Things to do at Night
Bangkok is notorious for its nightlife-clubbing scene and bustling night markets. When the sun goes down and the humidity decreases, Bangkok turns lively with its plethora of bars, night shows and entertainment smorgasbord. The local street food scene is also festive opening till the wee hours.
With this dynamic beehive of night activity, you’re guaranteed a fun night out if you’re a nocturnal explorer. You also have no space to worry when you’re starving, as the authentic Thai cuisine never disappoints. Shopping is also open at all hours of the night if you prefer a less crowded time.
Prepare to maximize your fun in this affordable infamous metropolis. And let the night take you on sensory adventures following your mood and the fragrant smells of the local bites in the City of Smiles.
Chang Chui Plane Night Market
Looking for cool art, unique artistic goods to buy and lively music performances with the best bars and grub? It might sound impossible to lump all these hip entertainment in one place but it does exist. Find your way to the suburbs of Bangkok and hang out at Chang Chui Plane Night Market.
An attention-grabbing piece in this spot is the massive shell of a genuine Lockheed plane. Apart from that, there are numerous sculptures and creative art installations scattered in this quirky space. Chang Chui means ‘messy artisan’, an apt name where artists converged to sell their original artsy goods. From books, fashion clothes and accessories to adorable stationery and eye- catching artworks, Chang Chui Plane Night Market has something intriguing on display. There are coffee brews, fine dining restaurants, craft beers, live music and theatre performances to look forward to as the hours crawl late in the night.
Come here for a unique experience and to enjoy this one-of-a-kind creative park in the busy metropolis that’s Bangkok.
Asiatique The Riverfront
Filled with people and offering a refreshing waterfront view, Asiatique the River Front is teeming with people. Open to the public at 5PM, the huge area features a mall and a night bazaar that would delight shopaholics. Fragrant and delicious Thai food can also be found in a sprawling space giving you plenty of choices. Cabarets and puppet shows are the highlight entertainment shows you can indulge in here.
Once an old pier that was constructed in 1900, it was redesigned and ultimately transformed into one of the biggest and most popular night markets in Bangkok. A place that combines shopping, great sights and entertainment in one, it's a great venue for free enjoyment. If you want to enjoy Bangkok without breaking the bank, visit Asiatique River Front.
With a shopping mall that boasts over 1500 boutiques and 40 restaurants under one complex, everyone’s taste from clothes to savory food will surely be satisfied. This - coupled with the attractive boardwalk that offers a majestic view of Chao Phraya River and Bangkok’s glittering skyline- makes Asiatique the swankiest night market in Bangkok.
Asiatique River Front is divided into 4 zones. The most popular section is the Factory District where the majority of shopping happens. Here, you will find all items ranging from home furnishing, jewelry, and gadgets to cutting edge pieces from local Thai designers.
If you’re planning to dine, head over to the famous Waterfront District and Down Square District where you'll find rows and rows of restaurants serving Thai and and Western Food. Festival and fireworks displays are the highlights of the Waterfront District. If you have a thing for live bands and parties, Down Square District is the place to be.
Lastly, after shopping and eating, never forget to go to Chareonkrung District, home to the famous Calypso Ladyboy Show. Witness dazzling cabaret routines you've never seen before.
Ratchada Train Market
From 5PM to midnight on selected days, Ratchada Train Market is open to those who love to wander around Bangkok at night. Eat your fill of authentic local Thai food, chug some booze, listen to some live music and shop for vintage items and trendy fashion items on sale. Ratchada Train Market is actually the offshoot of the bigger but farther located (down by the suburbs) Talad Rot Fai Srinakarin.
Heading to Ratchada Train Market, where it’s nearest to the MRT Thai Cultural Station, you’d find long avenues of colored tents. This is where garments, bags, shoes and vintage curios can be found. Since it’s a bazaar, sharpen your haggling skills to purchase as many goods as you want. Around the back of the market are old school VW vans blasting music and decorated with fairy lights. It’s also where the bars are located. The atmosphere exudes laidback, retro and friendly vibes. It’s suitable for casual nighttime hanging out.
If you’re hungry, barbeque stalls, sweet desserts like pancakes and a heap of fresh seafood are available to chow down. If you feel like going on a gastronomic thrill, try the local delicacies, fried insects. Ratchada Train Market is a fun hipster-inspired night market. Don’t miss a visit and take some cool vintage photos, hunt for retro pieces and find cheaper items than normally available in Chatuchak Market and other night markets.
