10 Markets In Bangkok You Should Not Miss

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I LOVE markets! The vibrant atmosphere, the smiling happy people, the great variety of unique things to shop, the delicious street food, snacks, and drinks – what’s not to like about markets? 🙂 It is great fun walking around in between the different stalls looking at all the strange, unique, useful, and unuseful things they sell.

When you find something you like at a Bangkok market, and you want to buy it, remeber to haggle/ bargain over the price. Haggling and negotiating on the price is always a part of the shopping game in Bangkok markets. In Thailand, negotiation about the price is expected by the sellers and the first price they give you is always too high. It is all about finding the fair and acceptable price, both for the buyer and the seller. If I can walk away from a market with a few bargains, then my market trip has been a success! 🙂

Bangkok is famous for markets and has some of the best and biggest markets in the world, and they are part of the reason why I love the “City of Angels” so much.

Markets are a huge part of the Thai culture, and the locals love markets just as much as tourists. Especially night markets are extremely popular and trendy in Bangkok, probably because the temperatures are more bearable in the evenings. Also, markets are the perfect place to head to for some delicious cheap street food and snacks.

There are so many fun things to do in Bangkok, but visiting a Bangkok market should be part of any Bangkok trip even if you don´t like shopping. The Bangkok markets on this list are easy to get to by public transport or taxi/ tuk-tuk/ Grab car if you are staying in the central areas of Bangkok.

If you like shopping, please check out my list of the best shopping malls and places in Bangkok.

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The 10 Best Markets In Bangkok

Since Bangkok has an overwhelming amount of markets, and new markets are popping up every year, your next questions probably are: What are the best markets in Bangkok? What is famous in Bangkok for shopping?

Here is a list of what I think are the best and most popular shopping markets in Bangkok. These markets are not set up for tourists only, like the floating markets are, but are regular shopping places in Bangkok where also the local Thais shop for clothes, shoes, vegetables, fruits, fish, meat, and everything else they need.

Visiting a Bangkok market is a fantastic way of experiencing the local Thai culture. If shopping is on your agenda for your Bangkok trip, then markets are best for shopping in Bangkok.

Many of these markets are night markets, where you can shop at night in Bangkok when the temperatures are more pleasant. The night markets in Bangkok typically open around 18:00 (6 pm) in the evening and close around midnight.

The 10 best markets in Bangkok

1. Chatuchak Market

Chatuchak Weekend Market is THE ultimate Bangkok market. It is the mother of all markets, and a real MUST when visiting Bangkok!

Chatuchak is probably the biggest outdoor market in the world (at least one of the biggest), covering more than one km, consisting of a whopping 15 000 stalls selling just about anything you can imagine from every corner of Thailand! And it has been in Bangkok for decades.

The Chatuchak Weekend Market in Bangkok is enormous, covering over 1 km
The Chatuchak Weekend Market in Bangkok is enormous, covering over 1 km and consisting of 15 000 stalls!

A tourist attraction in itself, the Chatuchak market atttracts more than 200 000 visitors on a typical weekend! It is popular among both local Thais, foreigners living in Bangkok, and tourists. You should come here and have a look even if you are not a big shopper. It is great fun, but it can also be a sweltering and humid experience.

Chatuchak Weekend Market is divided into 27 sections, where each section has a specific type of items for sale like clothes, plants, art and so on.

Here you can find things like wood carvings, clay handicrafts, local souvenirs from every part of Thailand, Buddhist amulets, wooden furniture, handmade decorated flowers, ceramic wares, Chinese wares, garden plants, stones, trendy fashions, silk, hill-tribe outfits, paintings of local painters, fluffy dogs, handbags, shoes, jewellery and fashionable Thai design of all sort – All at a cheap price! It is spectacular!

We like the art section of Chatuchak the best. It is great fun to walk between all the beautiful and fantastic art and paintings made by talented local artists. Often you can see artists working on their next painting or piece of handcrafted jewelry right there.

You can also eat and drink at charming small cafes and restaurants, or grab something along the way at one of the many stalls selling delicious street food.

And if you shop too much, or very large things, TNT and DHL are present and are more than happy to pack and ship your stuff to your home. At a price of course 🙂

Plenty of cool clothes to shop at Chatuchak Weekend Market in Bangkok
Plenty of cool clothes to shop at Chatuchak Weekend Market

You will often feel a bit “lost” at Chatuchak because it is soooo big and there are soooo many people! Find a map at one of the information kiosks, otherwise, go with the flow and explore.

Of course, the usual tactics in crowded areas apply. Keep a close watch on your valuables. Chatuchak has been known to host a few eager pickpockets, and having your wallet hanging out of your back pocket is probably not the wisest thing to do. 

If you are there with friends or family, decide where to meet up if you get away from each other. Half the fun is, however, to get a little lost, then you can come across some unexpected things that you never knew you needed! 🙂

Don’t underestimate how big the Chatuchak Market is! Ditch the stiletto heels, and wear your most comfortable shoes or sandals! And remember to drink plenty of water, as it is easy to become dehydrated. I like to use dehydration as an excellent excuse to have another of those delicious strawberry yogurt drinks they sell at Chatuchak (see the photo below) 🙂

We love this strawberry yoghurt drink that you get at Chatuchak market
We love this strawberry yoghurt drink that you get at Chatuchak market

Chatuchak is divided into 27 sections. Click on the map below to see what each section contains:


  • When: Saturdays and Sundays, 09:00 (9 am) – 18:00 (6 pm), and Fridays 18:00 (6 pm) – midnight
  • What to get there: Well, basically just about everything you can imagine!
  • How to get there: Skytrain to Mo Chit Station, or the underground to Chatuchak Station, and follow the stream of people.
  • Chatuchak Market Webpage

2. Talat Rot Fai/ Train Night Market

There are currently two Talat Rot Fai markets, also called Train Night Market, in Bangkok. They are very popular both among local Thais and tourists.

