Ask any Singaporean which Asian city is their favourite for shopping and most would tell you Bangkok.
For the Thais, night markets are a way of life. The congregation of local vendors is a common sight and for many natives, their livelihoods depend on these bustling night bazaars.
Here’s our guide to 8 Night Markets in Bangkok That Are Worth Checking Out.
Artbox is a massive pop-up night market with an ever-changing location. With a focus on local products, visitors can look forward to an eclectic mix of affordable vintage fashion, quirky lifestyle products, modern home decors, Instagram-worthy snacks and whatnot.
The current venue is at Chatuchak and Artbox will be occupying the space until 30 April 2017.
1 Khwaeng Chatuchak
Krung Thep Maha
Nakhon 10900, Thailand
Mon to Thu: Closed
Fri to Sun: 4pm – 11pm
Nearest Station: Kamphaeng Phet
ASIATIQUE THE RIVERFRONT
Asiatique The Riverfront might not be as authentic as the other localised night markets, but it is suitable for those who are after a spacious and comfortable shopping experience. The area boasts 1,500 shops and prices are evidently pricier.
This higher end night market opens till midnight daily.
Asiatique The Riverfront
Charoenkrung Rd, Wat Phraya Krai,
Bang Kho Laem, Bangkok 10120, Thailand
Daily: 5pm to 12am
Nearest Terminal: Wat Rajsingkorn
The term ‘”chui” refers to being disorganised in the Thai language but do not be deceived by its name—the huge lifestyle space is a one-stop destination for everything art related.
Think fashion apparel stalls, concept cafes, food trucks and a vintage cinema for the film buffs. There is an old aeroplane right smack in the middle of ChangChui market—yes, that is how massive that night market is.
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HUA MUM NIGHT MARKET
Hua Mum Night Market is considered a hidden gem because most foreigners probably don’t know about it nor wouldn’t discover it on their own—and evidently, that is its main draw.The under-the-radar localised market is not as congested as the other popular tourist attractions and you can shop for absolutely everything i.e. handcrafted handbags, customised key rings, trendy apparel.
The under-the-radar localised market is not as congested as the other popular tourists’ attractions and you can shop for absolutely everything, i.e. handcrafted handbags, customised key rings, trendy apparel etc.
11 Kaset-Nawamin Rd
Lat Phrao, Bangkok 10230
Closed on Mondays
Tue to Sun: 6pm – 12am
Nearest Station: Lad Phrao
PATPONG NIGHT MARKET
Patpong Night Market has made a name for itself with its sheer number of counterfeit goods. The night market is jam-packed with tourists and visitors—and you either hate it or love it.
It is important to note that the bazaar is located in the red light district, hence it isn’t necessarily the most children-friendly area.
Phat Pong 2 Alley
Khwaeng Suriya Wong, Khet Bang Rak
Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10500, Thailand
Mon to Sat: 6pm – 1am
Sun: 6pm – 12am
Nearest Station: Sala Daeng
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The new Rot Fai market at Ratchada is smaller than the Srinakarin branch and it is conveniently located just a few minutes walk away from National Cultural Center MRT Station.
Its central location and a wide variety of food and fashion stalls make it a popular destination for locals and tourists. The bazaar has rows and rows of food stalls where cooking is done on site.
Thu to Sun: 6pm – 12 Midnight
Nearest MRT: National Cultural Centre
ROT FAI MARKET (SRINAKARIN)
Rot Fai Market (Srinakarin) is a dream come true for shopaholics. Caution: Do not let your wife know about this place.
There are thousands of shops here and you will not have enough time to cover all the vendors in one night. It will take stamina to strike off this attraction in your list but hey, they don’t call shopping as Singapore’s national sport for nothing! Challenge accepted?
Srinakarin Road Soi 51
Srinagarindra 51 Alley,
Nong Bon, Prawet, Bangkok 10250, Thailand
Mon to Wed: Closed
Thu to Sat: 4pm – 1am
Sun: 4pm – 12am
Nearest BTS: On Nut
Talad Neon is a new night market in Bangkok that has been making rounds on social media this year. It is just like any other night market in Bangkok but here’s what sets them apart from the rest—they offer extremely photogenic or ‘Instagram-worthy’ food which will gain the envy of all your friends.
1087 Khwaeng Makkasan
Khet Ratchathewi, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon
Thu to Sun: 5pm – 12 Midnight
Nearest BTS: Chitlom