Best Night Markets in Bangkok 2020

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Best Nightmarkets in Bangkok 2020 Edition.

Bangkok is a land of charms, and the sprawling night markets are no different. Bringing thousands of tourists every year to the Thai capital, The night markets of Bangkok are treasure troves of trinkets, fashion and street food treats. Many of these night markets are permanent however there a few seasonal pop-ups which are worth a visit. Many will know Chatuchak, the largest market in the world and the Rot Fai train market is a mecca for Chinese tourism.

Some of these markets offer boutique fashion at affordable prices letting you shop your whole wardrobe on a budget. Others are laden with small food stalls serving everything from skewers, grilled shellfish, spicy bone broth and even the odd crocodile stick!

We made this list to give you an idea of the scope and diversity of Bangkoks Night markets so we are sure there will be something for everyone. There are many locations throughout the city offering markets so be sure to check which one is closest to you!

Our Top Nightmarkets in Bangkok 2020.

#1 Talad Rot Fai 1

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Talad Rot Fai 1 (Srinakarin)

Best Night Markets in Bangkok 
Address: 1 4 ถนน ศรีนครินทร์ Nong Bon, Prawet, Bangkok 10250
Hours:  Thurs – Sun 17:00 – 01:00
Nearest StationBTS – Udom Suk (transfer via taxi)

This mega-market is one of the most popular in Thailand. Also known as the train market, Rot Fai was previously located at Kamphaeng Phet before splitting into two locations in the city. This larger of the two-night markets sits next to Seacon Square Mega Shopping Mall, located at Srinakarin Soi 51. A little bit further out the city but definitely worth the trip.


The huge open-air bazaar is known for its vintage cars, antique items and stylish hipster hangout with live music at the various bars located by the river. The market attracts mainly locals which makes it a good spot to avoid the mass of tourists usually found at the other Rot Fai night market. Along with the old planes, and garages modding vintage cars, you will find hippy fashion and odd trinkets including well over 50 food stall options.


We recommend arriving before the crowds and doing some shopping finding a roof bar to enjoy a beer and some food. A great place for people watching. Just remember getting home can be difficult so plan to leave before everyone else!

#2 Talad Rot Fai 2

train night market Ratchadamri Bangkok

Talad Rot Fai 2 (Ratchada)

Best Night Markets in Bangkok 

Address: Ratchadaphisek Rd, Din Daeng, Bangkok 10400
HoursMon-Sun 17:00 – 01:00
Nearest Station MRT – Thailand Cultural Center (Exit 3)

The second train night market, Talad Rot Fair Ratchada is easy to get to via the MRT underground train system, this vast shopping complex gets thronged by mass tourist groups, most notably from China so be ready for an experience!

The market is spread out over a large piece of land located directly behind Esplanade Shopping Mall and accessible by walking just outside the Thailand Cultural Centre MRT station. This is a hipster paradise with clothes, gadgets and accessories galore. Many come for the restaurants and bars stacked on top of shipping containers.

There are tattoo artists, barbers, motorbikes and more and this incredible night market. For a memorable photo, head to the fifth floor of the esplanade shopping centre car park to see how large this market is.

#3 ArtBox Bangkok

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ArtBox Bangkok

Best Night Markets in Bangkok 
Address: Sukhumvit 10 Alley, Chuvitgarden, Khlong Toei, Bangkok 10110
HoursMon-Sun 17:00 – 00:00
Nearest Station: Chuvit Gardens, Sukhumvit Soi 10 (Next to Nana BTS Station)

ArtBox in Bangkok has become a very popular crowd-pleasing market. just by Nana BTS sky train, the night market is set in a small park enclosure with fairy lights strewn between the trees and live music on a large stage at the back. This market has a more relaxed vibe and attracts a big young crowd looking for photo opportunities.

The food options are pretty good here, with entrepreneurs showing off their food concepts such as Taiwanese beef steak, salted eggplant fries, fresh mango shakes and pulled pork grilled cheese.

It’s a very relaxed atmosphere here and we love to sit and eat with a craft beer listening to the local live music. There is plenty of picnic tables are other places to sit. One of the other big pulls for us is the incredible axe throwing run by the Golden axe throw club. It’s surprisingly a great way to release some stress! Just don’t drink too much beer before!

#4 Chang Chui

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Image from Changchuibangkok.com

Chang Chui

Best Night Markets in Bangkok
Address: 460/8 Sirindhorn Rd, Bang Phlat, Bangkok 10700

Hours: Thurs-Tues 16:00 – 23:00
Nearest Station: MRT Bang Yi Khan

Chang Chui is a creative village sprawled around a reformed passenger airliner. The unique space focusses on the concept of recycling and urban artwork. It’s a modern approach to the previous markets mentioned. There are lots of antique shops and hidden sculpture that make this a creatives haven although we recommend heading there later when the crowds pick up a bit.

