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The Best Night Markets in Bangkok, Thailand

Colourful tents at a Bangkok night market | © aotaro / Wikimedia Commons
Colourful tents at a Bangkok night market | © aotaro / Wikimedia Commons
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Updated: 28 May 2018
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There are many cool things to do in Bangkok after night falls, including eating and shopping at one of the city’s many bustling markets. Some open only at weekends and others are open on various days of the week. Here are some of the best night markets in the City of Angels.

Asiatique the Riverfront

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Asiatique, The Riverfront in Bangkok | © ecodallaluna / Flickr
Located along the murky banks of the Chao Phraya river is Asiatique the Riverfront, one of the trendiest and most unique markets in town. The best way to reach this market is via boat, making the journey here a bit more exciting. Unlike many of Bangkok’s top markets, visitors will not find counterfeit goods or an overwhelming onslaught of vendors and stalls. This market is cleaner, more organised, and is chock-full with fashionable finds. One of the highlights of Asiatique is the 200-foot-tall Ferris wheel. Equipped with 42 gondolas, this is a great way to see the city and river from incredible heights.
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Sun - Sat:
4:00 pm - 12:00 am

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Dinner, Late Night

Atmosphere:

Casual

Patpong Night Market

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Goods on display at Patpong Night Market | © shakar. s / Flickr
One of Bangkok’s most famous evening markets, Patpong Night Market adds a different face to one of the city’s most notorious red light districts. The bustling market is known primarily for its cheap goods, many of which aren’t quite genuine. From sunglasses and souvenirs to tacky t-shirts, perfumes, and watches, the stalls are overflowing with an eclectic assortment of wares. Haggling is essential. The walkways are narrow and you’ll need a healthy dose of patience to make your way around the crowded market.
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Sun - Sat:
5:00 pm - 12:00 am

Meal service:

Dinner, Late Night

JJ Green Night Market

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Sellers at JJ Green Market | © Kelly Iverson
Often referred to as a vintage market, JJ Green Night Market is a great place for rummaging and finding cheap treasures. Used clothes and shoes, pre-loved leather handbags, old books and records, antiques, and unusual jewellery are just a few things to expect here. There are many second-hand stalls (or, goods strewn across sheets on the ground), selling almost anything you could imagine, as well as a regular section that sells items commonly found in Thai markets. There are a few permanent shops around the market’s edges too, mainly selling retro goods. The atmosphere is pretty laid-back and, for the most part, sellers are relaxed.
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Wed - Sun:
6:00 pm - 1:30 am

Meal service:

Dinner, Late Night

Atmosphere:

Casual

Rot Fai Market

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Train Market, Thailand
Vibrant colours at Rot Fai Market, Bangkok | © Avigator Thailand / Shutterstock
Originally located in Chatuchak, Rot Fai Market is an old favourite in a new location. Often referred to as the Train Market (the English translation), Rot Fai Market boasts thousands of stalls. A trendy, hip, retro, and unique place for some evening shopping, its location outside of the city centre means it sees relatively few tourists. Those that do make the trip, however, are rarely disappointed. There are vintage finds aplenty, along with unusual fashions, curios and collectibles, antiques, and more. Go prepared to hunt through the piles and you may well uncover some true gems. There are many tempting street food stalls to give you an energy boost and an assortment of quirky watering holes where you can take a breather.
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Rot Fai Market 2

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Ratchada Train Market
Bangkok's second Train Market | © Anton Strogonoff / Flickr
A newer and smaller version of the Rot Fai Market at Srinakarin, Rot Fai Market 2 (also known as Ratchada Night Market / Ratchada Train Market) has a similar vibe in a much easier to access location. You’ll find it near the National Cultural Centre in Ratchada. It does, however, attract more tourists than its big brother. Multi-coloured tents stand side by side, each housing an Aladdin’s cave of treasures. There are both new and used items and if you look carefully you’ll likely spot some rare, unusual, and unique items. Fans of vintage fashions in particular love shopping here. There are many food stalls conveniently grouped together, with typical Thai street fare and international treats. As an added bonus, it’s one of the most photogenic night markets in Bangkok.
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Indy Market (Pratunam)

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A seller at Indy Market, Bangkok | © jef1947 / Flickr
Located right outside the well-known Platinum Mall in Pratunam, Indy Market is a great place to find handicrafts, one-off items, and unusual goods. Although fairly small, each stall offers enough variation to make the market diverse. Many items are budget-friendly too, meaning you can pick up some unique souvenirs for friends and family at a more reasonable price than from other markets. Naturally, there’s a selection of food vendors, too.
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Yaowarat Road

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Chinatown, Bangkok
Enjoying food in Bangkok's Chinatown | © Ninara / Flickr
If you’re looking for a more food-orientated night market than a place to actually shop, there are few places better than the streets of Bangkok’s Chinatown. Yaowarat Road is the main street running through Chinatown and it’s a frenzy of vendors and diners every evening. Come hungry and explore through your taste buds for a one-of-a-kind culinary experience. There’s a wonderful mixture of Thai and Chinese fare, with enticing aromas, tempting sights, and the sizzling and popping sounds of cooking filling the air. From oyster omelettes, pad Thai, and noodle soups to fried rice, seafood, dim sum, curries, and mock shark-fin soup, an evening in Chinatown promises to be a feast. Looking for something sweet? There are plentiful Thai desserts, ice creams, and tropical fruits to choose between.
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Sun - Sat:
7:00 am - 12:00 am

