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 my top choices and the best food they have to offer.
 

The best night markets in Bangkok are: 

 

Train Night Market Ratchada


The train night market Ratchada (also called Talad Rot Rai Ratchada) is my 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 feature 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 train night market Ratchada and train night market Srinakarin.
 

Train Night Market Ratchada Bangkok

Train Market Ratchada at Night, one of Bangkok's most popular night markets

This Bangkok night market 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 definitely a foodie paradise! 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. Our favourite bars are:

- Frankfurt Bar which has live music bands playing all night
- Sorry I’m Gay and its DJ playing techno
- Popular and hip Dot Box.

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
Holy Shrimp!
- 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.

 

How to get to the Ratchada Train Market?

Train night market Ratchada’s central location makes it easy to reach. The nearest public transport is Thailand Cultural Centre MRT, which is located directly next to the market.

Train night market Ratchada is good for food and drinking.

Opening times: Tue-Sun 17:30 – 00:30.


 

Train Night Market Srinakarin (a good alternative to Ratchada Train Market)


As said, the train 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.
 

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Train Market at Srinakarin, right before the dark.
 

How to get to Srinakarin Train Market?

There’s no nearby BTS or MRT station, the closest is Onnut BTS which is still a 10–15-minute drive from the market. Keep in mind that there is a daily traffic jam between 17:00 and 19:00. 

Train night market Srinakarin is good for food, shopping and drinking.

Opening times: Thurs – Sun: 5:30 – 00:30.


 

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 Chui Plane Night Market

Chang Cui Plane Market

The market features a gallery, vintage cinema, trendy shops and cafés, bars and many food 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. Closest MRT Station is Bang Son MRT, which is still a 10 – 15-minute drive with a taxi.

Chang Chui Plane Night Market is good for art lovers, food, drinking and shopping.

Opening times: Thurs – Tue: 11:00 – 23:00.


 

Chinatown at night


Another favourite night market in Bangkok is Chinatown. After 6pm, 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 bangkok at night

Chinatown at night, with insane amounts of food

For food, we recommend you to try the following famous restaurants in Chinatown:
- Splurge yourself in seafood at
T&K Seafood, 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 Sweet Time or the popular dessert ship Aaii Waan Yen.
 

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. Chinatown closest public transport is Hua Lamphong MRT station, which you still have to walk 10 minutes to reach Chinatown.

Chinatown is good for food, food, food and food!

Opening times: Tue-Sun 18:00 – 01:00


 

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.
 

chatuchak market at night

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
Viva 8
- Popular Honey Roasted Pork at Moo Yang Nam Peung
- The original Coconut Ice Cream at Coco JJ near Section 1
- The sweet Thai dessert Tub Tim Grob at popular
Tub Tim Grob Shop
 

How to get to Chatuchak Weekend Market? 

Mo Chit BTS and Chatuchak Park MRT station are located directly next to the market.

Chatuchak Weekend Market is good for food and shopping.

Opening times: Fri 18:00 – 23:00, Sat & Sun 09:00 – 18:00


 

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? I 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.
 
 

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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. 

Hua Mum Night Market is good for food and shopping.


 

Artbox Market


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 Facebook page.
 

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Artbox Market at night, which attracts lots of local youngsters
 

How to get to Artbox Market?

The location of this Bangkok night market changes regularly, for its latest location and opening times check www.facebook.com/Artboxthailand.

Artbox is good for food and shopping.


I know there are many more night markets in Bangkok, but personally, I think these are the best ones. Night markets like Talad Neon, Patpong and Asiatique are, in my opinion, not worth a visit. Talad Neon, for instance, is known for its light installations (which are boring). To me, the art at Chang Chui Plane Night is much more special. Patpong is just downright sleazy and touristy and I 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. 

 


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Best Night Markets in Bangkok
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