The Talat Rot Fai Train Night Market Ratchada in Bangkok is huge, hip and cool
The two Talat Rot Fai Train Night Markets in Bangkok are huge, hip, cool, and very popular

The first Talat Rot Fai Market opened in 2010 by a previous antique seller and was initially located near the Chatuchak Weekend Market (see above) on a piece of land owned by the State Railway of Thailand (SRT). The market stalls were set up among unused train tracks, old warehouses and train wagons, therefore it got nicknamed “Train Night Market.”

The original Talat Rot Fai Market was forced to close down in 2013 as the land was to be constructed into the BTS Skytrain Station Bang Sue Central. The market was then relocated to Srinagarindra Road (behind the Seacon Square shopping mall) where it still is today. It soon became very popular, even though it is located a 30-in drive from the center of Bangkok (Siam area) and has no Skytrain or Subway/MRT station nearby.

Because of its huge popularity, two similar Talat Rot Fai night markets opened a couple of years later. The second Talat Rot Fai opened on Ratchadaphisek Road (behind Esplanade Mall) in January 2015, and the third Talat Rot Fai opened on Kaset–Nawamin Road later the same year. The latest market on Kaset-Nawamin Road has, however, closed down and is not operating anymore.

The two Talat Rot Fai or Train Night Markets, which has nothing to do with trains or railways any more, must not be confused with the Mae Klong Railway Market (Hoop Rom Market) which is located on an actual railway track an hour drive southwest of Bangkok. Mae Klong Railway Market is the market where the train goes through (and run over) the stalls and the goods on sale.

The Train Night Market Ratchada in Bangkok sells lots of vintage stuff
The Train Night Markets have a nice and relaxed atmosphere

The two Talat Rotfai Markets both have a hip and cool atmosphere, popular among young Thai people, although Srinakarin is the one with most antiques and collectible items. So if you are on the hunt for unique antiques, you should head to the Srinakarin version of Talat Rot Fai.

Both Talat Rot Fai Markets are huge open-air bazaar kind of markets with lots of stalls where you will find plenty of delicious street food, snacks, drinks, used and new clothes, shoes, and accessories, as well as antiques and hipster vintage stuff. They have a relaxed hipster cool vibe which I like.

The bar area of Talat Rot Fai Ratchada Train Night Market
The atmospheric bar area of Talat Rot Fai Ratchada Train Night Market

That they are not constructed for tourists only but are popular among locals as well, is why I love the Talat Rot Fai Market. And the best of all, the sellers are not pushy so you can walk around at your own pace and are not pushed to buy anything unless you want to. The prices are also lower here than at other markets in Bangkok since they do not only cater to tourists but also the locals.

Prawns at Ratchada Train Night Market in Bangkok
You can have some delicious gigantic prawns at Talat Rot Fai Market

I must admit that I seldom find much to shop at Talat Rot Fai as the clothes and shoes sizes are tiny as they are mostly aimed towards Thais and not big Europeans like me. 🙂 And I am not that into vintage second-hand clothes and shoes. They also sell a lot of typical mass-produced knick-knacks where the quality is not the best. But I love coming to Talat Rot Fai for the delicious food, drinks, and snacks. Talat Rot Fai is one of the best places in Bangkok for street food.

Talat Rot Fai 1/ Srinakarin Train Market

Talat Rot Fai Srinakarin is the first and original Talat Rot Fai market, or Train Night Market, in Bangkok. It is still the biggest and most famous of the two Train Night Markets, even though you will not find any trains here anymore. Rot Fai Market Srinakarin is located on Srinakarin Soi 51, just behind Seacon Square Shopping Mall.

The Talat Rot Fai Srinakarin is, however, the most difficult to get to as it is located in the outskirt of Bangkok and has no Skytrain or MRT station close by. The best way to get to Talat Rot Fai Srinakarin Market is to take a taxi or Grab (about a 30 min drive from central Bangkok depending on the traffic which can be pretty bad especially at weekends).

A stall selling oysters at the Talat Rot Fai Train Night Market in Bangkok
A stall selling oysters at the Talat Rot Fai Train Night Market in Bangkok
This huge market is divided into three big sections:
  • Market Zone
    In the Market Zone, you will find over 2000 different stalls selling just about everything you need and did not know that you needed. Here you can do some real bargains when it comes to urban and fashionable clothes, shoes, toys, and stuff to your home. Market Zone is a great place to find some gifts and souvenirs to bring back home.
  • Warehouse Zone
    Here you will find lots of different stuff, from household things to your house, electronics, used car parts, and second-hand clothes and textiles, shoes, and accessories. The things that are sold here all have a vintage shabby-chic kind of style to it. You can even find old collectible items such as old vintage coca-cola signs, car plates, toys, and cameras.
  • Rod’s Antiques
    This factory-style building is the gem of the Talat Rot Fai Srinakarin Market. The whole building is packed with cool antiques and vintage things from all over the world like vintage American cars and motorbikes (Vespas), furniture from all over the world, and decoration things for your home. You are allowed to take photos, so this is a great place to head to for those unique and cool Instagram shots. 🙂
At Talat Rot Fai Market you can do some shopping bargains
You can do some shopping bargains at Talat Rot Fai Market

Of course, shopping is the main focus of the market, but the hipster street food, snacks, and drinks are also a big thing here. You will also find some cool restaurants and bars here, many with live bands, with a hip design like old VW camper vans. You also find a big food court here, which is very popular and gets crowded during weekends.

