9 Bangkok night markets to visit in 2022
When it comes to our country’s top attractions for holiday seekers, we bet markets will be among the first to cross your mind. No matter which market we go, we can’t seem to not spot crowds of tourists snapping photos of them guzzling on plates of mango sticky rice.
However, many markets in Thailand are open in the day and closed in the evenings, so it could be hard for you to visit because you’re stuck at work doing paperwork.
Fret not. We have a list of 9 night markets in Bangkok for you visit the moment you clock out – where you can shop near a big plane, a giant ferris wheel, while admiring cool street art.
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1. Box Space Ratchayothin – creative container shops near Chatuchak
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Thai people have been known for being highly creative. If you doubt whether that’s true, let this market be an example.
Box Space Ratchayothin is a night market near the Chatuchak District in Bangkok where you will be greeted with many colourful containers repurposed into shops and restaurants when you arrive.
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The market offers three zones for visitors to stroll around: Market Zone, Plaza Zone, and Hangout Zone. For those you love buying clothes to jam your closet, the Market Zone is where you will be browsing around cheap stylish clothes.
After you’ve bought some clothes, visit The Plaza Zone to satisfy your cravings with various F&B options, or chill out with your friends in the bars and restaurants in the Hangout Zone after long hours of work.
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Before you go, don’t forget to snap pics for your friends at these colourful containers on IG to let them know which stalls are the worth visiting.
Box Space Ratchayothin
Address: 15, 15/1 Ratchadaphisek Rd, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900
Opening Hours: 10AM – 12AM, Daily
Nearest Train Station: BTS Ratchayothin
Box Space Ratchayothin’s Facebook | Google Maps
2. Chang Chui Plane Night Market – hipster Bangkok night market with a giant plane
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Like what you’d expect as most Bangkok markets, Chang Chui Market is filled with art galleries, workshops, and creative spaces where people can meet up. Events, like seminars, concerts, and parties also regularly occur here.
But nothing stands out like this old giant plane in the market. TBH, it’s a major draw for locals and tourists alike to keep returning for post-apocalyptic photo ops on the ‘gram.
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Peeking inside the plane, you’ll find a fine dining restaurant with old furniture that reminds us of a fancy eatery with intricate carpets, stone statues of angels and actual chandeliers.
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We hear that many of the shops and cafes were built from galvanised iron sheets, which contribute to the market exuding an old-school, edgier ambience. Furthermore, the works of art here are upcycled from old glass panes or teak panels. So get your camera ready because you will likely get some cool shots if you stay till the sun sets.
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When dusk falls and evening’s twilight approaches, many revelers flock to bars and saloons for drinks in Chang Chui Market.
For craft beer drinkers, some saloons offer craft beer from ฿200 (~USD6)/cup. Be quick to get a table because they usually fill up quite fast in the evenings.
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We’d also swing by this place right before leaving, even if not for drinks. Under this giant plane sits a sprawling area to dine with your companions till the market is closed.
To get here, you can get off at MRT Sirindhorn and take a taxi to the market, which takes seven to ten minutes by car.
3. Asiatique: The Riverfront – riverside market with a giant ferris wheel
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When you travel in Bangkok, you can’t miss Asiatique The Riverfront, a night market by the Chao Phraya River.
This market used to be a former trading port, but was later renovated into a night market where warehouses have been given a new lease of life.
Situated inside these old warehouses, you’ll find walking streets with antique shops, artisan crafts, and restaurants decorated with vintage artwork.
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For first-time visitors, you may be overwhelmed by the large area to cover, but we gotchu. The market comprises many zones: a graffiti zone, an old town zone, and a ride zone. So pick one that interests you, and just look for signs or a map of the premises to get there.
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FYI, if skating is your favourite pastime, bring a skateboard and amaze your friends with a flip at a skate park here.
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To round out our to-do list, definitely pay a visit to the humongous ferris wheel at night – so you’ll get to see it all lit up – for 360° views of the Chao Phraya River.
