The best night markets in Bangkok offer a carnival like atmosphere with a huge array of goods to browse, and snacks, bars and live music to keep everyone in good spirits. They are the perfect antidote to the ever expanding shopping mall culture that is spreading across the city. Instead of international brands and franchise restaurants, Bangkok’s night markets are the best places to find local items – some crafted by skilled artisans, some pumped out by factory workers, others sourced from second-hand stalls in Europe or Japan – yet you’ll still be able to find stuff on sale that Thais like to buy and not souvenir clutter, for the most anyway. The most surprising thing about the best night markets is how popular they are with the hipster crowd who now think modern is blasé and retro is cool.
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- Banyan Tree's Apsara Dinner Cruise
- Vertigo & Moon Bar Rooftop Dining
- Ayutthaya Ancient Capital Tour with River Cruise
- Shangri-La Hotel's Buffet Dinner Cruise
- Bridge on the River Kwai & Historic Railway Tour
- Siam Niramit Dinner Show
- Calypso Bangkok Cabaret Show
- Chao Phraya River Dinner Cruise
- Grand Palace & Emerald Buddha Half-Day Tour
Famous for its retro memorabilia and gigantic size, our favourite night market in Bangkok has to be the huge Rot Fai Market in Srinakarin. This is located in the eastern suburbs (having moved from the north of the city in 2013) and is split into three sections. Everyday clothes and fashion, rare collectibles sourced from all over the world, and cheap, delicious snacks can all be found in abundance here. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 17:00 - midnight (Thurs-Sun)
- Location: Srinakarin Road Soi 51 (behind Seacon Square)
- BTS: On Nut (closest station but still requires a taxi journey)
- Tel: Srinakarin Rot Fai Market: +66 (0)8 1827 5885, +66 (0)8 6126 7787, +66 (0)8 1732 8778, +66 (0)8 1752 5588, Ratchada Rot Fai Market: +66 (0)92 713 5599
For a family evening out, this market is hard to beat: wide avenues, river breezes, lots of regional cuisine and clean bathrooms are all unique to Asiatique. Market stall prices are higher than elsewhere, and it loses the authenticity of some of the others in this list, but if you are a young family with a pushchair you would be a fool to go elsewhere. Plus, there are two theatrical shows to enjoy and plenty of statues for posing for a photo with. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 17:00 - midnight
- Location: Chareonkrung Soi 74-76
- How to get there: The easiest and fastest way to get there is via boat. Take the BTS to Saphan Taksin and jump on the free shuttle at the end of the pier. It only takes ten minutes, and the boat runs until 23:00. Taxis are not recommended as the traffic can be terrible in this area
If you liked the sound of Rot Fai Srinakarin above but don’t fancy the trek out of town, then you should hit up this vintage wonderland’s little bother, located in the far more central district of Ratchada. Although it is a lot more compact, you will still find a modest selection of retro and second-hand collectibles, although the vibe here is more on bargain fashion, and a cool drinking and snacking area can be found at the back of the market with live music and cheap whisky. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 17:00-24:00 (Thursday-Sunday)
- Location: Ratcadaphisek Road (close to Esplanade Shopping Mall)
- MRT: National Cultural Centre
- Tel: +66 (0)92 713 5599
Chang Chui Bangkok Plane Night Market is taking Bangkok night markets to new heights. You will 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 an Airbus is the real head turner at Chang Chui, but as you explore the grounds you will 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. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 17:00 – 23:00
- Location: 462 Sirindhorn Rd, on the western outskirts of Bangkok
- Tel: +66 (0)81 817 2888
Part vintage flea market, part local drinking hangout, JJ Green provides a great night out whether you go there to shop or simply hang out. Located around the corner from the giant Chattuchak Weekend Market (and its 15,000 stalls), the loveable JJ Green proves to be popular with university students looking for a more laidback, cooler shopping experience compared to its bigger, more tourist-oriented neighbour. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Thurs - Sun 17:00 – 02:00
- Location: 1 Kamphaeng Phet 3, Chatuchak, Bangkok
- MRT: Chatuchak
- BTS: Mo Chit
Patpong is famous for its fake brands on sale, especially bags, trainers and watches. It is not cool like the rest in this list, but it is very popular and very downtown, hence, it is still packed with tourists every night of the week. Take the BTS to Sala Daeng and find Patpong almost at the foot of the skytrain steps, right in the centre of Silom.
Be aware that on either side of the market there are go-go bars with dancing girls which can be seen when the curtains get pulled back (which might be a nice bonus or a reason to avoid Patpong). Read More...
- Opening Hours: 18:00 - around 01:00 (every day)
- How to get there: Coming from BTS Siam station, depart at Sala Daeng station and exit down one of the right-hand stairs. Follow the increasing trail of vendors along the sidewalk, and after five minutes, you'll know you're there.