With good food, friendly people and lavish shopping malls, Bangkok is certainly one of the most popular cities to visit again and again. However, Bangkok’s best gems only appear after dark, in the form of its sprawling night markets. Selling literally anything from food and clothing to gadgets, these night markets are certain to keep you coming back for more!
Here are 10 night markets in Bangkok that you’ll always, always find yourself returning to:
Rod Fai Market
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Rod Fai Market probably needs no introduction; this renowned bazaar not only sells the usual fare of contemporary clothing and apparel, it also offers a wide variety of antiques and vintage tokens. With three massive sections – the “Market Zone”, “Warehouse Zone” and “Rod’s Antiques” – you can find almost anything at this night market! If bargaining for cheap goods and hunting down old relics isn’t enough for you, Rod Fai Market also boasts a great selection of street food, from fragrant barbecued meat to the classic Thai milk tea. With its huge spread of food and items, Rod Fai Market is the perfect market to keep going back to.
Opening Hours: 1700 – Midnight (Thursday – Sunday)
Location: Srinakarin Road Soi 51 (behind Seacon Square)
Getting There: Take the BTS to On Nut Station and take a taxi from there
JJ Green Market
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If you prefer a more vibrant nightlife while keeping the appealing vintage market feel, try the JJ Green Market. Like the Rod Fai Market, this night market sells antiques as well as secondhand clothes, making it perfect for both the budget shopper and the vintage seeker. The best part of the JJ Green Market, however, is the wide selection of bars which open until after midnight on the weekends. You can end your shopping jaunt with a bottle of beer while listening to the live bands croon pop classics, or simply head there straight and soak in the rustic vintage atmosphere.
Opening Hours: 1700 – 0200 (Thursday – Sunday)
Location: 1 Kamphaeng Phet 3, Chatuchak
Getting There: Take the MRT to Chatuchak Station, or the BTS to Mo Chit Station
Asiatique The Riverfront
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If you have not gone to Asiatique The Riverfront, you have basically not gone to Bangkok at all. This converted international trade port lies down the Chao Phraya River, and boasts over a whopping 1,500 stalls! Designed as a warehouse complex, the market is split into four sections, each specialising in a specific type of stall. For those looking for clothing and small handicrafts, head towards the Chareonkrung District. If you are looking for IT gadgets and modern fashion, try the Factory District instead! The Waterfront and Town Square Districts have high-end dining options and cheap bars respectively. As the only hybrid mall and night market in Bangkok, visiting Asiatique is a must.
Opening Hours: 1700 – Midnight
Location: Chareonkrung Soi 74-76
Getting there: Take the BTS to Saphan Taksin and get on the free shuttle boat at the nearby pier
Rod Fai Market Ratchada
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Loving the Rod Fai Market in Srinakarin, but finding it too inconvenient to get to? Rest assured, there is another Rod Fai Market which is more accessible to visit! Situated at the Ratchada area of Bangkok, this Rod Fai Market retains the antique bazaar and street food stall vibes from the original market. While smaller than the one in Srinakarin, this market is situated nearer to the center of the city, making it much easier for people to access. With its convenient location, excellent food and cheap prices, the Rod Fai Market Ratchada is definitely place to keep returning to.
Opening Hours: 1700 – Midnight (Thursday – Sunday)
Location: Ratcadaphisek Road (close to Esplanade Shopping Mall)
Getting There: Take the MRT to Thailand Cultural Centre Station
Palladium Night Market
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If you love customised printed T-shirts, check out the Palladium Night Market just outside of the Palladium World Shopping Mall! The stalls there offer personalised printing services for the clothes or bags that they sell, which is perfect if you are seeking to put your name on a football journey. You can even get a customised bracelet, or mobile phone casing there! Aside from the personalised fashion accessories, the night market sells clothing at wholesale prices, making it one of the must-go places to shop at.
Opening Hours: 1800 – 1100
Location: Ratchaprarop Road
Getting there: Take the BTS to Chit Lom Station and walk towards Platinium Mall for about 20 mins. Cross the road to Palladium World Shopping Mall and you will find the Palladium Night Market outside the mall.
