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Home/Bangkok/Guide,Shopping/Must-Go Night Markets in Bangkok 2017

Must-Go Night Markets in Bangkok 2017

By Wilbur Suen

One of the “Must-Go” in Bangkok is definitely to visit Night Markets (Shopping) as listed in my 15 Must-Go & Do in Bangkok. The energy and vibe of night markets in Bangkok is just so different and you really got to experience it for yourself! Night markets of all sorts are available. You can choose to go to those near your hotels or those that are themed, like vintage ones. There will definitely be one that will suit you.

There are many night markets around, both permanent and pop-up. We updated this list in 2017 and segmented them so that you can better decide which to visit:

*Note: We have removed Siam Square, Saphan Phut Night Market and Suan Lum Night Bazaar Ratchadaphisek.*

Permanent

#1 [NEW] Talad Neon

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A brand new night market just opened in the popular district of Pratunam! Talad Neon is located beside The Palladium / Berkeley Hotel, opposite of the famous Kaiton Chicken Rice and diagonally opposite Novotel Platinum Hotel / The Platinum Fashion Mall.

Talad Neon is now open in the evening from (4pm – 12am) on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. It may be only 85% complete now but with its location, I’m very sure it will be one of the most popular night market in Bangkok soon. Read more…

Where > Pratunam (via taxi)
Operating Hours > Wednesday to Sunday, 1600 – 2400 hrs

#2 Pratunam

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Pratunam is the most well-known shopping district in Bangkok and hence you can find many hotels and street food around here for your convenience. The only drawback is the lack of trains (BTS) in Pratunam but this does not seem to affect many tourists as many Singaporeans still like to stay in this area for the convenience of shopping and street food. Platinum Fashion Mall and the street markets opposite at Pratunam Market close at 8pm but there are still many places to shop around Pratunam!

If Talad Neon is insufficient, no worries because you can more street vendors outside The Palladium, Watergate Pavilion and Baiyoke areas. Read more…

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Where > Pratunam (via taxi)
Operating Hours > Tuesday to Sunday, 1900 – 2300 hrs

#3 [NEW] Hua Mum Night Market

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This is a new hidden night market – Hua Mum Night Market! We were supposed to visit Talad Rot Fai Kaset-Nawamin (Train Market 3) but the taxi driver brought us to the wrong market. Be prepared to be the only non-local there because only locals around this area will know about this market. During our time there, I didn’t see any foreigners there though. There’s no english printing for this market but in Thai, it’s called “หัวมุม Market & More”. They are also located opposite The Walk Kaset-Nawamin. It’s not accessible via BTS but if you want to save on taxi fare, the nearest would be Lad Phrao station. Read more…

Where > Kaset-Nawamin Rd (via taxi)
Operating Hours > Tuesday to Sunday, 1800 – 2400 hrs

#4 Asiatique The Riverfront

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Asiatique is currently the most popular night market in Bangkok which every tourist will visit at least once. It’s like a night version of Chatuchak Weekend Market but much more spacious, airy and beautiful, making shopping here a breeze. Other than hitting the shops, don’t miss out The Calypso Show or Muay Thai Live! It’s a good place to chill over some food and beer by the river. The best way to come here without the jams is to take the free shuttle boat from BTS Saphan Taksin. You can take this chance to experience taking a boat along the Chao Phraya River too! Read more…

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Where > BTS – Saphan Taksin (Exit 2) and transfer via Asiatique Shuttle Boat
Operating Hours > Daily, 1700 – 2400 hrs

#5 Talad Rot Fai 1 (Srinakarin)

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If I can only visit one mega night market in Bangkok, this will be it. Talad Rot Fai (Train Market) was previously located at Kampaeng Phet but it is has relocated. It is currently located at Srinakarin Soi 51, which is next to Seacon Square Mega Shopping Mall. If you like vintage items and antiques, you will definitely love this place. Talad Rot Fai does not only attract the city’s stylish hipsters, but all age groups as well. It is a popular hangout area for friends and families. Read more…

Where > BTS – Udom Suk (transfer via taxi)
Operating Hours > Thursday to Sunday, 1700 – 0100 hrs

#6 Talad Rot Fai 2 (Ratchada)

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Talad Rot Fai Ratchada is the smaller version of Talad Rot Fai Srinakarin. Although it is smaller, the good part is its location. It’s nearer to the city and is accessible via MRT (Thailand Cultural Center). They are located just behind Esplanade Shopping Mall. Talad Rot Fai Ratchada opens from Tuesdays to Sundays, which means an additional 2 days as compared to Srinakarin branch. Do note that not all stalls are open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays though.

