Exploring Bangkok: The 5 must-visit night markets (2023)
Bangkok has a vibrant nightlife and one of the best parts of this city is its night markets! Offering a range of foods, a variety of goods and wares as well as entertainment, these open-air bazaars make for an unforgettable experience. Below, we’ve compiled a list of the top 5 night markets in Bangkok that you must visit for a truly unforgettable experience. From flavorful food stalls to bustling street vendors, these night markets have something for everyone.
Jodd Fairs (Formerly Ratchada Train Night Market)
Location: Rama IX Rd, Huai Khwang, Bangkok 10310, Thailand
Hours: Daily, 16:00 – 00:00
Jodd Fairs is the new and improved version of the legendary Ratchada Train Night Market. While it’s relocated from Ratchada ro Rama 9, it still boasts the familiar lively atmosphere. It also serves up a mix of food, drinks, clothing, and much more, making it a perfect spot for a night out. What sets Jodd Fairs apart from other night markets is its modern yet vintage atmosphere. You won’t find any dark and grimy stalls here, instead, you’ll be surrounded by a clean and organized market with a retro vibe.
If you’re feeling social, Jodd Fairs is the perfect place to meet new people, drink, eat, and shop. And if you’re a social media addict, you’ll be happy to know that Jodd Fairs is a great spot to show off your latest food and fashion finds on your feed. With over 100 stalls, two-thirds of which are food stands, you’ll find a variety of cuisines including Thai, Korean, Japanese, and even a few European options. And for those who love a good drink, there are several bars and beer stands to choose from.
This night market is more catered towards the younger crowd, but don’t let that stop you from experiencing the fun. Whether you’re young or just young at heart, Jodd Fairs has something for everyone.
The One Ratchada
Location: Din Daeng, Bangkok 10400, Thailand
Hours: Daily, 17:00 – 00:00
The One Ratchada Night Market is one of the newest shopping and dining destinations in Bangkok, set behind The Esplanade Mall and conveniently accessible from the MRT Thailand Cultural Centre station (Exit 3). It takes over the spot of the well-known Train Night Market Ratchada (Talad Rot Fai) and offers a fresh and modern atmosphere.
You will appreciate the ample seating areas in the middle and back of the market, making it easy to take a break and enjoy food and drinks. The market offers a variety of shops, including fashion, bags, pet accessories, and more, along with a wealth of food stalls to choose from. Seafood, bars, Thai products, and even manicures are just some of the many options available.
The One Ratchada Night Market is a one-stop destination for those who love to dine and shop in Thailand. It is well-organized, clean, and easy to navigate. Pet owners will also be happy to know that pets are allowed in the market.
Siam Night Market Square
Location: 392/25-26 ซอย, Siam Square Soi 5, Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand
Hours: Daily, 10:00 – 22:00
Located just opposite of Siam Paragon in Bangkok, Siam Night Market Square is a small but impressive night market that offers a mix of clothing (primarily for women) and delicious food and drinks. Despite its small size, the market offers great selections at affordable prices. The atmosphere is clean and well-maintained, making it one of the cleanest night markets in the city.
The market is a great place to buy cheap products, especially the food, which is delicious. Visitors will be pleased to know that smoking is strictly prohibited, making it a comfortable and safe environment to explore. Despite its small size, it can get crowded, but never overwhelmingly so.
If you’re in the vicinity of Siam Paragon, be sure to take a look at Siam Night Market Square. It’s a cute and charming night market that will not disappoint.
Chinatown Night Market (Yaowarat Night Market)
Location: 148 Maha Chak Rd, Chakkrawat, Samphanthawong, Bangkok 10100, Thailand
Hours: Daily, 16:00 – 21:00
Chinatown Night Market, also known as Yaowarat Night Market, is a must-visit destination for food lovers. You’ll find a diverse array of food options, ranging from Thai to Chinese cuisine, along with a lively atmosphere. Plan to spend at least 2-3 hours here to fully explore the area and sample the different foods.
After sunset, the area comes to life with street food stalls, local restaurants, and live music. You’ll find crowds of people enjoying the festive vibe and the smells of different foods fill the air. Although the night market can get crowded, the experience is worth it. You’ll have a chance to try all kinds of food, from Thai to Chinese and beyond.
It’s recommended to visit Yaowarat at night instead of during the day, as more businesses are open and the atmosphere is even livelier.
Indy Night Market Pinklao
Location: 209 Charan Sanit Wong Rd, Bang Bumru, Bang Phlat, Bangkok 10700, Thailand
Hours: Daily, 18:00 – 00:00
Indy Night Market Pinklao is a small, neighborhood-style night market that offers a great, homely atmosphere. Unlike many of the tourist-filled markets, this one is a hidden gem and attracts mostly local patrons. However, this means that not many vendors speak English. Don’t be discouraged though, you can always get creative with hand-signs.
Here, you’ll find a variety of stalls offering food, snacks, fashion, and even pubs with live music. In terms of shopping, the option is limited, but it has everything you need for small purchases. Food options, on the other hand, are amazing and definitely the highlight of the market. The mango sticky rice and grilled meat on a stick are must-try items for anyone looking for delicious finger food. This market is popular among young people and students and is open until midnight every day.
Ready to explore Bangkok’s night markets? Make sure to come with an empty stomach so you can try as much food as you want!
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