Meal service:

All Day

Atmosphere:

Casual

Victory Monument

Market, Memorial
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Victory Monument in Bangkok | © Holiday Point / Flickr
The streets around Victory Monument are thriving of an evening, popular with locals looking for a bargain. Prices are generally much lower here than in the malls, and you’ll find all kinds of clothes and footwear along with bags, costume jewellery, hair accessories, makeup, beauty products, watches, sunglasses, and more. As with anywhere with a lot of people, be cautious of pickpockets and keep a tight grip on your bags. The night market operates between 7pm and 11pm every day, except Monday.
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ChangChui

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Insects as food
Edible bugs in Thailand | © missbossy / Flickr
What other night markets in Bangkok are home to an old plane? The old aircraft at ChangChui Night Market (also known as Bangkok Plane Market) is definitely a conversation starter, though that’s far from being the only reason to come here. The market’s main focus is on reused, recycled, and second-hand items, and you’ll find a terrific selection of interesting artwork made from what would otherwise be scrap. The quirkiness doesn’t stop there, though; you can buy gourmet insects from a specialist bug restaurant! If eating creeping crawlies doesn’t appeal, however, there are plenty of other options. You’ll also find a good selection of craft beers to wash everything, bugs or otherwise, down with.
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Suan Lum Night Bazaar

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Novelty t-shirts at Suan Lum Night Bazaar | © Keng Susumpow / Flickr
Relocated from its original location near Lumphini Park, Suan Lum Night Bazaar can now be found along Ratchadaphisek Road and Ladprao Road. Combining both indoor and outdoor areas, it promises an evening of fabulous shopping no matter what the weather’s doing. With more than 1,500 stalls selling souvenirs, t-shirts, fashions, artwork, crafts, accessories, jewellery, food, household goods, and more, it’s difficult not to find something to take home with you. There are varied entertainment options close to hand too, including Muay Thai and a ladyboy cabaret.
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Neon Market

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Bangkok's Neon Market offers food, shopping, and fun | © vincent lee / Flickr
Neon Market is a relative newcomer on Bangkok’s market scene, but its inventive, colourful, delicious, and photogenic food is quickly making it a hit. The twinkling lights and colourful tents provide even more photo opportunities. Located near Chidlom, it’s a foodie’s wonderland, with stuffed baked potatoes, pork and cheese balls, grilled cheese, charcoal waffles, colourful drinks that look like they’ve been sprinkled with fairy dust, seafood, artistic chocolates, and gigantic ribs, to name but a few mouth-watering temptations. Shopping wise, there are plenty of cute, kitsch, and unusual items to catch your eye. It would be an ideal place to pick up some fish slippers! Live music, a petting zoo, a fairground, kids’ rides, and carnival-like games add to the evening fun.
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Siam Gypsy Junction Market

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Vintage items
Vintage items | © Manuela / Flickr
Another magnet for fans of second-hand bargains and retro finds, Siam Gypsy Junction Market in Bang Sue has an eclectic array of goods. You’ll find vinyl records and rare CDs, old books, clothes of all types in all styles, colours, fabrics, and patterns that you can imagine, knick-knacks and ornaments, lamps, cooking equipment, antiques, stuffed animals, and other curiosities. Especially popular with students and hipsters, the market stretches alongside a railway line. A great selection of street food, live bands, and pop-up bars make up the entertainment and the market manages to combine modern conveniences with a charming olde-worlde vibe.
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Ramkhamhaeng Night Market

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Mannequin and clothes at a Thai night market | © Insights Unspoken / Flickr
Close to a university, Ramkhamhaeng Night Market attracts many students and has a youthful vibe. Goods are modern and trendy and the prices are affordable. There’s also a big range of practical items aimed at students, such as stationery, computer and phone accessories, books, and electronics. There are tons of clothes too, and if you’re buying multiple items from the same vendor it’s usually possible to get the prices down even lower than they already are. There are many food sellers along the small streets leading away from the main market road, letting you enjoy tasty Thai food a little away from the shopping crowds.
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Khao San Road

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Khao San Road
Khao San Road in the evening | © Robert Brands / Flickr
While not one of Bangkok’s overall best night markets, the market along Khao San Road is a top choice for backpackers based in this part of the city. Many vendors sell similar products, with clothes and souvenirs particularly abundant. You’ll find slogan t-shirts, some that may not make much sense, cute sundresses, Muay Thai shorts, sunglasses, sandals, strings of fairy lights, fridge magnets, artwork, and luggage across the stalls. There are also sellers offering an array of services, such as fake (and very obviously fake!) driving licences, hair braiding, massages, and tattoos.
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Sun - Sat:
10:00 am - 12:00 am

Meal service:

All Day

Atmosphere:

Casual

In addition to the above 14 cool night markets, the relatively new Hua Mum Night Market, the arty and bohemian Indy Market in Thonburi, the somewhat strange second-hand Owl Market, and Huai Kwang Night Market deserve honourable mentions. There is certainly no shortage of places to shop in the evening in Bangkok!

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