  • When: Thursday – Sunday, 17:00 (5 pm) – 01:00 (1 am)
  • What to get there: Cool, urban, new and used clothes and accessories, street food and drinks
  • Address: Srinakarin Road Soi 51 (behind Seacon Square Mall)
  • How to get there: Take a taxi or Grab car here, or the BTS Skytrain to On Nut Station and a taxi from there (a 20 min car trip)

Talat Rot Fai 2/ Ratchada Train Market

Talat Rot Fai Market Ratchada is the most convenient and easiest to get to as it is located very close to Thailand Cultural Centre Subway Station.

Talat Rot Fai Ratchada Market is a huge and fun open-air night market selling lots of delicious street food and drinks, as well as nick-nacks, handi-crafts, and souvenirs. It is an urban and trendy market where you can get your nails done, get an edgy tattoo, trim your beard at a cool pop-up barber, or buy something from one of over hundred different stalls.

A cool motorcycle bar at Talat Rot Fai Ratchada Market in Bangkok
A cool motorcycle bar at Talat Rot Fai Ratchada Train Night Market

Talat Rot Fai Ratchada is especially famous for its unique street food and special Thai dishes, many of which are only found at this market. These unique Thai dishes have been “invented” at this market, and the portions are often gigantic.

We had the most insane and delicious pork ribs (the dish is called Laeng Saeb) at Talat Rot Fai Ratchada. This dish, a mix of pork bones/ meat boiled in green chili and lime juice sauce, is a relatively new and modern Thai dish which has been around only a couple of years. It has become very popular, and we had to queue up to get a table. The meat is delicious and so tender and juicy! You can choose between the portion size M, L, XL, and XXL. A must-try if you visit Talat Rot Fai Ratchada.

You will find lots of cool drink stalls here as well, many with live music. A fun place to party! 🙂

The hip 60 bar at the Ratchada Train Market in Bangkok
The hip 69 bar at the Ratchada Train Market

Ratchada Train Market is the most convenient and accessible of the Talat Rot Fai markets, as it is located only a 5-min walk from Thailand Cultural Centre Subway/ MRT Station. And if it starts pouring down, like it did one night we visited Talat Rot Fai 2, you can always seek cover at the big Esplanade Mall which is just next to the market. Very convenient!

Coconuts, juice, fruits, and mango sticky rice at Ratchada Train Night Market in Bangkok
Get some healthy juice, coconut, and mango sticky rice at Ratchada Train Night Market

I love the vibe and atmosphere at the Ratchada Train Market, especially in the restaurant and bar area of the market.

  • When: Every night, 17:00 (5 pm) – 23:00 (11 pm)
  • What to get there: Cool, urban, new and used clothes and accessories, street food and drinks
  • Address: Ratcadaphisek Road (behind Esplanade Mall)
  • How to get there: Subway/ MRT to Thailand Cultural Centre Station, walk 5-min (behind Esplanade Mall)

3. Neon Night Market

The Neon Market, or Talad Neon Night Market which is its Thai name, is a fairly new market (opened December 2016) in a convenient and central location of Bangkok in the downtown Pratunam area next to Siam. Therefore it is also called the Downtown Night Market of Bangkok.

The Neon Night Market is awesome
The Neon Night Market is awesome

If you are shopping in the Pratunam or Siam area, at for instance Central World or Platinum Fashion Mall, you can easily walk over to Neon Market in the evening and continue your shopping bonanza or try some delicious street food.

We met Superman at Neon Market Bangkok
We even met a singing Superman at Neon Market!

At the Neon Market, you will find the latest fashion within clothes, shoes, and accessories, but also handcrafts, jewelry, souvenirs, and delicious street food and cool outdoor bars some with live music.

Lots of cool things to buy at the Neon Night Market in Bangkok
Lots of cool things to buy at the Neon Night Market in Bangkok

Seafood is the big thing at this market, with Taikong Seafood being the most popular restaurant. They have an all-you-can-eat option where you catch your live seafood from a tank and cook or barbeque it at your table — seafood at its freshest. 🙂 There is a bar area in the back of the market where you will find hip bars housed in old shipping containers. Some of the bars/ containers even have rooftop seatings. So cool!

Taikong Seafood at Neon Market where you catch your own seafood and barbecue it at your table
Taikong Seafood at Neon Market where you catch your own seafood and barbecue it at your table

Neon Night Market is the perfect market to visit if you only have a few days in Bangkok as this is very centrally and conveniently located, especially if you are staying in the Siam or Silom area as you don’t have to use a lot of time to get to and from the market.

I personally love the Neon Market when it comes to shopping as the things they sell here are unique and real art crafts and not only typical mass-produced cheap plastic knick-knacks that you find elsewhere at markets in Bangkok.

I bought lots of nice gifts to bring back home that were uniquely made by the artist right in front of me, and I could choose the design and colors. There are also several talented painters here doing portraits and caricature drawings.

