Update 2014: According to some other local websites, this Bangkok night market no longer exists. If you’re looking to buy cool t-shirts though, I highly recommend the weekend Chatuchak market.
Bangkok is famous for shopping, but little did I know how amazing the markets would be. I must’ve bought ten t-shirts in some of Bangkok’s biggest flea markets. One of the more popular ones is Bangkok’s weekend market, or Chatuchak. Lots of independent designers and some truly original clothing.
But that’s old news. There’s another market that doesn’t get quite as many tourists. At the Ratchada-Ladphrao night market you can find everything form Vespa scooters to sushi. Seriously… check out my photos from Bangkok’s most hipster night market & bazaar: (photos are from my last visit, May 2011)
There were lots of food options available and most of it wasn’t your typical pad-thai-noodles-and-meat variety.
I don’t know for sure, but I dare to say that this is one of Bangkok’s only markets that has sushi on offer.
So many shoes!
I loved this old VW beetle temporarily converted into a shopfront! The woman at the stand sold hand-made leather goods like belts, bracelet, wallets and journals. So tempted to buy a wallet from here just to stay I bought it from the belly of a VW…
Converse and other shoes!
Okay, being the hipster that I am, I’m a total sucker for vintage objects—especially from the 1950s. Rotary phones and typewriters were on hand at the Ratchada market, just like any hipster flea market in Brooklyn I presume.
A lot of the vintage/used clothing at the night market was decent, but I found it hard to find my size. Certainly cheap, though!
Yeah, so they’ve got a lot of used shoes for sale at the Ladphrao bazaar. Or maybe I just took a lot of photos of shoes…
How to get there
Take the Bangkok metro to Ladprao Station. Follow the crowd.
Don’t forget! The Ratchada / Ladphrao night market is only open Saturday nights! Go in the early evening, around 8pm, for decent deals and a good crowd. There are food stalls and stands there so you can grab a snack.
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