Night markets in Bangkok are certainly the easiest way to understand the local culture. There are markets in almost every neighborhood of the Thai capital. When the night falls, the weather is more pleasant and the combo of street food, great prices and some entertainment is very successful with the locals and travellers.
Each new night market has a specific focus such as vintage clothing and accessories, creative design, cheap food and drink, or all together in one place. I have my favorites and I must say that most offer almost the same things (food, drink, cheap clothes), but the difference is how and where you can see it, it’s all about the place. For example, the Chang Chui is for those who like creative design, since the Rot Fai Ratchada is great for eating well and cheaply.
The Asiatique in Bangkok is the mix of best of Bangkok has to offer: night market and shopping center on riverside of the Chao Phraya River. It’s a very well organized night market with several shops where you can find brands, boutiques and cheap clothes. And also street food, snacks and international restaurants.
Asiatique has a ferris wheel of 60m of height and not so many tourists if comparing with others night markets in Bangkok. In addition, famous shows and concerts happen there sometimes.
The Rot Fai Ratchada night market is the new version of Rot Fai that was out of the city. It is also known as Train Market. There you will find antiques, vintage clothes, second hand toys, cheap clothes in general and plenty bars playing music.
There are also lots of food stalls and small restaurants. Impossible not to be hungry! That’s why this Bangkok night market is always packed.
Chang Chui, also known as Plane Market is a space where the new generation of artists and designers can show their work without spending a lot of money, as a concept that nothing is useless.
Bangkok’s plane market has art galleries, movie theater, regular and insect restaurants, cafes, tea house, street food, creative and exclusive shops, museum and a plane.
JJ Green also known as Green Vintage Night Market is the perfect place to find second hand goods from the 80’s and 90’s, vintage clothes, CD’s, vinyl records, old cameras, vintage advertising posters and every hipster thing that may exist .
It has street food too and themed restaurants. Undoubtedly one of most interesting Bangkok night markets, because it’s cheaper and less crowded.
The Patpong Night Market is not the best or the most interesting, but it’s the easiest to get there for those who are new to the city and need to buy something quickly and cheaply. You can find everything, usually fake. So be careful what you buy. But it’s close to great restaurants, it’s easy to get there from any part of Bangkok and has a busy nightlife. Something like Khao San Road, but with less backpackers and more GoGo clubs.
Of course there are many other night markets in Bangkok, such as Khao San Road, where you can find everything and everyday, and W District Market, full of small shops, food vendors, murals on the walls and some sculpture around. Seriously, it’s difficult choose where to go with so many good options!