I bought several of these handmade keychains with names on as gifts to bring back home to friends and family
I bought several of these handmade keychains with names on as gifts to bring back home to friends and family. So cute and huge success!
Lots of stylish clothes and shoes at Neon Market Bangkok
Lots of stylish clothes and shoes at a low price are to be found at the Neon Market

Even though the Neon Market is great, the Talat Rot Fai Night Markets (see above) are bigger, have more visitors and more of an authentic local vibe, and a more diverse and unique food scene. But on the other hand, it is more relaxing to walk around at the Neon Night Market as it is not that packed with people as Talat Rot Fai.

  • When: Every night, 17:00 (5 pm) – 00:00 (midnight)
  • What to get there: Clothes and accessories, gifts, souvenirs, street food, and drinks
  • Address: Phetchaburi Road Sois 23 – 29
  • How to get there: Skytrain BTS to Chit Lom Station or Ratchathewi Station and walk about 5 min to the market
  • Neon Night Market Facebook page

4. Sampeng Market

The Sampeng Market located in Bangkok’s Chinatown (called Yaowarat in Thai) is the most vibrant and busiest of all markets in Bangkok.

The busy and crowded Sampeng Market in Chinatown Bangkok
Sampeng Market is located in a narrow alley in Chinatown

Sampeng Market is basically a narrow shopping alley called Sampeng Lane (or Soi Wanit 1) packed with stalls and small shops selling everything you can imagine. It has been here forever, ever since the Chinese community first settled in this area in the late eighteenth century. They were forced to move here from Ratanakosin to make way for the Grand Palace.

The Sampeng market alley is 1 km long. Here you can buy everything from cheap clothes, shoes, jewelry, kitchenware, electronics, toys, silk, random knick-knacks, to typical China stuff like tea, silk pyjamas, dried food, herbs, Chinese lanterns, and China porcelain.

Chinese lanterns are sold at Sampeng Market in Chinatown Bangkok
Bright red Chinese lanterns and Chinese porcelain are sold at Sampeng Market

Sampeng Market is an excellent place to find delicious street food and snacks, especially China-influenced Thai dishes and snacks. We had some yummy noodles with crispy duck at Hong Kong Noodle located at the Sampeng Market.

The market is very popular among the locals, and store owners or market vendors from all over Bangkok come to this market to buy items at wholesale to re-sell at their store. The prices are low at Sampeng Market so you can get some excellent deals.

Some street selles selling Thai street fot at Sampeng Market in Chinatown Bangkok
You find lots of awesome street food at Sampeng Market

Sampeng Market is hot, humid, busy, packed with people, and full of different smells from all kinds of food and herbs, but great fun! Just walk around the narrow lanes of the market and get a little lost, and you will come out at the other end of the market with some bargains. Sampeng Market is another reason to visit Bangkok’s Old Town/ Chinatown, in addition to the excellent street food, nightlife and temples.

Sampeng Market in Chinatown Bangkok is hot and humid and very busy and crowded
Sampeng Market in Chinatown Bangkok is hot, humid, very busy and crowded, but great fun!
  • When: Every day, 09:00 (9 am) – 18:00 (6 pm)
  • What to get there: Clothes and accessories, gifts, souvenirs, street food, tea, China-inspired things
  • Address: Soi Wanit 1 in Chinatown/ Yaowarat, a parallel street to Chinatown’s main road Yaowarat Road
  • How to get there: Take the Chao Phraya River Express boat to Ratchawong Pier, and walk for a few minutes and you will be right at the Sampeng Market.

5. ArtBox Night Market

Artbox is a fairly new, hip, and cool pop-up market where many of the stalls are housed in big shipping containers.

Artbox is a fairly new and hip night market in Bangkok
Artbox is a fairly new and hip night market in Bangkok

The whole idea is that the market moves around the city of Bangkok and are located at a particular place (usually a garden) a month or so before it moves to a new place of the town. At the moment it is located at Chuvit Garden on Sukhumvit 10 (near Nana BTS Skytrain Station), and we visited it here.

If you are staying in the popular Sukhumvit area of Bangkok, Artbox is a fantastic and convenient market to visit.

Artbox Bangkok has a cool bar and eating area
Artbox has a cool bar area tucked away inside the park

The first time we visited Artbox Thailand was actually in Singapore in June 2018, where it was extremely popular, and we had to queue up for an hour to get in. So Artbox moves abroad once in a while too.

The best place to find out where the Artbox Bangkok Market is located is on their Facebook page.

The Artbox market has a cool hipster-kind of vibe to it, and what I love the most about this market is that it has a focus on local artists and hand-made things. So you will not find much of the typical tourist low-quality knick-knacks that are sold at other markets in Bangkok. Here you will find more quality, hip, and unique hand-made clothes, gadgets, shoes, handbags, and jewelry.

Cool batik clothes are sold at Artbox Bangkok
You can find some really cool batik clothes at Artbox
Cute handmade things made of wood at Artbox
Cute handmade things made of wood at Artbox

The Artbox also has plenty of funky bars, cool street food vendors, and a live music stage where local bands perform. Great fun! Artbox brands themselves as Bangkok’s coolest and newest night market and its central and convenient location makes it a great market to visit.

Hipster burger at Artbox Night Market in Bangkok
Buy yourself a gourmet burger at Artbox. We loved it!

Buy yourself a hip gourmet burger, a local brewed hipster beer, and sit down on one of the many benches in front of the live music scene and your night in Bangkok can not get any better.

