Night Markets in Thailand
Khlong Toei Market
Khlong Toei Market, nestled on Rama IV Road is the biggest fresh market in Bangkok. Back in 2010, CNN listed this market as one of Bangkok's most authentic markets. A tiny little village embedded within the concrete jungles of Bangkok, Khlong Toei Market presents a laid-back and pleasant environment where you can shop for raw meat, farm-produce, seafood, etc.
A few small stalls sell various local staples and Thai Curries. The market also offers clothing and kitchenware along with various fresh produces.
Timings: 6:00 am to 2:00 am
Specialities: Low prices are offered on items like fresh farm produce, raw meat, as well as raw meat.
Rot Fai Market
Rot Fai Market or The Train Market, is an open-air authentic bazaar selling a wide range of products including yesteryear memorabilia and collectibles. You would find here everything ranging from hippy fashion wear to antique furniture.
The market boasts three sections making it a massive place to be explored. This night market combines shopping with restaurants, snack stalls, bars such that you can enjoy your night all throughout. The market zone features over 2,000 stalls that you can check out one after the other.
Timings: 5:00 pm to 1:00 am
Specialities: Stand out of the market are the ancient antiques and vintage items including kitsch furniture, classic motorbikes and cars, as well as a life-size Elvis mannequin. All the various vintage items here are sourced from all across the world: Thailand, Myanmar, America, Europe, and China. They are all genuine products with guarantee.
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Chang Chui Bangkok Plane Market
Chang Chui Bangkok Night Market is a combination of fine dining places and shopping outlets both combined with urban, modern and sometimes wacky art pieces to give you a night to remember. Every walkway of the market leads to something interesting making it one of the best Thailand markets to visit at night.
There are ample of urbanised art pieces and sculptures that you would come across while exploring the market. The vibrant market with its colorful lights looks marvelous at night with the beautiful art pieces. This market also offers a wide range of boutique fashion stores, craft beer, restaurants, etc.
Timings: 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Specialities: Besides the unique artistic vibe, this place features a striking restaurant named Insects which would give you fond memories to take back home. It serves dishes made up of insects which are further plated in quite a fancy manner. There are also some designer t-shirts sold here by the designer himself.
Nestled on the Dibuk Road, Indy Market is a twice-weekly market of Phuket where locals, especially the young adults and teenagers pour in to enjoy the live performances (mostly at night), mouthwatering food from street vendors, etc. This lively place is quite small and clean unlike the various other night markets of Thailand. It takes around 20 minutes to explore the place in whole allowing you to explore it with details.
Timings: 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Specialities: This place offers plenty of cheap and delicious snacks including Thai spicy salad, chicken BBQ with rice, fish maw soup, fried sigh-paste balls, seafood BBQ, and beef. Try as many delicacies as you can.
Patpong Night Market
Another add on to the list of night markets in Thailand, Patpong market is a paradise for shopaholics. Most of the items sold here are spin-offs of originals and you can get some amazing deals on various faux designer labels. You can also find the latest movie DVDs her for sale.
Crafted in open, this market gets livelier as the night sets in with all the stalls and setups getting brightly lit up. For all those who love to bargain and are quite skilled at it, the Patpong market is the ideal place to shop at. Apart from shopping, you can also enjoy a hearty dinner at one of the best dining places that the market boasts.
Timings: 6:00 pm to midnight
Specialities: Spin-off items of originals in clothes, bags, and electronics. Bargaining is entertained here so try your skills and get the best deals.
Not much known to the tourists is the night market which is quite popular amongst the locals. This is a massive and sprawling night market with one part featuring various bars and restaurants. The vendors here sell unique items like dresses, kitschy items, cute pouches, customized keychains, etc.
The quality, as well as the prices of the products here, are on a higher side as compared to other night markets of Thailand. There are also various eateries set up here from where you can try out delicacies while out on a shopping spree.
Timings: 5:00 pm to 12:00 am
Speciality: Diverse & plentiful in terms of everything.
Silom Night Market
Silom Night Market is one of the most popular markets in Thailand. Silom in Bangkok is a massive business district in Thailand which transforms into a shopper's paradise for tourists and locals as the night sets in.
