Bangkok is different from other capitals in Southeast Asia. While most travelers treat capital cities like Manila, Jakarta, or even Kuala Lumpur as little more than a layover, Bangkok is a full-on destination.
People go to Thailand specifically for Bangkok, and a lot of that has to do with its intriguing blend of culture, grit, affordability, shopping, history, modernism, and nightlife. Aside from Thai food, which is one of my absolute favorite cuisines in the world, the one thing I love most about Bangkok is its interesting mix of markets.
Taiwan is famous for its night markets but no other city offers the variety of markets that Bangkok does. Thailand’s capital is rife with floating markets, night markets, weekend markets, vintage markets, and traditional markets.
Chatuchak Weekend Market is arguably the most well-known but there are many other markets that you need to visit in Bangkok. These are twenty of our favorites.
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THE MOST INTERESTING MARKETS IN BANGKOK
You’ll find many different types of markets in Bangkok. Though some fall into more than one category, I’ve grouped them by type to help organize this guide. Click on any link to jump to that section of the guide.
Anchored by the mighty Chao Phraya River, Bangkok is a city of waterways and canals. There are many floating markets in and around the city where you’ll find a variety of food and goods sold from boats.
1. Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market
Floating markets used to be an important part of local life in Bangkok but today, they serve mostly as tourist attractions. The famous Amphawa and Damnoen Saduak floating markets are prime examples.
With that said, there are still a few floating markets in Bangkok that are worth visiting, at the top of that list being Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market. We learned about this floating market through Mark Wiens of eatingthaifood.com and later explored it with a local guide from Your Thai Guide.
Many floating markets in Bangkok feel like tourist traps these days but not this one. Open only on Saturdays and Sundays in Taling Chan District, Khlong Lat Mayom is frequented by locals and still feels very much like an authentic Thai floating market.
You’ll find a few vendors selling fresh produce and prepared food from boats, but the vast majority of Khlong Lat Mayom is comprised of these market stalls on solid ground. Aside from food, you’ll find many vendors peddling dry goods as well like handicrafts, clothing, toys, and plants.
Explore the streets and floating markets of Bangkok and one common street food you’ll find is pla pao or salt-crusted grilled fish. Typically made with whole tilapia or snakehead fish, nearly every local at Khlong Lat Mayom was enjoying this for lunch.
Here’s my better half enjoying pla pao with Natt, the owner of Your Thai Guide.
Khlong Lat Mayom is located about 15 km (9+ miles) west of central Bangkok. There are no BTS or MRT stations nearby – which helps keep it free of tourists – so it’s best to visit the floating market by Grab.
Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market
Address: 30/1 หมู่ที่ 15 Bang Ramat Rd, Bang Ramat, Taling Chan, Bangkok 10170, Thailand
Operating Hours: 8AM-5PM, Sat-Sun (closed Mon-Fri)
2. Sooksiam Floating Market
Sooksiam isn’t a true floating market but it’s one that you’ll probably want to visit anyway, especially if you enjoy the creature comforts of an air-conditioned shopping mall.
Sooksiam is basically the basement food court of ICONSIAM, a modern shopping mall situated along the banks of the Chao Phraya River. It’s made to look like a floating market but with all the comforts and modernities of a 21st-century shopping mall.
A makeshift floating market inside a shopping mall sounds cheesy on paper but I’m not going to lie, this place is incredible. It offers tons of good food within a clean, organized, and air-conditioned space.
ICONSIAM is one of the largest malls in Asia and arguably the most modern in Bangkok. You’ll probably want to visit this mall sometime during your trip and Sooksiam is a great place to enjoy a good meal when you do.
ICONSIAM is a big shopping mall and its entire basement level is pretty much dedicated to Thai street food. You’ll find dozens of street food stalls offering your favorite Thai dishes like pad thai, sai krok isan, pad kra pao, and Thai curry.
Whatever it is you’re craving for, chances are, you’ll find it here at Sooksiam.
On display at this stall are some of my favorite Thai desserts like khanom tako, tub tim grob, and luk chub. There are a few street food stalls offering mango sticky rice as well.
There’s no shortage of Thai desserts to satisfy your sweet tooth but I highly recommend trying these tasty red orbs called tub tim grob.
