Like any other street market, bargain hard and harder at Bangkok Top Five Night Markets. Some items are available only at the fixed price, but mostly there is a good chance of a huge bargain on almost every product. Normally, you should start at 50% of the quoted price, if you don’t have a fair idea of the price.
JJ Green Market
Chatuchak market is known as JJ Green and more recently Green Vintage, this night market runs between 5 am and midnight on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings. JJ Green offers many of the same goods but in an altogether more chilled-out and ever so slightly more local-feeling setting.
Food options are plentiful – everything from Thai street food staples to trendy burger joints in converted market units decked out in light wood – as are bars, including a couple of particularly pleasant elevated spots with views over the hustle and bustle below. JJ Green is a great place to wind down the weekend on a Sunday afternoon in particular.
- Address: 1 Kamphaeng Phet 3, Chatuchak, Bangkok
- Opening Hours: Thurs – Sun 17:00 – 02:00
- MRT: Chatuchak
- BTS: Mo Chit
Rot Fai (The Train Market)
Among Bangkok’s numerous night markets, relative newcomer Talat Rot Fai – frequently referred to in English as the train market (but with no connection to the railway market in Mae Klong) – is currently among the most popular, and seems to have an enduring appeal.
With three sections to this huge market space, there are also many traders selling modern fashion and apparel more typical of other night markets in Bangkok; however, it is the one-off and hard to find items that really make Rot Fai Market superior to all other night markets in the city. Where else in Thailand would you find a pristine 1950s Cadillac next to vintage leather jackets, French chandeliers, and 1960s action figures from Japan? Combine all this with cool restaurants, bars, and snack stalls and you have a fun night out from sunset to midnight, Thursday to Sunday.
Rot Fai Market
is located on Srinakarin Soi 51, just behind Seacon Square Shopping Mall. The best way to get there is via taxi – all drivers should know Seacon Square. However, traffic can be bad on Friday and Saturday nights so you could consider taking the BTS Skytrain to On Nut Station first, then catch a taxi from there.
A Second Train Market Now Open on Ratchada Road
Due to its ongoing success, there is now a second location of the Train Market opened on Ratchadaphisek Road, much closer to downtown Bangkok. Opened in January 2015, Ratchada Train Market is not as big as the original, but it has the same arty vibe, retro gear and tasty snacks to enjoy. It is very easy to reach, a few minutes’ walks from the Thailand Cultural Center MRT Underground Station, behind Esplanade Shopping Mall. Ratchada Train Market is open from 17:00 to 01:00, from Thursday to Sunday.
- Opening Hours: 17:00 – Midnight (Thursday – Sunday)
- Location: Srinakarin Road Soi 51 (Behind Seacon Square)
- BTS: On Nut (closest station but still requires a taxi journey)
- Tel: Srinakarin Rot Fai Market: +66 (0)8 1827 5885, +66 (0)8 6126 7787, +66 (0)8 1732 8778, +66 (0)8 1752 5588,
- Ratchada Rot Fai Market: +66 (0)92 713 5599