The best way to experience an energetic city like Bangkok is to visit the local markets. Whether you're looking for a night market in Bangkok or more authentic experiences like floating markets and train markets, you'll definitely find a treasure trove of street food, cheap clothes and collectable antiques!
1. Pratunam Floating Night Market
If you're looking for a new spot to hang out for your next trip to Bangkok, look no further than the Pratunam Floating Night Market, the newest market in Bangkok! Located right in the heart of Bangkok's busy shopping district of Pratunam, this is the perfect place to spend a relaxing night out. What's great about this market is that you can choose from an array of open-air restaurants and have a meal on one of their floating platforms ? Sounds like an amazing idea to us!
2. Chatuchak Weekend Market
Anyone who has travelled to Bangkok would agree that Chatuchak Weekend Market is a fantastic representation of a street market fiasco. Crowned as Thailand’s largest, it boasts a labyrinth of 8,000 booths complete with a floor-to-ceiling display of daytime and evening dresses, homegrown clothing labels, knock-off handbags and quirky ceramics - just to name a few. Despite its maze-like layout, Chatuchak is surprisingly easy to navigate. However, with a weekend crowd of 200,000, it’s easy to lose sight of your shopping companions. Set up a meeting point like the Clock Tower that is smack in the middle of the street market. Our guide to Chatuchak Weekend Market will be just what you need to conquer the whole market! For a quick refuel, there are a couple of Muslim-friendly eateries like Saman Islam (located in front of the Clock Tower) that offer everything from fragrant chicken biryani to tom yam or beef noodle soup. A lane away from Saman Islam is the rustic Kak Jak that serves up green curry fried rice, chicken spicy salad with rice and pad thai. #HHWT Tip: Light clothing and comfortable footwear are best advised when visiting this outdoor street market. To escape the mid-day heat, the best hour to visit is in the morning or late afternoon. For an even cooler and more relaxed atmosphere, head over to Chatuchak on Friday nights from 7pm to 2am (only sections 8-26 will be open). Opening Hours: Sat-Sun; 9AM-6PM, Fri; 6PM-12AM, Wed-Thu; 7AM-6PM (plant section only) Address: 587/10 Kamphaeng Phet 2 Road, Chatuchak, Bangkok. Directions: Chatuchak is located adjacent to the Kamphaengphet MRT Station. It’s also a 5-minute walk from Mo Chit Skytrain BTS Station and Suan Chatuchak (Chatuchak Park) MRT Station. For buses to Chatuchak Weekend Market, refer to this linkWebsite
3. Pratunam Market
While the city is still asleep, Pratunam Market is already wide awake at the intersection of Ratchaprarop and Phetchaburi Roads. As early as 4 am, local sellers would draw the shutters to pour out a variety of affordable clothes, handbags, shoes and accessories.
4. Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
Located outside of downtown Bangkok, Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is a tourist favourite. While the market may not be as authentic as it used to be, Damnoen Saduak remains a unique tourist attraction that you have to experience at least once.
5. Amphawa Floating Market
If you prefer a more localised floating market, swing by the Amphawa which offers what Damnoen Saduak has but with lesser tourists. Widely visited by the locals, everything from street food to souvenirs is ready to greet you as you walk along with the rickety platforms. Your main highlight at Amphawa should be the grilled seafood. Order and enjoy them on tiny tables or at the nearby restaurants with proper seating. Normally priced by weight, expect juicy prawns, shellfish and off-the-grill fishes to keep you full throughout the day. #HHWT Tip: After sunset, catch the firefly cruise tour at Amphawa (along with the village). Depending on your chosen tour, a one-hour boat ride is typically priced at 60 baht per person. Opening Hours: Fri-Sun; 11.30AM-9.30PM; closed from Mondays to Thursdays Address: Amphawa, Samut Songkhram Directions: Located approximately 1.5-hour car ride from Bangkok city, hiring a private taxi would be a comfortable option. For public transport, take a minibus from Victory Monument to the Amphawa Floating Market. The 1-2 hour journey will cost about 160 baht. The last van departs at 8:30 pm. Alternatively, book a day tour on Klook to visit both the Amphawa Floating Market and Maeklong Railway Market.
