Like any other street market, bargain hard and harder at Bangkok Top Five Night Markets. Some items are available only at the fixed price, but mostly there is a good chance of huge bargain on almost every product. Normally, you should start from the 50% of the quoted price, if you don’t have a fair idea of the price.
JJ Green Market
Known as JJ Green and more recently Green Vintage, this night market runs between 5am and midnight on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings. JJ Green offers many of the same goods, but in an altogether more chilled-out and ever so slightly more local-feeling setting.
Food options are plentiful – everything from Thai street food staples to trendy burger joints in converted market units decked out in light wood – as are bars, including a couple of particularly pleasant elevated spots with views over the hustle and bustle below. JJ Green is a great place to wind down the weekend on a Sunday afternoon in particular.
- Address: 1 Kamphaeng Phet 3, Chatuchak, Bangkok
- Opening Hours: Thurs – Sun 17:00 – 02:00
- MRT: Chatuchak
- BTS: Mo Chit
Rot Fai (The Train Market)
Among Bangkok’s numerous night markets, relative newcomer Talat Rot Fai – frequently referred to in English as the train market (but with no connection to the railway market in Mae Klong) – is currently among the most popular, and seems to have an enduring appeal.
With three sections to this huge market space, there are also many traders selling modern fashion and apparel more typical of other night markets in Bangkok; however, it is the one-off and hard to find items that really make Rot Fai Market superior to all other night markets in the city. Where else in the Thailand would you find a pristine 1950s Cadillac next to vintage leather jackets, French chandeliers and 1960s action figures from Japan? Combine all this with cool restaurants, bars and snack stalls and you have a fun night out from sunset to midnight, Thursday to Sunday.
Rot Fai Market is located on Srinakarin Soi 51, just behind Seacon Square Shopping Mall. The best way to get there is via taxi – all drivers should know Seacon Square. However, traffic can be bad on Friday and Saturday nights so you could consider taking the BTS Skytrain to On Nut Station first, then catching a taxi from there.
A Second Train Market Now Open on Ratchada Road
Due to its ongoing success, there is now a second location of the Train Market opened on Ratchadaphisek Road, much closer to downtown Bangkok. Opened in January 2015, Ratchada Train Market is not as big as the original, but it has the same arty vibe, retro gear and tasty snacks to enjoy. It is very easy reach, a few minutes’ walk from Thailand Cultural Center MRT Underground Station, behind Esplanade Shopping Mall. Ratchada Train Market is open from 17:00 to 01:00, from Thursday to Sunday.
- Opening Hours: 17:00 – Midnight (Thursday – Sunday)
- Location: Srinakarin Road Soi 51 (Behind Seacon Square)
- BTS: On Nut (closest station but still requires a taxi journey)
- Tel: Srinakarin Rot Fai Market: +66 (0)8 1827 5885, +66 (0)8 6126 7787, +66 (0)8 1732 8778, +66 (0)8 1752 5588,
- Ratchada Rot Fai Market: +66 (0)92 713 5599
Patpong Night Market in Bangkok
This Market is known for all the wrong reasons, Patpong night market is nevertheless a popular spot in downtown Bangkok for you to fill up your suitcase with cheap souvenirs and other Thailand-only goodies.
Patpong is famous for its fake brands on sale, especially bags, trainers and watches. The BTS to Sala Daeng and find Patpong almost at the foot of the skytrain steps, right in the centre of Silom.
- 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.
Asiatique the Riverfront
For a family evening out, this market is hard to beat: wide avenues, river breezes, lots of regional cuisine and clean bathrooms are all unique to Asiatique. It is a great spot to pick up some great souvenirs to take home – including a particularly strong range of handicraft-type goods – as well as to enjoy a fun evening out with plenty of food, drink and riverside views.
Asiatique is located just a short way down the Chaophraya River from Saphan Taksin. This popular interchange between the BTS Skytrain and the Sathorn central river boat pier that makes it easy to travel on the water past a number of Bangkok’s top sights and towards the Thai capital’s old town of Rattanakosin Island.
Asiatique operates a free shuttle boat service between around 4pm and 11pm from Sathorn pier, beneath BTS Saphan Taksin station – the queues can be long at peak time, but it’s still preferable to coming by road, since the traffic around Asiatique can be horrendous at the best of times.
- Daily: 5PM Midnights
- 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.
Siam Gypsy Junction
The latest in a long line of Bangkok night markets – specialising in vintage goods – is Siam Gypsy Junction. The market at Siam Gypsy Junction is made up of a combination of vendors touting vintage wares spread. Out on the ground in front of old-fashioned camper vans, and more sturdy wooden structures that play on a wild-west cowboy theme. Think mock taverns that sport saloon doors. Inside you will find more retro furniture shops, plus a number of low-key bars, coffee shops and restaurant setups.
A few kilometres north of Bang Sue railway station and MRT subway terminus. North of Mo Chit, the end of the BTS Skytrain’s Sukhumvit line. Siam Gypsy Junction sits right alongside the State Railway of Thailand’s main track out of Bangkok. Expect trains headed north and south to roar past as you wander through the market.
Note: Most of the vintage op-shops open from Friday onwards
- Address: 95/20 Bangkok-Nontaburi Rd., Wong Sawang, Bangkok, 10800 Thailand
- Opening Hours: Wed-Sun: 6PM-1AM
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