Some people associate Thailand as the country to visit to buy cheap Nike trainers or Rolex watches for $35. In Asia, trademark laws are not as strict and it makes it much easy to buy fake goods which are quite good replicas.
Even though importing fake goods is considered a crime, you can personally decide whether you want to take home a realistic fake watch that costs a quarter of the price at the risk of potentially being caught and having the goods confiscated. Millions of people every year, take this risk so it really is up to you.
So now you know this information, let’s talk in more details about fake markets across Thailand.
Bangkok Fake Markets
If you visit Bangkok, I would highly recommend one of the largest markets in the whole of Southeast Asia which is Chatuchak Market. Also known as the JJ market, what makes this market so popular is the fact there are 27 sections which sell a huge variety of goods. With over 15,000 stalls in the market, you can buy fruit and veg, shoes and jewellery to sportswear and gadgets.
In section 5 and 6 of the 27 sections of the JJ market, you will find these are some of the more popular sections as you can find clothes and shoes that are both authentic and counterfeit.
If you are interested in purchasing counterfeit products you want to consider visiting the famed ‘King of counterfeit stores’ which is called the MBK shopping mall.
The MBK shopping mall is spread over 7 floors which isn’t even half the size of the JJ market however the MBK mail is open all year round, not even closing for one day. At MBK, 95% of the goods are fakes and you can negotiate prices with the stall holders which would be deemed as disrespectful here in the UK.
In Pattaya, there isn’t as much choice of markets, but there are two main markets that are famed in the area for finding replicas of branded goods. Mike Shopping Mall is located on the main road along the coast of the city. The Mike Shopping Mall is open from 11 am to 11 pm which consisted of 5 floors specialising in clothing, perfumes, shoes.
The other huge fake market ‘The Night Bazaar’ covers a large area of Pattaya Second Road. The market is open 365 days a year and despite The Night Bazaar being considered a night market opens at 8 am. The market is similar to what they sell in the other markets across Asia, specialising in clothes, shoes, bags, technology and jewellery the main reason why tourists visit the market.
Chiang Mai is another city without much choice of fake markets like the more populated Bangkok, however, it has night markets similar to Pattaya. The night markets cover a large area of land outside of the walls of the city between Chang Khlan Road and Loi Khro Road.
The markets are open from 6 pm to 11 pm however unlike Bangkok and Pattaya here in Chiang Mai, you will find a lot more handmade goods and local specialities such as Thai silk which are perfect for backpackers who like authentic goods and retro looking items. However, this doesn’t mean that there aren’t still counterfeits goods such as shoes, clothes, CDs which you can buy at half the price.