Rod Fai Market (Train Market) is in a way the opposite of Patpong Market. Whereas the latter has a vast array of fake goods, Rod Fai Market has a bewildering array of original goods and vintage goods. For anyone looking for something unique and not mass produced and corny this is the place to head.
The Rod Fai Market Has Moved
Originally the market was next to the railway lines at Chatuchak Market but in 2013 the market was closed because of the BTS sky train expansion. That was not the end of Rod Fai Market. It was moved to the suburb area of Srinakarin. At this location it is open 17.00 to midnight at the weekend.
And Another Second Similar Market has Also Opened
In January 2015 another vintage market along the lines of the original Train Market opened at Ratchada at a more central location that can be easily reached by the MRT (alight at Thailand Cultural Center station).
What is Different About the Rod Fai Market?
So what is at the Rod Fai Market? Well virtually anything that people collect, the stuff some people think are cool from leather jackets to 1950s Cadillacs. There are Japanese action dolls, French chandeliers, film cameras, replica guns, vintage jeans, coins, ceramics, stamps, coca cola bottles, Hawaiian dresses, odd bric-a-brac. This market is the closest you will get to Ebay. It is a cornucopia of the weird and unusual. It is stuff that has a value because it is not currently mass-produced; it is not main stream.
If you are looking for a special souvenir; for a quirky birthday present; for a home-moving present; for a gift for a loved one; for a killer club wear item then head to Rod Fai Mai.
A Night Out As Well As A Place To Shop
What really suits this market is that it is a night market. It is a place where you visit to hang out, have some food and soak up the atmosphere. In this way it is like Patpong – it is a night out. You could just as easily check out some great little eateries and hang out at little bar soaking up the atmosphere, admiring the devotion of collectors and otaku types.
Location Of The Original Rod Fai Market
- Srinakarin Soi 51, just behind Seacon Square Shopping Mall
Location of the New Fod Fai Market
- Ratchada, near Thailand Cultural Center MRT Underground Station, behind Esplanade Shopping Mall.
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