The Top 6 Night Markets in Bangkok

The Best Places to Go Shopping in Bangkok at Night

Doing a tour of Bangkok’s temples can be exhausting. Just as exhausting as shopping in one of the city’s massive night markets! Save your energy, grab a coffee and buckle up. While many prefer going to Chatuchak Weekend Market in the early morning, night markets in Bangkok are a completely different experience. Shopping past sunset means you’ll feel much cooler. If you feel like you’re dying in Thailand’s heat, night markets are the perfect way for you to pick up souvenirs and great food.

In this article, we’ll go over 6 places to shop in Bangkok at night:

1. Khao San Road

Khao San Road is an iconic backpacker’s mecca, known for its crazy parties and shopping. It can be tough to navigate to on your first trip to Bangkok with its odd location. It isn’t close to any public transportation (BTS or MRT). Because of this, we recommend making a full afternoon or evening out of Khao San Road since it can be quite the timesink. In fact, we wrote a guide on how to spend a day around Khao San Road!

Khao San Road began as the designated tourist street in the mid 1970’s. Back in the day, Lonely Planet dubbed it as “a street where dusty backpacks find even dirtier accommodation”. For the most part, it’s remained unchanged decades later – including bedsheets and tablecloths. Gross. Khao San Road truly lives up to its reputation with plenty of things to do and exotic foods to try. Ever eaten scorpions before? How about deep fried tarantulas?

Dress code: None

Restrictions: None

Cover charge: The 2 “clubs”, Laval and Brick have variable covers of up to 400 baht.

Prices: Small beer is 80 baht, big beer is 120 baht, cocktails and shots are 120 baht

Times: After 11pm is the most entertaining. Outside bars close at 12mn, clubs close at 2am

After hours: After 11pm is the most entertaining. Outside bars close at 12-2, clubs close at 2am.

2. Rambuttri

Soi Rambuttri is a tamer and quieter Khao San Road counterpart. Though both located just parallel to each other, Rambuttri has much cheaper places to stay. Leafy banyan trees shade the pavements and the vibe sways more towards locals than backpackers. It’s got a much less tourist-y vibe to it and you’ll feel much more like a local.

Rambuttri’s main attraction is its street buffet restaurants. You’ll be able to try a wide variety of Thai dishes here: curry, stir fry, pad thai and tons more! We suggest trying out these 3 local foods on Rambuttri:

  1. Khai Luuk Kheuy (deep fried eggs in tamarind sauce)
  2. Kanh Massaman (sweet coconut milk curry with chicken and potatoes)
  3. Jok (rice porridge with choice of ingredients from roast pork to live and intestines)

Dress code: None

Restrictions: None

Cover charge: None

Prices: Small beer is 80 baht, big beer is 120 baht, cocktails and shots are 120 baht

Times: As with Khao San, after 11pm is the most entertaining. Outside bars close at 12mn – 2am.

After hours: Tuk tuks and taxis will be waiting at the exits to take you to see the rest of Bangkok – stick with us as we show you our favorite after hours spots.

3. W Market

W Market at W District is not the typical night market in Bangkok. Most markets in the city are dark, noisy and hot. W District is a haven for the Thai arts scene and the prices reflect that. You won’t see any stalls that sell cheap clothes at all. Shopping at W Market is a great way to support local artists of Bangkok and it makes for a great place to take photos. Murals, paintings and sculptures are spread out everywhere, making it a perfect spot for taking Instagram photos. Exhibits are cycled out very frequently, making the experience much more unique than other night markets. Make sure to use our hashtag #AdventureHardPartyHarder so we can live vicariously through you! ????

W Market is heaven on earth for foodies too. There’s a massive selection of different cultures’ food to choose from, usually with a Thai-influenced twist! Spanish tapas, paellas, Western-style burgers and of course, Thai dishes are just a small taste of what’s available.

This is a foodie’s haven along with trendy shops for millenials, millenials and tourists as well. Murals, paintings on the walls and sculptures were done by some of Bangkok’s up and coming artists. These are the reasons that make W District certified instagrammable.

W District is known for Spanish tapas, paellas, large beer towers, burgers, Vietnamese sandwiches, pizzas, wine shop, Indian and Thai food.

Dress code: None

Restrictions: None

Cover charge: None

Prices: Varied

Times: 18:00 – 24:00

After hours: Tuk tuks and taxis will be waiting at the exits to take you to see the rest of Bangkok – stick with us as we show you our favorite after hours spots.

4. Soi 11, Sukhumvit Road

Soi 11 started gaining attention in 1980’s. Since then, the street is packed with pubs, rooftop bars and nightclubs. Hit up Levels for mainstream dance music, Qbar for house and Sugar for (oldschool) hip hop. Right next to Sugar is The Australian Pub & BBQ, which is a sports bar with live bands. For those on the hunt for street food, Soi 11 is home to plenty of vendors selling a variety of Thai dishes. You can even find some exotic items like fried insects, caterpillars and scorpions. They go down best with a beer in hand, trust us!

Dress code: Levels and the rooftop bars are classy to jeans, shoes and skirts. The rest, anything goes.

Restrictions: Levels only: ID or photocopy required, min age is 20

Cover charge: None

Prices: Depends where you go. Street beer is 90 baht, rooftop cocktail is 350 baht

Times: 17:00 – 01:00 from Thursdays to Sundays

After hours: Grab a taxi to take you to see the rest of Bangkok – stick with us as we show you our favorite after hours spots!

5. Rot Fai Market (Train Market)

Talat Rot Fai Srinakarin is known for its retro vibe. Also known as the train market or the vintage market, Rot Fai is a great place to shop for vintage Thai memorabilia. It makes for a great date night too. There’s plenty of dessert vendors and checking out the vintage cars and antique shops is a super rad way to spend a night.

Dress code: None

Restrictions: None

Cover charge: None

Prices: Cheaper than Khao San Road

Times: 18:00 – 24:00

After hours: Grab a taxi to take you to see the rest of Bangkok – stick with us as we show you our favorite after hours spots!

6. Talad Neon Night Market

Talad Neon Downtown Night Market is fairly new; it’s been around since the end of 2016. This place is absolutely massive with over 900 shops and dozens of restaurants. One of the coolest features of Talad Neon is a zone of storefronts made from repurposed shipping containers.

Talad Neon has much more activities than your average market in Bangkok. It’s here to entertain and entertain, it does! Book a karaoke booth for your group of friends, go for a cheap massage, manicure or pedicure.

The signature look of Talad Neon is obviously the funky neon lights and wooden box containers used as chairs and tables. If you’re looking to buy some retro fashion & homeware, trendy clothes for young people, kitschy items like wacky reading lamps, head here.

Dress code: None

Restrictions: None

Cover charge: None

Prices: Varied

Times: 17:00 – 24:00 from Thursdays to Sundays

After hours: Grab a taxi to take you to see the rest of Bangkok – stick with us as we show you our favorite after hours spots!

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