Bangkok 2016: Hua Mum Market

Not one that is known to tourists, Hua Mum Market caters mostly to the local crowds. Most of the vendors don’t speak much of English, this market is where your sign language, calculator and Google Translate are useful. According to its Facebook Page, the market was launched on 1 September 2015.

The good thing is Hua Mum is a short cab ride (10 mins) from Talad Rod Fai 3 (Kaset-Nawamin) so I’d suggest to check out both markets on the same night.

The market is sprawling, and frankly, quite huge.

The funny thing is as compared to the other night markets in Bangkok I have been to, the price point of this market is much higher than the rest.

The set up seems semi-permanent. There are bars and restaurants on one end.

The market is divided into two sections: one side is more free and easy.

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Bangkok 2016: Talad Rod Fai 3 (Kaset-Nawamin)

Yes, following the success of Talad Rod Fai 1 (Srinakarin) and Talad Rod Fai 2 (Ratchada), Talad Rod Fai 3, Train Night Market (Kaset-Nawamin) is up.

P.S. If you go to Talad Rod Fai 3, you should go to Hua Mum Market too as it is a short 10-15mins cab ride away.

For more night markets, refer to my round up list or find them on my Bangkok Google Map.

In terms of size, I think the third is between the size of the first and second Train Market.It’s not as humongous as the first but not as small as the second Talat Rod Fai. The set-up and layout are similar to the second market, you have eateries/bars fringing the stalls.

In terms of accessibility, it is just as un-accessible as the Srinakarin Talat Rod Fai. From the nearest MRT station (Lat Phrao), you’ll need to take a taxi in.

I was there on a Sunday and it wasn’t crowded at all. It could be that the next day is a working day or because Talad Rod Fai 3 is not as well known as its other siblings. A good 30% of the stalls were not open too.

In terms of wares, the stuff here is similar to that of the other two Talad Rod Fai.

Fun fact: I bumped into a vendor that I used to buy umbrellas from at Talad Rod Fai Srinakarin at Kaset-Nawamin.

No pictures but I remember this amazing Ceylon Milk Tea stall. If you spotted it, be sure to get some of those tiny bottles.

It seems like a permanent set up too, there were a lot of bars and restaurants in containers on the peripherals of the market.

Out of all three Train Markets, I think I enjoyed Kaset-Nawamin the most because of the fewer crowds, more apparel options and Ceylon Milk Tea.

There are two night markets within Kaset-Nawamin area, this and Hua Mum Market. It took about 1.5 hours to finish Talad Rod Fai Kaset-Nawamin on a not-crowded Sunday and I hopped over to Hua Mum Market on a cab.

I don’t have an English address for Talat Rod Fai Kaset-Nawamin unfortunately. I took a taxi from Lat Phrao and showed the driver the location on Google Maps. If you search on Google, the exact name is, “Train Night Market Kaset Nawamin”.

 

Attraction Talad Rod Fai 3 (Kaset-Nawamin)
Address แยก เกษตร นว มิ นท ร์ รัช ดา รามอินทรา แขวง นวลจันทร์ เขต บึงกุ่ม กรุงเทพมหานคร 10230, ถนน เกษตร-นวมินทร์, แขวง นวมินทร์ เขต บึงกุ่ม, กรุงเทพมหานคร 10230, Thailand
Opening hours Thurs – Sun, 1700 – 0100
How to get there Taxi from Lat Phrao MRT station, approx 100-150 Baht
Google Map Train Night Market Kaset-Nawamin

 

Bangkok 2015 / 2016: Night markets round up

Update (Mar 2016): Added Talad Rod Fai 3 Kaset-Nawamin and Hua Mum Market to the list!

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These are my top picks of night markets in Bangkok. I have been to all of them at least once (or thrice in the case of Talad Rod Fai).

1. Siam Square street

Update (Mar 2016): I was there on a Monday night and there were no stalls. No clue abut this.

Sorry, no pictures here but if you’re in Siam area, you can’t miss that stretch of stalls set up right below Siam BTS. The stalls are mostly clothing and accessories. The stalls also sell inspired versions of fashion brands such as H&M and Topshop. However, don’t expect apparel to be of fantastic quality. I mean, you are paying a fraction of the price anyway.

The night market here is good for a pop by if you are in the area. While you’re in Siam, why not check out Another Hound, Somtam Nua or After You?

The entire market takes about 1-2 hours to navigate.

Attraction Siam Night Market
Address Beneath Siam BTS
Opening hours 6pm – 11pm
How to get there Alight at Siam BTS
Google Map Siam BTS

2. Palladium DIY Market

Capitalising on the DIY scene, you can get create your own personalised items at this market.

Customise your folders and passport holders here. I think a passport holder goes for about SGD 6 – 10. Nothing much to buy here but it’s a great pit stop to make customised gifts. If you’re looking for a cheaper mass option (read: Christmas gifts), I recommend SixNineShop at Chatuchak.

