Known for their bustling nightlife, Bangkok is the place to be if you’re one for parties - but if you find the pounding music from neighboring clubs intrusive, and you’re looking for activities in Bangkok, why not explore the exciting night markets around the area? From wacky food creations to vintage trinkets, there’s something for both the wild and tame night owls in Bangkok!
1. Artbox Thailand
Originally launched in 2015 as a pop-up art market, the popularity of Artbox amongst locals and tourists alike caused it to shift to a permanent marketplace - and for a good reason too! Featuring high-quality, original work by local artists and designers, bring home a one-of-a-kind artwork for your loved ones instead of the usual “I LOVE BANGKOK” tank tops - all without busting your budget!
For the foodies looking for a delectable supper selection, try something new by savoring the goong ten, also known as dancing shrimps that are meant to be eaten raw for an explosion of flavor in your mouth. If you’re thirsty, indulge in a sip of classic red snake blood - are you scared yet? Come down and try it out for yourself!
Artbox Market Thailand
Address: Beside Queen Sirikit Station
Opening Hours: 3pm-11pm, Friday to Sunday only
Access: Alight at Queen Sirikit Station and walk out from exit 2.
Website: Artbox Thailand
2. The new Rot Fai Train Marketplace
Built next to a set of rusty train tracks behind Chatuchak Market, the Rot Fai marketplace originally gained its fame from being a diverse trade corner with a fair share of rustic souvenirs for an affordable price. Since the expansion of the Skytrain Line, it has since moved to a new location with 3 new sections added to the marketplace: the ‘Warehouse Zone’, ‘Market Zone and ‘Rot’s Antiques’.
In the Warehouse Zone, the market is laid out in an old warehouse, where quirky household items from decades back are laid out, looking for a new home in the collector’s garage. The common Market Zone is everything the shopaholic is looking for: trendy clothes, delicious local bites and cheap souvenirs. Save the best for last, and visit the Rot’s Antiques section for a trip back in time - authentic action figures line the streets, but unless you’re an avid collector, the hefty price tags might deter you to stick to window shopping instead.
Rot Fai Train Market
Address: Ratchada Road
Opening Hours: 17:00 to 01:00, from Thursday to Sunday.
Access: Located a few minutes walk away from Thailand Cultural Center MRT Underground Station
Website: Rot Fai Train Market
3. Jatujak Green Market (JJ Green)
Popularly known as JJ Green, don’t let the hip nickname fool you - this marketplace is a paradise for all retro lovers! Explore the snaking trails of merchants selling old bus signs, classic watches from the 1960s to color-fun shades reminiscent of the disco era. Stop by the various bars and restaurant decked out in ornaments from yesteryear - they serve up a wicked collection of house drinks for you to get that buzz!
Jatujak Green Market (JJ Green)
Address: 1 Kamphaeng Phet 3, Chatuchak
Opening Hours: Thursday - Sunday, from 18:00 - 01:00
Access: Take BTS to MoChit station, Exit 1 and follow the general crowd direction while walking for about ten-minutes
4. Khao San Road
Stop by Khao San Road on your way back from The Grand Palace. After a long day of exploring, indulge in an authentic Thai massage from trained practitioners to soothe your weary muscles (fair warning: it may hurt if you’re not used to massages!), or get an intricate henna tattoo while jamming out to live bands performing at the bars around the area. Experience the rush of youthful energy here in Khao San Road, the road that never sleeps!
Khao San Road
Address: Banglamphu District, Bangkok, Thailand
Opening Hours: Differs from store to store. Most open at 9am work till late.
Access: Take a cab down from The Grand Palace, as there are no direct trains to this area.
5. Chinatown night market
Located conveniently near the MRT Chaloem Ratchamongkhon Line, this is the one place that foodies around the world would want to visit before they die (no, really.)
From the snaking queues even in the rain, you will understand why after getting your hands on some of the A* food here! Stop by a seafood restaurant for huge servings of cereal prawns and golden-brown lobsters covered in a thick, crispy batter. Try out the local ‘Radna’ - a delicious blend of fresh prawns, squid, chicken and leafy greens cooked in an iron plate with a secret-recipe gravy that is served at your table right in front of you. With a delightful mix of fusion dishes and local bites, satisfy all of your midnight cravings here at Chinatown’s night market!
Chinatown Night Market
Address: 6 Yaowarat Rd, Samphanthawong, Bangkok 10100, Thailand
Opening Hours: Differes from store to store. Most of the popular stalls are open till late.
Access: Take the Chaophraya Express ferry and alight at the Ratchawong Piern station, or take the subway to Hua Lamphong Station and walk for 10-minutes
Head over to Asiatique if you’re by the riverfront of Phraya River. Home to a plethora of dignified boutiques and high-end shopping, pick up a few silk scarves for your aunts as a souvenir, or some silverware if you want a complete home makeover. If you’re tired of shopping, grab a quick bite from the nearby street market - you may even be lucky enough to catch a Muay Thai fight out in the open!
Address: Wat Phaya Krai, Bang Kho Laem, Bangkok, Thailand
Opening Hours: Varies from store to store.
Access: Take BTS to Saphan Taskin station and either walk or take the free shuttle ride from Sathorn Pier to Asiatique.
Did you hear that? It's the sound of your paycheck slipping out of your bank account!
Even expert shoppers who have hawk-eyes for cheap deals find it hard to resist the temptation that is Bangkok! With so much to do and see after dusk, remember to bargain at every stall you go to - you may get a few extra bahts for drinks that night!