From Artbox to Asiatique, here are some of our favourite Bangkok night markets to soak in the carnival-like atmosphere and pick up cheap and kitschy bargains.
Opening hours: Fri – Sun, 3pm – midnight
Address: This pop-up market changes its locations once every few months, so to be sure to their latest venues before heading down.
One of the newest editions to the night market scene is Artbox. Filled with Instagram-worthy art installations, Artbox offers plenty of selfie opportunities against the pretty fairy lights and giant lightbox displays. Unlike the other night markets, most of the stalls here are housed in huge metal containers, selling affordable fashion apparel and accessories from local designers, quirky lifestyle products, and modern home decor items. The western-inspired food trucks in the market also offer gourmet burgers, American hot dogs, and seafood set meals.
#2: Talad Rot Fai train night market
Opening hours: Thu – Sun, 6pm – 1am
Address: 51, Seacon Square Mega Shopping Mall (next to Srinakarin Soi)
Talad Rot Fai—which means “train market” in Thai—owes its name to its former location, which was beside an abandoned railroad track. Famous for alleys flanked with stalls selling vintage collectibles, graffiti drawings, and specialty shop houses, the buzzy market is definitely a paradise for vintage lovers. While shopping for hipster artefacts is the main highlight, be sure not to miss out on the many food options available here. Talad Rot Fai offers a great selection of offbeat bars and restaurants with retro decor and live music. Sip on cheap cocktails, savour sizzling meats, and enjoy ice cream while sitting on abandoned train chairs and bike saddles.
Opening hours: Daily, 5pm – midnight
Address: 2194, Charoenkrung Rd., Wat Prayakai, Bangkoleam, Bangkok 10210
Part night bazaar and part shopping mall, Asiatique is a modern version of your usual night market, with rows of boutiques offering a diversity of merchandise including souvenirs, Thai silk, and silverware. Unwind from a whole day of activities and enjoy the cabaret shows and Muay Thai performances happening around the market. Overlooking the Phraya River, Asiatique also makes the most of its attractive riverfront location with a sizeable boardwalk and a large Ferris wheel.
#4: JJ Green Market
Opening hours: Thu – Sun, 3pm – 2am
Address: 1 Kamphaeng Phet 3, Chatuchak, Bangkok
Channel your inner hipster for an evening of chilled-out, bohemian vibes at this vintage-inspired market, located around the corner of the giant Chatuchak Weekend Market. This funky market has a mix of permanent shop and bars, as well as local peddlers on makeshift stalls that sell things like vintage clothing and retro vinyl albums. There are more than enough food option here, so grab a beer and indulge in the many local snacks while enjoying the music from the live bands and street musicians.
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