Meaning “crispy rubies” in Thai, tub tim grob refers to diced water chestnuts that are soaked in grenadine (or red food coloring) before being coated in tapioca flour and boiled. Like mango sticky rice, it’s one of two Thai desserts that made it to CNN’s list of the world’s 50 best desserts.
Sooksiam is as much a feast for the eyes as it is for your taste buds. It may not be an authentic floating market but it’s incredible nonetheless and a must-visit for any Thai street food lover.
And yes, you’ll find bodies of water and boats at Sooksiam.
Obviously, the boats are merely decorative. They’re dressed up to look pretty and offer picture-taking opportunities for Sooksiam-goers.
Aside from Thai street food, you’ll find dozens of market stalls offering dry goods like handicrafts, clothing, costume jewelry, souvenirs, and personal care products as well.
Sooksiam Floating Market
Address: 299 Charoen Nakhon 5 Alley, Khlong Ton Sai, Khlong San, Bangkok 10600, Thailand
Operating Hours: 10AM-10PM, daily
I love Bangkok night markets. Open from late afternoon till around midnight, they’re a great place to enjoy good street food and cold beer after a day of sightseeing in Bangkok.
3. Jodd Fairs Night Market
In my opinion, Jodd Fairs is one of the best night markets in Bangkok. Open from 4PM till midnight, it’s a popular night market conveniently located just a stone’s throw from Phra Ram 9 MRT station.
Jodd Fairs is a clean and well-organized night market that offers a good mix of fashion and food stalls. The clothing, shoes, and accessories for sale here do seem more upscale than the offerings you’ll find at grittier night markets like Khao San Road or Pratunam Market.
I’m accustomed to the rough edges of more chaotic Bangkok night markets so it was nice to find a place like Jodd Fairs. It’s definitely one of the nicer night markets in Bangkok and a good place to visit for people wanting something that’s a little more polished and organized.
There’s no shortage of market stalls offering delicious street food at Jodd Fairs. Some are true street food stalls while others are like small tented restaurants with their own tables and chairs.
Night markets are a dime a dozen in Bangkok but Jodd Fairs is definitely one of my favorites. Compared to other night markets, it’s easy to get to and feels like a safe, comfortable space to enjoy good street food and beer after sunset in Bangkok.
Jodd Fairs Night Market
Address: Rama IX Rd, Huai Khwang, Bangkok 10310, Thailand
Operating Hours: 4PM-12MN, daily
4. Indy Market (One of the BEST Night Markets in Bangkok!)
Indy Market is a popular night market with locals. Like Jodd Fairs, I think it’s one of the best night markets in Bangkok. It’s clean and well-organized but it’s also bigger, a little less polished, and more local.
Indy Market is about a 10-minute Grab ride from Talat Phlu BTS station. It isn’t as easy to get to as Jodd Fairs so foreigner sightings are fewer and further between, which is a good thing if authenticity is what you’re after.
I love this night market. Indy Market has a similar vibe as Jodd Fairs except it’s about twice as big with many more street food stalls. There are a few bar-like establishments here as well.
One of the things I like about Indy Market is its grid-like setup. It makes it much easier to go through so you don’t feel like you’re missing anything.
I went through the entire night market and it was interesting to find a couple of booths offering haircuts and other salon services.
The non-food items at Indy Market don’t seem as nice as the offerings at Jodd Fairs but there’s still plenty to see and buy here. They’re probably cheaper too.
If you like beer, then you need to find this stall. Thanks to one of Indy Market’s Google reviews, we learned about this beverage stand that sold beer and ice for cheap.
At the time of our visit, big 630 ml bottles of Chang or Singha beer went for just THB 65-70 each at this stall, which is the cheapest we’ve found at any night market in Bangkok thus far. Buckets of ice go for around THB 5-10.
When you enter the night market, look for this blue stall with the Pepsi logos on your left side, right by the restrooms.
Address: Dao Khanong, Chom Thong, Bangkok 10150, Thailand
Operating Hours: 5PM-12MN, daily
5. Chang Chui Aircraft Market
Not only is Chang Chui Plane Market one of the best night markets in Bangkok, but it’s also one of the most unique. This upscale night market with its many vintage shops offers an experience that you simply can’t find at other night markets in Bangkok.