6. Palladium Night Market
Located right outside the Palladium Shopping Mall in Pratunam, the Palladium Night Market is a small street market that opens late. Although it's smaller in scale than most night markets in Bangkok, its compactness helps you find what you need fast! Not to mention that the prices here are kept affordable too.
7. ASIATIQUE The Riverfront
ASIATIQUE The Riverfront feels like a rebirth of the old Suan Lam Night Market that used to reside by the Chao Phraya River. Akin to a retail boulevard, ASIATIQUE is widely labelled as a modern street market complete with a massive Ferris wheel. Open in the evenings, catch similar street market favourites from summer dresses to quirky knick-knacks. Then again, there’s no harm in spending some bahts at the popular Naraya store where floral bags and pouches are aplenty. If you’re hungry, swing by Champion Kebab kiosk for their selections of chicken or beef kebab. To finish off with something sweet, order a serving of their authentic Turkish ice cream ? #HHWT Tip: Our readers have shared with us that there are halal food stalls along Charoen Krung Rd, which is only a short walk away from Asiatique. There's even a mosque! Head out to the road from Asiatique and turn right on to Charoen Krung Road for some halal street food ? We've also written a Muslim-friendly guide to the district of Charoenkrung! Opening Hours: Open daily; 11am-12am Address: 2194 Charoenkrung Road, Wat Prayakrai District, Bangkor Laem, Bangkok. Directions: Take the BTS to Saphan Taksin Station and follow the signs to Asiatique’s shuttle boat that will take you directly to the entrance for free (service hour is 5-10.45PM). Facebook
8. Talad Rot Fai Market Srinakarin
9. Jodd Fairs (formerly known as Talad Rot Fai 2 Market Ratchada)
In November 2021, Ratchada Train Night Market officially announced its return under a new name, Jodd Fairs, on its Facebook page. This new market is relocated from Ratchada to Rama 9, but still retains its original vibe of nightlife shopping and street food hawkers that we’re all love ? Stuffed with everything from a wide array of street clothes to vintage stores selling old-school items, and even trailer cafes and outdoor hawker stalls, you'll be spoiled for choice! ? The market is quite easy to spot since it's located right behind Central Plaza Grand Rama 9; more shopping for you! Try to spot these cool vintage cars when you're there! ? Opening Hours: Open daily; 11am-12am Address: Rama IX Rd, Huai Khwang, Bangkok 10310, Thailand Directions: Only a 5-minute walk from MRT Rama 9 Facebook
10. Ramkhamhaeng Night Market
This market is located away from the main shopping areas of Bangkok in the Muslim district of Ramkhamhaeng. Located beside Ramkhamhaeng University, this market feels like your typical pasar malam back home, but the main draw here is the abundance of halal food ?
11. Hua Mum Night Market
For those of you who love discovering new gems and places to go, Hua Mum Night Market is perfect for you as it is still pretty much hidden from foreigners.
12. ChangChui Plane Night Market
This last market on our list is a must-go if you love all things wacky. If you're so used to the idea of shopping in a normal market, why not head over to ChangChui where art and shopping are combined. The highlight of the market is THIS large aeroplane in the middle of the shopping space! With a concept of all things reused, ChangChui is a place where artists and designers showcase their works without spending a lot of money. Not only does this space have unique shops, eateries and street food, but it also houses art galleries and a cinema. This is the place to be if you're a fan of quirky knick-knacks ? Even if you don't love shopping, this place makes a great backdrop for your Instagram photos! Address: 462 Sirindhorn Rd, Khwaeng Bang Phlat, Khet Bang Phlat, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10700, Thailand Opening hours: 11am-11pm daily Directions: ChangChui is located in the Bang Phlat district outside of the main shopping area of Bangkok. To get there, you can take the train to Bang Bamru railway station and walk. Alternatively, you can also take buses 83, 169 or 355 from Bang Sue Junction. Now that you have 14 more reasons to shop till you drop in Bangkok, it's time to explore these street markets with a canvas bag in tow. One thing is for sure, the Land of Smiles definitely knows the secret to keep our spirits up and our purses happy ?