If you are lazy to travel far and have a tight schedule, this is a good option to visit. Read more…

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Where > MRT – Thailand Cultural Center (Exit 3)
Operating Hours > Tuesday to Sunday, 1700 – 0100 hrs

#7 Talad Rot Fai 3 (Kaset-Nawamin)

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The third train market is here! Srinakarin branches feature many warehouses but this one at Kaset-Nawamin features the theme of train town where you will see containers by the corners of the market. The containers are not like what you see at ArtBox though. Kasem-Nawamin branch is bigger than Ratchada but it still loses out in terms of transport convenience. This is near Chatuchak (Ramintra) area and is only accessible by taxi.

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Photo Credit: Train Night Market Kaset-Nawamin

Where > Kaset-Nawamin Rd (via taxi)
Operating Hours > Thursday to Sunday, 1700 – 0100 hrs

#8 Chatuchak Friday Night Market

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Many readers have asked if Chatuchak Weekend Market is open on Friday nights. Yes, it is open but my advice is to go down from 10pm onwards. Not the whole market is open as per what you see on weekends. The inner lanes (soi) are closed but the road where cars try to squeeze their way through, they are open. I prefer to call it Chatuchak Street Friday Night Market. Read more…

 

Where > BTS – Mo Chit or MRT Kamphaeng Phet / Chatuchak Park
Operating Hours > Friday, 2200 hrs – late

#9 JJ Green

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Jatuchak (JJ) Green is located just behind Jatuchak Park, it is also near the former Talad Rot Fai before they shifted over to Srinakarin Road. If you are here on Friday night, you can actually visit JJ Green first before going over to Chatuchak after 10pm. The vibe is very similar to Talad Rot Fai since they also sell vintage stuff but it’s very much smaller in size. Now with JJ Green Vintage Night Market, you can basically spend half of your day in Chatuchak area. In the afternoon you can go to Chatuchak Weekend Market and in the evening, JJ Green. Of course, you will require great stamina to do so! Read more…

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Where > BTS – Mo Chit or MRT – Chatuchak Park
Operating Hours > Thursday to Sunday, 1800 – 0100 hrs

#10 Victory Monument

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Don’t know where else to shop? Take the BTS to Victory Monument because you can find cheap street-style shopping here! You will see many stalls selling fashion ranging from the latest to vintage items at a cheaper price compared to the ones at shopping centres. Other than fashion, there are also bags, handmade accessories and much more.

Where > BTS – Victory Monument
Operating Hours > Tuesday to Sunday, 1900 – 2300 hrs

#11 Khao San

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Khao San is probably one of the most popular night markets which most would know. Khao San is a backpacker’s area with many budget hostels but it’s a very lively place. You will get to see lots of tourists just chilling and enjoying themselves. There are also many pubs around, for people who are looking to party or just chill. You can have a massage, do some shopping or have some drinks at a pub. The vibe there makes it a unique place.

Where > Khao San Road (via taxi)
Operating Hours > Daily, 1700 – 2400 hrs

#12 Liab Duan Night Market

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Liab Duan is another night market more popular with the locals because of the location. While it might not be accessible for tourists, fans of night markets still make their way here to check it out.

You will expect the vibe and the variety of shops to be similar to that of Hua Mum Night Market. Although Liab Duan is open daily, do note that some shop owners may want to take a day off to rest on Monday. So if you intend to visit on Monday, do lower your expectations.

Where > Ramintra, Pradit Manutham Road (via taxi)
Operating Hours > Daily, 1800 – 0100 hrs

Pop-Up

#13 ArtBox Bangkok

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ArtBox Bangkok is the latest kind of Night Market to hit Bangkok! The concept is indeed very special and unique to Bangkok. Instead of the usual tentages, this night market uses containers and the vibe here is totally different from the other night markets. Over here, they are many stalls operated by young entrepreneurs and of course, it also attracts the younger crowd. Don’t be surprised to see them taking lots of photos, selfies and wefies.

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One very important thing to note when going ArtBox is – to check if they are open. They are not a permanent night market and hence you will need to proceed to this link to check on their opening dates >> Artbox Opening Dates.

