When visiting Thailand’s capital, one of the top things to do is visit one of the many night markets in Bangkok. Enjoy plenty of shopping, food and drinks, the perfect ingredients for a good night out. There are many night markets in Bangkok but here are our top choices and the best food they have to offer.
The best night markets in Bangkok are:
1. Train Night Market Ratchada
The Train Night Market Ratchada, also known as Talad Rot Rai Ratchada, is our favourite night market in Bangkok. It’s highly likely that you’ve already seen pictures of this Bangkok night market’s colourful tents, as they’ve gone viral on social media and featured on many
top things to do in Bangkok
lists. Train Night Market Ratchada originated in an abandoned railway station in Bangkok’s Chatuchak district and although the original market has since closed down, the owners have opened other branches throughout the city. The most popular ones are the Train Night Market at Ratchada
and the Train Night market at Srinakarin
The iconic, colourful tents of Ratchada Train Market, the most popular Night Market in Bangkok
Train Night Market Ratchada, which the most popular night market in Bangkok, is divided into three large zones for food (which we like the most), shopping and drinking. The food zone is huge and has everything from local Thai restaurants and street food to international favourites like takoyaki, tender ribs and Cajun-style seafood buckets. With an extensive variety of street food carts and restaurants serving all the popular Thai dishes you can think of, Ratchada is most certainly a true foodie paradise!
Train Market Ratchada at Night, one of Bangkok’s most popular night markets
After you’ve eaten and shopped until you’ve dropped, head over to the bar zone where you’ll find cheap beers and cocktails, live bands and DJ’s. Many bars have rooftop areas where you can enjoy the view of the huge market and its colourful tents. For many Thai, visiting this popular night market in Bangkok is their way of having a night out and this local experience is something you must experience yourself when you’re in Bangkok.
Our favourite bars are:
which has live music bands playing all night
Sorry I’m Gay
and its DJ playing techno
– Popular and hip
For food, we recommend you to try the following restaurants in Train Market Ratchada:
– Cover yourself in tasty sauces with the delicious seafood buckets at the popular
– Scrape the flesh of the spicy pork bone soup at
Tiao Mae Klong
– Devour a 1-meter-long rib at
Chef Tui Ranger
– Huge Lobster Tom Yum at
Diaw Goong Rot Fai Restaurant
– Eat until you drop at Train Market’s large food zone.
Finger-food like this seafood bucket can be easily found at Ratchada Night Market in Bangkok.
How to get to the Ratchada Train Night Market?
Train night market Ratchada’s central location makes it easy to reach. The nearest public transport is the Thailand Cultural Centre MRT, which is located directly next to the market.
General information about Ratchada Train Night Market
Train night market Ratchada is good for
Opening times: Tue-Sun 17:30 – 00:30.
More detailed information can be found in our
in-depth article about Ratchada Train Night Market
2. Train Night Market Srinakarin
As said, the train night market has multiple locations spread throughout the city. The most popular ones being Ratchada and Srinakarin. Train Night Market Srinakarin is a bit different from Train Night Market Ratchada. Although Train Night Market Srinakarin has lesser bar and food options than its counterpart, the shopping at the Srinakarin branch is much, much bigger. Especially if you’re looking for vintage goods, Train Night Market Srinakarin is a much better option as it has an enormous vintage section in abandoned warehouses in the back.
Train Market at Srinakarin, right before the dark.
Because this night market is much larger than the Train Night Market at Ratchada, the market has much more of a laid-back atmosphere and is not overly crowded. Especially when you wander around the Warehouse Zone, you can really take your time exploring all these unique shops selling all sorts of vintage goods, from vinyl to vintage toys and from clothes to even antiques. The shop owners know that their goods attract people who not necessarily buying their stuff, meaning that they are not pushy at all and that creates a super-relaxed vibe.
Shops like these, that sell all sorts of vintage goods, can be found at the Warehouse Zone.
Although there are not as many bars at this night market compared to the Train Night Market in Ratchada, there is a section at the front of the market where you find several unique bars which include Thai live music and cheap drinks. Comparing both night markets, Ratchada and Srinakarin, is a bit of a waste as both have their unique selling points and both will most definitely give you an excellent night out!
The bar area in the front of the night market where you will find cheap drinks and live music.
How to get to Srinakarin Train Night Market?
There’s no nearby BTS or MRT station, the closest is Onnut BTS which usually is still a 20-minute drive from the market. Keep in mind that there is a daily traffic jam between 17:00 and 19:00. Also, due to the construction of a new BTS-line, the road that takes you to this train market is always jam-packed. In the near future, you will be able to access the Srinakarin Train Night Market by public transport, but as for now, you have to accept the fact that it will take you a bit longer in order to get there. But, as this night market is less busy and offers a huge variety of vintage goods and plenty of food, it is well worth the extra travelling time.