As soon as you see this giant dog sculpture greeting you at the entrance of Chang Chui, you know you’re in for something different.
You may have heard of Bangkok’s train markets, but have you ever heard of a plane night market? At the center of Chang Chui is the shell of this Lockheed L-1011 Tristar airplane. It’s an impressive sight and something you don’t see everyday, especially at a night market!
I didn’t go inside but the airplane’s interior has been converted into a restaurant, an upscale establishment called Na-Oh Bangkok. Based on its positive reviews, the restaurant seems more than just a gimmick. How often is it that you get to have a fine dining experience inside a decommissioned airplane?
I don’t know if it’s available to non-diners but it looks like you can exit the airplane via the red slide pictured below. How fun!
The old Lockheed is hardly the only interesting feature at Chang Chui Plane Market. This night market is also home to quirky giant sculptures like these golden octopuses.
Chang Chui Plane Market is basically an upscale art park / night market with a few restaurants, food stands, and many stalls and shops offering a variety of vintage clothing and memorabilia. It’s a fun place that reminded me of the creative art parks of Taiwan.
All the buildings at Chang Chui were constructed from recycled materials, which adds to the night market’s vintage/artsy feel. Aside from giant sculptures, you’ll find a few of these large-scale murals as well.
At Chang Chui, “vintage” doesn’t always mean hand-me-downs or the type of moldy stuff you’d typically find at flea markets. Some of the shops, like this one, offer designer vintage-inspired clothing. I loved the bucket hats but they were quite pricey.
How funky is this? This was the restaurant bar inside the vintage shop pictured above. This pretty much encapsulates the quirky/artsy vibe of Chang Chui Plane Market.
Located near Taling Chan Floating Market, Chang Chui Plane Market isn’t as easy to get to using public transportation so it’s best to go via Grab.
Chang Chui Aircraft Market
Address: 460/8 Sirindhorn Rd, Bang Phlat, Bangkok 10700, Thailand
Operating Hours: 4-11PM, daily
6. Srinagarindra Train Night Market
Thanks to its old Google listing, I made the blunder of thinking that Ratchada Train Night Market was permanently closed. As I would later find out, this famous train market was rebranded as The One Ratchada.
I didn’t get to go but no harm done because it led me to Srinagarindra Train Night Market. Also known as Srinakarin Train Night Market, this vintage market on the outskirts of town was one of the biggest and most interesting night markets I’ve been to thus far in Bangkok.
Unlike Chang Chui, Srinakarin Train Night Market feels more like a true flea market. The Market Zone offers new clothing and accessories but the larger and more interesting part of the night market consists of shops selling a variety of second-hand goods and antiques.
In true flea market fashion, some of the stalls were selling piles of clothes on the ground or in bins that you had to sift through. With more time, I would have loved to go through this night market with a fine-toothed comb to see what treasures I could find.
Chuck Taylors in the house y’all!
Be sure to allocate a few hours to this night market. Of all the Bangkok night markets I’ve visited thus far, it’s second only to Chatuchak Weekend Market in size. But in my opinion, it’s more interesting.
As always, the street food stalls were my favorite part of the night market.
The street food section at this night market was one of my favorites in Bangkok. It was clean, well-organized, and offered lots of variety.
Aside from the street food section, there are plenty of restaurants and bars here as well, many of which offered outdoor seating like this one. What a great place to kick back and enjoy a few beers after dark in Bangkok!
Srinakarin Train Night Market is a good place to visit not just for vintage shoppers and foodies, but for automobile lovers as well.
I don’t know why this market is referred to as a train market because there’s only one train here, and it wasn’t worth photographing. However, there were plenty of vintage cars that were much more photogenic.
I bet Mike and Frank from American Pickers would have swooned over these vintage fuel pumps!
You’ll find vintage cars parked here and there at Srinakarin Train Night Market but there’s also a small museum that you can visit for free. Like Chang Chui, this was definitely one of the most interesting Bangkok night markets I’ve been to thus far. So much to see and do here.