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Where > TBC (temporarily unavailable)
Operating Hours > –

#14 The Knack Market

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The Knack Market is a unique pop-up night market which only opens on selected weekends (usually the last weekend of the month). It might not be as accessible as most night markets but it is worth checking out if you have already visited most of the popular night markets such as Artbox and Talad Rot Fai Srinakarin / Ratchada.

The Knack Market is located at The Jam Factory in the Khlong San district (beside Khong San Market and Millennium Hilton Hotel). The Knack Market is definitely worth checking out if you stay near the Riverside or have access to the Chao Phraya Express boats. To avoid the jams, you can cross the river via the shuttle boat at River City Shopping Complex.

Where > Khlong San Market
Operating Hours > Selected last weekend of the month, 1600 – 2100 hrs

#15 TGIFest – The Garden of TFest

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TGIFest, The Garden of TFest is a new pop-up night market in Bangkok which opened in May. They are located at Fragrant Park, beside Sukhumvit Soi 36 and is accessible by BTS Thonglor. The current chapter of TGIFest will run till 17 July and we are unsure if it will be extended. The vibe here is quite similar to Artbox and you can also find many instagrammable food. Some of the vendors are similar to what you see in Artbox while some are new. Read more…

Where > TBC (temporarily unavailable)
Operating Hours > 

At a Glance!

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This pretty much sums up the night markets that I recommend you to visit. There are actually more night markets such as Patpong in Silom (which marks up prices too much) and Siam Gypsy (which is a little far away from the city), hence they are not on this list. Anyway,  I have a feeling the list here is already too long for a single trip!

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Wilbur Suen

Wilbur Suen

AroiMakMak.com is the brainchild of Wilbur Suen. He is based in Singapore but loves Bangkok so much that he keeps returning. He loves travelling, eating, technology and has high standards for them. In his free time, he will be sourcing for new places to visit so that he can document and share. Try to catch him in Bangkok eating local dishes, enjoying aromatherapy spa or chilling at a rooftop bar.

  • Chew

    Hi, I’m going Bkk next week and I wonder if it’s a good time to visit Suan Lum night bazaar since it’s not fully open yet? Thanks.

    • aroimakmak

      If you have lots of free time or you stay nearby, can drop by to take a look, else if you schedule is tight, then not.

  • aroimakmak

    I don’t recommend it as their prices are all marked up quite high.

  • nina

    hi, is it worth to visit asiatique? i heard that prices are marked up there

    • aroimakmak

      If it’s your first time to Asiatique, no harm visiting, it’s a nice place to go to actually. The prices for stuffs there are generally higher as compared to other night markets. I will go there more to chill at the bar and rather than shop there.

  • aroimakmak

    it will close very soon according to Thai news

    • hazel

      when , I gg too bbk on 21 mar 2016 . wondering still opening??

      • aroimakmak

        which market are you referring to?

    • Reg

      Will it be close by september?

      • aroimakmak

        hi, may i check which market are you referring to?

  • Ching Ching Miko

    where the best to visit bangkok? night market. i need the best.

    • aroimakmak

      It really depends on individual and I can’t advise you on that. Some love Artbox while some dislikes. You can consider Artbox and Talad Rot Fai, it’s the most popular night market in Bangkok now.

  • Christabel Yap

    Hi, which talad rod fai market do you think is more worth travelling for starters? I don’t really like crowds.

    • aroimakmak

      Night markets in Bangkok usually have a big crowd. Perhaps Rot Fai Ratchada will be more suitable since its accessible by train. You can visit on Tue, Wed or Thu if you want lesser crowds.

  • Starry Sky

    Hi, can I check if victory monument market is open in day or only at night?

    • aroimakmak

      it is open in the day but there will be more shops from evening onwards.

  • aroimakmak

    It’s not that convenient to go to Talad Rot Fai 3. For a better shopping experience if its your first time to Talad Rot Fai, it’s better to go to Talad Rot Fai 1.

  • aroimakmak

    Hi, you can check out this post for night markets around Pratunam: http://aroimakmak.com/pratunam-night-markets-street-food/

  • aroimakmak

    I prefer Talad Rot Fai Srinakarain and Artbox Bangkok

  • aroimakmak

    Most of the night markets have what you mentioned. You can check out Victory Monument or Pratunam night markets

  • Cynthia

    Any comment on chinatown night market?

    • aroimakmak

      lots of street food there at night

  • aroimakmak

    everything is back to normal

  • aroimakmak

    Thais will know the words “talad rod fai”. i recommend 1 instead.