  • When: Every day, 16:00 (4 pm) – midnight
  • What to get there: Cool handmade stuff like fashionable clothes and accessories, jewelry, gifts, souvenirs, hipster street food and drinks (especially locally brewed hipster beer and cocktails)
  • Address: Sukhumvit 10/ Chuvit Garden (but the location varies so check their Facebook Page)
  • How to get there: Take the Skytrain to Nana BTS Station and walk from there (Chuvit Garden)
  • Artbox Thailand Facebook Page

6. Pak Khlong Talat Flower Market

The vivid and colorful Flower Market (Pak Khlong Talat) is a beautiful and colorful market which smells amazing of thousands of flowers.

Lots of people and hectic atmosphere at Flower Market (Pak Khlong Talat) in Bangkok
Pak Khlong Talat Flower Market is open 24 hours, but is busiest at night before dawn, when boats and trucks arrive with flowers from all over Thailand

It is such a nice and vibrant market to visit, full of colors and lovely smell! Here you can find all kinds of flowers, vegetables, and fruits.

Though the market is open 24 hours, it is busiest at night before dawn, when boats and trucks arrive with flowers from all over Thailand.

Here both consumers and wholesale buyers come to buy flowers and vegetables. Many local florists come to the market early in the morning to stock up on flowers to sell in their shops the following day. Also, the poor who make a living out of stringing and selling flower garlands on the streets, buy sacks of jasmine and marigold flowers here.

Girls sorting flowers at Pak Khlong Talat Flower Market in Bangkok
Pak Khlong Talat is one of Bangkok’s oldest markets and has been a flower market for over 60 years

The market has a long history, all the way back to the reign of Rama I (1782-1809) when it was a floating market here. Later it changed into a fish market before it became the kind of market it is today. It has been a flower market for over 60 years.

Chillies in all colors and sizes at the Flower Market in Bangkok
You can also buy all sorts of fresh vegetables and fruits at the Flower Market

If you want to experience and learn about the Thai culture at local markets, you should consider booking one of the tours with The Market Experience. They have different fun experiences you can join. All of these tours and workshops take place inside the Flower Market:

The Flower Market is a fun, vibrant market and a great place to experience the local Thai culture.

  • When: 24 hours every day, but it is busiest in the evening.
  • What to get there: Mainly flowers and beautiful flower garlands, but also vegetables and fruits.
  • How to get there: The Flower Market is located on Chakphet Road. Take a taxi or use the river Express Boat to Saphan Phut station. From there, it is a short walk.

7. Klongsan Market

The vibrant and busy Klong San Market is where the local Thais go for shopping after they finish off at work, so don`t expect to meet that many other tourists or to find typical tourist souvenirs here.

The area where this market is located used to be a train station. Klong San Market is located close to the brand new shopping mall Icon Siam, so it is great to combine these two.

Big plastic monk at Klongsan Market Bangkok
You will also meet this gigantic monk at Klong san market. He is gigantic, made of plastic, but looks very real.

Here you will find everything from trendy clothes, shoes, jewelry, jeans, accessories…..Yep, everything you might need for a new look! Few tourists know about this market, so it is a great place to walk around and shop with the locals at low prices. We also stopped to visit a giant Buddhist monk (not a real one, a doll). You can also buy amulets that will protect you and give you a long and happy life.

You will also find many stands selling delicious Thai street food, drinks, and snacks here.

Lots of delicious Thai food and snacks at Klongsan Market in Bangkok
The Klongsan Market comes to life after dark
Delicious Thai street food at Klong San Market in Bangkok
You can shop for many different Thai street food, snacks, and drinks at Klongsan Market
  • When: Every day, 07:00 (7am) – 22:00 (10 pm)
  • What to get there: Everything from clothes, shoes, and jewelry at low prices. Also lots of Thai street food and snacks.
  • How to get there: Take the Skytrain to Saphan Taksin BTS Station, and jump on a ferry on Chao Phraya River. Jump off the ferry at Klong San Pier and you are right at the Klong san Market.

8. Klong Toey Fresh Market

The Khlong Toei Market supplies Bangkok with half its fresh food. This market also sells wholesale and retail appliances, and you will find all kinds of meat, fish, seafood, fruits, vegetables, herbs, but also clothes, shoes, clocks, etc. It is one of the biggest fresh markets in Bangkok.

Busy and hectic at the Klong Toey Fresh Market in Bangkok
You can shop for all kinds of fresh fruits and vegetables at the Klong Toey Market
Meat of all kinds at Klong Toey Fresh Market
Fresh meat of all kinds can be found at Klong Toei Fresh market. The smell is not the best, however….
Fish at Klong Toey Market in Bangkok
The fish was still alive when he put them out for sale. You can not get any fresher fish!

And the food they sell here is extremely fresh! The fish and crabs are still alive when they are delivered to the market, so they kill the fish when you buy it, the same goes for the chickens.

Lots of people at Klong Toey Fresh Market in Bangkok
Farmers from all around Bangkok sell their products at Klong Toey Market

It is great fun to walk around in this market, even if you don`t plan to buy anything. The market is huge and super busy with local Thais stocking up on fresh food.

A fun fact about this market is that according to Wikipedia, in 2010 CNN listed it as one of the most authentic markets in Bangkok, but CNN also said that it is a place best avoided when hungover 🙂

  • When: Every day, 06:00 (6 am) – 14:00 (2 am)
  • What to get there: All kinds of fresh food, fruits, vegetables and herbs you can imagine, plus clothes, clocks, shoes….well, basically everything!
  • How to get there: MRT Subway to Klong Toei station, and walk out of Exit 1. When you come out, take a right, and follow Rama 4 Road east about 10 minutes, and the Klong Toey Market will be on your right-hand side. You can`t miss it; it is so huge!

