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Klong Thom : Saturday Night Market ( 17 photo)

Klong Thom used to be a canal called Klong Sampen (khlong meaning canal). In 1932, the canal was turned into a landfill of garbage and later a road was paved over the area. People have referred to the area as Klong Thom, which means a landfill canal, ever since.Klong Thom is a bustling market selling mostly electrical appliances during the day. By night of every Saturday, the market sells all items imaginable including pirated CDS until 1.30 am. Photos by Patipat Janthong

12 Feb 2011
Klong Thom used to be a canal called Klong Sampen (khlong meaning canal). In 1932, the canal was turned into a landfill of garbage and later a road was paved over the area. People have referred to the area as Klong Thom, which means a landfill canal, ever since.

Klong Thom used to be a canal called Klong Sampen (khlong meaning canal). In 1932, the canal was turned into a landfill of garbage and later a road was paved over the area. People have referred to the area as Klong Thom, which means a landfill canal, ever since.

Klong Thom is a bustling market selling mostly electrical appliances during the day. By night of every Saturday, the market sells all items imaginable including pirated CDS until 1.30 am.

Klong Thom is a bustling market selling mostly electrical appliances during the day. By night of every Saturday, the market sells all items imaginable including pirated CDS until 1.30 am.

Sex toys and aphrodisiacs are sold at small vending stalls around Klong Thom. Most  of the items are imported from China.

Sex toys and aphrodisiacs are sold at small vending stalls around Klong Thom. Most of the items are imported from China.

Pirated movies in compact discs are found throughout Klong Thom. It is one of the region’s largest markets selling pirated movies. A survey has found most buyers of the pirated products at the market are 25-39 year-olds.

Pirated movies in compact discs are found throughout Klong Thom. It is one of the region’s largest markets selling pirated movies. A survey has found most buyers of the pirated products at the market are 25-39 year-olds.

Pornographic movies are popular buys at the market. They are priced between 100-120 baht for three to four discs.

Pornographic movies are popular buys at the market. They are priced between 100-120 baht for three to four discs.

Customers check out the loud speakers at a store. Sound systems for cars are some of the items on the shopping list of visitors to Klong Thom.

Customers check out the loud speakers at a store. Sound systems for cars are some of the items on the shopping list of visitors to Klong Thom.

Deity figurines and sacred images of all forms and sizes are put up in an open auction at the market.

Deity figurines and sacred images of all forms and sizes are put up in an open auction at the market.

Shop assistants play games on his mobile phone as he waits for customers at his toy shop.

Shop assistants play games on his mobile phone as he waits for customers at his toy shop.

Customers look at imitated vehicle number plates selling for at least 150 baht apiece. Some shops are hired to produce fake plates at 600 baht each.

Customers look at imitated vehicle number plates selling for at least 150 baht apiece. Some shops are hired to produce fake plates at 600 baht each.

Shoppers browse through a large selection of bras and undergarments near Klong Thom Centre.

Shoppers browse through a large selection of bras and undergarments near Klong Thom Centre.

A child sleeps in an improvised bed while the mother is busy attending to customers.

A child sleeps in an improvised bed while the mother is busy attending to customers.

Vendors try on some of the sunglasses as he helps potential customers choose the right pairs for them. The stall near the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration General Hospital sells the sunglasses at 50 baht a pair.

Vendors try on some of the sunglasses as he helps potential customers choose the right pairs for them. The stall near the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration General Hospital sells the sunglasses at 50 baht a pair.

People sift through old books at a shop close to the Sri Worajak building.

People sift through old books at a shop close to the Sri Worajak building.

Shops in Klong Thom also sell used television sets, many of which have been released from pawn shops. The shops find many customers as the televisions are much cheaper than the brand-new sets.

Shops in Klong Thom also sell used television sets, many of which have been released from pawn shops. The shops find many customers as the televisions are much cheaper than the brand-new sets.

Second-hand shoes are put on the shelves at  Klong Thom market. They were bought by the shops from the Rong Klua market on the Thai-Camobian border in Aranyaprathet, Sa Kaew province.

Second-hand shoes are put on the shelves at Klong Thom market. They were bought by the shops from the Rong Klua market on the Thai-Camobian border in Aranyaprathet, Sa Kaew province.

Some stalls sell clothes that are imitations of popular brands but at a fraction of the price.

Some stalls sell clothes that are imitations of popular brands but at a fraction of the price.

Shops at the Klong Thom Centre close at  1.30 am, leaving behind nothing but rubbish.

Shops at the Klong Thom Centre close at 1.30 am, leaving behind nothing but rubbish.