Chao Phraya River : Princess Cruise
If going on a dinner cruise and eating your fill of amazingly scrumptious local Thai cuisine and international dishes sounds like a good plan to you then booking the Chao Phraya River: Princess Cruise is an absolute must to do. Prepare to learn more about the fascinating history of Thailand as you sail and watch the illuminated landmarks in the Land of Smiles.
Aboard the ship, you’ll have a choice to eat dinner in an air-conditioned setting or opt for a refreshing alfresco seating. Enjoy the two-hour live band serenade as they sing music from the 80s and 90s. You’ll see some of the famous architectural sights of Thailand as the ship glides by. Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn) and the Royal Palace will be among them. The Chao Phraya River is one of the country’s major rivers spanning 400 kilometers. Thailand’s old buildings are incredible to behold at night with the multiple lights giving them a bright glow.
This is one of the most relaxing activities you can engage in that’s cultural and gastronomically rewarding. Gazing out at the waters, feeling the breeze and absorbing the stunning views will make your visit an unforgettable experience.
Visit Patpong Night Market
Notorious for being a night entertainment destination, Patpong is hailed as a red light district. However recently, it had emerged as a popular shopping mecca. Bargain your way as you shop amidst the go-go bars that can be found in this area. You can find souvenirs, local products and cheaper knockoffs of designer fashionable clothes, bags, shoes, watches and the like.
Patpong is a street between Surawong and Silom roads and is a place brimming with tourists for its fame. You might remember a chase scene from a James Bond film depicting this place. Patpong Market used to consist of a few stalls but had since grown in size since 15 years ago. Now, it has transformed into an outdoor shopping haven shopaholics will excitedly visit.
If you wish to buy souvenir shirts, handmade goods and fake brand name products, it can be found in Patpong. Sharpen your haggling skills as the prices are marked up here. You can shop until midnight in Patpong Night Market.
Baiyoke Sky Restaurant
Baiyoke Sky Hotel is the second highest building in Thailand at 85 stories high. Their International buffet on the 76th and 78th floor is widely popular. Serving seafood buffet in global flavors, you’ll be delighted and famished at the array of choices. From Thai, Chinese, Japanese and European, you’ll love this gustatory experience. Along with magnificent views of the Bangkok skyline, dining at Baiyoke Sky Restaurant should be a part of your itinerary.
There are over 30 menus to choose from and local foods to sample are Thai stir-fried noodles, prawn in creamy spicy and sour soup and mango with sticky rice. The varied seafood consists of river prawns, squid, clams, crab and fish to feast on. You can also enjoy a complimentary access to the 77th floor where the Observation Deck is located. On the 84th floor, the 360-degree Revolving View Point is also open for you to catch sight of the mesmerizing views. Measuring 1077 feet high or 328 meters, including its antenna, Baiyoke Sky Tower is easily a striking sight.
The dinner buffet is open daily from 5pm to midnight. It’s the perfect dining spot to watch the sparkling illumination of the city in the evening. Indulge both your visual and gastronomic sense at Baiyoke Sky Restaurant.
Watch a Bangkok show: Siam Niramit
Siam Niramit is a world-class cultural show depicting the heritage, history and spirituality of the Thai people. Replete with over 100 performers, elaborate costumes and superb set designs, Siam Niramit is a captivating theater performance wrapped in 90 minutes. Immersive special effects, wonderful choreography and a hypnotic weaving of Thailand’s myths, legends and rich history, it is a deeply moving 3-act cultural showcase of Thailand’s great past.
In Bangkok’s Ratchada Theatre, the elaborate stage is constructed to house the massive and breathtaking set designs that wonderfully replicate the Ancient Kingdom of Siam. The show is divided into three major acts. The First Act is called, “Journey Back In History” focusing on the historical background of Siam. The Second Act is titled “Journey Beyond Imagination: The Three Realms” highlighting the Law of Karma belief system and the Final Act is a festive celebration of Thailand’s famous festivals such as Loy Krathong and Songkran showcasing the present celebration of Thailand’s culture.
The highlights of the Siam Niramit show are the fantastic special effects, vibrant costumes and the highly entertaining and colorful traditional dance shows and festivals. Book this tour to gain a wider appreciation of Thailand’s cultures and traditions. Siam Niramit’s gigantic stage is even recorded by Guinness World Records. Go see it, it’s worth every Baht you ever spent.
