Bangkok Night Markets
Where to Shop at Night in Bangkok
The great thing about shopping in Bangkok is that most malls and department stores stay open until at least 21:00 - and some even as late as 22:00. So there's plenty of time to make the most of the city's attractions during the day, and fit in a bit of retail therapy either before or after dinner. Many markets offer great after dark shopping opportunities too - and incredible bargains in the moonlight. The most popular after dark markets is undoubtedly the Patpong Night Market.
Night Markets in Bangkok
Asiatique has successfully combined two of the most popular shopping experiences in the city: a night bazaar and a mall. Ten minutes downriver from Saphan Taksin BTS station this once-bustling international trade port has been transformed, with over 1,500 boutiques and 40 restaurants housed under a huge replica warehouse complex. Open from 17:00, spending an evening here is no problem: you’ll have good fun browsing the boutiques, picking up gifts or something for yourself; you are guaranteed to find something you would like to eat and if this isn’t enough entertainment, shows are performed nightly: Calypso ladyboy cabaret and soon, a classic Thai puppets performance. 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.
The centre of the backpackers' universe is 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 second hand-book shops are here. Modern essentials aren't neglected either: internet cafes, chemists, convenience stores, banks and monetary exchanges abound. Read More...
Khlong Lod Night Market, a reincarnation of the one in Sanam Luang, is dedicated to food and second-hand goods. If anything, the price of goods is very cheap, and if you look around carefully enough, you will find some worthwhile items to add to your room, closet, or private souvenir collection. Once a haphazard market consisting of random vendors, Khlong Lod Night Market gained more popularity and grew in scale after Sanam Luang (Royal Field) and its night vending area were closed down for extensive renovations. The market runs from the corner of Rattanakosin Hotel on Ratchadamnoen Klang Road, down along Trok Sake (Sake Lane) and all the way to the Golden Mount (Wat Saket). Read More...
- Opening Hours: 18:00-midnight
- Location: From Rattanakosin Hotel on Ratchadamnoen Klang Road
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 and Charoenkrung, Suar Pa Roads, Khlong Thom has everything from spare car parts, DVDs and CDs, electronic devices to clothing items and toys. Besides the roadside stalls, there's also a three-storey Khlong Thom Centre (close to Worachak Road) where car accessories and toys are for sale.
- Opening Hours: Saturday, from 17:00 until Sunday (about 17:00)
- Location: Corner of Worachak Road and Chao Kamrop Road
Major Ratchoyothin Market
This market offers basically the same as Khlong San, but in the northern part of the city. Items on sale are a bit trendier as well, and with the market located next to the Major Ratchoyothin Cinema 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.
- Opening Hours: 16:00 - 23:00 (every day)
- How to get there: The easiest way is to take the MRT subway to Phahonyothin station, catch a tuk-tuk and tell him to take you to 'talat' (market) Major Ratchoyothin. Bus number 543 runs by Major Ratchoyothin, or, just take a taxi from BTS Mo Chit station to the market.
On Nut Night Market
Step off the BTS at Ekkamai and you can’t miss this sprawling market, which begins to liven up around dusk, seven days per week. As well as a huge fresh produce section and clothes stalls, the undercover market also has a great beer garden at the back – hugely popular with the neighbourhood’s thriving expat community – and also stages live bands and has sports screens. Order your food and beer from any one of the surrounding vendors around the edge, with everything from Thai food, seafood, burgers, sushi and steaks on offer. It’s on the opposite side of the road to the huge Tesco Lotus Shopping Centre at On Nut.
- Opening Hours: 16:00-24:00 Daily
- Location: Below On Nut BTS Station
After recently cleaning up its act, Patpong's become one of the 'must' night shopping destinations for avid shoppers. Found in the built-up area known as 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 to Bangkok, whilst lodging at one of several mid-to-upper-end hotels in Silom. Be warned though, the quality and prices of most items sold are about as real and trustworthy as the girls shaking their wares in go-go bars flanking the area. Both market and go-go bars seem to complement each other well, but remember not to be fooled by first impressions, and to bargain hard. 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.
Ratchada Night Bazaar
Note. This market is currently closed.
Ratchada Night Bazaar (formerly Ratchada-Lad Phrao Junction Night Market) is where to find ridiculously-priced trainers, leather bags, shoes, jeans, books, CDs, antiques, furniture, home decorative items, and an assortment of knick-knacks. Although most of the goods are pre-owned, new stuff is also available.
Starting off as a market for second-hand vespas and used classic car parts, it has now grown into a mini showroom for vintage cars and scooters. Browsing inside the market, you can't miss a long stretch of cute vintage motorbikes and scooters waiting to be taken home. Feeling peckish? No worries, there are many food stalls dotted around the venue. A friendly atmosphere and laid-back crowd make this market an interesting alternative to the city's ubiquitous shopping malls.
- Opening Hours: Every Saturday from 18:30 to around 02:00
- Location: Between the MRT Underground car park and the Lad Phrao Criminal Court building
- MRT: Lad Phrao
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 is all kinds of collectibles and memorabilia from the 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. 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)
Saphan Phut Night Market
Every evening (except Wednesdays) the area around the Memorial Bridge (known amongst Thais as Saphan Plut) on the Rattankosin side of the river is packed with vendors and shoppers trading for apparels and entertainment items include T-shirts, sneakers, jeans, related accessories, DVD’s, CD’s, video games and more.
Some counterfeit brand-name clothing like Ralph Lauren, Armani, Fred Perry as well as creative pieces can be found; plenty of food stalls, too. Bartering is almost not necessary, as the prices are amazingly cheap. The market is popular amongst local teen shoppers. It opens from 17:30 (or later on a rainy day) until around midnight.
- Opening Hours: 17:30 – 24:00 (closed on Wednesdays)
- Location: The Memorial Bridge or Saphan Phut Chao Phraya pier