Chatuchak Friday Night Market
The massive Chatuchak Market fills up every weekend, but not many know that you can actually come here for some night time shopping on Fridays, as vendors set up their stalls from around 21:00 until late. Expect much of the same as in the day on Saturdays and Sundays – just less heat, fewer people and not so many stalls open (for example, the homeware, gardening and pets sections are all closed). There’s more of a chilled-out, local vibe – with most of the main stores, restaurants and bars open around the main ring road of the market drawing in a young crowd from the nearby universities.
Opening Hours: Fridays 21:00-03:00
Location: Mo Chit BTS or Kampheng Phet MRT Station
The centre of the backpackers’ universe is bursting with fun, tacky and useful things to blow your baht on. Its ubiquitous travel shops can arrange your outward journey, whether it be flights, trains or bus tickets. The many tailors will happily whip you up a sharp suit ready for when you arrive back from the islands. A must for the beach is a gripping read, and fortunately several of the city’s best second hand-book shops are here. Modern essentials aren’t neglected either: internet cafes, chemists, convenience stores, banks and monetary exchanges abound.
Opening Hours: Daily 15:00-02:00
Location: Khao San Road
Patpong Night Market
After recently cleaning up its act, Patpong’s become one of the ‘must’ night shopping destinations for avid shoppers. Found in the built-up area known as Silom, the place is always busy and chaotic with all the commotion from the Go-Go bars nearby and lots of foreign tourists. This market in Bangkok’s notorious nightlife district is often the first and easiest stop for many tourists just arriving to Bangkok, whilst lodging at one of several mid-to-upper-end hotels in Silom. Be warned though, the quality and prices of most items sold are about as real and trustworthy as the girls shaking their wares in go-go bars flanking the area. Both market and go-go bars seem to complement each other well, but remember not to be fooled by first impressions, and to bargain hard.
Opening Hours: 18:00 – around 01:00 (every day)
How to get there: Coming from BTS Siam station, depart at Sala Daeng station and exit down one of the right-hand stairs. Follow the increasing trail of vendors along the sidewalk, and after five minutes, you’ll know you’re there.
Silom Road Walking Street (Sunday)
Silom Walking Street sees one of Bangkok’s most famous roads closed down, making way for huge pedestrianized zone that gets packed-out with hundreds of food, fashion, and electronics vendors. It runs every Sunday from 15:00 until around 22:00 and is particular easy to find in the center of Bangkok – directly underneath Sala Daeng BTS Station.
The market really excels on the street food front; every Thai dish in the history of the kingdom seems to be here, as well as some tasty international offerings like pizza, pastries, kebabs, and steak. There’s also live music, street performances and when we went, a traditional Thai dance show.
Opening Hours: Sundays 15:00-22:00
Location: Silom Road (Sala Daeng BTS)
JJ Green night market
JJ Green Night Market might just be the coolest place to shop in Bangkok, with its much more chilled-out, bohemian vibes when compared to the capital’s gargantuan Chatuchak Weekend Market just down the road.
Part vintage flea market, part local drinking hangout, JJ Green is best visited on Thursday to Sunday evening, from 17:00 to 01:00, although many bars here keeps going until after midnight on Saturday and Sunday night, when the market is at its busiest. Come for the decent selection of vintage fashion, antiques, accessories, cheap eats and retro collectables.
Opening Hours: Thursday-Sunday 17:00-01:00
Location: 1 Kamphaeng Phet 3, Chatuchak
Sukhumvit Street Market (Nana)
A lot of Nana shopping exists on the street, with the vendors that make up the roadside market fringing the main road. This part of Bangkok is also known as the Middle Eastern quarter –’Little Arabia’, where many Arab businesses set up shop. Street stalls selling counterfeit T-shirts, bags, trinkets, DVD’s, CD’s and eastern-influenced apparel contribute to the bustling vibrancy of the place. This is a great location to pick up indigenous tokens for friends and family back home.
Opening Hours: 11:00 – 22:30
Address: Sukhumvit sois 2-12 and sois 3-15
Saphan Phut Night Market
Every evening (except Wednesdays) the area around the Memorial Bridge (known amongst Thais as Saphan Plut) on the Rattankosin side of the river is packed with vendors and shoppers trading for apparels and entertainment items include T-shirts, sneakers, jeans, related accessories, DVD’s, CD’s, video games and more.
Some counterfeit brand-name clothing like Ralph Lauren, Armani, Fred Perry as well as creative pieces can be found; plenty of food stalls, too. Bartering is almost not necessary, as the prices are amazingly cheap. The market is popular amongst local teen shoppers. It opens from 17:30 (or later on a rainy day) until around midnight.
Opening Hours: 17:30 – 24:00 (closed on Wednesdays)
Location: The Memorial Bridge or Saphan Phut Chao Phraya pier
Rod Fai Market (Ratchada)
The new Rot Fai Market in the Ratchada area of Bangkok is bringing the same convivial night bazaar feel, antiques curios, and street food snacks and treats from its original location, into an area of the city that is much easier to access thanks to the nearby Cultural Centre MRT Underground Station.
This new Train Market is more central and compact, meaning it’s easier to pop in for a spot of browsing anytime from 18:00 to 24:00, Thursday to Sunday. Read More…
Opening Hours: 18:00 to 24:00, Thursday to Sunday
Location: Ratcadaphisek Road (close to Esplanade Shopping Mall)
Asiatique has successfully combined two of the most popular shopping experiences in the city: a night bazaar and a mall. Ten minutes downriver from Saphan Taksin BTS station this once-bustling international trade port has been transformed, with over 1,500 boutiques and 40 restaurants housed under a huge replica warehouse complex. Open from 17:00, spending an evening here is no problem: you’ll have good fun browsing the boutiques, picking up gifts or something for yourself; you are guaranteed to find something you would like to eat and if this isn’t enough entertainment, shows are performed nightly: Calypso ladyboy cabaret and soon, a classic Thai puppets performance.
Opening Hours: 17:00-midnight
Location: Chareonkrung Soi 74-76
How to get there: The easiest and fastest way to get there is via boat. Take the BTS to Saphan Taksin and jump on the free shuttle at the end of the pier. It only takes ten minutes, and the boat runs until 23:00. Taxis are not recommended as the traffic can be terrible in this area.