The Train (Rod Fai) Night Market of Bangkok

 

An open-air Train Night Market of retro goods. 

I kid you not when I said that the theme of this Bangkok trip is ‘indie market finds’ because that’s exactly what we did while we were here. Well the Train (Rod Fai) Night market is an open-aired night market with plenty ( I repeat ), plenty stalls and warehouses of vintage finds.

It’s definitely not the usual night market you would find in other parts of Bangkok.

We’re talking about rows and rows of Volkswagen combi in multi-pastel colors lining up the stalls area, selling items sourced from all over the world. These include fashion items, shoes and children’s toys. Within this area lies snacks, street foods, desserts, Thai iced coffee, fish n’ chips even, that’ll make your mouth water just by these delicious aroma.

We were so tired from the walk at Artbox Market that going around the almost 2,000 stalls here sounded like an impossible task. So we stuck to the street food side to see plenty of local action, chefs cooking up a storm in their small kitchen, customers squeezing under the tent for their hot tomyam meal while some stood against the walls holding on (and eating) their dinner.

A top view of the Rod Fai market. (Photo by Bangkok.com Rod Fai)

A top view of the Rod Fai market. (Photo by Bangkok.com Rod Fai)

Fish n chips at Rod Fai Market.

Fish n chips at Rod Fai Market.

 

It’s not just the 2,000 stalls that’s available here. 

On the other side of these stalls lie neatly arranged container restaurants, bars and even a barber shop. Even though it was less crowding the street here, you can see people packing up these restaurants, cheering with their friends over a drinking session.

Bart decided to have his haircut here so we went to Scixxors, which was a popular for their cut in Rod Fai. We went upstairs to another level of container businesses, and sat in the shop, with a view of other restaurants below us. This also meant that the people below and across the barber shop could clearly see the customers getting their hair cut. Fancy that.

Quirky bars like this motorcycle version can be seen at Rod Fai.

Quirky bars like this motorcycle version can be seen at Rod Fai.

The hip barber shop with a view of other container bars and restaurants below.

The hip barber shop with a view of other container bars and restaurants below.

 

Look for the antique warehouses too.

At the side of the Rod Fai market you can find a row of warehouses selling antique items and art design shops. This is where I found an artsy notebook shop, a hipster “Gentlemen” barber shop along with large American shop signage meant for collectors.

We didn’t enter the antique shops as it started to rain heavily and we didn’t bring an umbrella with us (smart choice Fie). We also knew that returning here was possible since we only had a few days in the city so decided to focus on the street stalls instead.

Once you’re done shopping, you can chill out at the restaurants with its live band performances throughout the night. After that if you want to continue walking the market again, it’s possible because the whole Train (Rod Fai) night market shuts down at 1am!

The hipster gentlemen barbershop, for the trendy.

The hipster gentlemen barbershop, for the trendy.

 

Additional Information:

The Tain (Rod Fai) Night Market happens every Thursday to Sunday. This market is all about retro, vintage finds and street foods.

Address: Rod Fai Night Market, behind Esplanade Shopping Mall, Bangkok, Thailand | How to get there: MRT Thailand Cultural Centre, exit Esplanade Mall | Opening Hours: 5pm-1am | Entrance Fees: Free 

 

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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