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The 6 Best Night Markets in Bangkok – Experience Thai Culture First-Hand

A visit to Bangkok's various night markets is one of the best ways to immerse yourself in the local Thai culture. Here you can taste local delicacies, listen to some tunes, and score yourself a nice bargain. So, if you're interested, here're the 6 best night markets in Bangkok.

1

Asiatique

Asiatique is a unique even amongst Bangkok's night markets; this charming shopping destination is actually a blend of a night bazaar and a modern shopping mall. This is one of the easiest shopping attractions you can visit as it's less than a 20-minute drive away from several major Bangkok hotels like the Maitria Residence Rama 9 Bangkok. It is also among the largest shopping precincts you'll find in Bangkok as it contains over 1,500 boutiques and 40 different restaurants for you to visit and shop in! The Calypso ladyboy cabaret also performs regularly here, serenading you with cheery music as you browse all those shops.

2

Chang Chui Bangkok Plane Night Market

The Chang Chui Night Market is a fusion of a different kind. What you'll find here is an array of shops and diners that are bathed in a modern aesthetic and ambience while being complemented by several striking pieces of contemporary art. Interestingly, much of this art is made up of litter and trash – most market-goers agree that the concept of Chang Chui is that 'nothing is useless'. The market has several walkways built to help you explore everything and there's plenty of sculptures and painting in-between!

3

Chatuchak Friday Night Market

Opening on Fridays and lasting through the weekend, the Chatuchak is a relatively chill market that's ideal for a calm night's shopping session. The atmosphere here is both inviting and tranquil; there are dozens of restaurants and bars for you to stop by in between shopping bouts. Most patrons here are from the nearby universities, they tend to be friendly bunch so you can strike up a conversation as you enjoy a cold beer or some tasty snacks.

4

Khaosan Road

Termed as the centre of the backpacker's world, the market at Khaosan Road is a lively hangout that's perfect for a fun night out. There's a ton of souvenir shops to be found here, so you can pick up something to remind you of your time in Bangkok. This market is also famed for its impressive collection of hair salons – so, if you're feeling a little daring, you can even try debuting a new look!

5

Khlong Thom Market

This market was once famously called the 'the flashlight market' as shoppers would have to shine a light to see the goods amidst massive crowds. To this day, the market is still jam-packed on the weekends – though it is well lit now. And it isn't such a bad idea to brave the crowds and visit Khlong Thom as these markets have everything from spare car parts to live parrots!

6

Patpong Night Market

Patpong is considered to be one of the most must-visit night markets in Malaysia. Here the markets are always lively and crowds are always present. You'll find lots of tourists will flock here as it's quite close to most major hotels and is full of interesting things to see and buy.