General information about Srinakarin Train Night Market
Train night market Srinakarin is good for
Opening times: Thurs – Sun: 5:30 – 00:30.
More detailed information can be found in our
in-depth article about Srinakarin Train Night Market
3. Chang Chui Plane Night Market
Opened in 2017, Chang Chui Plane Night Market quickly gained a lot of attention due to its unique concept and large, eye-catching plane in the middle of the market. Chang Chui’s emphasis is on art, with many local artists showcasing their fascinating work, which is all made from reused materials. Among them, you’ll find uniquely-decorated restaurants and shops, as well as cool skull sculptures.
Chang Cui Plane Market
The market features a gallery, vintage cinema, trendy shops and cafés, bars and many foods and restaurant options. If you dare, there’s even a fine dining restaurant that serves insects! Compared to other night markets in Bangkok, Chang Chui is more upmarket and attracts a young bohemian crowd, making it one of our favourite night markets in Bangkok. Chang Chui is divided into two zones, an alcohol-free ‘green zone’ which is open from 11:00 till 21:00 and a ‘night zone’ which is open from 16:00 till 23:30. The night zone features craft beer bars, live music venues and late-night shops with cheap drinks.
For food, we recommend you to try the following famous restaurants in Chang Chui Plane Night Market:
– Eat some creepy crawlers at upmarket restaurant
Insects in the Backyard
How to get to Chang Chui Plane Night Market?
There is no nearby BTS or MRT station. The closest MRT Station is Bang Son MRT, which is still a 10 – 15-minute drive with a taxi.
General information about Chang Chui Plane Night Market
Chang Chui Plane Night Market is good for
Opening times: Thurs – Tue: 11:00 – 23:00.
4. Chinatown at night
Another favourite night market in Bangkok is Chinatown. After 6 pm, when food carts are allowed to open, this famous district transforms in a foodie haven. On the main road, you’ll find new dishes to explore every few meters as well as famous restaurants. Chinatown will definitely tickle your senses with its smells, fiery woks, bustling crowds and neon lights. After you’ve eaten your fill, head to nearby Soi Nana for some drinks. Soi Nana is home to some hip bars, popular among trendy Thai locals. Our favourite bars at Soi Nana are gin bar Teens of Thailand, cocktail bar Asia Today and rooftop bar Wallflowers Upstairs.
Chinatown at night, with insane amounts of food
There is an abundance of (street) food in Chinatown, so make sure you visit this night market with an empty stomach.
A common scene at Chinatown, with so much street food and amazing local restaurants.
For food, we recommend you to try the following famous restaurants in Chinatown:
– Splurge yourself in seafood at
, one of Bangkok’s most famous Seafood restaurants
– Try Thailand’s most famous Oyster Omelette at
Nai Mong Hoi Thod
– Eat Bangkok’s most famous Fish- or Oyster Rice Soup at
Siang Ki Khao Tom Pla
– Treat yourself with a Thai-Chinese dessert at the well-known street food cart
or the popular dessert ship
Aaii Waan Yen
In our article about
the best food Chinatown Bangkok has to offer
, we dive deeper into the unique dishes this amazing area has to offer. If you’re planning to visit Chinatown, reading this article and save some of these dishes you want to try later on is highly recommended. An impression of what food you can expect at Chinatown:
Famous, by Michelin-recommended fish noodles.
Chinese Doughnuts, ultimate Chinatown street food.
Widely-popular Penang curry which you eat on the street.
We also listed Chinatown in our
in-depth article about Bangkok Street Food
. This article is a long read that gives you all the information you need to explore Bangkok Street Food to the fullest.
How to get to Chinatown in Bangkok?
Chinatown is located not too far from Bangkok’s old town (Rattanakosin district) if you stay around there, it’s best to take a metered taxi directly. You can also take the MRT to MRT Station Wat Mangkon, a new MRT Station in the middle of Chinatown.
General information about Chinatown Bangkok
Chinatown is good for
food, food, food and food
Opening times: Tue-Sun 18:00 – 01:00 (most shops and restaurants are closed on Monday)
5. Chatuchak Weekend Market on Friday Night
What many people don’t know is that Bangkok’s most famous market is open on Friday night as well. Chatuchak Market is the world’s largest weekend market with 15,000 stalls drawing 200,000 to 300,000 visitors each Saturday and Sunday. On Friday nights, limited shops are open on Chatuchak’s main road but everything on the Sois is closed. Visiting Chatuchak Weekend Market on Friday night is okay if you’re looking to avoid crowds but we prefer it in the daytime when the market has much more to offer and all the shops are open.
