The Best Night Markets in Bangkok

Our ultimate guide to Bangkok's Night Markets

Bangkok night markets should be on every visitor’s hit list. The city has a long history of fabulous nightime shopping opportunities, and Bangkok is teeming with great night markets – all over the city and on every night of the week.

The best night markets in Bangkok are those that still have a local vibe, but they come in all shapes and sizes, so there’s bound to be something for you. They’re for more than just shopping, too – at Bangkok’s best night markets, you’ll find delicious Thai street food and even bars serving up cheap beers and cocktails.

These markets are a great place to spend your evenings and while most are easy to visit by yourself, Expique does run tours that visit some of these night markets including our award winning Bangkok Night Lights tuk tuk tour, and our Midnight Markets Tour. Or you could even visit us at our base in The Flower Market

Talat Rot Fai Srinakarin night market in Bangkok, Thailand - photo by Talat Rot Fai Srinakarin

Talat Rot Fai Srinakarin (The Train Market)

Talat Rot Fai (the Train Night Markets) is arguably the biggest, most famous and most popular of all the Bangkok night markets. Now open for around a decade, Talat Rot Fai got its name from its original location on disused Thai state railway line in Saphan Khwai, near the popular Chatuchak weekend daytime market. After the organisers got their marching orders from that side of town, they upped sticks and set up as Srinakarin Train Market behind the Seacon Square shopping centre on Srinakarin Road in the east of Bangkok.

Why Visit: A real local hangout if you want to make the trip out from the centre, with a great selection of food and bars

Opening Times: Thursday to Sunday, 5pm-1am

How to get there: Take the BTS to Udom Suk station, then a taxi to Seacon Square (the market is directly behind and well signposted)

 

Talat Rot Fai Ratchada (The Train Market)

Ratchada Train Market opened more recently, in a more central location behind the Esplanade shopping centre behind the Thailand Cultural Center MRT subway station. Though these days there is less emphasis on retro goods, both locations of Talat Rot Fai (the Train Night Markets) stock a wide range of street clothing and vintage-style household decorations, among much more besides, as well as plenty of options for chowing down on Thai street food. There are even Volkswagen camper vans and similar vintage vehicles doubling up as cool cocktail cars, as well as a growing number of bricks-and-mortar bars.

Why Visit: Great choice of food and bars and very easy to get to if staying in Sukhumvut area

Opening Times:Daily, 5pm-1am

How to get there:Take the MRT to Thailand Cultural Center

Read more about Talat Rot Fai (the Train Night Markets) here.

 

Klong San Night Market

Klong San night market in Bangkok, Thailand - photo by Expique

Khlong San Night Market is one of our favourite night markets in Bangkok, on the site of a former Thai railway station, and we visit it on our Bangkok Night Lights evening tuk tuk tour. As a result of this history, there is still easy access by river boat to the pier that sits at the far end of the market. Nowadays, Khlong San Night Market is popular with young studenty types looking for the latest cheap fashion and make-up accessories, but the market has a good deal of choice to interest others too.

There is plenty of standard Thai market fare to munch on at Khlong San Night Market, while on the outer reaches of the market a number of bars have pleasant views over the Chaophraya river and make for a relaxed spot to end your evening.

Why Visit: If you are after cheap fashion accessories or simply in the area (very convenient location by the river and next to Icon Siam)

Opening Times: Daily, 7am – 9pm (busiest early evening when people are coming back from work)

How to get there: Take the cross-river ferry from Si Phraya pier (you can reach Si Phraya pier on the Chaophraya Express river boat from Sathorn pier and elsewhere)

Read more about Khlong San Night Market here.

 

Siam Gypsy Junction Night Market

Siam Gypsy Junction night market in Bangkok, Thailand - photo by Chris Wotton

Siam Gypsy Junction Night Market is one of the newest additions to the Bangkok night markets scene, set way out in the capital’s northern reaches, but these days easily accessible from the newly opened MRT purple line subway station at Bang Son. Even before public transport made it more convenient to get to, Siam Gypsy Junction Night Market was popular with in-the-know locals, both from the immediate area and from further afield across Bangkok.

Siam Gypsy Junction Night Market is a vintage market that has a feeling much like the original Talat Rot Fai (Train Night Market) in Saphan Khwai, which has since relocated to the Srinakarin and Ratchada areas (see above). There is also a wild-west theme going on over here at Siam Gypsy Junction Night Market, with a number of saloon-style bars getting in on the action. Other memorable drinking options include a converted school bus with tables up on the roof, and a pleasant bar with an almost reggae feel set under a cabana-style thatched palm tree shelter.

Siam Gypsy Junction Night Market itself is one long stretch of road, with classic motorbikes competing with pedestrians for right of way and the first look at a large collection of vintage clothing, furniture, household decorations and other trinkets. There are also a number of food stalls and restaurants to fulfil your hunger cravings.

