In general, Bangkok is a great city for shopping since you can find so many different types of places to do it at. Bangkok is also known for its amazing nightlife. What is more, Thailand has an amazing culture. Visiting a local night market while you travel in Bangkok is a great way to get to experience all three of these incredible features of the city.
One of the best night markets in Bangkok, is the Train Market 2. It gets this name as it is the “offshoot” or “little sister” of the Train Market located on Srinakarin Road, which is a bit difficult to reach. The Train Market 2 is conveniently located near the Thailand Cultural Center MRT station, just 3 stops away from the Sukhumvit MRT Station near Terminal 21 Shopping Mall. When you get off at the Thailand Cultural Center MRT station take exit #3. When you reach the street level, take a left on the sidewalk and walk to the corner about 100 meters down. There, follow the crowds to the left and walk to the rear of the Esplanade Shopping Mall.
Behind the mall is where you will find the night market. As you enter you will find a large square filled with vendors set up in stations underneath brightly colored and light up tents. On the right side of the market the first two aisles are selling local foods. Most stalls have a seating area, although there are some finger foods for sale meant to eat as you stroll through the market. As you continue to the rear of these first two rows you find some western food options such as barbeque ribs for sale in converted shipping containers.
Besides the food, a major draw for Thais is the items for sale on the tables lining the majority of market stalls. Here you could pick up any knickknack needed for your mobile phone, cheap clothing, hand crafted items and even some eclectic collectibles from bygone eras. Most things for sale here are not geared towards tourists as typical souvenirs, although there are quite a few things here that are great for around your home.
Another great aspect is the wide array of bars. On the opposite side of the market from the food vendors is the strip of bars. These peculiar watering holes are a great place to listen to some music while drinking cheap beers. They are also a fantastic spot to meet some locals. It is very easy to find yourself in a conversation with some locals who are hanging out nearby. Most bars are intimate as they are also converted shipping containers, so space is tight and the small tables and chairs are close to one another.
So, if you are interested in experiencing how young locals like to hang out at night, consider checking out a night market in Bangkok. The Train Market 2 is a great choice as it is very easy to get to, as lots of great food choices and is a wonderful way to experience Thai culture through the food, the people and the nightlife.