What is the best market in Bangkok?
There are five amazing markets in Bangkok you should consider visiting, namely Chatuchak, Jodd Fairs, Srinakarin Train Market, Chinatown and Hua Mum Night Market. In this article, we cover solely the night markets in Bangkok that are worth visiting. Without a doubt, Chatuchak is the best market in Bangkok in general as it is the largest weekend market in the world.
What's special about night markets in Bangkok?
Night markets are the ideal place for cheap (street) food, local bars and shopping. Due to the government's policy of banning street food vendors from selling their food on sidewalks, the street food scene in Bangkok changed rapidly. Designated areas such as night markets became the place to be for cheap eats and are nowadays the ideal place for an affordable night out. The concentration of food vendors, vintage shops and small bars is only this dense at night markets, making it a great night activity for both tourists and Bangkokians.
As said, we cover the following night markets in Bangkok. You can directly navigate to your prefered night market by tapping on the following links. At the bottom of this article, you can also find a map with all the locations of the night markets in Bangkok.
- 1. Jodd Fairs
- 2. Train Night Market Srinakarin
- 3. Chang Chui Plane Night Market
- 4. Chinatown at night
- 5. Chatuchak Weekend Market on Friday night
- 6. Hua Mum Night Market
- 7. Artbox
The best night markets in Bangkok are:
1. Jodd Fairs (previous Train Night Market Ratchada)
Update: Train Night Market Ratchada is one of the many victims of the COVID situation due to the lack of visitors. It was by far the most popular night market in Bangkok. Luckily, the organization opened up a new market at a different location under a different name: Jodd Fairs. We shall update this article as soon as possible with proper information about the brand-new night market. At the bottom of this article, you find a link with a bit more information about Jodd Fairs Market. As Jodd Fairs Market is from the same organization as the previous Ratchada Market, there are many similarities between both markets, including the intent and food options. You can read about the night market in our article about Ratchada Train Night Market. The most popular night markets in Bangkok nowadays is either Jodd Fair or Srinakarin: the night market we discuss in the next paragraph. In case the organization do reopen the Train Night Market in Ratchada, which only can happen when tourism in Thailand thrives again, we will update you on this as soon as we can.
2. Train Night Market Srinakarin
As said, the train night market has multiple locations spread throughout the city. The most popular ones are 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.
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.
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!
Train Market at Srinakarin, right before the dark.
The bar area in the front of the night market is 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 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 food, (vintage) shopping and drinking.
Opening times: Thurs – Sun: 5:30 – 00:30.
Location: Google Maps
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.
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 the 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 art lovers, food, drinking and shopping.
Opening times: Thurs – Tue: 11:00 – 23:00.
Location: Google Maps
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 into 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.
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 to a Thai-Chinese dessert at the well-known street food cart Sweet Time 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 saving some of these dishes you want to try later on is highly recommended. An impression of what food you can expect at Chinatown:
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)
Location: Google Maps
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.
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
Famous Paella at Chatuchak Weekend Market
For more food recommendations, check out our article about what food you should not miss when you're at Chatuchak Weekend Market.
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 food and shopping.
Opening times: Fri 18:00 – 23:00, Sat & Sun 09:00 – 18:00
Location: Google Maps
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.
How to get to Hua Mum Night Market?
There is no nearby BTS or MRT station. The closest MRT Station is Lat Phrao MRT, which is still a 10 – 15-minute drive by taxi.
General information about Hua Mum Night Market
Hua Mum Night Market is good for food and shopping.
Opening times: 17:00 - 01:00 Daily
Location: Google Maps
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.
How to get to Artbox Night Market?
General information about Artbox Night Market
Opening times: 16:00 - 00:00 Daily
Location: Google Maps
As promised, we would link to more information about the new Jodd Fair Market. Have a look at The Smart Local's excellent guide to Jodd Fair Market for all the information you currently need when visiting Jodd Fair Market.
Overview of the best night markets in Bangkok
|Night Markets in Bangkok||Opening times||Location / Public Transport|
|Jodd Fairs||11:-00 - 00:00 Daily||Phra Ram 9 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||Permanently closed||Permanently closed|
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.