Opening Times:Wednesday to Sunday, 6pm-1am

How to get there: Take the MRT subway to Bang Son

Read more about Siam Gypsy Junction night market here.

 

Patpong Night Market

Patpong night market in Bangkok, Thailand - photo by Shankar S.

Patpong Night Market is perhaps one of the most well known Bangkok night, particularly among those newly arrived in the city, is Patpong. Wedged between Silom and Surwaong roads and infamous for the nearby raucuous nightlife scene as much as its shopping possibilities, Patpong Night Market nonetheless offers the chance to pick up plenty of clothing, fashion accessories and more.

Just remember that any designer goods you snag here are unlikely to be the real thing, so come with this in mind and expect to bargain hard – this is prime territory for late-night tourist shoppers, and as a result prices start high. All the same, it’s a fun environment and there are plenty of great restaurants and lively bars and clubs in the area, where you can continue your night once you’ve had your shopping fix.

Opening Times: Daily, 6pm-1am

How to get there: Take the BTS Skytrain to Sala Daeng or the MRT subway to Si Lom

Read more about Patpong night market here.

 

Asiatique The Riverfront Night Market

Asiatique The Riverfront open-air shopping centre and entertainment venue in Bangkok, Thailand - photo by chee.hong

Asiatique The Riverfront Night Market is entirely different from most Bangkok night markets, much less rough around the edges. Asiatique The Riverfront Night Market is a distinctly higher-class, open-air shopping centre and entertainment venue set in a number of converted warehouses at what was once an international port.

As well as countless vendors with a focus on both fashion and handicrafts, you’ll also find plenty of eating and drinking possibilities, plus cabaret and traditional Thai cultural performances; there’s even a large ferris wheel with views over the Chaophraya river and further across Bangkok. Asiatique’s shops and stalls are well organised into different zones, and there’s even a map that will help you find the one you’re looking for – this really is a different experience from most Bangkok night markets!

The market is located a few minutes downriver from the Sathorn express boat pier at Saphan Taksin BTS station; a free shuttle boat transfer is provided (until 11pm) and allows you to escape the traffic, though be aware that queues for the shuttle can get very long at peak times. Asiatique The Riverfront is open daily from 5pm to midnight.

Opening Times: Daily, 5pm-midnight

How to get there: Take the BTS Skytrain to Saphan Taksin, then take the free shuttle boat (runs until 11pm) from the adjoining Sathorn express boat pier

Read more about Asiatique night market here.

 

Talad Neon Night Market

Talad Neon night market in Bangkok, Thailand - photo by Chris Wotton

Talad Neon Night Market is located in the Pratunam area close to Chitlom, and is one of the newest arrivals on the Bangkok night markets scene. It’s a young-feeling market that follows the trend, initially brought to town by the ArtBox popup markets in 2016, of vendors operating from within industrial-type shipping containers.

Talad Neon Night Market is a big market, selling a wide range of everything from vintage wares to clothing and, of course, plenty of food and drink – plus, with the clue in the name, plenty of neon lighting to add a nightclub vibe. The market is apparently the work of the owners of nearby Platinum fashion mall and, while it was initially touted as a temporary market, it remains to be seen whether it will stick around.

Opening Times: Wednesday to Sunday, 4pm-midnight 

How to get there: Take the BTS Skytrain to Chitlom or Ratchathewi; Talad Neon Night Market is a short walk away, on Phetchaburi Road between sois 23 and 29.

Read more about Talad Neon night market here.

 

Suan Lum Ratchada Night Market

Suan Lum Ratchada night market in Bangkok, Thailand - photo by Suan Lum Night Bazaar Ratchadaphisek

Suan Lum Ratchada Night Market fills the legendary position in Bangkok night markets history that was vacated by the original Suan Lum night market, the city’s largest ever, opposite Lumpini Park in the downtown Phloen Chit/Sathorn area. This equally huge new replacement market – complete with almost two thousand vendors and restaurants – is located over in Lat Phrao, in northern Bangkok.

If you’re planning to visit the Suan Lum Ratchada Night Market, you can expect the usual mainstay of clothing, jewellery, and retro and vintage goods. There’s also plenty of entertainment, in forms not often seen at Bangkok’s night markets, like Thai boxing and magic shows, as well as more common live music. Of course, this being one of Bangkok’s markets, there are also more than enough stalls dishing out Thai street food staples to keep your hunger sated.

Opening Times: Daily, 4pm-midnight

How to get there: Take the MRT subway to Lat Phrao; Suan Lum Ratchada Night Market is a short walk away, at the Ratchada-Lat Phrao intersection.

Read more about Suan Lum Ratchada Night Market here.