What may take you by surprise is that the place is home to the NA-Oh Thai fine dining restaurant. Led by Executive Chef Pitchakorn ‘Pop’ Ramabut, the restaurant takes a modern approach to Thai food with an effort to work closely with suppliers.

#5 Suan Lum Night

Bazaar

Best Night Markets in Bangkok
Address 5 Ratchadaphisek Rd, Chom Phon, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900

HoursMon-Sun 17:00 – 00:00

Nearest Station: Lad Phrao MRT

This bazaar is a short walk from the Lad Phrao MRT and is laden with small market streets and open-air shopping treats. Fashion, jewellery, artwork and wood carvings are what you can expect. Of course, being a night market the Thai food and seafood restaurants are joined by a variety of meat skewers and fresh fruit stalls.

What makes Suan Lum a little different is the entertainment offering which includes live music, Muay Thai matches and magic shows.

#6 Talad Neon

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Talad Neon

Best Night Markets in Bangkok
Address1087, 167 Phetchaburi Rd, Makkasan, Ratchathewi, Bangkok 10400
HoursMon-Sun 16:00 – 00:00  

Nearest Station:  Pratunam (via taxi) 

A fairly new night market, Talad Neon is close to the shopping complex of Central World, Palladium and right next to the Berkely Hotel. Talad Neon brings a lot of the nearby office workers over for cheap beers in a relaxed atmosphere.


It does feel a little barer than the previously mentioned markets, but that shouldn’t stop you visiting if you are in the area. It’s a welcome escape after a day of shopping designer clothes at the near mega malls.

#7 Palladium Night

Market

Best Night Markets in Bangkok
Address: 487 Phetchaburi Rd, Makkasan, Ratchathewi, Bangkok 10400
Hours: Tues-Sun 19:00~23:00
Nearest Station: Pratunam (via taxi) 

A much smaller scale but still offering many clothes and food options is the night market of Pratunam (Palladium Night Market). This brings a lot of the Singaporean crowd and we recommend hit here first before easily walking over to Talad Neon. One of the draws is the abundance of street food, especially at Baiyoke street.

Lemongrass salt fish, sweetcorn and a famous chicken rice shop are all within reach. Kaiton Pratunam is a great place to try Thai style chicken rice and fully recommend it!

#8 Asiatique The

Riverfront

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Asiatique The Riverfront

Best Night Markets in Bangkok 
Address: 2194 Charoen Krung Rd, Wat Phraya Krai, Bang Kho Laem, Bangkok 10120
Hours: Mon-Sun 17:00~22:00
Nearest Station: BTS – Saphan Taksin (Exit 2) and transfer via Asiatique Shuttle Boat

Asiatique has become a very popular night market among locals and tourists alike. The spacious area houses 1500 boutique and 40 restaurants by the river in a large replica warehouse complex.

We recommend accessing Asiatique by the river with the free shuttle boat to beat some of the traffic and get the full experience. Many of the hotel night cruises operate from this port so its fun to see the shows from the cruise staff! There are more upheld restaurants here so you can enjoy some great Thai food or even a glass of wine without being hassled too much by crowds.

There is plenty more to do than just eat and drink. Asiatique hosts live shows like Muay Thai and Calypso cabaret, has a big wheel and even a haunted house ride! (we were generally spooked during it!).

#9 Hua Mum Night

Market

Best Night Markets in Bangkok 
Address: 678 Prasert-Manukitch Rd, Lat Phrao, Bangkok 10230
Hours: Mon-Fri 17:00 – 00:00
Nearest Station: Kaset-Nawamin Rd (via taxi)

Only known to locals, this hidden little market name Hua Mum night market is opposite The Walk Kaset-Nawamin. Don’t expect to see any foreigners here or even English writing for many of the items! It’s pretty far and hard to reach is in the Lad Phrao area, but great if your accommodation is there. Look for the giant yellow rubber ducky to know you are in the right place.

#10 Liab Duan Night

Market

Best Night Markets in Bangkok 
Address: 75/1 Sathon Soi 10, Khwaeng Silom, Khet Bang Rak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10500
Hours: Mon-Fri 17:00 – 02:00
Nearest Station: Nuanchan, Bueng Kum, Bangkok 10230

Another popular local night market is Liab Dua translated as ‘the market beside the expressway’. The down to earth atmosphere is a great way to jump into Thai culture away from the normal tourist traps. The food and drink offering is vast and many places stay open until 2 am.

It is about a 10-minute ride from the previously mentioned Hua Mum market so you can easily do both in one night. We would avoid heading over on Monday because, although it is still open, many vendors will take the day off.

