Bangkok is the capital of Thailand and is a city bursting with markets, street stalls and night bazaars. There are so many iconic markets in the city and always new ones popping up. You can’t visit Bangkok and not sample at least one or two of its markets. They are lively, colourful and vibrant hubs of activity and culture, you won’t be disappointed.
I would always recommend checking online or asking staff at your accommodation the opening times as some markets are open every day and others only open certain days and they can start at different times, so always check before travelling to one. I’ve been fortunate enough to travel to Bangkok on many occasions both on holiday and with layovers with work. Every time I’m in the city I try and seek out a new market to shop and explore.
Artbox Night Market
Artbox is one of the trendier markets with lots of stalls set out in shipping containers, neon lights, ball pits, live music and street food. It’s definitely a market to visit for the gram pic, as well as having some amazing stalls selling lots of fashion items, vintage wear and handmade creations. It has a slightly more upmarket feel compared to other markets in the city. There’s plenty of seating so if you wanted to grab some food and drinks and make an evening of it, this market is a great place to do just that!
Chang Chui Plane Market
Chang Chui Plane Market is the place to visit if you love wacky art installations, this quirky market has a plane in the centre which has been made into a restaurant and bar. The rest of the area is made up of buildings that have all been created with recycled materials.
The market has an artistic vibe with stalls and boutiques selling handmade creative items and fashion accessories. There are also several small restaurants and stalls serving up food and craft beers, some nights there is live music too. The market is great for families as there are slides, swings and a lot of crazy street art and statues. The market is situated close to the Khao San Road, so it’s definitely a must visit when near the old town. I would recommend exploring Chang Chui Market and then hitting the Khao San Road afterwards.
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
Damnoen Saduak is Thailand’s most famous and popular floating market. Located about one hour from the bustling capital, it’s the place most tourists want to visit, don’t let that put you off though, as it’s a great place to come and experience history and culture and get an insight into a local life. Aim to get to the market early to fully experience it at its busiest and to see it in all its glory.
Personally I would recommend booking onto a morning tour, there are lots of tours available from Bangkok and all pretty reasonably priced, the guide will make sure you don’t miss anything and also provide you with information and facts about the market. Some of the market can feel quite commercialised like many markets in Thailand, however due to the popularity of this market there are tons to explore and food sellers selling a variety of food and fruit which really makes the market colourful.
Khao San Road
You have most likely heard about the famous Khao San Road, it’s the backpackers hub for South East Asia. Yes it’s tacky, touristy and full of stalls selling creepy crawlies to snack on (I never have) it can sometimes get a bad rep. However if you go with an open mind and anticipate the mass commercialisation and manage your expectations it’s a great place to visit. There’s something about the Khao San that always draws people back, myself included.
I love the fact there are people from all over the world and from all walks of life and there is something for everyone along the Khao San Road. I can honestly say I’ve had some of the best nights on the Khao San.
I normally start the night off by grabbing some cheap street food, then browsing the hundreds of stalls and shops to treat myself to another pair of comfy elephant trousers (don’t judge!). After I’ve normally shopped and bought tons of new clothes, and trinkets, I grab a bucket of booze and sit and have a foot and leg massage, then after a massage I hit a few bars and before I know it I’m dancing in the street making friends with everyone and anyone. I’ve never had a bad night along the Khao San and normally stay until the early hours partying before jumping in a tuk-tuk back to my accommodation.
If you want to start the night off eating at restaurant I would suggest going to one of the side streets next to the Khao San Road such as Rambutri Road and some of the quieter lanes for a much calmer dining experience. If your on a tight budget then stick to the food on the Khao San as it’s the cheapest in the city!
Maeklong Railway Market
Maeklong is a traditional Thai market selling fruit, vegetables and homewares. You probably wouldn’t buy anything there to take home with you, however it’s a great place to visit for the local experience. It’s famous for its market but more famous for its location set on train tracks and a few times a day the train passes straight the market with locals having to pull back their produce and canopies. Some stalls that are low to the floor the train just glides straight over missing the produce by a few inches.
It’s incredible to watch, but make sure to be careful as it can be dangerous. Try and go in the morning and grab some breakfast or lunch at the market and browse the stalls and watch the train.
The market is about a one hour drive from Bangkok and you can either book a tour, taxi or you can even take the train from Bangkok that will take you straight through the market and you can get off a few minutes walk away and wander back to explore the market itself.
MBK Centre is a huge indoor mall and is well known in Bangkok, it’s next to the upmarket Siam Discovery. MBK offers a huge choice for shoppers, although it’s not quite a market I thought I would include it in this blog as the ground floor is mostly market styles stalls selling clothing and handbags. There are also plenty of places to eat, and as you go up the floors there is plenty of shops and restaurants. It’s a great place to shop especially if your visiting during rainy season or if you prefer shopping with the comfort of air conditioning – MBK is a good indoor option.
Neon Night Market
Neon Night Market is a lively night bazaar with a large array of stalls selling fashion, quirky homewares and has lots of food and drink stalls. There are neon lights everywhere (hence the name) and this market is probably aimed more at the younger crowd, but don’t let that put you off as there is lots to browse around, and the market is centrally located in Pratunam.
Patpong Night Market
Patpong is a popular night market amongst tourists and is a vibrant and chaotic market set in the built up area of one of Bangkoks most popular nightlife districts. The market is surrounded by go-go bars and sells everything from fashion items, fake designer goods, souvenirs and much more all for cheap prices, just make sure you bargain with the stall owners and don’t accept the first price offered for a product but also don’t offer to little for an item. If your looking for a lively night or just fancy a few drinks, browse the market before finding a bar for a cocktail or two.
Rod Fai Ratchada Night Market
Rod Fai Night Market is located in Ratchada and is also referred to as the train market as it’s located by a train station. This market is a must, it has everything and something for everyone with an artsy vibe thrown in for good measure. It has lively bars and live music in one corner, and lots of stalls selling street food and snacks, there’s places to pull up a seat and grab food. There are stalls selling literally something for everyone, as this market is popular with Thai people the prices are much cheaper compared to other markets in the city.
This has to be one of my favourite markets in the city I found lots of items I liked and there were plenty of stalls offering customisable fashion items, such as sandals that you could choose how you wanted them customised with pom-poms, tassels and trims etc. Just note that the market isn’t on every night so check opening times prior to going.
Sukhumvit Street Market
Sukhumvit Street Market isn’t much to write home about, however if your staying in this area especially around the Nana or Asok BTS skytrain stations, then I would suggest having a wander along the stalls in the evening. Stalls lines the whole of this road, it’s a good location as it’s so central. You can pick up souvenirs, and knocks offs every night of the week. However unless your staying local to this area I wouldn’t come out your way for it, as there are much better night markets in the city to venture to.
Victory Monument Night Market
Victory Monument is a great area to explore at night and hunt down some bargains, there’s tons of stalls that spring up in the evening and lots of places to eat and drink. There’s some good outside seating areas with live music too. Have a browse around Victory Point Bazaar which is underneath the Victory Monuments BTS skywalk, where you can see lots of stalls and food vendors and locals going about their evening.
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