We’ve compiled ticket prices below:
- ฿400 (~USD12) for adults
- ฿250 (~USD7) for kids (<120 cm)
- ฿250 (~USD7) for seniors
- ฿200 (~USD6) for the disabled
- ฿2500 (~USD75) for VIP cabins
For a leisurely evening out, Asiatique is definitely a must-visit for folks who’ve never been here before, pre-pandemic. If you’ve seen it before, however, you may be interested in the ever popular train night markets instead.
Asiatique: The Riverfront
Address: 2194 Charoen Krung Rd, Wat Phraya Krai, Bang Kho Laem, Bangkok 10120
Opening Hours: 11AM – 12AM, Daily
Nearest Train Station: BTS Taksin
Asiatique: The Riverfront’s Facebook | Google Maps
4. Srinagarindra Train Night Market – vintage Rod Fai market with street food in Bangkok
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Srinagarindra Train Night Market is one of the most well-known rod fai – a.k.a. train – night markets in Bangkok. Seasoned shoppers will know that they’re known for their vast array of streetwear outlets, street food stalls, and saloons.
Since this market is also branded as a vintage market, don’t be too surprised if you see a lot of old stuff sold in many spots.
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While walking around, you may catch sight of this gigantic plane peeking out at you from the rooftop. We’d take it as a place marker for a gathering point to meet up with your friends.
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If you are a fan of classic cars, you’d also probably be able to spot these models of old 4-wheel drives scattered around the market for that necessary IG shot.
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That long walk navigating the many rows of shops getting you thirsty? Thankfully, there’s plenty of outdoor seating for a swig of ice cold beer straight from the bottle at the bars here. To sate your appetite, you can also order Thai snacks to munch on while you regale your mates with how you survived the pandemic.
5. Chatuchak Friday Night Market – warehouse priced clothes and authentic Thai food
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Pre-pandemic, this crowded market in Bangkok was no stranger to most locals and tourists once Friday rolled around. The Chatuchak Friday Night Market remains a popular option for folks who wish to look for cheap, authentic Thai food and clothes on a budget.
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Traditionally, Chatuchak Night Market is known for its affordable streetwear, at warehouse or wholesale prices. You’ll find plenty of options, for all genders with jeans, hoodies, coats, and athletic wear covered in different stalls.
So if you think you won’t be able to resist buying tons of clothes to refresh your wardrobe, bring a friend or two to help carry your haul home.
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Besides clothes, we’d recommend hitting up the street food stalls, for their cheap and diverse dishes. If you’re a newcomer in Thailand and interested in trying Thai food, roam around this market and try as many items as you’d fancy.
This accessible market is very close to the MRT Kamphaeng Phet / Chatuchak stations. You can get off at these both stations and reach there on foot in less than five minutes.
Do note that this night market is only open on Friday from 7PM – 3AM. The busiest time will be around 12AM – 1AM. So if you enjoy walking among crowds, I suggest you visit during these times.
Chatuchak Night Market
Address: Chatuchak Park Kamphaeng Phet 2 Rd, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900
Opening Hours: 7PM – 3AM, Friday
Nearest Train Station: MRT Kamphaeng Phet / Chatuchak
6. Hua Mum Night Market – night market for foodies
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Hua Mum Market makes this list as the go-to market for foodies in Bangkok due to the sheer variety of street food stalls here. The brightly lit area houses many famous restaurants, for example, Sathanee Mee Hoi and Ting Korean for those who fancy K-pop inspired Korean fare.
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After you’ve filled your bellies, or quenched your thirst with a coconut smoothie, browse through thousands of racks of trendy clothes in individual stalls around the night market. We’d set aside about an hour to browse around; and a good tip is to look carefully at the options as you may encounter vintage pieces if you’re lucky.
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If the thought of having a haircut occurs to you when you’re hard at work refreshing your wardrobe, drop by this vintage barbershop named DunkDunk Vintage.
For the gents among us, you’ll be able to get your hair cut and washed for only ฿300 (~USD9). Do note that getting here can be a tad harder than other markets as there’s no public train stations nearby. You’ll need to take a taxi here if you don’t have a car.
7. Indy Night Market – must-try food spots and live music
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Indy Night Market is a large lifestyle night market in Thon Buri where locals flock to for dinner, drinks, and a spot of shopping. Besides being home to many must-try food spots on local Thai websites, some famous food franchises can be found here, like Burger King, Domino’s Pizza, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Starbucks etc.