  • Valhxm

    Hi, I heard that the siam night market will be shifted to somewhere esle. Do you have any idea where and which landmark is near it? Will be staying near platinum mall will it be convenient for me to return from talad rod fai 2?

    • aroimakmak

      some of them have shifted out but no idea where they went though. Will update if i have any. from rot fai 2, you can take taxi back 🙂

  • travelleroftheworld

    Hi, is the sukhumvit street market and also siam square still open? saw some news which says they are close not sure how to true the news is. hope you could help, planning to go bangkok this oct

    • aroimakmak

      some of the shops in siam square have shifted out. will update soon!

  • aroimakmak

    At the moment, it’s still around.

  • aroimakmak

    which sukhumvit market are you referring to?

  • aroimakmak

    The nearest night market to shop is at Victory Monument. Otherwise, you can go to Pratunam or for weekends, Artbox at Chatuchak.

  • aroimakmak

    Only Asiatique

  • aroimakmak

    It’s not walkable. You might want to consider going to Hua Mum market but you have to take a cab too.

  • aroimakmak

    not very sure yet for now as they will only announce few weeks before.

  • aroimakmak

    it’s not longer there and shifted elsewhere but IMO not worth visiting.

  • aroimakmak

    Hi, the only night market which you can go will probably be Talad Rot Fai Ratchada or Tuesday / Wednesday night. You can also check out Pratunam Night Markets on Tue and Wed nights. http://aroimakmak.com/pratunam-night-markets-street-food/

  • Jessica Lee

    Hello! I am staying at W and am here now (Thursday to Sunday). Which market / night market will you recommend for us to visit? Thanks!!

  • aroimakmak

    Unfortunately, no night market is open after midnight.

  • aroimakmak

    Hi Sarah, for hotels near to trains, I suggest you to stay around Siam / Ploenchit area where most of the shopping areas are located. However, do note that many night markets are not near to train stations. Do check out this post for choosing of hotels: http://aroimakmak.com/where-to-stay-in-bangkok/

  • aroimakmak

    You can check out 55 Pochana at Thonglor for midnight food.

  • aroimakmak

    No, there isn’t any night market nearby.

  • aroimakmak

    Talad Rot Fai Srinakarin is the best among the 3. From what I know, seafood buffets are usually available at popular at hotels.

  • aroimakmak
  • Q

    Hi, I am going to Bkk this week and will be flying back on Sat morning. I am planning to visit JJ green and chatuchak on Fri afternoon & night. As you recommended to go Chatuchak after 10pm, and JJ green only opens in the evening, is it advisable to visit JJ green then Chatuchak? Or if I have to choose only 1, which would be better? Also, any advice on places to visit around the area in the afternoon? Thanks! 🙂

    • aroimakmak

      It would be better to visit JJ green instead of Chatuchak. There will be more things at JJ Green. You can visit Jatujak Plaza which is beside Chatuchak Weekend Market. It is an air conditioned mall and the things they sell are quite similar to those found in Chatuchak Weekend Market.

  • Chew Cheli

    Hi, are siam night market (stalls outside siam square one every night) have close or be move to other place?

    • aroimakmak
      • Chew Cheli

        Thanks for your prompt reply. Between I been stay Pratunam, Siam area when I travel to Bangkok. Do you have any suggest of new area to stay with convenience transport, shopping area, food & massage. thank you.

        • aroimakmak

          If you want to try out a new area, can consider Ploenchit or Asoke 🙂

  • aroimakmak

    You can check out Talad Rot Fai night markets. For massage, check out our post: http://aroimakmak.com/best-massage-and-spa-in-bangkok/

  • Vincent Siow

    Hi! Wonderful blog. So informative.
    May I know if Talad Rot Fai Ratchada is open on Wednesdays? Many other resources suggest the opening days are only Thu-Sun

    • aroimakmak

      Yes, it is open on Wednesday. We confirmed their opening days with the owners and it is also reflected on their FB pages as well. However, if you are free on Thursday then visiting then will be better as some stall owners might still want to rest on Wednesday.

  • Shanice

    Hi,is Hua Mum night market still in operation? Heard from my colleague that it is closed?

    • aroimakmak

      yes, it’s still around

  • aroimakmak

    Many of the better night markets are not so centralised such as Talad Rot Fai Srinakarin and Hua Mum Night Market. But staying around Siam or Sukhumvit area can get you to these markets easily via taxi as well.

  • aroimakmak

    You can check out Talad Neon as it’s the nearest.

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