9 Best Night Markets in Thailand

Market Shopping in Thailand

Night markets in Thailand offer an unforgettable holiday experience, as well as a fantastic opportunity for some discount shopping. Every market throughout the country features an amazing selection of local street snacks and meals, unique handcrafted items, cheerful vendors and, of course, a wide array of fake designer goods.

Each of the best night markets in Thailand offers something different, whether it’s a special kind of goods, exceptionally low prices, special cultural shows or amazing food. Market shopping in the places listed below gives the unequalled opportunity to witness local life and find one-of-a-kind souvenirs without wasting a beach day or sweltering under the midday sun. It's justifiably listed as one of the must-try experiences in the Land of Smiles.

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    Roi Fat Market

    There are 2 Roi Fat Markets in Bangkok, but the biggest and best is found just behind Seacon Square Shopping Mall, on Srinakarin Soi 51. It's divided into 3 sections: Market Zone, Warehouse Zone and Rod’s Antiques. The Market Zone is what you would traditionally think of as a night market in Thailand, only bigger, with over 2,000 stalls selling anything from fashion to homeware. The Warehouse Zone and Rod’s Antiques are the really interesting parts, selling unique second-hand goods, from hobbyist items like old cameras and bikes to collectables and memorabilia. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: Thursday–Sunday from 5pm to 1am (closed Monday–Wednesday)
    • Location: 51 Srinagarindra Road, Nong Bon, Prawet, Bangkok 10250, Thailand
    • Tel: +66 (0)8 1827 5885
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    Rong Kluea Market

    Aranyaprathet

    Also known as the Friendship Border Market, this massive swath of stalls and shops is not technically a night market as it remains open during the day. However, being among the biggest and busiest retail areas in Thailand, it's impossible not to mention it. Situated right alongside the Poipet Border Crossing into Cambodia (about 255 km east of Bangkok), it spans a huge area with thousands of vendors, many of them travelling from neighbouring countries to offer new and interesting items. With so much choice in one place, prices for common goods (T-shirts, fake designer goods, cheap electronics, etc.) are rock bottom, while the chances of finding some unique and special souvenirs are very high. The choice of food available is also unrivalled in Thailand.

    • Opening Hours: Daily from 8am to 12am
    • Location: 58 Rd Suwannason, Aranyaprathet, Sa Kaeo 27120, Thailand
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    The Fisherman’s Village Walking Street is probably the most popular weekly market on Koh Samui and attracts a huge number of tourists and Thais. The delightful old part of Bophut is a charming backdrop to a lively market, with food vendors, dancers, artists and, naturally, an impressive variety of goods on sale at excellent prices. This includes anything from unique craftworks to knock-off designer items, with lots of interesting options in between. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 5pm to late
    • Location: Bophut Beach Road, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
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    Chiang Mai Walking Street

    The Tha Pae Sunday Walking Street extends across the majority of Chiang Mai's lovely Old City, from the eastern gate to the entrance of Wat Phra Singh – a length of a little over 1 km. Calling it a “walking street” is a slight inaccuracy because, being so popular, it’s virtually impossible to get up to any speed higher than a slow shuffle in places. Along the length of Ratchadamneon Road, you'll find a great mix of street snacks, clothes, handicrafts and a very friendly atmosphere. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: Sundays from 5pm to 10.30pm
    • Location: Rachadamnoen Rd, Si Phum, Muang, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
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    Chiang Rai Night Bazaar

    The Night Bazaar covers 4 city blocks, presenting among the most remarkable range of cultural and local crafts. What you'll find here is a range of hill-tribe crafts, such as knitted scarves, embroidered bags, silver jewellery, bedspreads, wallets, fashion accessories and artworks, along with the usual choice of T-shirts, electronics and knock-off designer goods. It also has 2 outdoor stages for cultural performances and a beer garden/food court, where you can grab a quick snack or a sit-down meal. Vendors start to set up their stalls at around sunset, but it doesn’t get busy until after 7pm. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: Daily from 6.30pm to 11pm
    • Location: Wiang, Muang, Chiang Rai 57000, Thailand
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    Phuket Weekend Market

    Known locally as Naka Market or Talad Tai Rot, the Phuket Weekend Market is the largest on the island and contains a massive selection of wares, from second-hand goods, curios, pirated items and a hefty amount of great local foods. Generally speaking, it’s easier to list what isn’t on sale here than what is! Mostly covered by a corrugated metal roof, it's dry in the rainy season, but also a little stuffy when it gets busy (which is any time after 7pm). Read More...

    • Opening Hours: Saturday–Sunday from 4pm to 11pm
    • Location: 7 Wirat Hong Yok Rd, Phuket Town, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
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    Phuket Walking Street

    One of the smallest and quietest walking street night markets in Thailand, Phuket Walking Street remains one of the best because of its beautiful setting, right in the heart of Phuket Old Town. The colourful buildings of Thalang Road provide a backdrop to the even more colourful performers and vendors, with traditional music alongside contemporary dance and stunt acts. It’s a great place for buying unique souvenirs and street snacks at low prices. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: Sundays from 4pm to 10pm
    • Location: Thalang Rd, Talat Yai, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
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    Krabi Town Walking Street

    Krabi Walking Street spreads along Soi Maharaj 8 and across the 2,000-sq-m plaza right behind Vogue Department Store in downtown Krabi. With something like 50 stalls selling a wide range of products and street food, it draws an incredibly large crowd for such a small area.

    This weekly event is most notable for the wide variety of wares available, from the usual T-shirts and elephant pants to handmade leather handbags, gardening tools and pearl jewellery. It allows visitors to get a glimpse into southern Thailand life and discover local artisans and artists, who come here to present their products. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: Friday–Sunday from 5.30pm to 10pm
    • Location: Soi Maharaj 8, Pak Nam, Muang, Krabi 81000, Thailand
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    Cicada Market

    Cicada Market is all about art, handmade crafts and good times. With an open-air market concept, it brings together Hua Hin’s artistic talents and those who wear ‘freedom of expression’ on their sleeves. Besides the crafts market, you’ll also find an art gallery, beer garden and live music. The market is usually packed with weekenders from Bangkok. It's located on Phetkasem Road, about halfway between Hua Hin town and Khao Takiab. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: Tuesdays from 4pm to 12.30am, Friday–Monday from 4pm to 11pm (closed Wednesday–Thursday)
    • Location: 83/159 Soi Hua Thanon 21, Nong Kae, Hua Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan 77110, Thailand
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