In late 2017, we booked ourselves promo-seats for a very spontaneous trip to Bangkok. The reason? SHOPPING!
But man, we realised we would only be there during the weekdays, and would possibly miss all the fun of night markets. We figured that this might often be a problem for travellers with limited leave too.
At this point of time, we had only two options:
1) Reschedule our flights at an exorbitant fee ✗.✗ (Very bad idea! Might as well save the money for more shopping!!)
2) Prove that weekday night markets’ shopping in Bangkok is possible. (We did it!)
Truth be told, we scratched our heads for awhile… but decided to stick to No. 2 and somehow rose to the challenge.
We found 8 secrets to weekday night markets’ shopping in Bangkok, and decided to share them with you. 😉 You’re welcome!
1. New secret local night market near central Bangkok – Sai Tai Mai Center Night Market
This is a super secret local place, that only locals in the know, really know about. (We were the only foreigners at the night market when we were there!)
It’s fairly big with tons to eat, see, and shop for a good round of night market shopping!
For ladies, you’ll get a wide variety of clothes here like cute casual wear, ranging from T-shirts to silk pyjamas, cropped tanks, quirky dresses and even mermaid-themed stuff.
If you’re a guy who loves shopping in Bangkok, you’ve probably lamented over how men’s fashion is more expensive than women’s – and this is one place that surprised us with how cheap the men’s clothes were! 60 baht for men’s t-shirts, and men’s jeans at 160 Baht?!
There’s also a huge array of kids’ clothes! From superhero themed clothing, to trendy pieces for your fashionable tot – your lil’ one could be one of the best dressed around!
To top it all off, there’s a couple of shops in the tented area selling random antique items, tattoo parlours, stuff for pets, and decorative items like fairylights and lamps. Just take a look!
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Sai Tai Mai Center Night Market
Price:From 10 Baht / USD $0.30 Address: 8 Borommaratchachonnani Rd, Khwaeng Chim Phli, Khet Taling Chan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10170, Thailand (Coordinates here) Getting there: To avoid confusion, use Sai Tai Mai Center, also known as Bangkok Southern Bus Terminal, as your landmark. Take a 20-30min drive there via Grabcar or taxi (from Pratunam area or central Bangkok). From there, take a short 3min walk to reach the night market right beside the bus terminal! Contact: +66 82 438 4166 Opening hours: Daily from 6pm to 2am
2. Unexpectedly chic shopping (and an oyster bar!) – Hua Mum Night Market
We didn’t know how big Hua Mum Night Market was! From the area with the Hulk, to the Hua Mum Broadway side of the market, it was tons of fun walking around, and exploring what it had to offer.
There’s an interesting variety of food here, like the oyster bar that looked like a fantastic place to chill with friend. There’s Japanese sushi and ramen, an interesting cafe with hunks in dresses (long queue for that) – Italian and Thai food, as well as traditional desserts! If you’re into fitness and beauty, check out the whey protein and collagen-based smoothies!
If you’re here to stock up on clothes, the fashion’s quite chic with a good range for both men and ladies. We also saw these cool Balmain-inspired biker jeans, and a number of quirky designs while walking around.
As usual, there are some kids’ clothes on sale, and other funky fun stuff to buy from cute water bottles to Groot figurines, handmade ceramics and retro household goods – not forgetting a tattoo parlour if you’re looking to pick up a more permanent souvenir from your trip.
You’ll have a good time wandering about this spacious market with its unique array of food and shopping!
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Hua Mum Night Market
Price:From 50 Baht / USD $1.55 Address: 678 Prasert-Manukitch Rd, Khwaeng Lat Phrao, Khet Lat Phrao, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10230, Thailand (Coordinates here) Contact: +66 99 492 6858 Opening hours: Daily from 5pm to 12midnight
3. Understated night market that’s a must-go in our books – Liab Duan Night Market
Pictures don’t do this market justice, it’s huge and overflowing with tons to eat and shop. When you arrive, the entrance is generally by the ATM area. Another key feature of this market are the huge transformers (yes, those alien robots) standing in the middle of the market.
But that’s not important. What’s available to buy here? Everything from clothes to pet stuff and homewares. Personally, we bought a cat scratching post, lots of cute clothes and accessories, and got a manicure too!
For the girls looking to update your wardrobe – there are many really cute designs we’ve yet to see elsewhere in Bangkok! Apart from those, there are statement tote bags with quote like “Cute but Psycho”, wigs, and a selection of falsies among others!
For the boys, well you’ve got your tees, boxers, fake Supreme jackets, sneakers, caps, and even motorbike helmets.
Those with little ones can pick up an outfit or more, with kids’ clothes and costumes. Anyone with a little girl still not over Frozen yet? You’ll find Elsa, Rapunzel and The Little Mermaid dresses here. And if that’s not enough, look out for the kids’ shoes and toys!
We can’t forget the homewares and decorative items – from fairylights to our favourite moon lamp, to small wooden shelves (we actually bought one and lugged it back home) and stainless steel drinking straws for the environmentally conscious.
Last but not least, don’t forget to end the night with a well-deserved massage!
Editor’s Note: This market is similar to Talad Neon, but with lesser crowds and waaay better shopping!
