Camping doesn’t seem as if it has caught on here in Thailand yet judging by the limited amount of camping gear available. That being said there is good camping gear in Bangkok available, and here is our guide to where to find it based on our personal experience gearing up for our African safari. If you only have 3 days in Bangkok you don’t want to waste it running all over Bangkok looking for the best places for camping gear.
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Camping Gear in Bangkok (jump to):
- Biggest selection of Camping Gear in Bangkok
- Other options
- Good for standard supplies: The Big C
- Khao San road
- What Camping Gear in Bangkok we Bought for our African Safari
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Best overall hotel in Bangkok – The Westin Grande Sukhumvit
Biggest Selection of Camping Gear in Bangkok
Outdoors unlimited in the Amarin Plaza, located on the second floor. Right by the Chit Lom BTS station.
This is more of a group of small independent shops that all sell different types of gear. Here you should find most things you need including sleeping bags, tents, sleeping pads, cooking equipment, waterproof bags, and just about everything you could find in a large outdoor store in the US or Europe. There are many name brands here, but you will pay for it. Thailand has a high import tax and all name brand goods from other countries get very expensive.
Equinox Shop in Siam Center on the 3rd floor. This is a small storefront near the escalators, but it had different options for tents, sleeping bags, and mats. We found the prices slightly better here for some things. This is also where we bought our sleeping pads 25mm thick for 550 Baht. They also have lightweight sleeping bags starting at 870 Baht.
Siam Center is located at Siam Tower, Rama 1 Road. It is right next to Siam Discovery, kitty-corner from MBK shopping mall.
Good For Standard Camping Supplies: Big C
This store is the Walmart of Thailand. Food, toiletries, and a very limited supply of cheap camping gear. There are coolers for sale here, and better food prices than the Tops Markets and 7/11 stores. There are Big C stores all over Thailand.
Khao San Road:
We thought with a large backpacker population this area might have some gear but we didn’t find hardly anything here. If you are in need of a bag for your camping gear this is still the best place to find backpacks and duffels for cheap. However they are not quality, it’s almost all knockoffs. The last bag we bought here only lasted 3 months and needed several repairs to make it that far.
What Camping Gear in Bangkok we Bought For Our African Safari:
- Sleeping bags – Rated for 0 degrees Celsius
Price: 1550 Baht
Location: Outdoor World
- Sleeping mats – 20mm thick folding foam mat
Price: 550 Baht
Location: Siam center mall 3rd Floor
- Pillows: standard bed pillows
Price: 199 Baht
Location: The Big C
- Large duffel bags: 120+ Liters
Price: 550 Baht
Location: Khao San Road
These bags are large enough for Hannah to crawl in, but they are just cheap bags that we needed for a one-off trip, and look like they will only be good for a few trips.
Happy shopping and I hope you find all your camping gear in Bangkok that you were looking for. After a day of shopping make sure to make your way to a sky bar for happy hour, click here for our favorite sky bar. If you have any additional stores in Bangkok with camping gear please leave them in the comments.
Where to Stay in Bangkok?
For a short trip to Bangkok, it’s important to stay somewhere with easy access to the city to make the most of your time. Whenever we are in Bangkok, we always stay in the Sukmovhmit or Silom area of town. Both areas are great parts of Bangkok to stay in and have good hotel options but we like Siam slightly better.
RECOMMENDED BANGKOK HOTELS WE’VE PERSONALLY STAYED AT
- Westin Grande Sukhumvit Bangkok Affordable Luxury on Sukhumvit Check Prices Booking.com
- Maduzi Hotel Boutique Hotel on Sukhumvit – Check Prices Booking.com
- Lub’d Hostel Budget Siam Hotel/Luxury Hostel Check Prices Booking.com
- W Bangkok Luxury Silom Hotel Check Prices Booking.com
We always try and stay in a Bangkok hotel that is close to the BTS, so that we can easily get around the city. You can’t go wrong with staying on Sukhumvit near BTS stops: Siam, Nana, Asoke, Phloen Chit, Chit Lom, and National Stadium. That way you can jump on the BTS easily or you have the option to walk as there are tons of restaurants/shops/bars/sights in the area.
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Wednesday 20th of June 2018
I been using Eagle Eye Roof Top tent. That will make your camping easy.
Wednesday 20th of June 2018
Have you been camping in Southeast Asia? Are you putting it on top of a vehicle?
Wednesday 6th of June 2018
FYI, the Equinox Shop is not in Siam Center. I searched all over before information told me I am looking at old information. I was in search of a headlamp. I bought one in the Northface store in Siam Discovery. They had Petzl Tikka and Tikkinas (1250 and 760 B, respectively). Also found a few name brand ones in the sports area of the second floor of Siam Paragon. A shop near the entrance of MBK by DQ on floor 2 carries Nitecre NU20's for about 1000 B. Hope this helps anyone looking for a head torch.
Wednesday 25th of October 2017
Camping is just beginning to take hold in Thailand - the middle classes are increasingly heading to the national parks. Here they can use their own equipment or rented. the supermarkets all stock cheap crappy tents bags etc, especially before the high/cool season. Thailandoutdoors in Chonburi and Bangkok carry a good range of imported brand name camping gear - e.g. Coleman etc....
Saturday 29th of July 2017
Hi,we arrive in Bangkok on Monday early morning. I have had a friend there helping me trybto find gas for my camp stove but there is only tall hairspray shape cabesters. Where can I buy a stove that fits them? She says there are none in stock you have to buy online. Is there a place near or at the airport?
Saturday 5th of August 2017
Sorry I never looked for that in Bangkok. Maybe Big C would have that or Tops?
Tuesday 16th of May 2017
Can anyone tell me if it is possible to buy snake gaiters here in Bangkok?
Tuesday 30th of May 2017
Anything is possible in Bangkok - However, I don't know where to send you to find them. I would ask around at shops when you find good English-speaking shopkeepers.