12 Best Bangkok Night Markets

Where to Shop at Night in Bangkok

    Night markets in Bangkok are among the easiest and most enjoyable ways of getting up close and personal with local life in Thailand's capital. Markets are spread out in most areas of the city and offer an incredibly diverse range of goods and products, snacks and entertainment – after dark shopping opportunities mean incredible bargains in the moonlight. Newer and larger night markets are opening in Bangkok every year, but there's none bigger than the original Rot Fai Market in the east of the city, though the old classics still prove popular, such as Patpong Night Market.

    A handful of local night markets have been popping up around the city too – great for vintage fashion fanatics or anyone looking to mix in some cheap eats or some evening drinks with their after-dark retail therapy. See our list of Bangkok's best night markets below to decide which suits your interests.

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    Asiatique

    Asiatique successfully combines 2 of the most popular shopping experiences in the city: a night bazaar and a mall. About 10 minutes downriver from Saphan Taksin BTS station, this once-bustling international trade port transformed with over 1,500 boutiques and 40 restaurants housed in a huge replica warehouse complex.

    Open from 4pm, spending an evening here is no problem: you’ll have good fun browsing the boutiques and you’re guaranteed to find something to eat. And, if this isn’t enough entertainment, shows like the Calypso ladyboy cabaret are performed nightly.

    Location: 2194 Charoenkrung Road, Wat Phraya Krai, Bang Kho Laem, Bangkok 10120, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 4pm to midnight

    Phone: +66 (0)92 246 0812

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    Chang Chui Bangkok Plane Night Market

    Chang Chui Bangkok Plane Night Market takes Bangkok night markets to ‘new heights’. You'll find a nice selection of shopping and dining here, combined with modern, urban and often wacky art pieces, much of it made from recycled and scrap materials. The concept behind the night market is that ‘nothing is useless’ and we’re confident you’ll be deeply impressed by what the artists have managed to create.

    The huge shell of a Tristar airliner is the real head-turner at Chang Chui, but as you explore the grounds you’ll find loads more sculptures and urban art pieces. It seems every walkway leads to something interesting. This feature makes this is one of the best night markets in Bangkok.

    Location: 460/8 Sirindhorn Rd, Bang Phlat, Bangkok 10700, Thailand

    Open: Thursday–Tuesday from 4pm to 11pm (closed on Wednesdays)

    Phone: +66 (0)81 817 2888

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    Chatuchak Friday Night Market

    The massive Chatuchak Market fills up every weekend, but not many know that you can actually come here for some nighttime shopping on Fridays, as vendors set up their stalls from around 9pm until late. You can expect much of the same stock as you'll see in the day on Saturdays and Sundays – just less heat, fewer people and not so many stalls open (for example, the homeware, gardening and pets sections are all closed).

    There’s more of a chilled-out, local vibe, with most of the main stores, restaurants and bars open around the main ring road of the market drawing in a young crowd from the nearby universities.

    Location: Chatuchak Park, Kamphaeng Phet 2 Rd, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900, Thailand

    Open: Fridays from 9pm to 3am

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    Khaosan Road

    Khaosan is the center of the backpackers' universe – it’s bursting with fun, tacky and useful things to blow your baht on. Its ubiquitous travel shops can arrange your outward journey, whether it be flights, trains or bus tickets. The many tailors will happily whip you up a sharp suit ready for when you arrive back from the islands.

    A must for the beach is a gripping read, and fortunately several of the city's best secondhand bookstores are here. Modern essentials aren't neglected either: internet cafés, chemists, convenience stores, banks and monetary exchanges abound.

    Location: Khao San Road, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 3pm to 2am

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    Khlong Thom Market

    Khlong Thom Market, formerly known as 'Flashlight Market' due to the fact that shoppers need a torch to view the goods (when shopping at night), is especially crowded late on Saturday evenings. Jam-packed with motley vendor stalls and displays, the market is best known for its secondhand goods and assorted knick-knacks.

    Covering areas of Luang, Worachak, Charoenkrung and Suar Pa Roads, Khlong Thom has everything from spare car parts, DVDs and CDs and electronic devices to clothing and toys. Besides the roadside stalls, there's also the 3-storey Khlong Thom Center (close to Worachak Road) where car accessories and toys are for sale.

    Location: Worachak, Samphanthawong, Pomprapsattruphai, Bangkok 10110, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 9am to 5pm

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    Box Space Ratchayothin Night Market

    Ratchayothin Night Market is in the northern part of the city. Items on sale here are a bit trendier, and with the market located next to the Major Ratchoyothin Movie theater and IMAX complex, you can catch a flick before or after shopping around. A few bargain shops and eateries are also in the shopping complex.

