Renowned as one of the most vibrant cities in Asia, Bangkok has something for everyone. So when one says heaps are waiting for getting explored, they’re right! Bangkok has so much to offer whether it comes to visitors or the locals. Have you ever heard about the night markets in Bangkok? If no, then you’re at the right place! In this piece of writing, we’ll take you to the best night markets in Bangkok, which are highly popular among the locals. So, are you ready to explore Bangkok night markets? If yes, then get on the ride to the Bangkok night markets.

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11 Best Bangkok Night Markets For Locals

1. Rot Fai Market, Srinakarin:

Rot Fai Market appeared on the map of Bangkok a few years back with all its glory on Srinakarin Road behind the famous Seacon Square shopping mart. The market is renowned for its vintage and retro goods. You can find all kind of old, new, and used stuff here at highly reasonable rates. But this is not what makes this market famous among the locals. It contains all kind of shops from bars to eating stalls to barbers; you may find a fantastic mixture of traditional, vintage, and hipster markets at a single spot while visiting Rot Fai night market.

Bangkok Night Market: Rot fai Night Market

2. Rot Fai Market, Ratchada

Located behind the Esplanade Cineplex, Rot Fai Ratchada market is the subsidiary or addition to the original night market at Srinakarin road. But what makes this market locals favorite are three factors. First, the market offers similar goods and other stuff sold by vendors on the stall. Secondly, the market is a hub for foodies, like this one among the Bangkok night market, offer traditional Thai food with a twist. So if you want to try the traditional Thai cuisine with some twist, then this is the place you must visit. Thirdly, the market offers a large variety of bars from fine dining ones to the bit noisy ones to accommodate all kind of crowd.

Bangkok night market; Rot Fai Market, Ratchada

3. Indy Market, Pinklao

Across the river, in the Thonburi district Indy market is relatively a new addition in the Bangkok night markets. The market caters the shopping and outing cravings of the locals as this is not yet famous as other Bangkok night markets. The Indy market offers a wide variety of food and crafts to entertain the locals from 6 PM to 12 AM. You can find an array of food stalls with pubs and bars to cater to the youth.

4. Liab Duan Ramintra Night Market

If you ask about one of the best night markets in Bangkok, then Liab Duan night market in Ramintra is by far the one. In Thai, Liab Duan means the market by the highway, and yes, there is a highway near the market. Similar to other Bangkok night markets, this market gains its limelight in the evening. With thousands of stalls and vendors selling all kind of crafts and product, you can find anything from old car stereo to used boots. The vendors are mostly the teen of Thailand who is exploring their entrepreneur skills under the hot lights and narrow streets.

์Night Markets in Bangkok. 4. Liab Duan Ramintra Night Market5.   Hua Mum Night Market

Opened in September 2015, Hua Mum Night Market is little known by the foreigners and is the main buying and selling point for the locals. The market offers a variety of food, desserts, shopping options, and fashion accessories. Stalls at Hua mum Market are not sheltered and thus provides a comfortable view. You can find a massive variety of Thai cuisine and bars to sit and relax. Moreover, the market offers all kind of fashion accessories at highly reasonable rates.

Hua Mum Night Market

6. Southern Market, Sai Tai Center Market

Want to explore a unique night market in Bangkok? Then we bet you must not miss the Sai Tai Center market. This market, akin to other markets, offers food delicacies and drink while shopping your heart out there, is a unique container zone you are going to witness. In the container zone, there is a row of containers having two stories for food and vendors. The market also offers an open market view having a side of the market without any shelters. So eat and drink to your appetite the yummiest Thai cuisine.

7. ArtBox Night Market

Are you looking for the best night markets in Bangkok? Here comes ArtBox Night Market! It’s somewhat a new, hip, and incredibly cool pop-up market. Here visitors can find several stalls which are housed in big shipping containers. Once you visit it, you’ll have a cool hipster-kind of a vibe of it. The best thing about this market is it focuses on local artists and hand-made items. So, you can find an array of quality, hip, and extraordinary hand-made clothes, shoes, handbags, jewelry, and gadgets there.

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8. The Owl Market

Are you feeling hungry? No problem, if hunger strikes midnight and you wish to eat local street food in Bangkok, then here come the Owl Market. It’s considered as one of the best night markets in Bangkok for food. At Food Square, you’ll find a variety of mouth-watering food stall where can ravine on local Thai Cuisine until you’re full! This market opens from 3 PM to 12 midnight.

Owl Night Market

9. Saphan Phut Night Market

Every evening when the sun goes down, the life at Saphan Phut wakes up. From t-shirts to jeans and shoes, you can find all kind of apparels and fashion items at highly affordable rates. You can find fantastic deals on the new and second-hand items. It’s best to save a handsome amount while shopping your heart out.

