think they just generally don’t work with that fabric, I’ve asked in the past.

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  42. Jane says:

    Hi, Aside from fabrics, is the sampeng market a good place to buy other articles like bags and fashion accessories?

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    • Shola says:

      yes, about half is fabrics and the other half is everything else, bags,clothes accessories etc. Look at the map above and just walk the opposite way at Rathawong road where the map starts, the rest of Sampeng Lane goes on from there.

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  43. yatty says:

    Hi, im planning to go there in september. Can u suggest to me which hotel is cheapest &nearest to sampeng lane/ phahurat? Tqvm.

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  44. nazir says:

    want to buy fabric for ladies dress,specialy caftan fabrics.someone can suggest where to get?

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  45. andrea says:

    Hi, I am looking for good quality flannel for kids sleepwear. Where would I look? Thanks so much.

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    • Shola says:

      There is a shop on the ‘Sampeang Lane Map’ above that indicates flannel, but I’ve gotta say good quality flannel is something I’ve not seen much of.

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  46. Jacob says:

    Hello.
    I want to buy a thick colored felt and I wonder if they sell it in sampeng market?

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    • Shola says:

      There’s a few shops that sell coloured felt for around 90 Baht per meter, not sure how thick you wanted it, this stuff is regular felt thickness, 3-4mm??

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  47. Annie says:

    Hello all,
    This is great info! Do you know if the shops are open on Saturdays and Sundays?

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    • Shola says:

      Yes, Saturdays and Sundays are extremely busy and if poss it’s best to go on a weekday to avoid the crush!:)

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  48. Lisa Massie says:

    HI Jill

    I’m heading to Bangkok in a couple of months and would like to buy spandex/lycra to make swimwear for my daughter. Will I find it in Sampeng Lane?

    Lisa – Australia

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    • Shola says:

      There’s’ #166 L. Gemini ‘ that sells only jersey type knits. I’ve seem swimwear lycra in only one shop which is on the same side, just a shop or few after #48 Hong Garment Accessories, they have their fabric bolts upright/vertically displayed, you need to walk through those and go to the back right hand side and there is the swimwear fabric, this is the only shop in Sampeng I’ve seen that sells this type of fabric. If you ask for Spandex a lot of shops will have it but it’s not the swimwear kind. Decent lycra fabric is hard to come by, Gemini only have mostly solid colours, the other shop has some nice patterned stuff, very cheap but low quality, the swimwear stuff that they have is an ok quality though there is not much variety.
      Hope that helps, sorry I don’t know the exact location or name of the shop:/

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      • Amber says:

        Jill, thank you for the information above on swimwear fabric. I too would like to purchase some for making swimsuits. Do you have any more current information? Do the two shops you mentioned – L. Gemini and Hong Garment still sell Lycra swimwear?
        Thanks! Amber

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  49. iana says:

    Hi.. I want to buy thai silk and wonder whether they sell Thai silk in Sampeng market?

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  50. Shola says:

    There’s plenty of Post Offices around although I don’t know of a specific one near the market. There’s tons and tons of fabric shops, you need to start a little way down Sampeng lane (Soi Wanit 1) at the ‘Kikuya’ fabric shop, though this is a proper fabric shop and not really cheap,cross the road and carry on walking down the lane from there and it’s like a mile of fabric shops all different:)

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  51. Trishia Madrid says:

    is there only one fabric shop or is there several? I was wondering if there are cotton and silk shops close by each other.

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  52. Trishia Madrid says:

    Hello my husband and I will be heading to bangkok in March 2012, is this area only wholesale or can anyone buy here?
    Thank you for the maps they will come in handy.

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    • Shola says:

      You can buy any amount here, a lot of the shops sell at a discount for ‘wholesale’, which is usually always 3 pieces and up, except for the fabric shops where everything is by the meter:) Hope that helps.

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      • Trishia Madrid says:

        thank you I’m getting so excited just a little longer. Do you know if there is a place to mail the fabric? Just in case I find to many goodies for my suitcase.

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