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Bangkok is the capital city of Thailand, which was formerly known as “Siam”. It is a combination of both Modernization and Culture and is composed of fifty districts offering different kinds of entertainment, tourism and food. It has a vibrant vibe and strong heritage that makes anyone who visits it the first time makes them want to go for more.
While it is famous when it comes to local street foods, one of their main attractions for tourists is their night markets.
There are several night markets that offer a wide variety of choices from apparels to accessories and what not. Not to mention that some of the citizens from neighboring countries would purposely book tickets to Bangkok to shop because they can find and buy cheaper goods.
So to give you an overview of what night markets in Bangkok are like, here are six of the best and most visited night markets in the capital.
CHATUCHAK WEEKEND MARKET
Wednesday-Thursday (Plants and Flowers)
Friday (Wholesale day)
Saturday and Sunday (Miscellaneous)
Located at 587/10 KamphaengPhet 2 Rd, Chatuchak Weekend Market or locally known as “Jatujak Market” is one of the biggest market places in the world covering a 15,000 booths offering several locally made products. It was once known only for wholesalers and traders. From clothes, accessories, handmade Thai crafts, souvenirs, home decors, live animals, antiques to silk; the list is endless. It is visited by an average of 200,000 tourists and locals per day.
With the extent covered by the market, it would be impossible for shoppers, especially first time tourists to familiarize themselves with the 15,000 shops inside the market. Thus, products are subdivided depending on their categories.
ROT FAI MARKET
Opens 5:00pm – 12:00am (Thurs-Sun)
Located at Srinakarin Soi 51, behind Seacon Square Shopping Mall, Rot Fai Market is not just any other typical night markets found in Bangkok. Its open air and vibrant tents makes it more beautiful at night.
It is only in Rot Fai Market that shoppers and traders can find one of a kind and hard to find pieces, which makes it more unique from all the other night markets on the list. It is subdivided into three zones, the Market, the Warehouse Zone and Rod’s Antiques, allowing tourists to have an easier time exploring the place.
RAMKHAMHAENG NIGHT MARKET
Opening hours: Daily from 3.30 p.m. – 10.30 p.m.
It is located right off Ramkhamhaeng Rd, just a few kilometres from Ramkhamhaeng University. If you are a tourist and you’re looking for some local authenticity and Thai culture experience, Ramkhamhaeng Night Market will be the best place for you.
It is also the night market catered especially for woman as they can even have their nails and hair done while doing some shopping.
SAPHAN PHUT AND FLOWER MARKET
Saphan Phut is commonly known as the Memorial Bridge Night Market. It is open daily except on Mondays and Wednesdays from 18:00 to 24:00. It is a famous hangout places for youths and tourists.
On the other hand, Flower Market or Pak Klong Taklad as how locals would call it, is the biggest wholesaler and retailer flower market in the whole of Bangkok. It is the home of all kinds of flowers and anything that associated with flowers.
Pak Klong Taklad is open 24 hours and mostly recommended to visit the place between 3:00-4:00am because it is when flower goods from other cities and countries come. Thus, you would be able to experience a very vibrant scene in the market.
KHAO SAN NIGHT MARKET
Situated along Khao San Road, approximately a kilometre north of the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew, this night market is perfect for backpacker tourists and locals who are fond of a little mix of everything. While it stretches a wide variety of hotels and inns, clubs, tattoo shops, and bookstores, it is also the home for artsy and hippie students.
Khao San night market‘s edge over other market competitors is that at night, this area transforms for late night dancing and partying, making it very popular among travelers.
ASIATIQUE NIGHT MARKET
Asiatique Night Market is Bangkok’s newest night market replacing the former Lumphini Night Market. Established in May 2012, it’s not a typical night market since it’s more on the upscale shopping and classy lifestyle side.
It is subdivided into four districts. The Factory, which is mainly on fashion. Waterfront is where all events happen. Town Square is where all the local and international restaurants are and Chareonkrung which focuses on selling handicrafts and home decors.
Any trip would not be complete without immersing yourself to the culture and practices of the foreign country that you are visiting. As for Bangkok, this is one of the best ways to get to know more about this beautiful country. You can indulge with various kinds of delicious street foods, buy their locally made products and souvenirs and get involved with the culture and the people. While it is always a great idea to get to know more the main attractions of countries respectively, it is but more fun and adventurous to discover new places and hidden gems. So start planning your shopping adventures as you discover the truly magnificent Bangkok!