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Liab Duan Night Market
Price:From 50 Baht / USD $1.55 Address: ตลาดนัดเลียบด่วน Ram Intra Rd, Khwaeng Tha Raeng, Khet Bang Khen, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10220, Thailand (Coordinates here) Contact: +66 82 357 3434 Opening hours: Daily from 6pm to 12midnight
4. We’re definitely PROUD of this find! – The Proud Market RCA
We headed there a little late, probably on one of our last nights in Bangkok – but we are glad we did as it was one of our favorite shopping sessions! The easiest way to get there would be by taxi or Uber (we took Uber) but the MRT works fine too!
Rows and rows of vendors were featuring all kinds of quirky finds – affordable yet trendy clothes, jewelries, sandals and personalised souvenirs. We found something for every friend and relative!
We even considered getting a manicure… but guys might prefer a stylish haircut.
Although our men were not with us… we thought of how happy they would have been here. Guys rejoice; there are several bars/pubs for you to booze at while the ladies shop till they drop.
One of the best things about our night market experiences in Bangkok has been the food, and The Proud Market RCA has a good variety.
We found ourselves snacking on huge cones of cheesy French fries, oozy rainbow cheese toast, seafood platters and traditional Thai desserts before settling down for dinner – a steak plate!
Food, shopping and entertainment? No wonder people don’t ever want to leave Bangkok!
The Proud Market RCA
Price:From 50 Baht / USD $1.50 Address: Rama IX Rd, Khwaeng Bang Kapi, Khet Huai Khwang, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10310, Thailand (Coordinates here) Contact: +66 80 997 8199 Opening hours: Thursday – Sunday, 7pm to 1am
6. A hidden gem revealed – Indy Night Market Dao Khanong
Heard about those places “only locals know about”? Well, we figured out Indy Night Market Dao Khanong is one of them, and it’s only half an hour away from the beating heart of Bangkok!
We kept this market for our last night in Bangkok because we thought it was so worth it, and it did steal a big piece of our hearts.
We have done it all at this market – spent our last pennies (we wished we had more!)… Tried out the weirdest delicacies (penis-shaped waffles filled with an actual sausage)… Chilled to a live performance… And even had a multi-language conversation with locals (a three way conversation in English, Thai and French).
Now back to the most important part – SHOPPING!
Our bargaining success? Bags full of graphic tees for our whole squad, trendy crop tops for summer vacations, handmade faux leather sandals and stylish jewelries – all at super affordable prices!
7. Bargain hunters’ favorite, and an old school night market – Huai Khwang Night Market
It’s been a few months since our trip and we still regret not buying the satin PJs from this market!! ☹
There’s no one but ourselves to blame as we were too busy stocking up on swimsuits for some ultimate holiday essentials, and eyeing on that pair of cute and quirky flamingo jeans – and all of things extra like those unusual earrings!!
One thing is for sure; you won’t come across a huge crowd of tourists at Huai Khwang Night Market (we’ve seen none) – this also means …much cheaper prices and super bargains!
We liked how pleasant our time at this night market was. No big crowds, so we took our own sweet time to look around, walked at our own pace and even bought some cute and affordable underwear.
The night market is located along the sides of a big road that also opens up to alleys of stalls owned by locals. You’ll find little treasure pieces at the most affordable prices here. There’s also a mall within the market where you can sit, relax and get a manicure done! YASS please!
As we walked our way through the night market, we decided to stop for a fresh seafood feast – with limited knowledge of English, the locals were more than happy to make us try the chef’s recommendation. That stir fried crab omelette though; goes best with a plate of stir fried morning glory!
P.S If you decide to head there soon; please do grab some satin PJs for us!!
Huai Khwang Night Market
Price:From 50 Baht / USD $1.50 Address: Soi Pracha Rat Bamphen, Khwaeng Din Daeng, Din Daeng, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10400, Thailand (Coordinates here) Contact: +66 92 204 3722 Opening hours: Monday to Sunday, 10am to 12pm (The market itself is open 24 hours) Instagram
8. Shopping on a shoestring budget with local designs – Ramkhamhaeng Night Market
Ahh Ramkhamhaeng Night Market – known by a few foreigners, but loved by many locals over social media for its cat kicking up John Lennon’s sunglasses… (tells you all about the funkiness of this market)
There are many reasons why this market is worth a mention on our curated list of weekday night markets – and one of them is the variety of products and it’s affordable prices.
You’ll find the usual night market must-buys like Bangkok’s well-known graphic tees, but also little unique gems from local vendors like students from the nearby university.
If just like us, you’re a serious shopper, you’ll definitely need at least a couple of hours at this market. You might even want to come back the next day as one visit might not be enough.
Since the market is within the vicinity of a university, expect everything trendy and the latest fashion styles. Additionally, old-school items can also be found- an array of accessories, clothing, shoes and even kids’ toys.
Bargain your way through the market, and do not miss their affordable handbags.
The ambience and food are also worth experiencing while in Bangkok during the weekdays. Have some fun winning plush toys over games!
Show us someone who says there’s no night market on weekdays in Bangkok and we’ll prove them wrong! Have we convinced you with our list yet? Tell us more after you visit!
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Aroused by raging rapids, perilous peaks and cheesecake. Beverley lives and breathes for travel and there is no way her wanderlust will ever be appeased. Born with feet in the water, many know her as the travel junkie, but feel free to refer to her as the luxury spots connoisseur or island specialist, both suit her very well. Her latest credit card statement could be proof of just how much she loves travelling the world. Besides collecting coins and notes from countries she visits, Beverley also collects tan lines!