There is a relatively new market in Bangkok, and so far, it seems destined to make its way to the top of the night bazaar charts: the Neon Market. Otherwise known as Talad Neon, this market just opened up about a year ago and is dominating Bangkok’s market scene with its unique, vibrant vibe. Here, a guide on the Neon Market in Bangkok, Thailand.
The Neon Market opened in December of 2016, but it has only recently been seemingly making a name for itself the past few months as more and more tourists and Bangkokians alike catch wind of this neon night bazaar. Also known as the Downtown Night Market, it was apparently the project of the same people behind the Platinum Fashion Mall, and they have palpably catered to the hipster crowd with this new night bazaar. The market continues to garner recognition with every new stall and vendor added to its collection, and it is doubtful that this market will lose traction anytime soon.
The Neon Market let down its title only in the slightest, as the most neon aspect about it was the view from the cross bridge above it. See through vendor tents are aglow with coloured lights below them, but otherwise, there was a lacklustre amount of neon entities around the bazaar. Regardless, it is worth a visit.
This fresh addition to the hipster scene is drawing in Bangkok’s au courant, fashionable crowds. Another thing that certainly makes this market stand out is how organised it is, especially in comparison to the mighty Chatuchak Weekend Market, for example. Also, it has a new and vibrant flair that is unique to this particular market and is worth a visit for those frequenting the Big Mango.
Home to some 900 retail shops and food trucks, there is bound to be a food stall catering to every palate at the Neon Market. The number one cuisine visitors can get excited to come across is cheese. From Friend Cheese serving up some mouthwatering and melty finds to Fried World with a variety of cheese-covered fries and more, this hard to find ingredient is making more than one appearance at Talad Neon.
The market is also home to an abundance of foodie shops tailored to Instagram-loving visitors with their seeming strange concoctions, including Bloody Cold (฿75). This beverage vendor is serving up a freezing yet tasty kanom, or dessert, made by using liquid nitrogen. The crunchy cereal-like tubes are mixed with liquid nitrogen and are a chilly and delicious treat. We could not master blowing the steam out of our nostrils, but we certainly gave it our best shot.
Glamorous visitors may instead opt for a galaxy drink at High, with both cocktails and mocktails to choose from. Other delicious finds included the skewers just adjacent Bloody Cold. This vegetarian friendly stall had an array of different mushrooms in addition to tofu ready to be grilled and served with a spicy sauce, and for only ฿15 a stick, visitors cannot go wrong with grabbing a few before continuing their explorations of Neon Market.
The intricately designed chocolate next to the skewers was somewhat a letdown in taste, but for ฿10 a piece, we were in no position to complain and finished each delightful treat regardless. There are also some outdoor bars here, which make for affordable venues for a few pre-drinks on a night out in central Bangkok. Each is housed in converted shipping containers, which add to the market’s unique vibe.
In addition to food, there is an overwhelming number of local shop owners selling an abundance of items. Be on the lookout for household items, clothing, electronics, cosmetics, jewellery and more. Though the market seemingly lets down the male population with its underwhelming choice of stylish options for them, female shoppers will simply have a hay day with the affordable and trendy finds.
Unlike other markets in Bangkok where standing room is hard to come by, the Neon Market has fewer shoppers to elbow through, making shopping actually enjoyable as opposed to stressful, as well. Be sure to barter as shop owners are at the ready to shed a few baht or two off their original prices. The market certainly has its fair share of tacky, tourist tailored items but makes up for these lacklustre items with their cool secondhand clothing and more.
How to get there
Take the BTS Skytrain to the Chit Lom or Ratchathewi station. From either of these, it is about a 15-minute walk. It is about ten minutes away from the famous Platinum Mall, as well.
Hours: Thursday through Sunday from 4 p.m. until midnight
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