#11 Chatuchak

Market

Chatuchak Friday Night Market

Best Night Markets in Bangkok 
Address: สวนจตุจักร Kamphaeng Phet 2 Rd, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900
Hours:

 
Friday6PM–12AM
Saturday9AM–6PM
Sunday9AM–6PM
MondayClosed
TuesdayClosed
Wednesday7AM–6PM
Thursday7AM–6PM


Nearest Station: BTS – Mo Chit or MRT Kamphaeng Phet / Chatuchak Park

Chatuchak is Bangkok’s most famous weekend markets. Spread over 35 acres withover 15,000 stalls, it is in fact the largest weekend market in the world. But not many people know that it is also open on Friday.

Your best bet is too head over around 10 pm which is peak time there. Apart from the homeware, gardening and pets sections, (which are closed) parts of the market are available for nighttime shopping. It’s a nice time to see the market with it being not as hot and fewer people. The market is a great place to chill with a drink and brings a young crowd from the nearby universities.

#12 The Camp

Vintage

Market

Best Night Markets in Bangkok 
Address: F21 Kamphaeng Phet 2 Rd, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900
Hours: Tues-Sun 15:00 – 00:00
Nearest Station: MRT Kamphaeng Phet station (Exit 1)

A small night market with a vintage feel. It’s pretty close to Chatuchak Night Market so a good place to start in the area. A great place to relax with a beer and meet some locals.

#13 Khao San Road

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Khao San

Best Night Markets in Bangkok 
Address: Khwaeng Talat Yot, Khet Phra Nakhon

Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200 

Hours: Mon-Sun 17:00 – 00:00
Nearest Station: Khao San Road (via taxi)

Khao San Road has been known as the backpacker haven of Bangkok for many years. It’s certainly an experience and usually a great place to start for newbie travellers not used to the Asian lifestyle. For a long time, this was the place to party till the early hours but government reforms and a bid to clean up the cities acts have led to vast changes to the area.

Although the roads are shut down, sometimes forcibly, around midnight there is still reason to be here. Khao San is home to a multitude of cool bars, massage parlours and clubbing spots. There is lots of live music, party buckets and crazy street food like scorpions! You will always meet someone new here over a drink whether they are backpackers or locals. Don’t worry about the nightly closure as there are clubs that stay open till 4 am there.

As of this year, Khao San underwent even further changes with His Majesty the King’s social service projects investing 48.4 million baht in renovation projects. Because of the COVID situation, we are expected to see the brand new area opening around August with up to 250 stalls organing their new spots. You can read more about the Khao San Road Spruce up here.

#14 Indy Market

Best Night Markets in Bangkok 
Address: Khwaeng Talat Yot, Khet Phra Nakhon

Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200 

Hours: Mon-Sun 17:00 – 00:00
Nearest Station: Khao San Road (via taxi)

Although far out, it’s sometimes nice to see a different side to the night market scene, especially if you have been to all the others on this list! This Indy market holds around 500 stalls for the locals living in the Thonburi area.

Actually, if you are on this side of the river we recommend heading to ‘Pad Thai Narok’ for what we think is the best pad Thai in Bangkok! 

#15 The Knack

Market

Best Night Markets in Bangkok 
Address: Khlong San Market

Hours: Select Weekends 11:00 – 21:00
Nearest Station: Khao San Road (via taxi)

Just on the other side of the river is The Knack Market located at the Jam Factory in the Khlong San district (beside Khong San Market and Millennium Hilton Hotel). Similar to Artbox, there is a lot of arts and crafts including boho-chic accessories and hipster hangouts.

The unique market is only open on select weeks so we recommend checking on their FB profile before heading over there.

#16 Patpong

Best Night Markets in Bangkok 
Address: Khlong San Market

Hours: Select Weekends 11:00 – 21:00
Nearest Station: Khao San Road (via taxi)

Patpong is notorious for its seedy and chaotic little slice of Bangkok. There are a ton of go-go bars nearby and there also tends to be a lot of tourists hanging out (not that we think these two are connected!). But aside from that, it is also on the fringe of the high-end hotels and restaurants of Silom, A short walk from the beautiful Lumphini park.

It is also home to a lot of night shopping with some whole streets being taken up by stalls. Word of warning, these vendors are seasoned pro’s so checking quality and bargaining hard is necessary to get a good deal.

Conclusion

That wraps up our list of night markets in Bangkok to check out. There are a few more we haven’t mentioned but maybe half the fun is discovering them by accident. Leave us a comment if you visited any of these markets to let us know your thoughts and if you are looking for accommodation why not subscribe to check out our next article on the best places to stay in Bangkok. Or how about seeing our favourite brunch spots in Bangkok in this article. 

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