9. Saphan Phut Night Market

10. Chang Chui Creative Park—Day And Night Market

Want to know about the best night markets in Bangkok? It’s here to give you a compact view of Bangkok’s urban and modern side. Are you looking for the Bangkok night markets with fine dining options? And decent stalls? Go to Chang Chui Creative Park and witness the most intense and whacky art pieces made with recycled items.

Chang Chui Creative Park

Chang Chui Creative Park

11. Green Day Night Market

Located at the corner of the great Chatuchak market, green day market is a haven for university students. It’s the best for those who are looking for relatively reasonable shopping space as compared to its high-end neighbour. Your find the vintage flea market as well as bars and drinks spot to give your night a high end. Grab your favorite delicacy while wandering around the market, and who knows you might end up having few items for yourself?

Greeday Market

Final Verdict

The opening of late-night markets have given a massive boost to the Bangkok economy and also offering a great tourist treat for the visitors to explore the real Bangkok. The Bangkok night markets provide the locals with a reasonable place for shopping the daily items. These markets offer a sort of a unique experience for the tourists to explore the bustling life of Bangkok night markets. From fresh markets to wholesale markets, these night markets are the lifetime experience by showcasing every sort of items from the new one to the vintage one.

Wat Pho or Wat Phra Chettuphon Wimon Mangkhlaram is the first-class royal temple of King Rama I’s reign, was originally built in the Ayutthaya period, and the King had it restored in 1789. During King Rama III’s reign, the King ordered the inscription of knowledge from old textbooks into the marble plates, then, placed them in the buildings to be the source of knowledge for the public. These plates could be categorized into many disciplines, such as history, religion, medicine and literature. The Wat Pho; therefore, could be regarded as the first university of Thailand. Furthermore, the temple is the house of the most beautiful reclining Buddha in Thailand. In 2011, UNESCO registered 1,440 stone inscriptions of Wat Pho as Memory of the World. There are many fascinating cultural heritage points in Wat Pho; for instance,

Wat Pho attractions including

99 Chedis

Wat Pho is the temple with the most Chedis of Thailand. One of the remarkable is the Four Great Stupas or Phra Maha Chedi of four reigns, the Chinese-Thai style architecture.

Wat Pho, Reclining BuddhaPhoto credit by คุณวรวุฒิ หิรัญยไพศาลสกุล

Phra Vihara Buddhasaiyas

Also internationally known as the Reclining Buddha is the graceful reclining Buddha and the third largest and longest one of Thailand. The image is regarded as the most beautiful reclining Buddha image in the country. There are 108 pearl carvings of auspicious images on the Buddha’s soles, in the Chinese-Thai style.

Reclining buddha

Reclining BuddhaThe most beautiful Reclining Buddha in Thailand

Epigraphic Archives of Wat Pho

It’s the stone inscriptions containing old wisdom and various bodies of knowledge.

Wat PhoPhoto credit: mgronline.com

Wat Pho's stone incriptionPhoto credit: watpho.com

Khao Ruesi Dat Ton (The Mountain of Exercising Hermits)

This is the health garden where there are many hermit statues demonstrating Yoga, movements, and the Thai traditional Physical Therapy manual in the form of graphic poems.

Wat PhoPhoto credit by คุณวรวุฒิ หิรัญยไพศาลสกุล

Phra ra Bian (The Cloister)

The cloister displays Buddha images collected from different regions of the country at the beginning of the King Rama I’s reign. These images are ancients images casted in different periods such as Sukhothai, Ayutthaya or Lopburi.  It’s one of photo hot spots for travelers.

Wat PhoPhra ra Bian

Sala Karn Pa Rien (The Sermon Hall)

The building locally called “Ubosot” which was built in the Ayutthaya Period.

Kam Phang Kaew (The Glass Wall)

The bas-relief images depicting the story of Ramakien, modeled from the grand shadow play in Ayutthaya period.

Wat PhoKam Phang Kaew

Chinese Dolls and Yaksha Wat Pho

The dolls were created by Thai master craftsmen and placed in the temple harmoniously. Yaksha Wat Pho is the legendary creatures with many old tales around them, were cursed and became the stone guardians of the temple. There is also the famous booth embellished with tile depicting a bantam realistically.

Wat Pho, Giant Door GurdiansChinese doll door guardians. Photo credit by คุณวรวุฒิ หิรัญยไพศาลสกุล

Wat Pho, GiantYaksha. Photo credit by watpho.com

Massage pavilions

Wat Pho provides on-site massage service. The service pavilions are located at the east entrance and is rated around THB 450 / hour. The service is always busy but waiting for the service is not that long. However, there are also massage service outside the temple compound that you can use. This massage service is managed by Wat Pho as well. Therefore, you can be certain that you will receive the same quality service as the one offered on the temple ground. To get to the shop outside the temple, you just need to ask the receptions at the pavilion, they will walk you there.