9. Bangkok Farmers Market

The Bangkok Farmers Market is not only a market but a whole organization working together with and for organic farmers all over Thailand. They have built a platform and community in Bangkok, with a focus on Healthy Living, and bringing people together. They also do Yoga and different types of workshops and give back to the communities through education, charity work, and community programs in Thailand. Their slogan is “Eat locally, Organic, and Healthy.” I love it! ♥

Every Saturday they arrange Farmers Market at a particular place/ shopping mall in Bangkok, where farmers, food producers, and artist come together to sell their organic products like fruits, vegetables, food, drinks, beauty products, clothes, jewelry and so much more!

Farmers Market in Bangkok are usually arranged at a shopping mall
Farmers Market is arranged every Saturday at a shopping mall in Bangkok. Check their Facebook page to find out where it is hosted when you plan on visiting this fantastic market.

The location of the Saturday Farmers Market varies, and you should check their Facebook Page to see where the market is located.

It is a great place to walk around and try different local specialties when it comes to food, snacks, drinks, and fresh fruit and vegetables. It is so lovely to see that also Thailand has started to put a focus on organic products and cherish local producers.

Homemade local honey at Bangkok Farmers Market
We bought some raw organic honey from this lovely girl

The people selling their homemade or homegrown organic products are extremely friendly and so lovely. The market has a fantastic atmosphere; it is not only a market but a place to be social and meet and talk to new people.

Cute colorful toys at Bangkok Farmers Market
Cute home-made toys. I wanted to buy that small penguin; it was soooo cute! But, unfortunately, I did not have room in my backpack.
Homemade chocolate at Bangkok farmers market
Of course, we had to buy this one, home-made chocolate! It was super-good!!
  • When: Every Saturday, 11:00 (11 am) – 19:00 (7 pm)
  • What to get there: Food, fruits, vegetables, snacks, drinks, jewelry, clothes, shoes…..all sorts of organic made things, everything locally made in Thailand.
  • How to get there: It is located different places around Bangkok (mostly inside shopping malls), but usually, it is close to a Skytrain station.
  • Bangkok Farmer Market Facebook page (the best place to find out when and where the next Farmers Market is going to be)
  • Bangkok Farmers Market Webpage

10. Pratunam Market

Pratunam Market is an indoor wholesale market, but there are also booths out in the alleys and streets around Pratunam.

Lots of clothes, shoes, and accessories to shop at Pratunam Market in Bangkok
Pratunam market is partly indoor and party outdoor on the streets in the Pratunam area of Bangkok

At the Pratunam Market, you will find clothes, shoes, and accessories like jewelry, handbags and sunglasses, everything at dirt-cheap wholesale prices. You can find all the knick-knacks you can ever imagine! It sure is a shopping bonanza!

It is great fun to walk around at Pratunam Market, and you can do some real bargains at super low prices! It is located in a popular tourist area, so here you will see a mix of locals and foreigners.

It’s a nice market to buy gifts, but also to shop for clothes (if you can find your size ) and shoes for yourself. Here you find lots of cheap copies and fake items (clothes, shoes, and handbags) of famous international brands. The quality is, however, not the best.

  • When: Every day, 10:00 (10 am) – 20:00 (8 pm)  (although my impression is that they start to close they booths at around 17-18). But then the next door Baiyoke Night Market opens (from 17:00 to Midnight), so walk over to the next street and continue to shop. Shop til you drop!
  • What to get there: Very cheap clothes, shoes, jewelry, sunglasses, and all thinkable knick-knacks, useful and not so useful!
  • Address: Intersection of Ratchaprop and Petchburi roads to Ratchaprarop Soi 3
  • How to get there: Take the Sky Train to Chit Lom station, and walk from there. Follow Chid Lom Rd., till you get to Petchburi Rd which you cross and take a left. Walk on Petchburi Rd till you reach Ratchaprarop Rd., and take a right on Ratchaprarop Rd and you will be right at the Pratunam Market.

Markets are a big part of daily life in Bangkok, as they are the main places where people do their shopping. There are extremely many markets in Bangkok, but these are my favorite ones! They are not typical tourist markets, so here you can shop along with the local Thai people while they are doing their daily shopping.

If you want to get a full market experience, you should join one of these fantastic tours where you will have an English speaking guide taking you through several markets:

  • Snacks, Markets, and More – A 3,5-hour walking tour (3 km) in the afternoon that takes you through 7 different markets. The tour starts at the lovely Flower Market, and you will end up in Chinatown. This is a great way of getting an introduction to the Thai street food and snacks of Bangkok.
  • Bangkok’s Night Markets Tour – A 4-hour tour where you get to experience several of the best night markets of Bangkok with a fun English-speaking guide. You will learn everything about the market culture of Thailand, and try the best Thai street food and snacks. You will be driven around between the markets in a tuk-tuk.

Even if you are not a big shopper, it’s great fun to walk around the markets experiencing the atmosphere and Bangkok’s authentic daily life.

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If you have not decided where to stay in Bangkok yet, check out our article on the best places to stay in Bangkok. Looking for more shopping in Bangkok, read our ultimate shopping guide to Bangkok. Are you wondering what else you should see and do in Bangkok? Check out our ultimate best-of-Bangkok itinerary.

