In recent years the night markets in Bangkok have become a huge hit with local young Thais as well as tourists.
Like their daytime alternatives, night markets offer a vast array of shopping and eating opportunities, but there is more to the night markets than this.
As well as dining out and picking up all manner of things from souvenirs, toys, clothes and gadgets, the night markets offer a carnivalesque atmosphere with live bands kicking out international rock covers.
The neon lights, bustle of the crowds and blaring music give these places the feeling of being at a funfair, all of which make for a great evening’s entertainment.
There are many night markets in Bangkok to choose from, so here’s a short list of some of our favourites.
If you're going to visit just one of the night markets in Bangkok make it Talad Rot Fi, the train market.
It's one of the largest and well known in the city and the place to go for antiques, vintage and retro goods. If you’re looking for old records, a classic leather jacket or a beat-up enamel sign then Rot Fi is the place to come.
If you’re just looking to browse, the market offers a huge range of food and drink options and plenty of live music haunts.
There are actually several Talad Rot Fi markets around Bangkok, but the biggest is along Ratchadaphisek Road and open every evening between Thursday and Sunday.
Talad Rot Fi is the night market in Bangkok to visit.
Kamphaeng Phet 2 Road
If you want to shop till you drop, don't forget Chatachak Market (often referred to as JJ Market). This weekend day and night market in Bangkok is a sprawling labyrinthine complex of indoor and outdoor stalls selling everything under the sun.
In the evening, you'll find a more laid back atmosphere in that you won't find in the chaotic day. It's a popular spot for students and young locals and the market offers live music and local Thai street food as well as more western fare.
It’s a great place to finish off the weekend in style. To get there take either the BTS sky train to Mo Chit station or the MRT metro to Chatachak park, you can’t miss it. Easily a contender for one of the best night markets in Bangkok.
2194 Charoen Krung Road
Another one of the night markets in Bangkok that's worth a visit is the Asiatique Night Market along the riverfront.
Asiatique is undercover in several large warehouses on the waterfront divided into ‘zones’. As well as more high-end luxury goods there is a large food hall, bars, a cabaret, traditional Thai dance and even a big ferris wheel with views over the city and river. It's a far more polished event than than you might find at the other night markets in Bangkok.
This is a sensible option for families with small children as it is well organised with clean toilet facilities. The market is reached by taking the Sathorn shuttle boat downriver for five minutes from the pier at Saphan Taksin BTS sky train station, which in itself is a great way to see another view of the city.
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There's a seedy side of city, but look past this is Patong and you'll find one of the more interesting night markets in Bangkok.
The streets are lined with stalls selling fake designer labels from watches and trainers, to handbags and dresses along with eager foreigners looking for bargains. Away from the crowded market, you'll find more bars that you could possibly hop between in one night.
The easiest way to reach the night market in Bangkok , is to hop on the BTS and get off at Sala Daeng Station in Silom. Patong is just a short five-minute walk from the station.
95/20 Bangkok-Nontaburi Road
Compared to the other night markets in Bangkok, the Siam Gypsy Junction Market is a decidedly low-key affair. It spans a 1.5-kilometre stretch of road below the Bang Son MRT Station.
Those who collect Thai vintage should make a beeline for the spot where swatches of retro knick-knacks like old movie posters, motorcycle collectibles, old vinyl and kitsch clothing line up along the market's edge. Most is affordable although you'll pay top dollar for some of the designer gear. Then's several interesting bars punctuated the market stalls, some of which often have live music.
After a major revamp, it looks like the Siam Gypsy Junction Market is here to stay. A good night market in Bangkok for a last souvenir-hunting stop before flying home.
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