Muslim-friendly Guide to Thailand Night Markets

By Ihab Ou-ouda | 24, May, 2022
Muslim-friendly Guide to Thailand Night Markets

After the Night Markets in Thailand closed their open spaces for a while during the height of the pandemic, they're now pumping with life again, making Thai people feel like things are okay once again.

The night markets in Thailand are excellent spots to get a close experience of the hustle and bustle of Thai culture. Known for their cheap food options and shopping experience, the Thai night markets, like those in Bangkok, are a must-visit.

So, let's find out more about the night markets in Thailand and the sort of activities you can experience there.


What to Expect in Night Markets in Thailand?
Aerial view of Ratchada Night Market

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Night markets in Thailand have a carnival-type of atmosphere that pumps with life, lights, and diversity. Aside from the plenty of Thai food choices you get in the night markets, there is usually music to keep your ears entertained.

Also, if you're traveling on a tight budget and want to shop, night markets are your best go-to; the prices there are super affordable.

When you enter a night market in Thailand, you feel like being transported into another sphere of existence. The lights and sounds that surround you can be hypnotizing at times. Wondering around a Thai night market feels like a trance experience.


What Are the Best Night Markets in Thailand?
Night Market Bangkok

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Bangkok is known for its great night markets. There are plenty of them around the city.

Here's a list of the top 5 night markets in Bangkok:

1. Jodd Fairs

Jodd Fairs, previously known as Train Night Market Ratchada, is one of Bangkok's most popular night markets because of how big it is and all the shopping and food options it offers.

2. Train Night Market Srinakarin

Train Night Market Srinakarin is famous for its vintage-style goods and its iconic Thai food eateries.

3. Chang Chui Plane Night Market

Chang Chui Plane Night Market has a uniquely artistic atmosphere. The huge plane in the middle of the market highlights the place.

4. Chinatown

Chinatown is also a very notable night market if you're looking for the Chinese experience in Thailand. Bangkok's Chinatown is your best go-to spot if you're a big fan of Chinese cuisine.

5. Hua Mum Night Market

Hua Mum is one of the least crowded night markets in Bangkok. Since it attracts fewer tourists, you might want to spend time there trying Thai cuisine made specifically for Thai people.

Bonus: Chatuchak Market

We thought we included Chatuchak Weekend Market in this list as well. Although it's more of a weekend market, you can't just miss the world's biggest weekend market when in Thailand. Not just food, with over 15,000 stalls, you can find almost anything there. 

Other Night Markets Around Thailand

There are plenty of great night markets all over Thailand in cities like Phuket, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Hua Hin, and Krabi.

All of the night markets in Thailand share the vibrant, trance-inducing quality that makes them attractive to local people and outside visitors.


What To Do in Night Markets in Thailand?

The first thing you can do in a night market is to try the local food. Thai food is known for its deliciousness, especially when you're outside and surrounded by the local culture through and through.

Other than street food, you can just enjoy taking a stroll in the night market, shopping for some cheap local goods, or just immerse yourself in the exotic spectacle.


What to Eat in Night Markets in Thailand?
Street Food sold in a night market in Bangkok Thailand

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The local cuisine is the highlight of the show in any night market in Thailand. You can't help but follow your sense of smell to a street food stall that serves delicious meals. The delicious aroma of various standards of Thai cuisine is all over the place.

Some of the best street food options include:

  • Pad Thai: Fried rice noodles with seafood, chicken, or tofu.
  • Som Tam: A Thai salad made with sticky rice, papaya, and other ingredients.
  • Khao Pad: Fried rice with special Thai seasoning
  • Massaman curry: Is a fusion of Indian and Thai cuisine


Bottom line

I hope you enjoy your next trip to Thailand. Make sure to spend some time exploring the local culture, and be wary of food choices and spots that are not Halal.

To help you find your way to the best halal locations in Thailand, I recommend you download the Halal Trip App; it will be super helpful in guiding you around.

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