And if you are looking for delicious Thai Food in Bangkok, here is a list of all our favorites.

We visited two of these markets on a Bangkok night tour with tuk-tuk, which you can read more about here.

Where To Stay In Bangkok

Bangkok offers a wide selection of accommodation for all budgets, and you will have plenty of choices when it comes to finding the right place to stay.

Bangkok is pretty affordable when it comes to accommodation, so you can get some really good deals and even find five stars hotels very cheap compared to other places in the world. However, accommodation prices do vary greatly with the season. Below are some of our favorite hotels in Bangkok.  We have stayed at all of the hotels below.

Hotel Muse Bangkok

Hotel Muse has a beautiful and classic decor

Read our review of Hotel Muse her. It is a cool and unique boutique hotel, perfectly located in the center of Bangkok!
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Avani Riverside

The awesome rooftop infinity pool at Avani Riverside Hotel

If you’d like to stay along the river without breaking the bank, the new Avani Riverside hotel is a great alternative to the usual riverside luxury hotels. Rooms are super comfortable with fantastic views overlooking the Chao Phraya River and the fantastic rooftop infinity pool is probably our favorite in Bangkok.
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Casa Nithra
If you’re looking for a mid-range option close to Bangkok’s famous Khao San area, then the Casa Nithra comes highly recommended. The rooftop swimming pool is lovely, the rooms comfortable and the breakfast has plenty of options. It’s located in a quiet area, yet Khao San is just an easy walk away.
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Hotel Icon
Hotel Icon is a small hotel centrally located on Sukhumvit road. The rooms are fresh and modern, big and comfortable with all the usual comforts such as flat-screen tv, aircon, and free Wi-Fi. The rooftop swimming pool is great!
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⇒ For more accommodation options and tips on which areas of Bangkok that suit you best, read our complete guide to where to stay in Bangkok.

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  1. Maria – you guys are killing me with all these Bangkok posts – I miss it so much! The foods, the markets, the smells, the sounds… sigh. We went to Chatuchak without a plan and it was so overwhleming. I’ll definitely check out the others next time I’m there! Oh, and go back to Chatuchak witha plan next time

    • There are so many great markets in Bangkok, a real market-heaven! 🙂 I simply love Chatuchak, but it can be a bit overwhelming, so a map over the area is a good idea.

    • Does any one know of the biggest market in Bangkok I know you go by train from NANA and its at the end of the line on the sky train its where all the shop n stall owners by their stock if you know of it I would really appreciate it

      • Hi Jan,

        You are probably thinking about the Chatuchak Weekend Market. It is the biggest market in Bangkok and is every Saturday and Sunday. To get there you can take the Skytrain from Nana station to Mo Chit station.


  2. My favorite of these is definitely Khlong Toey and I think the market you really would enjoy is Aor Thor Kor. Also I prefer the monthly Epicurean market to the Farmer’s Market, but check it out and see what you think.

    • Thank you so much Dwight for those great tips! Will definitely check out the Aor Thor Kor and the Epicurean market the next time we are in Bangkok! 🙂

  3. Great photo essay!

    I love me some Chatuchak Market and get over there whenever I’m in Bangkok.

    – Travis

        • No, the Chatuchak Market and Phahurat Market is not the same. Phahurat Market is located in Little India of Bangkok. We have never been there, but I`ve heard it`s the place to go shopping for fabrics at cheap prices.

          • hello fren
            b4 reaching d pahurat market, try walking along d sampeng road, where u could find more nick nack there too. they open vy early, my favourite place b4 ending up at pahurat area for ice coffee/samosa….my yearly visit city

  4. I love, love, love markets like these! This post makes me want to hop on a plane to Bangkok right now. Love it! 🙂

  5. Thank you Alysia! You should definitely check out some of these markets if you go to Bangkok! They are all great in their own way, depending on what you are looking for.

    • Thank you Maria, my to I love shopping in Thai Markets I do visit Bangkok twice a year I was their last May 2015 and I will go next week also. MBK Tokyo Center is the best for me.

  6. Really helpful guide! I’m Thai and found the information accurate, great photos!

    One other market to check out for foodies is Or Tor Kor market where you can taste food from different regions. Another market is Amphawa market, local’s favorite for vintage floating market. Serves as a day trip from Bangkok.

  7. Hi. Your post is really informative. Will be visiting in February, Kindly confirm for me where I would buy modern clothing like official dresses, men official shirts and original baby clothes for a bargain? Thanks in advance

    • Hi Judy,

      Chatuchak market is the biggest market in Bangkok and has “everything”. Chatuchak also has a lot of clothes. Pratunam market mainly has clothes, so they might have official dresses, shirts and baby clothes.

      Have a great trip to Bangkok, and happy shopping! 🙂

  8. I love markets and Bangkok is definitely where the best ones are! Every time I get there I try to visit at least a new one. Next time I’ll make sure to visit the ones you’ve mentioned in this post, I look forward to explore the Farmers Market 🙂

    I totally recommend you the Ratchada Train Night Market, it’s really cool!