19 Thiam Ruam Mit Rd, Khwaeng Huai Khwang, Khet Huai Khwang, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10310, Thailand
-Platinum Seat Ticket OnlyAdultUS$ 57.279.4 Child (4~12yrs)US$ 57.279.4Included - Siam NiramitPlatinum Seat ticket
-Platinum Seat + DinnerAdultUS$ 65.190.6 Child (4~12yrs)US$ 65.186.1Included - Siam NiramitPlatinum Seat ticket - Buffet dinner
Gates open at 17.00 hrs. for access to the restaurant and to enjoy other pre-show attractions.
Thailand Cultural Centre Subway Station
Dine in the Dark
Dine in the Dark is for those who are looking for a sensory adventure in their trip. The concept is eating without seeing your food or the people around you. Even the silhouette of your hands can’t be seen. As a result, you’re left depending on your other senses such as your sense of smell, taste and even sense of touch as you feel your way in the dark while eating. Even if it’s 100% pitch black, your visual-impaired server will be there to assist you and help you relax while dining.
This concept was pioneered in Zurich and the rest of the global cities followed suit. Here in Thailand, Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit offers this unique dining experience. With a 5 star hotel serving your four-course meal, you’re guaranteed of quality and scrumptious food. Before entering the dining area, you’ll be asked to select among 4 options: Asian, Western, Vegetarian or Surprise. It’s fun to guess your food since post-dinner, a staff will explain what food you were eating.
This completely immersive experience of the visually impaired creates awareness and teaches you to appreciate the gift of sight. It also allows you to use your other senses to explore and experience your food in a novel way. A portion of the money you paid will be donated to the Foundation for the Blind in Thailand. So what are you waiting for? Experience Dine in the Dark and spread altruism while at it.
Shop at Rot Fai Market in Srinakarin
Rot Fai Market in Srinakarin or the original Rot Fai is also called the Train Market. It’s a huge sprawling night market located in the suburbs. This huge outdoor bazaar sells trendy, inexpensive items as well as vintage and retro finds. This is a wonderful area to shop, go on a food trip, drink booze and wander around.
Whatever you’re craving for, you’re certain to find it here at the Train Market with its rows of stalls at the food market. After eating, you can browse around among the fashion accessories, socks, shoes, bags and apparels. If you’re looking for souvenirs though, this isn’t the right place for it. Rot Fai Srinakarin is more focused on second-hand items like electronics, cameras, used bags and thrift fashion. However, you can enjoy the interesting warehouses converted into an antique showroom such as Rod’s Antiques section displaying classic cars, motorbikes, retro house décor and kitschy furniture. This night market is wide enough to display retro cars decorated with fairy lights making it attractive. When you’re tired, you can head to the pubs or camper vans where alcohol is served.
If you’re a lover of vintage then making your way over in Srinakarin will be worthwhile. Toy collectibles, bikes, used auto parts and Japanese anime toys can be seen here. Otherwise, there’s a smaller offshoot of this market located much nearer popularly known as the Ratchada Train Market which is more convenient by train. But if you’re near the area, Rot Fai Market in Srinakarin is also a fascinating visit.
Midnight Super Tuk-tuk Food Tour
Some nights can leave you famished and in a city like Bangkok where the local cuisine is a trip highlight, you’ll never be lacking in food choices. Amazingly, if you’ve tried most of the Thai dishes, you might be surprised to find there’s still plenty left to discover. The Midnight Super Tuk-tuk Food Tour edition is an interesting way of touring Bangkok’s famous local eateries. Learn more about fascinating culinary trivia, experience visiting a temple at night and see Bangkok’s exquisite attractions from a different vantage point.
Riding the iconic tuk-tuk and navigating the city with a licensed and well-informed tuk-tuk driver who’s also a tour guide make this a safe excursion. He’ll show hole-in-the-wall places that serves delectable and savory dishes, a quick behind-the-scenes look of the making of a Guay Tiew Kua Gai dish and a beer/mocktail at a “Secret Bar”. This is an exhilarating way to experience Bangkok at night that most tourists aren’t privy to. Aside from the regular dishes, you get to try scrumptious snacks and desserts, too.
So if you’re ready to go on a gastronome adventure without the stress of navigating, book a midnight super tuk-tuk food tour. It’s fascinating, fun and filling for a solid four hours. Not bad at all to spend a Bangkok evening.
Date Modified: 05/10/2019