Srinakarin Train Night Market takes some effort to visit but it’s worth it. I got there by taking the BTS to Punnawithi station and then booking a Grab from there.
Srinagarindra Train Night Market
Address: 1 4 Srinakarin Rd, Nong Bon, Prawet, Bangkok 10250, Thailand
Operating Hours: 5PM-1AM, Fri-Sun (closed Mon-Thurs)
7. First One Market
First One Market is a great night market to visit if you’re staying in Thon Buri district. Located just a short walk from Talat Phlu BTS station, it’s a relatively new night market that’s frequented mostly by locals living in the area.
Unlike Chang Chui or Srinagarindra markets, there’s nothing remarkable about First One Market. It’s of average size – not too big or small – with mostly street food stands. But when all you want to do is eat like a local in Bangkok, then that’s really all you need.
You’ll find lots of good street food at First One Market but there was one stall in particular that stood out.
This outdoor sushi bar called Kuroi was the main reason we kept coming back to First One Market. Not only is the setup lovely, but they offered a promo where you could choose ten pieces of sushi for the price of nine. The sushi was pretty good and ranged in price from THB 10-40 per piece.
Here’s my beautiful plate of sushi paired with an ice-cold bottle of Singha beer, courtesy of Kuroi’s partner bar Blach Beach (hence the sand on the ground). What an amazing way to watch the sun go down in Bangkok!
First One Market
Address: Ratchadaphisek Rd, Talat Phlu, Thon Buri, Bangkok 10600, Thailand
Operating Hours: 4PM-12MN, daily
8. Khao San Market
This night market sets up along legendary Khao San Road, once famously described as the “backpacker capital of the universe”. It’s been over twenty years since my last visit to Khao San Road so I was curious to see how much has changed. Apparently, a lot.
Khao San Road used to be little more than a street that housed cheap hostels (and girly bars) but today, it’s become somewhat of a tourist attraction in its own right. The street is wider than it used to be in the late 1990s and features much nicer restaurants and bars on either side.
It’s almost unrecognizable from those earlier days but one thing remains the same, it’s still a favorite spot among foreign tourists looking to have a good time in Bangkok.
On either side of Khao San Road are market stalls selling street food, accessories, souvenirs, and clothing. I don’t know what it’s like during the day but at night, the entire road becomes a walking street that’s closed off to vehicular traffic. You definitely don’t want to get flattened by an SUV when you’re trying on a pair of elephant pants!
Compared to other night markets, there isn’t as much to buy at this night market but the fact that it’s along Khao San Road earns it a spot on this list.
Khao San Road is so well-known that it’s become almost an integral part of the Bangkok experience. If you aren’t staying here, then Khao San Market gives you a good excuse to visit.
Khao San Market
Address: 161, 163 Khaosan Rd, Talat Yot, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
Operating Hours: 3PM-2AM, Mon-Sat / 3PM-12MN, Sun
9. Pratunam Night Market
Pratunam Market is arguably the most popular night market on this list. It’s been around forever and is said to be one of the biggest clothing markets in Bangkok.
Like Khao San Market, Pratunam Market isn’t one of my favorite Bangkok night markets but it earns a spot on this list thanks to its history.
You can find all types of clothing, shoes, accessories, and knick-knacks here at very affordable prices.
Pratunam Night Market starts at around 7PM but it’s actually just an extension of Pratunam Market that takes place throughout the day. There are probably more stalls at night but you can go shopping there during the day as well.
There aren’t as many food stalls at Pratunam Market but I did find this food-court-type establishment with a few street food vendors.
Pratunam Night Market
Address: QG3Q+CVH Unnamed Road Thanon Phaya Thai, Ratchathewi, Bangkok 10400, Thailand
As the term suggests, these markets open only over the weekend. There are a few of these markets in Bangkok but Chatuchak Weekend Market is by far the most well-known.
10. Chatuchak Weekend Market
I know of people who’ve traveled to Bangkok specifically to shop at Chatuchak Weekend Market. It’s a gargantuan market that’s home to over 15,000 stalls selling everything under the sun like clothing, houseware, accessories, plants, pets, books, and food.
