Vintage night market in Bangkok: Talad Rot Fai

If you were looking for the hipster-est place in Bangkok, look no further – Talad Rot Fai is the place for you. Incomparable to any other market in the city it is a vintage collector’s heaven.

It is probably the second biggest open-air market in the Thai capital ,after Chatuchak, and most likely one of the few places in the world where you can find a Volkswagen Kombi, a Cadillac and a Vespa under the same roof ( read as sky ). Many of the vendors are collectors themselves and offer an eclectic mix of handpicked unique items from all over the world, featuring life-size Supermen, aliens and dolls, secondhand clothing from the 1940s to the 1990s, childhood memorabilia, posters, motorbikes, homeware, pins, Hitler t-shirts, dentist chairs and confession booths. While walking through the alleys it’s not impossible to get confused for a moment and believe that you are somewhere on a tour in the Old America rather than in one of the most iconic cities of SE Asia.

If you get tired of the vintage goods you can head to the contemporary clothing stalls laid out in the bazaar format or treat yourself with some authentic Thai street food. The market offers also a great choice of unusual and offbeat bars and restaurants with vintage decor and live music. It is not uncommon at all to sip your drink while sitting on abandoned cinema or train chairs, bike saddles or barrels.

And if you want more, pay a visit to one of the plenty barber shops ( but don’t ask for a classic cut, styling or color ) or get a tattoo-to-remember from one of the local ink masters. And keep in mind that you won’t be the only one who will want to take advantage of their services. Apparently this place attracts throngs of local youngsters/hipsters.

The name of the market – Talad Rot Fai – means Train market and owes its name to its former location next to the train tracks. Now it is situated behind Seacon Square – a huge shopping mall in the suburbs and the best reference for taxi drivers. The fastest way to get there is to take the sky train to Udom Suk ( on Sukhumvit line ) and grab a taxi from there for approximately 70-80 baht ( 2.5 – 3 usd ).

It is open from 17.00 to 01:00, from Thursday to Sunday. I guess the best days to go are Friday and Saturday so that you can get the full action. We went on Thursday and it was quite calm with many of the stalls and shops closed.

For more info (in Thai) visit https://www.facebook.com/taradrodfi

*Since January 2015 there is a smaller version of the marketTrain Night Market Ratchada – located behind the Esplanade Shopping Mall, two minutes walking from MRT Thai Cultural Center. Open from Tuesday to Sunday, same working hours as above. 

  • Talad Rot Fai was my absolute favourite part of my visit to Thailand in 2014. I recommend it to everyone I know. Gin & Tonics from a VW Beetle, people randomly break dancing & 3 pair of Vintage Denim Shorts for 100baht (about $3) were my highlights!

    eksdailydress,wordpress.com

    • Wow sounds great! I love it because it is different every time you visit

  • I went to the old one. Thanks for the directions!

  • Sounds like my perfect place. I love antique places.

  • Amazing pics!

    Alice Cerea,
    BABYWHATSUP.COM

  • Reblogged this on Heureusment Dans Lamour and commented:
    Love this place. I want to go here someday.

    • Thank you, lovely! I want you to go too ??

  • This place looks fabulous! Sad I missed it, will just have to go again…!

    • Definitely! You have a very good excuse now ?

  • Oh wow this place looks so cool! I would love to browse around it. Wish I’d known about it on my last trip to Bangkok!

    • I only discovered its existence three months after I arrived ?

  • This sounds amazing…I split my time between HK and Bangkok, so will have to check this out. Thanks for the like!

  • Reblogged this on stylelifeaintnothing and commented:
    Don’t even begin to envisage the the delights of Talad Rot Fal – Vintage night market. Magical, merciful and alluring mystical. You find your abyss

  • Great articles! If you would like to see old Bangkok sometimes, do not miss Chinatown area, you will love it!

  • Great articles! If you would like to see old Bangkok some day, Chinatown area is the best, you will love it!

  • Thanks for the Great advices. Will definitely go there next time when I am in Bangkok!
    Greetings from Germany.
    Sabine

    • I’m glad that it was useful. You will have a good time there for sure! Xo

  • Loved reading this. The pictures and your descriptions were detailed and great!

  • Hey Gabi! Did you go to the night market in Phuket? If so, I could use some tips for my mini-trip in a few weeks! 🙂

    • Hi Dustin, I wish I could help but I have never been to Phuket. Have a great trip!

  • Reblogged this on bears goats and strawberries and commented:
    Hipster Hell.

  • Will definitely add this market to our Must-See list when we come visit Thailand. Great photos!

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  • Great article.

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