Hua Mum Night Market
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Looking for more premium fare? Hua Mum Night Market is the place to go. Situated opposite the mall known as The Walk, this night market sells a higher standard of goods and food. You can grab branded clothing here, or feast on high-quality fresh oysters. There is even a live band playing in the middle of the market! As a relatively young market (it opened in September 2015), Hua Mum Night Market is still mostly unknown to foreign tourists. If you are looking to chill or get away from the usual touristy crowd, this market is the ideal destination for you.
Opening Hours: 1600 – Midnight (Tuesday – Sunday)
Location: 11 Kaset-Nawamin Rd, Lat Phrao
Getting There: Take the MRT to Lat Phrao and take a taxi from there
Siam Gypsy Junction
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Sometimes the best night markets need not be the biggest ones. Such is true for Siam Gypsy Junction, a night market guaranteed to give you one of the quaintest shopping experiences in Bangkok! Formerly part of JJ Green, this market has a wild-west feel, with saloon doors and cacti decorating most of the stalls. The whole market is also laid out along a road next to the railway track, with the occasional train rushing past you while you explore the vintage goods on sale. Offering a more cozy shopping experience in an antique bazaar, Siam Gypsy Junction will definitely draw you back again.
Opening Hours: 1800 – 0100 (Wednesday – Sunday)
Location: 95/20 Bangkok-Nontaburi Rd
Getting There: Take a MRT to Bang Sue Station, and take a taxi from there.
Alternatively, you can also take a MRT to Bang Son station on the new purple line. However, as the new line is not connected to the rest of the MRT networks, stop at Bang Sue Station on the blue line and take the free shuttle bus to Tao Poon Station on the purple line. From there, you can take a MRT again to Bang Son station. Siam Gypsy Junction would be a short walk from Bang Son Station.
On Nut Night Market
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For those looking for a great place to hang out and unwind, check out the On Nut Night Market. Significantly smaller than the other night markets, the On Night Market sports mostly food stalls and bars. With its chill theme, live music and decent selection of dining options, this market is perfect for get-togethers after a long day of exploring Bangkok. If you like a quiet after-drinks celebration with your friends, or simply some time alone, the Ou Nut Night Market is the place to be!
Opening Hours: 1600 – 2200
Address: Sukhumvit Soi 81
Getting There: Take the BTS to On Nut Station, and take a taxi from there.
Khao San Road Night Market
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Renowned for being a paradise for backpackers, Khao San Night Market is the place to go for hippy fashion accessories and quaint handicrafts. You can haggle over designer clothing, or appraise the souvenirs for sale there. For those of you who love people-watching, the market is the perfect place to be at, as it attracts hordes of foreigners and locals alike. You can sit by one of the numerous street bars and gaze at the cosmopolitan crowd, while enjoying the local beer. If you are feeling adventurous, strike up a conversation with one of the travellers there – you might make a new friend!
Opening Hours: 1700 – Midnight
Location: Khao San Road
Getting There: Take a taxi from anywhere in Bangkok! Almost all taxi drivers know how to get to Khao San Road.
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Introducing the newest night market in town: Talad Neon! Just opened in December last year, this market boasts rows of stalls and converted shipping container shops selling a wide range of goods. You can shop around for garish clothing, or appraise the curios for sale. There is even a barber for those looking for a haircut! Talad Neon also offers exquisitely prepared cheesy fries and pork ribs, allowing you to satiate your burgeoning appetite as you continue to shop. To top it off, there are live music performances every night! With such a festive atmosphere, Talad Neon is guaranteed to be the place you’ll keep returning to.
Opening Hours: 1700 – 2400 (Thursday – Sunday)
Location: Petchaburi Road, Pratunam
Getting there: Take the BTS to Ratchthewi or Chit Lom Stations and walk for 5 – 10 minutes
With great food, chill music and cheap goods, these night markets are your ideal after-dinner hangouts in Bangkok. Once you have been to these night markets, your vacation in Bangkok will never be the same again. For more information on where to go and what to do in Thailand, check out Tourism Authority of Thailand’s (TAT) official website as well as their Facebook page. So mark out these places, book your flight tickets, and get set for the experience of a lifetime!
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