When people think of Bangkok, one of the strongest associations is the bustling streets, filled with merchants selling delicious street food and intriguing collectible items. And the truth is that Bangkok indeed has a wonderful culture of street markets and shops. You can find almost anything you could think of in the huge markets, and exploring them during the night is a magical experience that’s hard to compare with anything else. So if you’re looking for a place to shop around, have a bite to eat and enjoy a drink or two, here are a few markets that will not leave you disappointed:
Rot Fai Market in Srinakarin
Rot Fai Market is a legendary place in Bangkok – it’s the market that’s been around for a long time, and has garnered a status of a place where you can find almost anything, from antiques to hip fashion accessories.
However, the areas where Rot Fai in Srinakarin really separates itself from other markets is the collectibles section, which hosts some of the rarest items that would be difficult to track down anywhere else in the world.
No matter what you’re looking for, it’s probably available at one of the thousands of stands in Rot Fai, and the selection is constantly evolving to meet even the most unique tastes.
Drop by to find something truly special to bring back home, or simply to feel the unforgettable atmosphere and enjoy a delicious snack on the street food section. It’s a great way to spend a night out, as you’ll never run out of things to see and explore.
While it’s a very popular market during the day, Chatuchak offers a unique night market experience on Fridays, which is less known among non-locals.
Spanning over 35-acres and hosting over 8,000 stands, the market is one of the most impressive sights in Bangkok – you get to experience first-hand the exciting bustling vibe of a market that can offer you almost anything you might be looking for.
You’ll find huge sections selling clothing, accessories, ceramics, food, plants, and even pets. There are also great sections of antiques and art, which can be a perfect place to shop for souvenirs.
During a typical weekend, the market is visited by hundreds of thousands of people, and arguably the best time to experience this magical atmosphere is during the late Friday evening when the market’s colourful stand umbrellas are illuminated by thousands of lights.
Rot Fai Market in Ratchada
While it isn’t the main Rot Fai market, Ratchada’s smaller version has all the charm of the Srinakarin market, without the need to go out too far from the city centre.
You’ll find Rot Fai Ratchada to be just as vibrant, even if the size is a bit more compact – it has a great selection of vintage collectible items, unique second-hand clothes, and a food and drink section that can offer you some of the most intriguing street food in Bangkok.
Add in live music and affordable drinks, and you’ve not only a great shopping district, but a terrific place to hang out on a late evening.