It features everything ranging from sportswear, shoes, makeup, watches, bags, accessories, and so much more. It is a budget-friendly shopping destination packed with food stalls along with shops. Often the place features some pleasing live performances and live music.
Timings: 5:00 pm to 1:00 am
Specialities: The market allows bargaining, hence you can try your skills and knock prices down.
Bua Khao Market
Bua Khao Market is a lively night market to shop and have a great time with your friends. You can shop for affordable fashion items while enjoying eating delicacies from the various street side vendors.
The plus point is that all the delicious eateries here come at extremely cheap prices. Being an open-air market you get to enjoy more as the night falls and coolness seeps in.
Timings: 10:00 am to 2:00 am
Speciality: The busiest and most popular local market in Pattaya, offers a great range of products at equally great prices.
Suan Lum Night Bazaar
Suan Lum Night Market features 1800 shops in the form of stalls, a number of entertainment options, restaurants, etc. allowing you to enjoy yourself to the core. Various entertainment shows are put up mostly during the late evening or night hours which you may be pleased to witness. You can purchase things like printed t-shirts, wooden carvings, jewelry, souvenirs, shoes, etc.
Timings: 4:00 pm to 12:00 am
Specialities: A highlight here is the entertainment including Muay Thai boxing, magic shows, and live music performances.
The name 'Neon Light Market' itself suggests that this market is vibrantly lit up at night using Neon colored lighting. This is a youthful place selling funky items in shops lined one after the other selling items like homeware, trinkets, fashionwear, etc. There are also options for you to enjoy delicious food while taking a break from buying yourself items to take back home.
Timings: 5:00 pm to 12:00 am (Thursday to Sunday)
Specialities: The funky neon lighting along with LIVE performances that take place every night are the highlights.
Floating Markets in Thailand
Damnoen Saduak Floating market
Damnoen Saduak is one of the most renowned floating markets in Thailand, an absolute stunner for photography and food. Stepping off your long-tail ride, you get to witness busy stalls selling various items including tasty food items, fruits, fresh coconut pancakes, meaty noodles, etc.
Timings: 7:00 am to 5:00 pm
Specialities: You get to explore the market place in a long-tail decorated boat.
Amphawa Floating market
Amphawa Floating market is another most popular floating Thailand markets which is much authentic with various Thai visitors. There are various shops scattered from the river bank to the nearby streets. This market smells absolutely irresistible and you must hop in here to treat your taste buds.
Timings: 11:00 am to 9:00 pm (Friday to Sunday)
Specialities: Grilled seafood on wooden boats that are spotted around the popular central bridge serves mouth-watering squid, prawns, and shellfish.
Taling Chan Floating Market
Taling Chan Floating Market is one of the most popular and crowded floating markets in Thailand where you can dine with the locals and relishing delicious seafood sitting on the floor and ride a long-tail boat. You can immensely enjoy food tasting session here and even enjoy a relaxing foot massage.
Timings: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (Saturdays and Sundays)
Specialities: An addition to the exotic experience of the market, Thai traditional musicians play here for some time which is also the highlight of the place.
Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market
One end of the market features fresh edibles like veggies while the other end features cooked delicacies, sweets, and snacks. Heading into the market you may find house decoration items, toys, flowers, plants, accessories, etc.
You must try out some authentic Thai dishes while visiting this floating market. You'd be impressed with the quality of tropical fruits here. They are fresh, juicy, and of surprising sizes.
Timings: 9:30 am to 4:30 pm (Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays)
Specialities: Pineapples and bananas here are of supreme quality, size, taste, and freshness.
Bang Nam Pheung Floating Market
Bang Nam Pheung floating market is one of the low-key floating markets in Thailand which makes it an ideal getaway from the hectic town space. This charming market offers loads of sweets and food to try.
You get to try the regular noodle soups and seafood which taste quite good. You can try out the sample size of interesting looking food items kept on display that the friendly vendors sell.
Timings: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm (Saturdays and Sundays)
Specialities: Gac Fruit, an uncommon drink in Bangkok is quite popular here. This bright orange colored drink tastes somewhere between papaya and tomato. Make sure to try this out.
