Often called the party capital of Southeast Asia, Bangkok is one of the top tourist destinations in the world, and among the must-visit Thailand tourist places. The capital city of Thailand is best known for its breathtaking historic sites, cultural attractions, high-end hotels, and world-beating spas. In addition to these, Bangkok is also acclaimed for its beautiful night markets that offer an awesome carnival-like atmosphere with a range of options to explore. Filled with the hustle and bustle of tourists and locals, the night markets of Bangkok start from early evening to late into the night where you can shop unique items at reasonable prices, savor delicious hot street food, enjoy live music, and sip on some lovely beers or even coffee that gives you a wonderful experience as part of Bangkok Tour Packages.
Here is the list of some of the bustling night markets in Bangkok.
Rod Fai Night Market
One of the popular night markets in Bangkok, the Rod Fai Market is located in Ratchada Road, Bangkok. Also known as the Train Market, this authentic open-air bazaar sells an incredible array of vintage collectibles and memorabilia from yesteryears. Dotted with colorful tents with beaming yellow lights, Rod Fai Market is superior to all other night markets in the capital city. This night market has a wide range of shops with many traders selling modern fashion and apparel more typical of other night markets in Bangkok. If you are looking for the best night markets for shopping in Bangkok, then this is the place for you. A visit to this night market is one of the top things to do in Bangkok. The market operates from 5 PM to 12 AM only from Thursday to Sunday.
Asiatique is a mix of a night market and a shopping mall located on the bank of the Chao Praya River in Bangkok. This modern market Asiatique is home to around 1,500 boutiques and 40 restaurants, along with plenty of other attractions and entertainment. Thronged by a large number of locals as well as tourists, it is among the best night markets for shopping in Bangkok where you can shop for clothes, handicrafts, jewelry, and popular Thailand souvenirs while holidaying in Bangkok. Besides, you can also walk along the promenade and can enjoy the magnificent ambiance.The market starts from 4 PM to 12 AM on all days.
Patpong Night Market
Patpong Night Market is probably one of Bangkok’s best-known night markets located on Silom Road. It is a great place for avid shoppers for those who are looking for a unique night market experience in Bangkok, among the must-include places in Thailand tour packages. Lined up with several stalls, one can shop for binoculars, cameras, handbags, watches, sunglasses, and all kinds of clothing accessories here. Though you will get some good deals here, bargaining is a must-do thing while shopping. The Patpong area is not only famous for its night market but also constantly crowded due to the nearby go-go bars and nightclubs. The market opens every day at 6 PM and ends at 1 AM.
Chang Chui Bangkok Plane Night Market
With a perfect blend of retro design and vintage stuff, Chang Chui Bangkok Plane Night Market is one of the newly introduced urban night markets in Bangkok. Most of the shops within the market are built from recycled and scrap materials based on the concept of ‘nothing is useless’. The huge shell of an old Tristar airliner is the main attraction at Chang Chui market, but as you explore the grounds you’ll find loads of sculptures and urban art pieces. Every shop here is built with a unique design where you can shop for splendid urban art pieces, hand-printed T-shirts, custom iPhone covers, etc. People not only come here for shopping, but they can just stroll around, eat tasty foods, and participate in several types of carnival games. The market operates from 4 PM to 11 PM on all days except Wednesday.
Also Read : Best Indian Restaurants in Bangkok
Chatuchak Friday Night Market
With more than 10,000 shops, Chatuchak Friday Market is one of the most famous and largest weekend night markets in Bangkok. Also called ‘Weekend Market’ or simply ‘JJ’, it opens every Friday evening and continues till Sunday. Divided into 27 different sections, the market is home to several shops that range from clothing, accessories, plants and gardening tools, books, antiques, handicrafts, home decor items, etc. Thronged by around 2,00,000 visitors every weekend, it is one of the perfect places for late-night shopping while in Bangkok. The market opens from 9 PM to 3 AM and remains open throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday.
Indy Market (Pratunam)
Indy Market is one of the popular and lesser-known night markets in the Thonburi district of Bangkok. Situated within the premises of Platinum Mall, Indy Market is catered mainly for locals. With around 500 stalls, the market is very small and has a good collection of handloom and antique products, apparel, accessories, shoes, bags, gifts, etc. After shopping, one can also taste authentic Thai street food here. Besides, the area also houses several open-air pubs and restaurants with live music. If you are an art lover and want to purchase handmade unique items, it is one of the best night markets for shopping in Bangkok. The market operates from 6 PM to 12 AM daily.
Khaosan Night Market is yet another famous night market located on the Khaosan Road in Rattanakosin Island, a historic area in the Phra Nakhon district. With a kilometer-long stretch, the market is lined with shops selling elephant or fisherman’s pants, Thai fabric-printed accessories, Muay Thai shorts, postcards and magnets, wooden frogs, and fairy lights. Besides, Khaosan is dotted with budget accommodation, street food stalls, bars, tattoo parlors, restaurants, cabaret shows, drugstores, travel agents, and bookstores as well. In addition, one can also get a wide variety of Thai street food and other cuisines including Korean, Japanese, Italian, Continental, Chinese, and Indian. It opens daily from 3 PM to 12 AM while it lasts till 2 AM on Sundays.
Yaowarat Road Night Market
If you are a foodie than a shopaholic, then Yaowarat Night Market is the perfect places for you as it is one of the best places to try local food in Bangkok. Yaowarat Road is the main street running through Chinatown, and it is filled with vendors and diners every evening. Here, one will find dishes from all across the Thai and Southeast Asian palate as there are several gourmet restaurants on both sides of the road. Some of the must-try foods here are grilled seafood, oyster omelets, Thai toast, dim sum, velvety noodle soups, curries, and super sweet desserts. Most of the products sold here are of the best quality imported from China at affordable prices. The market starts at 6 PM and ends at midnight daily.
Victory Monument Night Market
If you like street shopping, then Victory Monument is one such night market to go shopping in Bangkok. Located underneath the Victory Monument BTS Skytrain’s skywalk, this outdoor bazaar is jam-packed with market-style stalls, nice shopping plazas, and food vendors. With several shopping options, it is one of the best places for budget shopping in Bangkok as prices are generally much lower here than in the malls. Besides, the area is frequented by working-class Thais and university students in search of something colorful and affordable. One will find all kinds of clothes and footwear along with bags, costume jewellery, hair accessories, make-up, beauty products, watches, and sunglasses here. It operates between 7 PM and 11 PM every day, except Monday.
Suan Lum Night Bazaar Ratchada
Suan Lum Night Bazaar is the last one on our list of bustling night markets in Bangkok. Also called The Bazaar Ratchadaphisek, the original night market was closed in 2011 and reopened in 2015 along Ratchadaphisek Road. Now, it is one of the largest flea markets in Bangkok with around 1800 stalls, shops, and small restaurants which makes it a great place to enjoy and roam around at night. This night market is divided into two sections – an indoor market and an open-air shopping street that sell gifts, clothing, jewelry, fruit, compact discs, handmade products like tapestries, and fine arts, such as paintings and sculptures. Also, you will have several choices of Thai and seafood restaurants, along with stalls selling traditional desserts, fresh fruit, and skewered meats. This place also presents live music, a magic show, and a water park to make its visitors feel the best of their visit. The market operates daily from 5 PM to midnight.
Santhi is an avid traveler and primary contributor to the blogs at Trawell.in. She has explored most of the states in India and gained vast knowledge on tourist destinations in India and abroad. She also contributes content to other travel websites.