Night markets in Bangkok are among the simplest and most enjoyable ways to get up close and personal with local life in Thailand’s capital. Markets are located throughout 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. Check out our list of the top 10 night markets to see which one appeals to you.
Asiatique successfully merges two of the city’s most popular shopping experiences: a night bazaar and a mall. This once-bustling international trade port has been transformed with over 1,500 boutiques and 40 restaurants housed in a massive replica warehouse complex about 10 minutes downriver from Saphan Taksin BTS station. Spending an evening here is simple: you’ll have a good time browsing the boutiques and you’ll always find something to eat.
2. Chang Chui Bangkok Plane Night Market
You’ll find a nice mix of shopping and dining, as well as modern, urban, and often wacky art, much of it made from recycled and scrap materials. The massive shell of a Tristar airliner is the main attraction at Chang Chui, but there are numerous sculptures and urban art pieces to be found throughout the grounds. Every path appears to lead to something interesting. Because of this feature, it is one of the best night markets in Bangkok.
3. Chatuchak Friday Night Market
Every weekend, the massive Chatuchak Market fills up, but few people realise that you can come here for some late-night shopping on Fridays, when vendors set up their stalls from around 9 p.m. until late. Much of the same merchandise will be available as it is during the day on Saturdays and Sundays, with the exception of less heat, fewer people, and fewer stalls open.
4. Khaosan Road
Khaosan is the hub of the backpacker universe, brimming with fun, tacky, and useful things to spend your baht on. Its ubiquitous travel shops can book your outward journey, whether it’s by plane, train, or bus. The numerous tailors will gladly whip you up a sharp suit for when you return from the islands.
5. Khlong Thom Market
Khlong Thom Market, also known as ‘Flashlight Market’ because shoppers need a torch to see the goods (when shopping at night), is especially crowded late on Saturday evenings. The market, which is packed with a variety of vendor stalls and displays, is best known for its secondhand goods and assorted trinkets.
6. Rod Fai Market 1 (Srinakarin Road)
The vintage look never goes out of style at Rod Fai Market, a massive open-air bazaar in Bangkok’s eastern suburbs. On the ground are all sorts of vintage collectibles and memorabilia, ranging from antique furniture to hippy fashion to Mao kitsch.
7. Rod Fai Market 2 (Ratchada)
The newer Rod Fai Market in Bangkok’s Ratchada district brings the same convivial night bazaar atmosphere, antique curios, and street-food snacks and treats from its original location to an area of the city that is much easier to access thanks to the nearby Cultural Centre MRT Underground Station. This new Bangkok train market is more central and compact, making it easier to stop by anytime between 6 p.m. and midnight, Thursday through Sunday.
8. Suan Lum Night Bazaar Ratchada
Suan Lum Night Bazaar Ratchada is a night market on Ratchada Road, near the Lad Phrao MRT Underground Station. With 1,800 stalls, shops, restaurants, and plenty of entertainment options, it aims to recreate the experience of the original Sun Lum Night Bazaar, which was a mainstay on tourists’ itineraries until it closed a few years ago.
9. Sukhumvit Street Market (Nana)
There is a lot of Nana shopping on the street, with vendors from the roadside market lining the main road. This area of Bangkok is also known as the Middle Eastern Quarter, or ‘Little Arabia,’ because it is home to many Arab businesses. Street stalls selling counterfeit T-shirts, bags, trinkets, DVDs, CDs, and eastern-inspired clothing add to the area’s bustling vibrancy. This is an excellent place to buy indigenous souvenirs for friends and family back home.
10. Box Space Ratchayothin Night Market
Ratchayothin Night Market is located in the city’s northern outskirts. The items for sale here are a little more trendy, and because the market is located next to the Major Ratchoyothin Cinema and IMAX complex, you can watch a movie before or after shopping. The shopping complex also has a few discount stores and restaurants.