    The easiest way to get to the market is to take the MRT subway to Phahonyothin station, catch a tuk tuk and tell the driver to take you to 'talat' (market) Major Ratchoyothin. Bus number 543 runs by Ratchoyothin, or, just take a taxi from BTS Mo Chit station to the market.

    Location: 20/126 Ratchadaphisek Rd, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900, Thailand

    Open: Monday–Friday from 6am to midnight, Saturday–Sunday from 10am to midnight

    Phone: +66 (0)2 117 1111

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    Patpong Night Market

    Patpong's become one of the 'must' night shopping destinations in Bangkok. Found in the built-up area of Silom, the place is always busy and chaotic with all the commotion from the go-go bars nearby and lots of foreign tourists. This market in Bangkok's notorious nightlife district is often the first and easiest stop for many tourists just arriving in Bangkok, while lodging at one of several mid-to-high-end hotels in Silom.

    Be warned though: the quality and prices of most items sold here aren't to be trusted. Remember not to be fooled by first impressions, and to bargain hard.

    Location: 1 Patpong Rd, Suriyawong, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 5pm to midnight (some stalls open later)

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    Rod Fai Market 1 (Srinakarin Road)

    At Rod Fai Market, a huge open-air bazaar in the eastern suburbs of Bangkok, the vintage look never goes out of style. Spread on the ground are all kinds of collectables and memorabilia from yesteryear, from antique furniture to hippy fashion to Mao kitsch.

    Rod Fai Market definitely stands out from the hordes of outdoor markets across Bangkok but it could be hard to find as it’s spread out on a huge plot of land behind Seacon Square on Srinakarin Road.

    Location: 51 Srinagarindra Road, Nong Bon, Prawet, Bangkok 10250, Thailand

    Open: Thursday–Sunday from 5pm to 1am (closed Monday–Wednesday)

    Phone: +66 (0)8 1827 5885

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    Rod Fai Market 2 (Ratchada)

    The newer Rod Fai Market, in the Ratchada area of Bangkok, brings the same convivial night bazaar feel, antique curios, and street-food snacks and treats from its original location into an area of the city that's much easier to access thanks to the nearby Cultural Center MRT Underground Station.

    This new Bangkok train market is more central and compact, meaning it’s easier to pop in for a spot of browsing anytime from 6pm to midnight, Thursday to Sunday.

    Location: Ratchadaphisek Road, Din Daeng, Bangkok 10400, Thailand

    Open: Thursday–Sunday from 5pm to midnight (closed Monday–Wednesday)

    Phone: +66 (0)92 713 5599

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    Suan Lum Night Bazaar Ratchada

    Suan Lum Night Bazaar Ratchada is a night market on Ratchada Road, close to Lad Phrao MRT Underground Station. With 1,800 stalls, shops, restaurants and plenty of entertainment options, it's looking to recreate the experience of the original Sun Lum Night Bazaar, which was a mainstay on tourists’ itineraries until it closed some years ago.

    The location is slightly more out-of-town and it has a more modern vibe than its predecessor. The night market is complemented by an 800-room hotel called The Bazaar Hotel.

    Location: 5 Ratchadaphisek Rd, Chom Phon, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 5pm to midnight

    Phone: +66 (0)2 938 1471

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    Artbox Bangkok

    Artbox Bangkok, also called Artboxthailand, is a trendy outdoor market in Chuvit Garden. Located between the Asok and Nana BTS Skytrain stations, most stalls occupy giant metal shipping containers, while picnic tables and benches are scattered throughout the park. You won’t find tacky tourist souvenirs at this open-air market, but youthful fashion and handmade accessories by local designers. Artbox Bangkok often hosts live music in the evenings, resulting in a rather laidback atmosphere.

    Location: Chuvit Garden, Sukhumvit 10 Alley, Khlong Toei, Bangkok 10110, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 4pm to midnight

    Phone: +66 (0)99 098 2332

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    Sukhumvit Street Market (Nana)

    A lot of Nana shopping exists on the street, with the vendors that make up the roadside market fringing the main road. This part of Bangkok is also known as the Middle Eastern quarter – 'Little Arabia’, where many Arab businesses set up shop.

    Street stalls selling counterfeit T-shirts, bags, trinkets, DVDs, CDs and eastern-influenced apparel contribute to the bustling vibrancy of the place. This is a great location to pick up indigenous tokens for friends and family back home.

    Location: Sukhumvit Road Soi 1–20, Bangkok 10110, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 7pm to 1am (some stalls close early)

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