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Bangkok's Best Night Markets: 10 Spots To Shop When The Sun Goes Down

25 Oct 2019

Where to browse, buy and people-watch in Thailand's capital

When the sun sets in Bangkok, the last thing you should do is head home for an early night. After dark, the city's legendary night-time shopping spots come alive. Wander through the head-spinningly vast Train Markets, or shop 'til you drop at the Asiatique: a fashionista's paradise. Wherever you go, remember to haggle, haggle, haggle!

Here are our top 10 choices for a retail-therapy evening, Bangkok-style:

1. Jump on board at the Train Market

Talat Rot Fai got its nickname, the Train Market, from its original location on an abandoned railway line. Spend hours here browsing everything from shoes and clothes to electronics and car parts, all beneath gazebos in a kaleidoscopic array of colours. Antiques and vintage goods are big business here too. Stop off for refreshments, like sizzling noodles or an iced Thai coffee, from one of the many food stalls.

To get here in air-conditioned comfort, Klook a BTS Skytrain Rabbit Card. Then take the light green Sukhumvit line to On Nut station. Talat Rot Fai is just a taxi hop away.

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2. Try another Train Market without leaving downtown

Inspired by the original Talat Roi Fai on the city's outskirts, the newer version at Ratchada is located downtown behind the Cultural Centre station on the MRT (subway). Prices are reasonable but be prepared to bargain – especially for the antiques on the main avenues. Make sure you visit the back of the site, where vendors in VW vans whip up sizeable street-food dishes to share, while serving chilled beers and cocktails to the buzzy beat of Thai pop music.

3. Admire art and nibble on insects at the Plane Market

Recycling is a big theme at Chang Chui, also known as Bangkok's Plane Market, which explains the repurposed Airbus at its centre. Here you can browse unique artworks including up-cycled sculptures crafted from scrap metal. There's also live music for you to enjoy with a cold craft beer in hand. For a snack with a satisfying crunch, grab a plate of beetles, crickets or caterpillars which have been given a little haute-cuisine treatment.

Klook tip: located on the western outskirts of the city, the easiest way to get to Chang Chui is by taxi.

4. Scour the clothing stalls and boutiques at the Asiatique

High street meets bazaar at the Asiatique, where hundreds of stalls rub shoulders with an upmarket mall selling fashion-forward brands. Its unique riverside setting delivers on atmosphere, with a 61-metre-high ferris wheel you can ride for an Insta-worthy selfie with the Bangkok skyline behind you. See a cabaret show after fuelling up at the food trucks or savouring a sit-down dinner in one of the restaurants.

Grab a BTS Skytrain Rabbit Card from Klook and head to Saphan Taksin station. A free river shuttle from the pier reaches the Asiatique in 10 minutes.

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5. Dine by the river at Klong San

This market is more low key than some of Bangkok's others, and that's part of its charm. To reach Klong San, hop on the BTS Skytrain's Silom line using your one-day Skytrain pass, getting off at Krung Thon Buri. It's then just a short taxi-drive to Klong San Pier and the market.

Inside, the stalls are packed with urban fashion and on-trend accessories. You can buy mouth-watering local street cuisine too, such as Thai-style hot dogs loaded with chopped fresh herbs, vegetables and spicy peanut sauce. Many of the eateries have views of the Chao Phraya River – the perfect backdrop for people-watching during a shopping break.

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6. Party while you buy at Patpong

One of Bangkok's best-known markets, Patpong bustles until 1am and is surrounded by buzzing go-go bars and restaurants. Get into party mode in the market's nightclub atmosphere: think neon lights and high tempo tunes as you haggle for your T-shirts, sunglasses and sarongs. You'll also find plenty of food stalls to keep you fuelled 'til late.

A handy five-minute walk from Sala Daeng BTS station, this one's easy to get to – especially if you use a one-day Skytrain pass from Klook.

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7. Shop like a local at Liab Duan

A little way out of central Bangkok, Liab Duan offers a peep at behind-the-scenes city life. Expect a no-frills vibe, with everything from toys to tools laid out on rugs on the ground. Residents from the surrounding neighbourhoods come here for the shopping, yes, but also to hang out and eat. Join them for a meal of tasty chicken feet in broth before hopping into the barber's chair or settling down for a manicure.

To get here grab a BTS Skytrain Rabbit Card from Klook, whizz up to Sanam Pao on the BTS Sukhumvit line, then pick up a taxi to the market.

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8. Take the 2000-stall challenge at Suan Lum

With close to 2000 stalls and eateries to get around, Sam Lum Ratchada offers shopping on an epic scale. There are indoor and outdoor areas for crafts, artwork, kitchenware and fashion. Entertainment, from live music to kick boxing, comes thick and fast too. For refreshments, try spicy moo ping (pork skewers) or the obligatory pad thai – available from the countless street-food vendors.

Suan Lum is a brief stroll from the Lumphini station on the MRT blue line.

9. Earn your backpacker stripes at Khao San Road

Of all the things to do in Bangkok, a trip to the Khao San Road is a rite of passage. This bustling market is thronged with travellers. Enthusiastic traders – selling everything from sunglasses to tailored suits and tattoos – vie to tempt you in. All shopped out? Take some downtime and invigorate your muscles with a Thai massage.

To get here, use a one-day Skytrain pass from Klook to reach the National Stadium on the BTS Silom line. The station is about 4km from Khao San Road, so hop in a cab when you arrive.

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10. Go the indy route in Thonburi

Off the beaten track, the Indy Market in the Thonburi neighbourhood is a bit out from the city centre, so a taxi is the easiest way to reach it. As a relative newcomer to Bangkok's shopping scene, this spot is popular with locals, all browsing the stalls filled with fashion and crafts. Sit on the lawn under fairy lights and tuck into freshly cooked street-eats, like coconut Thai pancakes and fresh fruit smoothies, before bargaining for graphic T-shirts or catching a live band.