Patpong Night Market is one of the most famous night markets in Bangkok. The night market is located inside Bangkok’s oldest red light district – Patpong. Patpong Night Market is surrounded by go-go bars and beer bars making the shopping experience here really exclusive.
The thing you must know before going to Patpong Night Market - it is not the real Thai-style night market. If you’re looking for one, you should join locals at Talad Rot Fai Ratchada or Talad Rot Fai Srinakarin as these are the top choices for the residents of Bangkok.
Patpong Night Market is orientated almost exclusively to tourists so don’t expect to meet many Thais shopping here. Normally in Thailand, night markets are full of street food stalls as eating various Thai snacks while shopping is a big part of Thai shopping culture. At Patpong Night Market you won’t find street food with the exception of few vendors selling limited choice of snacks and Thai food dishes outside the night market area.
Most of Thais you will see at Patpong Night Market will be sellers of the market, bar girls, tuk-tuk drivers and definitely scam masters, offering you too see Ping-Pong show. Avoid these touts or else you can find yourself in the trouble.
Other locals you might notice there most probably will be heading to Foodland Supermarket which is located on one of the streets of Patpong.
This Foodland Supermarket is a good place to buy food and drinks if you’re staying in the area.
Things to Buy at Patpong Night Market
The stuff being sold at Patpong Night Market is no different from goods that can be found in other touristy shopping spots. Here you will find various paintings and statues…
…coconut shell bowls…
…t-shirts and other clothes…
…counterfeit designer brand bags, wallets, belts, watches etc…
However, due to the market’s proximity with the red light district, Patpong Night Market has something special to offer. Sexy clothing like this might be not so easy to find elsewhere.
Atmosphere at Patpong Night Market
That makes Patpong Night Market different from all other night markets is its atmosphere. The lines of market stalls are surrounded by go-go bars and at the same time while being dragged into buying some souvenir you are also tempted to take a peek at one of adult entertainment venues…
…or even to join a topless pool game…
Should you go to Patpong Night Market?
Yes, if you want to buy Thai souvenirs in Bangkok but not going to visit other tourist shopping spots such as Chatuchak Weekend Market, MBK Center or Pratunam Market.
No, if you want to try Thai street food. There are much better choices for that in Bangkok.
Patpong Night Market is located on Soi Patpong nearby Si Lom Road. There are 2 parallel streets – Thanon Patpong 1 and Thanon Patpong 2.
Patpong Night Market is open daily from 06.00 pm to 01.00 am.
How to get there
Take BTS SkyTrain to Sala Daeng Station and leave through the Exit 1. Walk a bit and you will see the market on your right.
Take MRT Metro to Si Lom Station and leave through the Exit 2. Cross Si Lom Road, walk towards BTS Sala Daeng Station and you will see the market on your right just after passing the station.
Take a Taxi and tell the driver to go to “Patpong”, he will definitely know the area and bring you to the right place. Just don’t forget to ask the driver to turn the meter on.
Where to Stay in Bangkok?
What is the best area to stay in Bangkok if you are planning to visit Patpong Night Market? The answer can be found here: Where to Stay in Bangkok - Guide to Bangkok Best Areas.