 

Chang Chui Night Market (The Plane Night Market)

Chang Chui creative venue in Bangkok, Thailand - photo by Chang Chui

Chang Chui Night Market is far more than just another market, with so much going on that it’s probably easier to talk about what it’s not. Located all the way over on Sirindhorn Road in the far reaches of Bangkok’s former-capital Thonburi district on the other side of the Chaophraya river (Chang Chui Night Market is only just on the Bangkok side of the border with neighbouring Nonthaburi province), since Chang Chui Night Market first threw open its doors in June 2017 it has perhaps been most well known among Bangkokians and the clued-up visitors alike for the attention-grabbing full-size disused aeroplane that sits at the site’s centre. In fact, the venue is already even being popularly referred to in English as the ‘plane market’.

Chang Chui Night Market is widely billed as a ‘creative hub’ rather than purely a night market, and indeed the enormous site is made up of various segments that operate exist independently of one another, with staggered openings throughout the day according to the nature of their operations before they ultimately become part of the one bigger venue of Chang Chui Night Market as a whole.

Opening Times: Thursday to Tuesday, 11am-11pm (booze-free ‘green zone’ 11am-9pm; ‘night zone’ 4-11pm)

How to get there: Take one of the 14 daily trains from Bangkok’s main Hualamphong station to Bang Bamru; Chang Chui Night Market is a 10-minute walk or two-minute motorbike taxi ride away. Alternatively, take bus number 515 or 539 from Victory Monument to Bang Kruai, or take a taxi.

Read more about Chang Chui Night Market here.

 

Huamum Night Market

Huamum night market in Bangkok, Thailand - photo by Huamum

Huamum Night Market is a new opening in the northern Bangkok neighbourhood of Lat Phrao, and is a relatively off-the-radar night market with a local vibe. Yes, the goods you’ll find for sale at Huamum Night Market are along much the same lines as you’ll find at popular Bangkok night markets elsewhere – everything from clothing and shoes to homewares and cute trinkets – but that doesn’t mean they are the typical tourist tack common in some places. Indeed, the vast majority of visitors to Huamum Night Market are locals – don’t expect much in the way of English-language signage – and an additional benefit to that is that it’s likely you’ll come across some slightly cheaper prices than elsewhere.

Nothing makes Bangkok night markets more appealing to local tastes than an awesome selection of street food to graze on between shopping stints, and Huamum Night Market excels here, with an array of market staples and more, from desserts and snacks to noodles and seafood. The market has also become renowned for one (possibly not so family-friendly!) novelty shellfish restaurant in particular, Staneemeehoi, where waiters come in the form of singing, dancing hunky men scantily clad in tutus, tight vests, bath towels, and even plastic bags fashioned into dresses.

Opening Times: Daily, 5pm-1am

How to get there: Take the MRT subway to Lat Phrao, then take a taxi

Read more about Huamum Night Market here

 

Liab Duan Night Market

Liab Duan night market in Bangkok, Thailand - photo by Liab Duan

Liab Duan Night Market’s name translates as ‘the market beside the expressway’ (which it is). While it might not be a brand new opening, it remains new and unheard of by plenty of visitors to Bangkok. Like Huamum Night Market, the vibe at Liab Duan Night Market is about as local, down-to-earth and unassuming as you’ll find at any of the many night markets in Bangkok.

There’s an especially impressive selection of food and drink – seriously, Liab Duan Night Market does its munchies even better than most – and you’ve got a down-to-earth market that’s worth investing time in the trek to reach it. Liab Duan Night Market is also less than a 10-minute taxi ride from nearby Huamum Night Market (see above), so you could easily hit up both in the same night.

Opening Times: Daily, 5pm-2am

How to get there: Take the MRT subway to Lat Phrao or Ratchadaphisek, or the BTS Skytrain to Sanam Pao or Ari, then take a taxi

Read more about Liab Duan Night Market here.

 


This article forms part of a series on Bangkok’s markets and for more on other markets you may also like to visit: Late-night markets | Floating markets | Fresh markets.


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Patpong Night Market photo by Shankar S.; Asiatique The Riverfront Night Market photo by chee.hong; all other photos by Expique, Chris Wotton, or respective venues.

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  7. I am looking for beautiful metal lanterns to ship home with me – which market would you recommend for me to find these?

    • Chris
      June 28th

      Thanks for the comment, Alyssa! One of the vintage-themed night markets – Talat Rot Fai, Siam Gypsy Junction, or perhaps JJ Green – might be a good option if you’re hoping to pick up some one-of-a-kind pieces. Alternatively, Chatuchak weekend daytime market (details here) is probably your best bet – as the popular saying in Bangkok goes, if you can’t find it at Chatuchak then it doesn’t exist! Good luck on your treasure hunt, and thanks again for stopping by 🙂

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  18. engel
    October 8th

    Hello, FYI as of september 13th the JJ Green night market too has been shut down. used to be my fav night market. hope they open same somewhere. l

    • Chris Wotton
      October 8th

      Yes, the loss of JJ Green is a real shame 🙁 It was one of our favourites, too. Thankfully there are still lots of other night markets in Bangkok to explore!

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