If you can’t find something at Chatuchak Weekend Market, then you probably can’t find it anywhere in Bangkok.
It’s been years since we last visited this market. Personally, I find its size to be overwhelming but people who want everything under one roof should definitely check out Chatuchak Weekend Market. Just be sure to have Google Maps on your phone because it’s very easy to get lost in its maze of alleyways and shops.
Many years ago, I remember Chatuchak being strictly a weekend market that opened only from Friday night till Sunday evening. Today, the market’s plant section is open on Wednesdays and Thursdays as well.
If you’re looking for wholesale deals, then Friday night from 6PM till midnight is said to be the best time to go. The Chatuchak Friday night market is also an ideal time to visit if you’d like to avoid the heat and crowds that flock to the market over the weekend. I remember being there around noon many years ago and almost passing out from the suffocating heat. It was awful.
Another reason why I don’t enjoy going to Chatuchak Market anymore is the pet section. The market is home to many shops selling domesticated pets like dogs, cats, and aquarium fish but findings have shown that it’s also a center for the illegal wildlife trade.
Personally, I think Chatuchak Weekend Market is good to experience once, but there are many more interesting markets in Bangkok that aren’t quite as overwhelming.
Chatuchak Weekend Market
Address: 587, 10 Kamphaeng Phet 2 Rd, Khwaeng Chatuchak, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900, Thailand
Operating Hours: 9AM-6PM, Sat-Sun / 7AM-6PM, Wed-Thurs / 6PM-12MN, Fri (closed Mon-Tue)
11. Ong Ang Walking Street
Ong Ang Walking Street is a weekend market that sets up on either side of Ong Ang Canal near Bangkok’s Chinatown. It’s a pleasant area with lots of trees, street art, and hanging lights strung up across the canal.
Ong Ang Walking Street is open from 4-10PM on weekends. I don’t remember seeing any but I read that buskers like to set up and play live music along the canal. You can do kayak rides here as well.
There are many restaurants on either side of the canal (mostly serving Indian food) but you’ll find plenty of street stalls as well. It’s a great place to just sit outside and relax while eating street food and enjoying a few drinks.
Ong Ang Walking Street
Address: PGV3+Q4M, Wang Burapha Phirom, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
Operating Hours: 4-10PM, Fri-Sun (closed Mon-Thurs)
For lack of a better term, in this section are typical food and clothing markets that keep regular hours in Bangkok.
12. Or Tor Kor Market
If all you’re interested in is food, then this is arguably the best market you can visit in Bangkok. Located just a stone’s throw from Chatuchak Market, Or Tor Kor Market is an indoor food market that’s known for carrying some of the finest quality produce in Bangkok.
Or Tor Kor is an exceptionally clean market that feels almost like a department store. Prices for produce are a little higher here than at other markets but you can rest assured that what you’re buying is of the highest quality.
Thai fruits like durian are the perfect example. I love durian but I have no idea how to pick them out so I only buy them from Or Tor Kor Market. It’s an expensive fruit so I want to be sure I get what I paid for. At Or Tor Kor, you don’t have to worry about that.
Or Tor Kor Market is so highly regarded that CNN once named it one of the world’s 10 best fresh markets.
Aside from fresh produce, you can also enjoy prepared food at Or Tor Kor. We’ve eaten here a few times but thanks to Natt of Your Thai Guide, we always go back to stall 11/40 to have pad thai and hoy tod.
You’ve probably heard of pad thai but hoy tod refers to the Thai version of oyster omelette, a popular street food in Bangkok. According to her, this is the only place where her father will eat hoy tod. What’s good enough for a Thai local is certainly good enough for us!
Or Tor Kor Market
Address: 101 Kamphaeng Phet Rd, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900, Thailand
Operating Hours: 6AM-6PM, daily
13. Wang Lang Market
Like Or Tor Kor, Wang Lang is one of my favorite markets in Bangkok. Located on the western banks of the Chao Phraya River, in Bangkok Noi district, it’s a traditional Thai market that offers pretty much everything.
Wang Lang Market isn’t as well-organized as Jodd Fairs or Indy Market but it’s an authentic market that’s frequented by Thai locals, most notably university students and nurses thanks to its proximity to Siriraj Hospital.
