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. 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
Follow us on Facebook for more travel stories like this:
2. The full shebang! Shopping, lifestyle, scenery, culture and history – Lhong 1919
Tell your friends; because just like us, you’ll want to chill by the riverside with some drinks and a delicious meal from the array of stalls that surround – but hey, drinks first!?
Though it was lightly drizzling; this has been one of our best weekday nights out in Bangkok combining shopping, fun, culture and lots of food!
There’s no way you’ll leave with empty hands. If not bags of shopping, you’ll pick up some food like Kit Kat Doughnuts… because we did and we loved it!
We warmed our hearts and stomachs with some delicious ribs, while strolling through the stalls. Owned by local artisans who were delicately crafting their latest unique pieces – you’ll find leather products, handmade jewelries, Korean-style sunglasses, bags and much more…
It’s more upscale than usual night markets because you’ll find unusual pieces of art (handmade clothes is art too!) from local designers here.
Tip #1: Do not have dinner before heading there; simply don’t! Here’s why…
Tip #2: Keep room for desserts! You’ll agree too…
All in all, we were amazed by our experience at Lhong 1919. The surroundings were pleasant, an outstanding amount of food was on offer, and the shopping was lovely too.
We’d like to think that this is the next grand daddy of all night markets in Bangkok!
4. 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!
5. 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
6. Welcome to the locals’ exhibit – Hua Mum Night Market
If there’s something that is obvious, it is that Thai people are super creative in everything they do – be it food or fashion!
Hua Mum Night Market is the place to be if you want to get your hands on all things unique, creative and funky! This weekday night market is mostly run by young local entrepreneurs who come to exhibit their creations after office hours.
Again; this weekday night market does not have much attention (yet) from foreigners so you can expect local prices (cheaper and better bargains).
Since it is occupied by the younger generation, you will be able to find everything trendy and fashionable but not only clothes’-wise.
Cartoon character buns? We just think they are too cute to be eaten!
If you’re wondering what the market is most famous for, well here are a few … to name the least – mini cones and colorful drinks, crazy funky earrings and SEAFOOD. But the cactus stall steals a big piece of our hearts too…
Oh did we mention seafood? And delicious Bingsu too 😉
7. 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!
8. Do it like Thais with tons of local shopping – Liab Duan Night Market
Hua Mum’s Night Market long lost brother. Definitely somewhere none of your friends have heard or been to! Share the news; don’t keep it secret – sharing is caring!
This is a place where you can simply entertain yourself with delicious local hawker-style food. Take leisurely strolls around rows of clothes, and other artsy stuff from young creative entrepreneurs.
We personally enjoy supporting local works that were created out of passion and hard work. They are unique in their own way, and you can be sure you won’t find them anywhere else!
Get ready to empty your purse if you’re one of those shoe addicts! Buy a bigger shoe rack too 😉
If you’re one who enjoys a good bargain, then this is a go-to night market for you to buy whatever you need or want. The market has a handful of stores, pubs, food stalls spread around for all the fun you need.
It’s a fabulous place to hit with your whole family since there is also a petting zoo (helps to keep the tantrums away).
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!
Sign up to win fantastic prizes from our partners
Sign up now if you want us to send you an email whenever our partners have something to share with everyone! FREE air tickets, free stays, free tours or free gifts!
Coming soon! Exclusively on TripCanvas
PLEASE NOTE: All the above information is correct at the date of publication. If you come across any changes or updates, please let us know and we will update the information accordingly. Thank you! Tell us
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!