Shopping at Chatuchak Market at night
Also for food, Chatuchak’s famous food stalls are closed, if you visit on Saturday or Sunday you should try:
– Paella at funky lounge bar
– Popular Honey Roasted Pork at
Moo Yang Nam Peung
– The original Coconut Ice Cream at
near Section 1
– The sweet Thai dessert Tub Tim Grob at popular
Tub Tim Grob Shop
Famous Paella at Chatuchak Weekend Market
For more food recommendations, check out our
How to get to Chatuchak Weekend and Night Market?
Mo Chit BTS and Chatuchak Park MRT station are located directly next to the market. Using public transport is by far the best and easiest way to get to Chatuchak Weekend Market as the road from Victory Monument all the way to Chatuchak (Mo Chit) is always busy due to construction work. Within a five-minute-walk from Mo Chit BTS and Chatuchak Park MRT, you’re at Chatuchak Weekend Market.
General information about Chatuchak Weekend and Night Market
Chatuchak Weekend Market is good for
Opening times: Fri 18:00 – 23:00, Sat & Sun 09:00 – 18:00
6. Hua Mum Night Market
Another good night market in Bangkok is Hua Mum. This Bangkok night market is located just outside the city centre in Lat Phrao district and is a less touristy option. You can enjoy shopping, food and a few bars at Hua Hum Night Market, but the main draw is Stanee Mee Hoi seafood restaurant. Guys, don’t get too excited though, as the restaurant is famous for its male staff dancing around in women’s nightgowns and making “freaky” noises. So, what draws me to Hua Mum Night Market? We like the quiet feel and lack of crowds, which makes it easy to browse and enjoy the Insta-worthy food, shopping and everything else the market has to offer.
For more food recommendations, check out our article about what food you should not miss when you’re at Chatuchak Weekend Market
Cocktails at Hua Mum Night Market in Bangkok
How to get to Hua Mum Night Market?
There is no nearby BTS or MRT station. The closest is MRT Station is Lat Phrao MRT, which is still a 10 – 15-minute drive with a taxi.
General information about Hua Mum Night Market
Hua Mum Night Market is good for
Opening times: 17:00 – 01:00 Daily
7. Artbox Night Market
Unfortunately, this popular night market in Bangkok is closed permanently. In case they do find a new location, we will update this article immediately.
This movable pop-up container market is known for its local designer brands and creative food. You won’t find any knock-off stuff here and the vendors of this Bangkok night market really cater to the locals. Artbox is a bit more expensive than other Bangkok night markets but the products sold here are of better quality and the food is especially photogenic. They also have a live music stage where local bands perform, which is perfect for enjoying with a beer or cocktail. This Bangkok night market regularly changes the location and has something different to offer every time.
For its latest location, check their
Artbox Market at night, which attracts lots of local youngsters
How to get to Artbox Night Market?
The location of this Bangkok night market changes regularly, for its latest location and opening times check their
. Currently, Artbox Market is located right between BTS Asok and BTS Nana on Sukhumvit Road. It seems that this will be the location for the coming period.
General information about Artbox Night Market
Artbox Night Market is good for
Opening times: 16:00 – 00:00 Daily
Overview of the best night markets in Bangkok
Name of night market
Location / Public Transport
Train Night Market Ratchada
17:30 – 00:30 (Closed on Monday)
Near Thailand Cultural Centre MRT Station
Train Night Market Srinakarin
17:30 – 00:30 (Thurs – Sun)
Srinakarin (no public transportation yet)
Chang Chui Plane Night Market
11:00 – 23:00 (Thurs – Tue)
Taling Chan (no public transportation
Chinatown at night
18:00 – 01:00 (Closed on Monday)
Chinatown, Wat Mangkon MRT Station
Chatuchak Weekend Market
18:00 – 23:00 (Friday)
Chatuchak, Mo Chit BTS + Chatuchak Park MRT
Hua Mum Night Market
17:00 – 01:00 Daily
Lat Phrao (no public transportation)
Artbox Night Market
There you have it, our list of the best night markets in Bangkok. We know there are many more night markets in Bangkok, but personally, we think these are the best ones. Night markets like Talad Neon, Patpong and Asiatique are, in our opinion, not worth a visit. Talad Neon, for instance, is known for its light installations (which are boring). To us, the art at Chang Chui Plane Night is much more special. Patpong is just downright sleazy and touristy and we don’t even consider Asiatique a market, just an over-hyped open-air shopping mall with chain restaurants and expensive goods. So, if you really want to visit an authentic Bangkok night market, head to one of the top night markets listed here. If you are looking for great food at these markets, make sure to download our food application TopTravelFoods. This app helps you easily find the most delicious dishes around you when you’re in Thailand. The app is available for both iOS and Android and is completely free.
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