Modern markets like Jodd Fairs are clean and comfortable while Wang Lang is more of a classic Thai market. It’s grittier and more authentic in feel without being too chaotic.
This was an interesting find. I was exploring Wang Lang Market when I came across this warehouse-like space full of stalls selling all kinds of clothing, shoes, and accessories. They even had a good collection of heavy wool coats which isn’t something you see often at markets in Bangkok.
I had one of the best plates of pad kra pao at a restaurant in Wang Lang Market. It’s called Aunt Paad Phad Kaphrao and you can read more about it in our Bangkok restaurant guide.
Another dish I suggest you look for at Wang Lang Market is this buttered grilled bread topped with coconut ice cream from the JaPang stall. It’s delicious and a great way to beat the heat in Bangkok.
Wang Lang Market
Address: 112 13 ซอย วังหลัง Siri Rat, Bangkok Noi, Bangkok 10700, Thailand
Operating Hours: 9AM-6PM, daily
14. Asiatique The Riverfront
Like Sooksiam (#2), Asiatique The Riverfront isn’t really a market in the traditional sense. Located on the former docks of the East Asiatic Company, on the eastern banks of the Chao Phraya River, it’s more of an upscale open-air shopping mall with a number of restaurants and stalls selling typical night market goods like clothing, bags, and accessories.
As you can see in the picture below, it’s also home to the Asiatique Sky which is the tallest Ferris wheel in Bangkok.
If you like the night market concept but don’t enjoy the chaos, then Asiatique is a good alternative. It’s cleaner and more comfortable and seems to offer products that are generally of a higher quality than what you’d find at typical night markets in Bangkok.
Aside from being a good place to do some souvenir shopping in Bangkok, Asiatique The Riverfront is also a great spot to enjoy a few drinks while watching the sun set over the Chao Phraya River.
Asiatique The Riverfront
Address: 2194 Charoen Krung Rd, Wat Phraya Krai, Bang Kho Laem, Bangkok 10120, Thailand
Operating Hours: 11AM-12MN, daily
15. Talat Phlu Market
Like First One Market (#7), Talat Phlu Market is a great place to visit if you’re staying in the Thon Buri area. It’s a hyper-local market with a good number of food stands selling different types of Thai street food.
Unlike Asiatique, there’s nothing fancy about Talat Phlu Market. It’s an authentic all-day Thai market that’s gritty and chaotic in the best ways possible.
Talat Phlu Market
Address: ถนนเทอดไท Talat Phlu, Thon Buri, Bangkok 10600, Thailand
Operating Hours: 9AM-12MN, daily
16. Banglamphu Market
Banglamphu Market is very similar to Khao San Night Market (#8), except it’s open throughout the day. Located about a 5-minute walk from Khao San Road, the stalls here offer the same things like inexpensive clothing, accessories, and street food.
Like Khao San Market, Banglamphu Market isn’t the most interesting market in Bangkok but its proximity to Khao San Road earns it a spot on this list. Plus, it’s where you’ll find the Mam Tom Yum Kung stall which serves some of the best tod mun pla (Thai fish cakes) and tom yum goong I’ve had anywhere in Bangkok.
Address: 61 Chakrabongse Rd, Chana Songkhram, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
Operating Hours: 10AM-10PM, Tue-Sun (closed Mondays)
17. Sam Yan Market
Sam Yan Market is a traditional indoor food market similar to Or Tor Kor Market. It isn’t nearly as polished as Or Tor Kor but it does offer a good selection of fruit and fresh produce. It’s a good market to check out if you find yourself in the Pathum Wan district.
Thailand is home to some of the best tropical fruits in Southeast Asia and markets like Sam Yan are among the best places to buy them. The longan and mangosteen I bought from this stall were delicious.
I didn’t eat here but on the second floor of Sam Yan Market is this large food court offering different types of prepared Thai food.
Sam Yan Market
Address: ตลาดสดสามย่าน Wang Mai, Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand
Operating Hours: 5AM-11PM, daily
18. Pak Khlong Talat Flower Market
Pak Khlong Talat doesn’t sell street food or elephant pants. Instead, it sells flowers. Lots and lots of flowers.