  9. Hi Maria.
    Above information is very helpful.we’ll hope to go next September to buy all kinds of shoes.where should we go ?and what are best weekdays to go there.?
    Think it is very helpful us.
    Thank you much

    • Hi Shasha,

      For cheap shoe shopping I would recommend Chatuchak Weekend market. It is only open Saturdays and Sundays, from 6 a.m. to around 6 p.m. Take the underground train to the station Chatuchak og the Sky train to Mo Chit station. Chatuchak market is divided into 27 sections, where section 5, 6 and 10-24 contains shoes and clothes. This market is huge! You find a map of Chatuchak and what each section contains higher up in this article.

      You can also go shopping for cheap shoes in the shopping malls MBK and Platinum Fashion Mall:

      Have a great trip to Bangkok! Hope you find many nice shoes! Happy shopping! 🙂


    • Hi Sruti,

      The Pratunam market itself is indoors and is almost certainly open on Mondays. A couple of years ago there was been something they called Clean Mondays where the stalls outside on the streets were closed every alternating Monday for street cleaning. Then they stopped doing that for a while, and I am honestly not sure what is going on this year. But regardless you should find plenty of shopping in Pratunam any day of the week.


  10. Hi Maria,

    I would love to know which is the best city/ places to shop for clothes at a cheaper price in Thailand ??? I have heard alot about Bangkok, but I am not sure. So wanted to know from a person who has already been there. Would really appreciate your response.

    Thanks in advance…

  11. Hi Ash,

    Chatuchak weekend market (only on Saturdays and Sundays) is a great place to shop for cheap clothes. Also Pratunam market, MBK shopping mall and Platinum shopping mall have a lot of clothes at a cheap price.

    Have a great trip to Bangkok!! Enjoy the shopping!


  12. Hi Maria
    thank you for the article, actually i have been in Thailand before and I’ve visited both the Chatuchak Market and Bangkok Farmers Market, i remember that i had i great experience.

    • Hi Otlaat,

      Thank you so much! So cool that you have been to both Chatuchak and Farmers Market in Bangkok! These are my favourite markets and I can`t wait to visit them again! Chatuchak is so big it feels like a small city in itself 🙂 I love walking around the streets of Chautchak!

      Happy travels! 🙂


  13. Hi Maria

    Your article is soooo good, i have taken a print out already and saved it for my next trip. I was looking forward to chatuchak market, but unfortunately, i wont have sat & sun in my travel schedule. Can u plz suggest if i can get some artificial flowers from the flowers market, mostly the decor ones? or any other place u can suggest! also, i m looking to buy some home decor…not sure whr to go and also confused if i can ship them to my country. your suggestions would be really helpful

    • Hi Farzana,

      Thank you so much! Hmm, no I don`t think they sell artificial flowers at the flower market, only real flowers but I really don`t know.

      You can check out the shopping mall MBK and also at Pratunam market and Platinum shopping mall for home decor.

      Have a great shopping time in Bangkok!


    • This is probably too late, but there is also a plant market at Chatuchak on Wednesday and Thursday where some vendors do sell artificial flowers in among all the real orchids and other plants ranging from bonsai to five meter high trees. And last time I went to the talat pak long flower market there were a couple of shops on the fringe area that sold artificial flowers.
      If the budget is not a concern, check out the home decor section in Central department store, Chitlom. Beautiful but expensive !

  14. Hi Maria ..

    Such an amazing picture and your words for explaining way to beautiful i feel like that i am roaming in market after seeing these pictures..
    can you share some detail of wholesale market details means for scrap or bulk shipping material ??
    That would be great favor for me from your side ..

    Have good health and blessed Friday
    – Shehroz Sameja-

    • Hi Shehroz,

      Thank you so much! So happy to hear that you like my post about markets in Bangkok! Hmm, I don`t know much about wholesale markets in Bangkok, so sorry that I can`t help you with that.

      Happy travels! 🙂


  15. If you’re looking for a place to ham your shopping allowance, I’d say Chatuchak is the perfect place to spend it all. It has 15,000 booths so you’ll definitely find lots of items that you like here. And what I like more about Chatuchak is that you can haggle with the vendor for and buy the item/s that you like with a great discount.

    • I totally agree! Chatuchak is the biggest market in Bangkok and maybe the world? and I simply love it! 🙂 It is great fun wandering between the booths even though you don`t plan on doing any shopping. The street food at the market is also excellent.

      Thanks for commenting! 🙂


  16. Thanks so much for your post. On your recommendation we to Dalat Rot Fai markets and had a wonderful time.
    Thought it would be a lot of effort to get there but one bus to the closest MRT (underground rail) station and then on to “Thailand Cultural Centre”. It was super easy and made us much more confident to use the local public transport (especially the buses).
    We saw food there we hadn’t seen anywhere else in Thailand and had a great time buying up then going to sit on a rooftop bar to overlook the markets and eat. I’m not a market aficionado, but totally would recommend the Train Markets!

    • Hi Phoebe,

      Thank you so much for your great comment about Dalat Rot Fai Market (the Train Market)! This market is so cool, happy to hear that you liked it too. Thanks for the tip on how you got to the market, sounds like the perfect way to get to the market.

      Happy travels! 🙂


  17. Chatuchak market is awesome. A great place to spend time and shop and it’s very cheap too. Had a great time. Open only on weekends.

    • Hi Bev & Hendy,

      Glad to hear that you loved Chatuchak weekend market just as much as I do! 🙂 It is my favorite market in the world (ok, I have not been to all the markets in the world yet, but still….). You can basically find everything there and as you say, at a very cheap price. Thanks for commenting!


    • Thank you so much, Sisira! So happy to hear that you like our guide and photos to the best markets in Bangkok!

      Happy travels! ????



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