Chatuchak has inspired dozens of other incredible night markets that have sprouted all over Bangkok. We’ve picked our favourite five which we think you must visit when in Bangkok!
Every one offers a different flavour and boasts a niche over the others. Whichever you visit, always come with an empty stomach ready to indulge in the delicious street delicacies found nowhere else (as good)!
#1 – Talad Rot Fad: Ratchada
a.k.a. Train Night Market Ratchada
Talad Rod Fad (which means “Train Night Market”) Ratchada is perhaps the most popular night market in Bangkok today, rivalling even JJ Green at Chatuchak. The Ratchada Train Night Market covers a huge area, and boasts a selection of restaurants and countless lanes of food and shopping.
Perfect for a scrumptious supper of the local street variety
Frequented by many locals for it’s cheap and fantastically delicious spread of street food (up to four lanes!), this night market is perfect for a scrumptious supper of the local street variety. Shopping is a bit of a hit or miss, though. Many stalls are ‘repeated’ stalls, but you can certainly find some hidden gems, like a pretty high-tech one that instantly prints any photo of yours onto a comfy cotton T-shirt.
A full stretch of hip bars line the back of the night market stalls, which naturally attracts a crowd of local university students and young adults. The bars add an air of funk to this market, the crooning voices of live singers resonating all over the lanes of stalls.
For us, this the Train Night Market at Ratchada is a must visit for the food, oh glorious food.
Thailand Cultural Centre MRT Station – Exit 3, Behind Esplanade Shopping Mall
Tue-Sun, 5pm to Midnight
Talad Rot Fad Ratchada – Facebook
#2 – ArtBox Bangkok
OPEN NOW till April 2017 – Find Out More!
ArtBox is a stylish night market literally filled with boxes of imaginatively artsy creations, concoctions and crafts. By boxes, we mean large shipping container boxes that have been artfully converted into mobile stalls that make trails upon trails of irresistible charm.
Every single thing you find here is just bursting with art, style and imagination
Set up by young adults for young adults, ArtBox is perhaps the trendiest, upscale night market around in Bangkok. As stall owners are mostly of the Instagram generation, English is widely spoken here, so tourists who can’t grasp a word of Thai will feel quite at home here.
A live band amps up the atmosphere as you browse fancy fashion trinkets, clothes and stylish home décor pieces. And then you get to the food. By the love of all that is artsy, street food was never meant to look that good! Indeed, every single thing you find here is just bursting with art, style and imagination.
But all good things must come to an end. Indeed, as ArtBox is a pop-up night market, it doesn’t stay in one place for very long. So, you’ve got to catch them before they shuttle away elsewhere! Don’t fret, though. They always reopen for another month after a 4-6 weeks break.
Always check ShopJJ to see if they are open when you head on down to Bangkok. We’ll always give you the latest updates.
Chatuchak, Kamphaeng Phet MRT Station – Exit 1 (10secs walk)
Fri-Sun, 12pm to 11pm
#3 – Talad Rot Fai: Srinakarin
a.k.a. Train Night Market Srinakarin
Well what do you know… it’s Talad Rot Fai again! This time, we’re talking about the one at Srinakarin, also known as the original Train Night Market. As you’d have guessed, the organisers of the “Train Night Market” have been doing really well, and are now found at three great locations:
- The Original One @ Srinakarin
- The Foodie One @ Ratchada
- The New One @ Kasem-Nawamin
Naturally, the original Srinakarin Talad Rod Fai is the biggest and most established of the lot. By biggest we mean positively huge, and it’s not possible to complete seeing everything in one night. That being said, many stalls repeat the products they sell, so if you’re sharp eyed and know when to skip the things you’ve seen before, you could cover the whole market.
There is a reason why this original Srinakarin Talad Rod Fai spawned two other sister night markets
One stickler about the original Srinakarin Talad Rod Fai is that it’s quite a way out to reach. It is far from the city, so the best way to get there is by taxi. We recommend stopping at either the On Nut BTS Station or the Udon Suk BTS Station, and take a 20 minutes taxi ride from there.
While it all seems a bit of a hassle, there is a reason why the original Srinakarin Talad Rod Fai spawned two other sister night markets… It’s incredibly popular, groundbreaking and massive, so it is definitely on our list of Night Markets you must visit when you’re in Bangkok.
Soi Srinakarin 51, Behind Seacon Square
Thur-Sun, 5pm to 1am
Talad Rot Fai Srinakarin – Facebook
#4 – Hua Mum Night Market
a.k.a. หัวมุม Market & More
Newly opened in September 2015, Hua Hum Night Market is one of Bangkok’s hidden treasures! Not many people know about it, and even most taxi drivers will give you a blank stare when you direct them here. It’s new, it’s fresh, and it’s exciting!
Stall owners here know they’ve got to prove their worth, and they truly go all out to impress.
Typical of Bangkok’s Night Market scene, Hua Hum is massive with more than 200 stalls selling a mix of fashion and food. Being a new market seeking to differentiate, the things you’ll find here are fascinatingly unique. It’s as though stall owners here know they’ve got to prove their worth, and they truly go all out to impress. Food stalls sell premium cut steaks, escargots and even fresh oysters!
The ambience here is something unique too. Think of Hua Hum as a chill out night park rather than a ‘market’. Its got spacious grounds, great live music, and colourful food stalls (and food trucks). How’s that for a festive vibe? It’s perfect for an evening of unconventional winding down!
We feel that Hua Hum is a legend in the making, and the little touches of this new night market truly gives it a charm of its own. We think that it’ll soon become a household name amongst locals (and the taxi drivers!)… but until that happens, take the chance now to be one of the first few to experience Hua Hum!
11 Kaset-Nawamin Rd, Lat Phrao, Bangkok 10230
Tue-Sun, 5pm to Midnight
Hua Mum Night Market – Facebook
#5 – Box Space Ratchayothin
With the Night Market scene in Bangkok gaining so much popularity, it’s probably no surprise that new ones are popping up all over the place. Box Space Rachayothin is one such night market, and it opened really recently in February 2016.
Box Space is sticking strictly to the timeless adage, ‘quality over quantity’.
Box Space doesn’t seem eager to compete head on with the big players, but are instead carving out a niche for themselves. It is much smaller in comparison to others. That gives us the feeling that Box Space is sticking strictly to the timeless adage, ‘quality over quantity’.
What they lack in size, they make up for in cosiness. Walking through Box Space feels like taking a lovely stroll along a quaint cafe boulevard, with rows of cafes and mini restaurants inviting you at every step. Box Space is also beautifully decorated with fascinating light fixtures that add to it’s magical atmosphere.
On weekends, a live band serenades the crowd, which isn’t as large as the other night markets. This makes Box Space a great market for those who crave the thrill of discovery without the stifling crowd.
Similar to Art Box, most stall owners here are youngsters who are pretty fluent in English.
20/126 Ratchadaphisek Road, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900
Tue-Sun, 5pm to Midnight