The entire market takes less than 1 hour to navigate. It’s literally a patch of stalls outside a mall set up.

Attraction Paladium DIY Market
Address Outside The Palladium World Shopping Centre
Opening hours Daily, 6pm – 11pm
How to get there Alight at Chidlom BTS and walk
Google Map The Palladium World Shopping Centre

 

 

3. Talad Rod Fai 

Probably one of the largest night markets in Bangkok, Talad Rod Fai is spread across a few hectares.

Like any good hipster night market, there are many things to look, see and shop. The market is chocked full of fashion, accessories, street food and booze. Makura Cat Cafe is here.

Plenty of vintage and trendy clothing here too but don’t expect high-quality clothing. Prices start about 100 Baht.

The only con is that Talad Rod Fai is situated on the outskirts of Bangkok which make travelling a bitch. If you intend to head over about 7 – 8pm, I suggest taking the train and change to a taxi instead of cabbing all the way. Chances are, you’ll get stuck in the peak hour traffic. Talad Rot Fai is right next to Seacon Square, that’s a good landmark to tell the cab driver.

The entire market takes about 3 – 4 hours to navigate.

Attraction Talad Rod Fai 1 Srinakarin
Address Next to Seacon Square
Opening hours Fri – Sun, 5pm – 1am
How to get there  Take a train to Udom Suk and transfer a cab (about 60 Baht)
Google Map Talad Rod Fai

 

4. Talad Rot Fai 2

Riding on the success of its older sister, Talad Rod Fai Ratchada is a more accessible but smaller night market.

The prices are still cheap, and personally, I feel that there is a better selection and higher quality of goods here.

The entire market takes about 2 – 3 hours to navigate.

Attraction Talad Rod Fai 2 Ratchada
Address 10400, 322/289 ซอย อยู่เจริญ, Din Daeng, Bangkok 10400, Thailand
Opening hours Tues – Sun, 5pm – 1am
How to get there Alight at Esplanade Cultural Centre MRT station and cut through the shopping centre (Esplanade Ratchada). Just follow the crowds and you’ll be safe!
Google Map  Ratchada Train Market

 

5. Talad Rod Fai 3 Kaset Nawamin

The youngest sibling of the Train Markets edition – this is quite out of the way but still a fun market!

The set up is similar to that of the other Talad Rod Fai. It is bigger than Ratchada but smaller than Srinakarin. It’s also near to Hua Mum Market so I’d suggest for you to set out earlier and visit both markets!

The entire market takes about 2 hours to navigate.

Attraction Talad Rod Fai 3 (Kaset-Nawamin)
Address แยก เกษตร นว มิ นท ร์ รัช ดา รามอินทรา แขวง นวลจันทร์ เขต บึงกุ่ม กรุงเทพมหานคร 10230, ถนน เกษตร-นวมินทร์, แขวง นวมินทร์ เขต บึงกุ่ม, กรุงเทพมหานคร 10230, Thailand
Opening hours Thurs – Sun, 1800 – 0100
How to get there Taxi from Lat Phrao MRT station, approx 100-150 Baht
Google Map Train Night Market Kaset-Nawamin

6. Hua Mum Market

If you’re already heading so far out to Talad Rod Fai 3 (Kaset-Nawamin), you should make the most out of it and visit Hua Mum Market while you’re at it.

The vibes of the market are distinctly different from the other Talad Rod Fais and you seldom see repeated goods! The apparels sold are also of a higher quality. Most of the vendors speak almost no English so be prepared for sign language.

You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the full-service restaurant (think steaks and T-bones) and oyster bars available.

Attraction Hua Mum Market
Address 11 Kaset-Nawamin Rd, Lat Phrao, Bangkok 10230, Thailand
Opening hours Tues – Sun, 1600 – 0000
How to get there Taxi from Lat Phrao MRT station, approx 100-150 Baht
Google Map ตลาดนัดหัวมุม

7. Siam Gypsy Junction

A super long one-way stretch of stalls. This night market has plenty of vintage curios, not so much of clothes and accessories, and plenty of old knick knacks.

It’s a fun place to hang out for a booze and spot old stuff. Shopping? You’re better off somewhere else. However, take my review with a pinch of salt. I was there on a Wednesday. If you’re there on a weekend, please prove me wrong!

The entire market takes about 2 hours to navigate.

Attraction Siam Gypsy Junction
Address 965/8 กรุงเทพฯ-นนทบุรี 29, Wong Sawang, Bang Sue, Bangkok 10800, Thailand
Opening hours Thurs – Sun, 5pm – 12am
How to get there Alight at Bang Sue MRT and taxi (approx 70 Baht)
Google Map Siam Gypsy Junction

 

All night markets are marked on my Google Map: Bangkok Google Map

Bangkok 2015: Talad Rod Fai Ratchada

Update (Mar 2016): Talad Rod Fai 3 (Kaset-Nawamin) is up!