Bang Khu Wiang Floating Market
Bang Khu Wiang Floating Market is one of the oldest traditional markets in Thailand. This floating marketplace offers a wide range of fish centers and fresh fruits as well as absolutely irresistible Thai dishes. You can try out samples of the interesting local dishes and later order a full-size of the one you like.
Timings: 4:00 am to 7:00 am
Specialities: The highlight is the wide range of classical Thai dishes which are absolutely mouthwatering. Apart from this, you can carry back some fresh food items including fruits and veggies.
Koh Kret Floating Market
Held every weekend, one of the renowned Thailand markets, Koh Kret floating market is an attraction where you can enjoy and buy things you like. You can buy fresh produce, kitchen requirements, pottery items, and others while you sail on small colorful boats.
Boats here are seen with Thai women with conical straw-made hats and traditional clothing. The ambiance here will give you an authentic feel of Bangkok's floating markets.
Timings: 6:00 am to 6:00 pm (Saturdays and Sundays)
Tha Kha Floating Market
Conveniently nestled in Samut Songkhram province is another popular floating market named Tha Kha floating market. This market is seen to be flooded by locals and tourists. Like most of the other floating ..markets in Thailand this market is also quite popular for its food items. You can chill in the relaxed atmosphere and enjoy some delicious local cuisines.
Timings: 6:00 am to 12:00 pm (Saturdays and Sundays)
Specialities: The highlight of the market are the various local culinary items.
Kwan Riam Floating Market
The Kwan Riam Floating Market is also popularly known as the central floating market. This massive marketplace is around 30 kilometers away from Bangkok. The place features Thai food items which are both relishing and fresh. It also corrects reflects the region's rich culture. The location of this floating market is exclusively between two old temples.
Timings: 7:00 am to 6:00 pm (Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays)
Specialities: The floating market is quite popular for its delicious Thai food.
Lam Phaya Floating Market
Located on the Chin River in front of Lam Phaya Temple is the popular floating market named Lam Phaya Floating Market. The market's purpose is to allow the folk people's community to sell various items including fresh vegetables, fruits, clothing, and other handmade items. While exploring the place, you'll spot a number of locals having their merchandise on boats as well along the walkway in booths.
Timings: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (Saturdays and Sundays)
Specialities: The place is renowned for its traditional Thai food including grilled chicken, rice with mixed spices and herbs, etc. One can enjoy fishing in front of Lam Phaya temple
Street Market in Thailand
Sampeng Market Bangkok
Sampeng Lane Market is one of the busiest markets in Thailand which features narrow lanes with vendors selling a wide range of goods including electronics, fabrics, home appliances, shoes, jewelry, handicrafts, souvenirs, dried edibles, and cheap clothing. If purchasing in bulk, you can be sure to avail some impressive discounts.
Timings: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Specialities: With temples, delicious food items, and nightlife as add ons, Sampeng Lane Market is quite a difficult allrounder place to beat in terms of both fun and price.
Kad Kong Ta Street Market
Nestled amidst plenty of old beautiful buildings lies one of the popular street markets in Thailand, Kad Kong Ta Street Market. The street boasts plenty of streetside snack vendors, restaurants, and shops selling items like clothing, souvenirs, toys, etc. Set on the weekend, the market attracts the crowd as the night seeps in.
Timings: 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm (Saturdays and Sundays)
Specialities: The highlight of this market are the ancient buildings that beautifully line the lanes. Some of the buildings have been restored while others could use restoration pretty well. This street gives the market an ancient cultural vibe.
Wualai Walking Street Market
Wualai Walking Street is a fun and lively night marketplace in Chiang Mai which features plenty of locally-crafted items, handicraft antiques, and some delicious snacks for you to relish. The stalls here boast hilly tribe souvenirs, t-shirts from local designers, silverware and so much more.
There are several local restaurants serving delicious local cuisine including pad Thai, BBQ fish, fried rice, and som tam. To add on to your sweet tooth are the freshly made Thai coconut sweets, smoothies, and satay with peanut sauce. Finally, you can end your evening with a relaxing foot massage.
Timings: 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm (approximately) on Saturdays
Specialities: You can pull down the prices of good here if you possess some bargaining skills.
TGIF market (Thank God It's Flea market) is one of the most famous and urbanized Thailand markets which feature everything you require or do not require for your day to day life. This leading flea market focuses on having its visitors fun experiences.
