Indie Vibes at Artbox Market Bangkok

 

Feeling indie at Artbox Market Bangkok. 

If you’ve ever visited Bangkok and are a big fan of the local arts & creative stalls, you’d be sure to know about the weekend Artbox Market. This market is held in a series of weekends every month in containers, giving it a very indie and hipster vibe. This was the first time I visited the Artbox at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center and at the time I expected the usual markets selling food, souvenirs and everything local (like a normal night market).

Boy was I wrong.

As soon as we entered the field, there was a container with the title of the market and heaps of young people taking photos in front of it. I noticed a set of steps which we could climb to get a view of the whole market. This was where I saw a concert stage, food trucks, containers, quirky seating areas and wall arts for the public to interact with. Looks like my kind of scene until I noticed that the people who joined me here were young, teens, youths, which made me feel ancient.

The fact that I am mini-sized and Thai looking (similar-lah) allowed me to mingle in with these troops while we walked around the area.

From main stage, to food trucks to containers with arts inspired items for sale.

From main stage, to food trucks to containers with arts inspired items for sale.

The main stage area set-up for the evening music performances at Artbox.

The main stage area set-up for the evening music performances at Artbox.

 

The Rise of Young Thai Entrepreneurs.

While visiting the stalls I had the following observations about the people manning them. They were brave young Thais, cool-looking, with unique and creative concept for their businesses. I thought to myself “Damn, I wish I had these ideas!” because it wasn’t only beautiful looking (visually), it also tasted good and came with good prices.

The first example was the Blood Bank drink stall. I was thirsty as usual and looking for something cold to drink when we saw this VW Combi van selling red and blue water to customers. The colors actually represented the I.V. drips that you would find in the hospital while the drinks came in (yes) I.V. drip bags. We got one for 79b (RM8 ~$2), choosing blue as our blood drink.

The fun part was getting the drip, learning how to hold it so that the water flows down through the tube smoothly. We turned the valve at the end of the tube let the water out, learning, after that, there was another opening at the top of the drink which could be open easily (without using the tube).

Convenience and creativity is the key to good businesses here.

Besides this, there’s plenty of Thai, Korean, Taiwanese and Japanese inspired food and beverages surrounding the Artbox Market. I wished I had the stomach to try every single item here including the Belgian inspired fries (with many types of toppings).

Therefore I would suggest that you bring along an allowance to shop for vintage and unique finds in this market. Just don’t go crazy.

The VW combi Blood Bank is one of the popular stalls here at Artbox.

The VW combi Blood Bank is one of the popular stalls here at Artbox.

Sipping the blood bank drink with the IV drip. It tastes like a blue 7-up drink.

Sipping the blood bank drink with the IV drip. It tastes like a blue 7-up drink.

Smoky ice cream from the Jaywalk cart.

Smoky ice cream from the Jaywalk cart.

Locally brewed coffee can be found at this stall.

Locally brewed coffee can be found at this stall.

Pasteurized jelly or 'cincau' in Malay.

Pasteurized jelly or ‘cincau’ in Malay.

If you're not so hungry, you can try this Baby Pizza in Artbox.

If you’re not so hungry, you can try this Baby Pizza in Artbox.

 

Creative and arts or art-ivity led market. 

Besides food, you can also find fashionable items from T-shirts, dresses, cardigans, accessories, bags and shoes at Artbox. These are not the mainstream brands that you can find in the malls though, yet they are still popular among the youths here.

There’s a lot of seats in Artbox, especially around the main stage area. Visitors can be seen munching their food, sitting on the wooden palettes while waiting for the show to begin.

May I also add that the toilets here are air-conditioned and super clean? Yup and this is why I didn’t mind staying longer at this market even when it started to drizzle. So if you’re in town and in need of some hipster and indie vibe, head down to Artbox to immerse yourself in this unique arts market.

Find this yellow school bus for street style clothes.

Find this yellow school bus for street style clothes.

Look for these mini cafes at the end of Artbox.

Look for these mini cafes at the end of Artbox.

Indeed memories last forever.

Indeed memories last forever.

 

Additional Information:

You’ll need to read up on the latest market dates, on their website. This market is all about food & fashion.

Address: Artbox, MRT Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre (Exit 2), Bangkok, Thailand | Opening Hours: 3pm-night | Entrance Fees: Free | Website: Artbox BKK

About Yafieda Jamil

A Malaysian girl currently working abroad in Phnom Penh city. I love a good road trip, hot cappuccinos, spicy food and staring at old buildings. My mission is to inspire people to see the world differently before we all get any older. Oh and giraffes are the most beautiful creatures on earth.

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