Talad Rod Fai is quite far out of the city. To get there, it’s probably an hour’s journey or so.

Banking on the success of Talad Rod Fai’s, a second version of the train market has sprouted closer to town. Accessible via MRT, and also, open a night earlier (Thurs – Sun), crowds flock to this more accessible market, Talad Rod Fai Ratchada.

As compared to it’s older sister, Talad Rot Fai Ratchada is smaller in terms of size but I feel, the goods are more varied, more trendy and of more appeal to the young adult’s crowd.

The food stalls were set at the side and at the back of the market which makes them easier to find and the market, easier to navigate. Some stalls do have a small section of seats. If not, right at the front of the market, there are some benches. I also saw that some patrons seat around on the raised floor too.

Good night markets use a fail-proof formula: fashion, accessories, street food, booze, live music/football screening, toys and curios. Talad Rot Fai 1 and 2 are great examples.

I was there on a Thursday and the stalls appear to be all set up. It wasn’t too crowded and there were plenty of space to walk!

If you have a few nights to spare and are looking for night markets to shop, Talad Rot Fai 2 is a great option. If you only have a single night (Fri – Sun), I suggest pop over to the original Talad Rot Fai.

Talad Rot Fai 2

Days/Time: Tues – Sun, 5pm – 12am
How to get here: Alight at Esplanade Cultural Centre MRT station and cut through the shopping centre (Esplanade Ratchada). Just follow the crowds and you’ll be safe!

 

 

Bangkok 2015: Siam Gypsy Junction

I think night markets are sprouting up everywhere in Bangkok especially with the success story of Talad Rot Fai and the hipster trend. Siam Gypsy Junction is one of the newer and lesser known markets probably. Apparently, this market used to be part of JJ Green before it was moved to its new location. Siam Gypsy is a long straight stretch of night stalls underneath the MRT station, Bang Soon, which has yet to be completed.

I read online that it was supposedly open from Wed-Sun but when we were there on a Wednesday there were hardly any stalls open or crowds present.

It’s set up in a one-way kind of setting, you stroll down a long stretch of road, illuminated by street lamps and lighting by vendors.

 Siam Gypsy holds its charm. It’s kind of eclectic with an Oriental meets Cowboy-ish theme.

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Bangkok 2014: Paladium DIY Market

There isn’t really much night shopping within the Platinum Fashion Mall district because most shops at Platinum start closing at about 7.30pm.

Palladium (or Paladium) DIY Market rides on the current customisation frenzy. Remember those fancy passport holders with your name embossed you often see at flea markets in Singapore? Forget those (which probably cost 2-4x more) and get them done in Bangkok if you have a trip to Bangkok planned. Here, you get get a customised passport holder, notebook, cap, clutch. The list goes on…

I remember this envelope clutch being about SGD10-15.

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The new Talad Rod Fai at Srinagarindra (aka Srinakarin)

Update (Mar 2016): Talad Rod Fai 3 (Kaset-Nawamin) is up!

Update (Mar 2015): Talad Rod Fai 2 (Ratchada) is up!

I had the chance to visit the old Talad Rod Fai last year, Dec 2012, before the market’s lease expired this year. They were forced to move out of the location to a further flung place, which is out of the way compared to the old location. It’s quite a distance from the city centre but I still think it’s worth a visit!

The market sells really varied stuff so you won’t know what you might just find. There’s plenty of vintage homeware, cheap slippers and mobile alcoholic bars. There’s also a row of bars/pubs playing acoustic music, some jam Thai rock and plenty of small coffee shops. I bought a pretty rainbow foldable umbrella here.

Chanced upon a stall making customized snapbacks

Rows of eateries

Gandhi themed cafe spotted

How to go Talad Rod Fai

Address: Sringarindra Soi 51, Khwaeng Nong Bon, Khet Prawet, Krungthep Mahanakorn 10250 — It’s right behind Seacon Square.

Google Map: Talad Rod Fai

Opening hours: Fri to Sun, 5pm to midnight

Getting there:  From BTS station Udom Suk, take a cab for about 60 baht

Bangkok sight: Talad Rot Fai

UPDATE: Talad Rot Fai has moved to a new location! It’s now behind Seacon Square.

If you find yourself aimless at night in Bangkok since most shops close at 6/7pm, you could try heading to a night market to check out some of the kitschy stuff. It’s somewhat like the Thieves Market we have in Singapore.

You can find all sorts of weird stuff peddled

Such as antique furniture

Old school working projector

Provisions somewhat like our pasar malam

I bought six different coloured umbrellas here by the way.

Or grab a drink off the mobile bars!

For directions, do a quick google!