Bangkok - Talat Rot Fai

One of Bangkok's fine Night Markets

One of Bangkok's fine Night Markets

Bangkok has it’s share with different sorts of Night Markets. One of them is Talat Rot Fai which I found to be one of the coolest if seen lately. “Talat” means market and “Rot Fai” means train in Thai as it was once an open-air bazaar set beside an abandoned railroad tracks 

This market is an area catering for young mostly Thai hipsters. The market offers apart from a lot of stalls some real cool pubs and might give you apart from a nice shopping experience a lot of photography possibilities. To my understanding it might be the second largest market in Bangkok after Chatuchak Weekend Market. 

The atmosphere is alike you might find in old warehouses. There are converted containers build up as pubs, cafes, restaurants, tattoos parlours and shop stalls for vintage items. Outdoor are the usual clothings, hats, belts, shoes and accessories as you might find at every other market. some are more antique and vintage than on other markets. 

Getting there can be challenging. Backwards I just took a taxi but going there I had some time and here are the results:

BTS Udon SUk (E12). From exit 5, go to Udon Suk Road. There are bikes and taxis to bring you to your destinations. The journey takes about 10-15 minutes. Most will will drop you off at Paradise Park opposite Seacon Square.

Another possibility is BTS On Nut. Take the BTS to On Nut station for its night market. You can take a taxi or motor bike from here as well.

The easiest and fastest way is to take a taxi. A ride from downtown area costs about 300 to 400 baht, and most taxi will charge a fixed rate of 200 baht to go back. You should mention Seacon Square but many drivers are now familiar with Talat Rot Fai Market.

Opening times:

Indoor Market-Tuesday to Sunday, 3pm to 11pm

Ourdoor Market-Friday to Sunday, 4pm to 12pm

Here are some of the scenes you might get to capture:

Going to the market there are different pubs and bars to explore

Going to the market there are different pubs and bars to explore

Apart from vintage things you can get a lot of cloth things and billiard like ....

Apart from vintage things you can get a lot of cloth things and billiard like ....

Like to have a drink at an old beetle??

Like to have a drink at an old beetle??

Just one of the vintage cars you might see here.

Just one of the vintage cars you might see here.

Barber shop at Talat Rot Fai in the early evening

Barber shop at Talat Rot Fai in the early evening

So many different shops to explore. It's a heaven for photographers.

So many different shops to explore. It's a heaven for photographers.