Wat Pho, massageMassage Pavillions at Wat Pho

Opening hours

The temple is open everyday from 08.30-18.30. The admission fee is THB 200 / person with one free bottle of water.

Wat Pho by night

The temple is even more beautiful in the evening when it’s illuminated. This would be my best moment of the day to visit the temple when no tourists are around. Your experience will be totally different from day time visit. Below is what the temple looks like in the evening. If you would like to experience Wat Pho by night, this “Bangkok Tuk Tuk Sunset Long-tail Night Lights Tour” will take you there. You will experience the other side of the temple beauty with knowledgeable guides.

Wat Pho by night

Wat Pho by nightWat Pho by night

Grand Palace

For first time visitors to Bangkok, one of the must-visit attractions is the Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. The attraction used to be the command center of all the kings and government since the early beginning of the Kingdom. Many beautiful buildings and architecture that portray the tradition and culture of Thailand will be found here.  Planning to visit the palace as your first destination is recommend. You will get an overview understanding of the culture through the visit.

When King Rama I ordered the move of the capital to the Phra Nakhon District in 1782, he established the Grand Palace as the new center of the kingdom. Built in the tradition of Ayutthaya palace, it was located near a river and constructed together with the temple inside, in the example of Wat Phra Si Sanphet. In the past, the Grand Palace was the royal house and the palace for the kind to have an audience with his subjects. Presently, it’s utilized for the royal funerals.

The Grand Palace has been the center of Thai art and culture for more than two centuries. It’s the place where many important Thai cultural events took places, and since those were regarded as the model of every branch of Thai art, the Grand Palace became the worldwide famous tourist attraction. Each year, the architecture in the Grand Palace, that reflect the Thai identity, attract millions tourists. The complex consists of Wat Phra Kaew, Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall, Aphom Phimok Prasat Throne Hall, Phiman Rattaya Throne Hall, and many more. But the highlight building is the the Chakri Maha Prasat Throne Hall or ‘foreigner with Chada (Thai crown)’, where Thai architectural style is mixed with western architectural style harmoniously.

Grand PalaceDusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall. Photo credit: royalgrandpalace.th/th/home

Temple of the Emerald Buddha or Wat Phra Kaew

Located in the outer court of the Grand Palace, it’s the capital temple which was constructed according to King Rama I, together with the establishment of the Rattanakosin Kingdom and the Grand Palace in 1782. The temple is classified as the supreme temple, the highest temple class in the country. Beside housing the Emerald Buddha, the temple also houses other important statues, and royal ashes of former kings as well. It was also used for performing the important royal rituals.

One of the most remarkable parts of the visit is worshiping and praying to the Emerald Buddha, the palladium which was sculpted from green emerald, was built-in the Chiang Saen-sukhothai style. The Buddha’s clothes are changed seasonally. Additionally, the gorgeousness of the ubosot, whose walls, arch, gates and windows were decorated grandiosely by  master craftsmen of the early Rattanakosin, also adds to the experience.

In the cloisters, is the world’s longest mural, depicting the story of Ramakien in a series of 178 images with accompanying poems. Here you do not want to miss photographing yourself together with the Guarding Yaksha of Wat Phra Kaew, which is one of the important landmarks of Bangkok.

Emerald Buddha ImageEmerald Buddha Image. Photo credit: royalgrandpalace.th/th/home

Temple of Emerald Buddha Guarding Yaksha of Wat Phra Kaew. Photo credit: royalgrandpalace.th/th/home

Best time to avoid the crowd at the palace

The Grand Palace and the Temple of Emerald Buddha is always crowded everyday since it’s a must visit attraction in Bangkok for first time visitors. But if you want to try avoiding the crowds, try visiting the attraction at its opening hour, lunch time where all tourist leave the palace for lunch and the other less crowded period I found was at the last hour before it’s close.  These moments are the ones that the site has less visitors. So plan well!

Temple of the Emerald BuddhaOrdination Hall of the Temple of Emerald Buddha 

Coming to Bangkok and not visiting the Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha? You will miss the cultural highlight of the Thai tradition. Visiting the attraction with a knowledgeable tour guide will give you an overview history of the Thai culture and enhance your experience.  Our knowledgeable tour guides will  present you a tour of the palace and the temple and you will leave the attraction with much more understanding of the Thai culture.

Dress code

Visiting the palace, it’s required that you wear long pants or skirts with knee length and shirts covering shoulders. Using scarfs to wrap around shoulders would not allowed as well as legging pants.

The Grand Palace’s admission ticket is THB 500 per person and is open everyday from 08.30-15.30. It’s never close but sometime it’s close for some royal ceremonies.  If you’re there and it’s close, well! You’re the lucky one!