So if you’d like to combine well-known franchised F&B brands with the vibe of walking through a typical Thai market, this marketplace is truly the best of both worlds.
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Those on the prowl for clothing and accessory brands by local designers – besides those you’d find in mainstream malls like Platinum Fashion Mall in central Bangkok – will be pleased to note that you’ll find a lot of smaller, hipster caps, shirts, jeans and athleisure wear.
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Clothes and food have been spoken for on this list. So it’s time for some representation – for plants. We spotted mini potted cacti and bonsais at this stall, perfect for adding a little colour to a dreary work desk, or work from home space. I’d dare say about three to four potted plants to improve your house’s atmosphere sounds about right.
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There’s not a day that goes by without me extoling the virtues of a piping hot bowl of freshly cooked shabu shabu meat in spicy soup. This market has plenty of options as well, with cute Finding Nemo inspired fishcake to boot.
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Before you leave, round out the day by saying cheers with drinks to a life free from the shackles of Covid-19 – hopefully – at this bar with live music performances. We think it’s good to go off the beaten track some times – Siam central shopping district we see you – but it’s hidden gems like this market that make trips memorable for sure.
8. Jodd Fairs – a night market in Central Bangkok
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If you live in central Bangkok, you can’t miss Jodd Fairs, a new night market that’s the talk of the town. It’s a night market situated next to Central Plaza Rama 9 where you can walk from the market to the department store in a few mins. This will be infinitely convenient for those who wanna head over right after shopping in the regular district.
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For added context, Jodd Fairs has gained popularity among locals and tourists alike, since it was the once beloved Train Night Market Ratchada. Before Covid-19, the former market gained a lot of fans, especially the woke tourist crowd who loved the vintage food trucks and local fashion brands.
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There is an event zone where you can take a look at classic cars and take some pics for IG. It’s important to note, however, that this market will probably on the crowded side. No matter where you walk, you’ll see long queues of people waiting in line for their items.
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A must-try dish here is ‘Leng Zab’ from ฿200 (~USD6). Think of it as a spicy soup brewed from a rich stock of pork bones. This restaurant named Mae Klong Noodle & Leng Saap is usually packed with customers but if you adore spicy food, try dropping by when you visit Jodd Fairs.
Getting here is very easy because the market is a 5-minute walk from MRT Rama 9. Simply get off the train at the MRT station and walk to the back of Central Plaza Rama 9, before you’ll see the familiar tentage of Jodd Fairs.
9. Ong Ang – night walking street with stalls and vibrant murals
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To be fair, this isn’t exactly a night market, but resembles an old-school night walking street. Ong Ang is conveniently located near MRT Sam Yot, but what will strike you upon entering the district is the distinct street art plastered over the walls.
Locals typically come here to get a meal at a famous street stall or even paddle in a kayak along the canal.
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Formerly, Ong Ang used to be a trading area where the Chinese and Mon people sold earthen jars and pottery. Now it’s been redeveloped to be an artistic walking street where lots of people come for shop, or simply to hangout.
As you stroll down the pavement adjacent to the central canal, we’re sure you’ll be blown away by the numerous skillful paintings on the walls.
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The Ong Ang canal sits in between both sides of the streets, in a manner that’s pretty reminiscent of Cheonggyecheon in downtown Seoul, South Korea.
Pre-pandemic, visitors were allowed to paddle a kayak through the canal, but this activity has been suspended due to Covid-19 safety concerns.
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If you’d like to pay Ong Ang a visit, it will take you a 3-minute walk from the MRT station named Sam Yot to reach. Our top pick will be coming here by train, as it’s the most convenient, and to take a stroll once dusk falls so the weather will be cooler on your evening stroll.
Explore these Bangkok night markets in 2022
We’re positive that this list of Bangkok night markets will bring back the fun shopping experiences you’ve missed since the pandemic has kept us in our pads for so long.
No matter what food you wanna try, clothes you wanna buy, or bars you wanna vibe at, these night markets have it all laid out for you.
If you dread the hot, humid weather in the midday sun at typical markets you’d find in Bangkok, opt to visit these markets once night falls instead. Let us know which is your favourite market in the comments below.
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