We were taken to this market a few years ago on a tuk tuk sightseeing tour and our guide told us that it’s the biggest wholesale flower market in Bangkok. Open 24/7, truckloads of flowers from nearby provinces go through this facility everyday.
You’ll find many different types of flowers for sale at Pak Khlong Talat like orchids, roses, lilies, marigolds, and forget-me-nots, all for considerably less than what you’d pay elsewhere.
Based on what I’ve read, Pak Khlong Talat receives relatively few foreign visitors but it’s an interesting market to visit just to see the large volume of flowers that go through here everyday.
Pak Khlong Talat Flower Market
Address: สน พระราชวัง Pak Khlong Talat – Wat Kanlayanamit, Khwaeng Wang Burapha Phirom, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
Operating Hours: Open 24 hrs
Some of the most traditional markets in Bangkok are wet, dirty, and chaotic. They aren’t for everyone but if you’d like to experience an authentic Southeast Asian market, then here are a few you may want to check out.
19. Khlong Toei Market
Khlong Toei Market is one of the biggest wet markets in Bangkok. A noisy (and often smelly) labyrinth of market stalls selling freshly butchered meat, vegetables, fruits, and seafood, it doesn’t get any more authentic than this.
Khlong Toei Market is located just a short walk from Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre MRT station. If you’d like to buy the freshest produce at the lowest prices, then a wet market like this is one of the best places you can go to in Bangkok.
If you aren’t used to them, wet markets like Khlong Toei can be overwhelming. They aren’t for the faint of heart but they’re definitely worth experiencing if you have a curiosity for food and where it comes from.
Be prepared to see things like butchered pigs and poultry. These are a far cry from the clean and neatly packaged pork chops you can buy at your local supermarket.
Khlong Toei Market
Address: 121 123,125 ถนน ท่าเรือ Khlong Toei, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
Operating Hours: Open 24 hrs
20. Tha Tian Market
Tha Tian is one of the most interesting markets I’ve been to in Bangkok. It’s been in existence since the 17th century and was at one point the biggest trading center along the Chao Phraya River.
Tha Tian Market no longer seems to be the bustling commercial center it once was but at its peak, it consisted of a traditional market and a floating market that carried fresh and dried food, clothing, and a variety of goods used for daily life.
Today, Tha Tian Market carries mostly salted dried seafood.
Unless you have a taste for salted dried fish, there aren’t too many things a tourist can buy at Tha Tian Market but it’s still a fascinating place to visit. Step into this market and you’ll feel like you’ve been transported into 17th-century Bangkok.
I imagine this market to be a great place to visit for street photographers as well. The colors and subject matter are quite interesting.
After visiting Tha Tian Market, I suggest making a stop at the popular Molthip ice cream shop. Located just outside the market, it’s a great place to cool down with a refreshing bowl of coconut ice cream.
Tha Tian Market
Address: PFWR+C85, Maha Rat Rd, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
Operating Hours: 11AM-6:30PM, daily
To help you navigate to these markets in Bangkok, I’ve pinned them all on the map below. Click on the link for a live version of the map.
FINAL THOUGHTS ON THE BEST BANGKOK MARKETS
As you can probably tell by now, there’s no shortage of interesting markets in Bangkok.
On our most recent month-long trip, I went to as many markets as I could but there were still a few key markets that I missed. The aforementioned One Ratchada Night Market is one, Hua Mum Night Market is another. Patpong Night Market is another famous one, as is Sampheng Night Market.
I visited close to thirty markets to come up with this list but to be honest, you don’t need to go to every one. Most offer the same things so it does get a little “same same” after the first few.
If I had to narrow it down to just five, then I’d say visiting Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market, Indy Market, Or Tor Kor Market, Srinagarindra Train Night Market, and Wang Lang Market will give you a well-rounded market experience in Bangkok. If you had time to visit more, then I’d throw in Chang Chui Plane Night Market and Chatuchak Weekend Market as well.
At the end of the day, where you go depends on your personal preference but I do hope this list helps you narrow it down. Thanks for reading and have a blast exploring the many vibrant and colorful markets in Bangkok!
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