This marketplace brings various online premium brand names to offline events. Every event represents a different theme each time. You can lead to purchasing various food, fashion, and lifestyle products here.
Timings: 10:00 am to 10:00 pm
Specialities: You can find almost everything here.
San Kamphaeng Saturday Walking Street Market
San Kamphaeng street market is a paradise for craft lovers. The marketplace features a number of products including clothing and food items, pouches, wallets, perfumes, shoes, etc. at cheap prices. The end of the market boasts an ancient temple which you can explore while visiting the marketplace.
The market also features some of the fine craft items that are locally prepared by artisans and craftsmen. The street food sold here is again mouth-watering and cheap. With local shoppers, vendors and most of the crowd being local you get to experience the real Thai culture at this shopping place.
Timings: 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm (Saturdays)
Specialities: Craft Items
Other Markets in Thailand
Chatuchak Weekend Market
Spread in an expanse of 35-acre, Chatuchak Weekend Market is one of the most popular markets in Thailand. The diverse collection of goods here would surely make any shopper weak in the knees. This massive market is home to over 8,000 market booth or stalls.
The market welcomes over 200,000 visitors on any typical weekend. There is precise sectioning for various categories of goods that are found here making it easier for tourists to spot what they actually are looking for.
Timings: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm (Saturdays and Sundays), 6:00 to 12:00 pm (Fridays), 7:00 am to 6:00 pm (Wednesdays and Thursdays only plant section)
Specialities: You will find almost everything here. Bargaining is practiced here giving you a chance to purchase goods at the best price depending on your own negotiation skills.
The Camp - Vintage Flea Market
The Camp - Vintage Flea Market is a shoppers paradise featuring everything ranging from clothes, restaurants, bars, food stalls, etc. The market corridor is lined with stores of dresses, decorative lamps, vintage clothing, etc.
Neither too big nor too confusing, this marketplace is yet another place where you can find delicious food along with amazing items to shop for and take back home. The vibe of the marketplace is quite relaxed and one would love being here with family and friends and spending some time as the locals.
Timings: 11:00 am to 11:00 pm (Tuesdays to Thursdays), 11:00 am to 12:00 pm (Fridays to Sundays, Outdoor Zone – 5:00 pm to 12:00 pm on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays)
Speciality: Suitable for those who have interest in hipster and vintage style, as the things selling there are basically the theme of the market.
Krabi Walking Street Market
Krabi Walking Street market is one of the renowned streets markets in Thailand. With over 50 stalls selling street food and a wide range of products, the Krabi Walking Street market allows the tourists to get a taste of southern Thailand life.
You can discover the work of the artisans and artists who present their goods here. There are delicious Thai street food items for you to treat your taste buds while exploring this lively market. A wide range of chilled drinks is also available including beer, fruit juices, shakes, etc.
Timings: 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm (Fridays to Sundays)
Specialities: The highlight of the place is the musical performances played by kids from Krabi Music School in the evenings using traditional instruments.
Maeklong Railway Market
Maeklong Railway Market is called so as running down the center are train tracks. A few minutes before the train arrives, a warning bell goes off. Vendors pull back their belongings for the train to pass by as soon as the warning bell goes off.
This market sells almost everything that one is to be found in any of the Thai markets including fresh fruits, vegetables, seafood, flowers, clothing, fresh meat, sweet snacks, etc.
Timings: 4:00 am to 5:00 pm
Specialities: The train passing by the market with just enough space as not to crush any of the items. The pulling back of goods just as much as is asked for before the arrival of the train is surely a scene to witness.
Walking Street Maenam
Walking street Maenam is another popular markets in Thailand packed with snack vendors, interesting stalls, mobile cocktail bars, etc. As you stroll down the street you'd come across a number of stalls selling spin-offs of various original top-notch labels.
You can but almost genuine items including sunglasses, clothes, etc. As you proceed towards the end of the market, you'll come across a brightly lit ancient Chinese temple. This market also like all the other markets offer delicious food items including traditional Thai dishes.
Timings: 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm (Thursdays)
Specialities: You can enjoy some LIVE music played by Thai teens and local expats. These musicians play on some nights and you might just be lucky to spot them on your visit.