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Rod Fai Market

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.

A wide variety of things are sold at the Rod Fai market

A wide variety of things are sold at the Rod Fai market

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.

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There are collectables for sale at the Fod Fai Market

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.

Photos from: https://isaacloo.wordpress.com

Next read about Chatuchak Weekend Market

Making the Most of your Time in Bangkok

Bangkok is a big and chaotic city. The roads are full of traffic, the pavements are jammed with people and the air is often polluted. Add to this the fact that it is always hot and humid. These conditions can deter people from fully experiencing the delights of Bangkok. Here are a few tips on how to make the most of your time in Bangkok.

Tourist Sites

If it is your first visit to Bangkok you will surely want to visit the main cultural sites of the city. The best way to do this is by the Chao Phraya Express that runs up and down the main river in the city. It is a refreshing and cheap way to get around; besides the overhead train and metro don’t run to these places. It is possible to see Wat Pho, the Grand Palace, the famous reclining Buddha and Wat Arun in a day using the boat to get from one location to the next. If you are staying in Sukhumvit catch the ferry at Saphan Taksin. If your hotel is in Khao San then the nearest ferry pier is Phra Athit.

Boutique Hotels

Bangkok is a great city to splurge on better accommodation. Hotels are cheap. You can often get a room in a 4 star hotel for as little as $60 a night. To complete your Bangkok experience it is a fantastic idea to stay in a hotel with an extra something rather than an identikit chain hotel. There are some great riverside hotels such as Sala Arun, Chakrabongse Villas (a converted Royal residence), Loy La Long Hotel and Navalai River Resort. There are also some ultra contemporary and stylish places to stay such as Siam@Siam Design Hotel, MaDuZi and the Metropolitan.

For something really unique there is Imm Fusion that has a Moroccan theme or Shanghai Mansion that has a strong 1930s Shanghai art deco interior design.

It is worth paying a bit extra to not only get creature comforts while staying in Bangkok but also a unique experience.

Shopping

People fly to Bangkok just to do their shopping. It is a place with thousands of great bargains to be found. There is also a growing trend, especially in Sukhumvit, for lifestyle malls that combine designer label shops, spas, café culture and fine dining options.

For those looking for souvenirs, clothes and just about anything there is one of Bangkok’s largest shopping mall called the MBK. It is also connected to Siam Paragon and Siam Discovery shopping centres. MBK is reached via Siam or National Stadium BTS stations.

If you want cheap electronic goods or just enjoy seeing bucket after bucket full of computer parts, the place to go is the Pantip Plaza. It also contains every game, movie and software program imaginable most of it in flagrant disregard for copyrighting laws.

A great shopping day out is to be had at Chatuchak Weekend Market. It is 27 acres of shopping heaven. The market consists of a warren of walkways between stalls selling textiles, souvenirs, pets, house ware, glassware and clothes. Professional shoppers come here to buy in bulk. There are plenty of cafes and restaurants around the edge of the market. It is fun to take a break and watch the numerous performances by street musicians in this lively market.

Nightlife

Bangkok is famous for its nightlife, and rightly so. It is safe to walk the streets of Bangkok at night. Even in the red light districts it is no problem to stroll along the main drags and watch the demi-monde cast its spell over the punters.

Soi Cowboy and Patpong are the two most famous places to try a go go bar or see a performance that is hard to forget. For those not keen to see this side of Bangkok there are several great clubs and music venues to check out. These include Bed Supperclub, Q Bar and Glow.

Visitors to Bangkok are also spoilt for choice when it comes to restaurants. There are excellent Thai restaurants such as Cabbages and Condoms as well Vietnamese, Laotian, French, Scandinavian, Italian and Indian cuisine to enjoy.

Conclusion

With a little bit of research about what Bangkok has to offer as well as a quick look at a city map you can easily plan some fantastic daytime and night time adventures in the City of Angels in the East.

Author Bio

Joe K. Johnson currently lives in Bangkok. He works as a freelance writer and website designer. He writes extensively about Bangkok boutique accommodation and things to do in the city, as well as keeping several blogs about his experiences in Thailand.

Silom Area Guide


Silom is a lively and exciting part of Bangkok. It is the financial centre of Bangkok with the stock exchange and head offices of Thailand’s major banks. Silom also has lots on offer for tourists.

Here is our run-down of some of the best bits.

Visitor attractions in Silom

Sri Mariammam Hindu Temple
Silom Road (corner of Pan Road). Open 6am 8pm. Free Admission.

Built in the 1860s by Tamil immigrants this lively and colorful temple is the main place of worship for Bangkok’s Hindu community. Well worth a visit.

Lumphini Boxing Stadium
Rama 4 Road by Silom MRT station. Open Tues and Fri (18.30) and Sat (16.30 and 20.30). 1,000 to 1,200 Baht entry

Thailand’s top boxing stadium. A must-see for Muay Thai fans. The best fights take place from 8pm on Friday nights.

Pat Pong Night Market
Soi Patpong on Silom Road. Open 19.00 to 24.00.

Lively night market in red light district. The place to buy fake watches, sunglasses and designer bags.

Lumphini Park
Junction of Rama 4 Road and Ratchadamri Road

140-acre park, popular with the local Thais. Popular with fitness enthusiasts who jog, cycle and do aerobics in the park. There are many food stalls and a good fresh food market at the weekends. This is a great place to experience a slice of Thai culture.

Great Restaurants in Silom Area

The Mango Tree, on Soi Tantawan, Surawong Road – Fantastic Thai food
Sanghai 38, on the 38th Floor of the Sofitel Hotel, 188 Silom Road ?Awesome Cantonese food

Great Bars

Vertigo Bar – Top floor of Banyan Tree Hotel, 21/100 South Sathorn Road
Sky Bar – Top floor of State Tower, 1055/111 Silom Road

Shopping

Jim Thompson Store, 9 Surawong Road – Thai silk shop
Silom Galleria, 919/1 Silom Road – Shopping mall with over a hundred shops and stalls selling art, antiques and gems

Hotels in Silom

Heritage Baan Silom – Soi 19, Silom Road
Triple Two Silom  – 222 Silom Road
Luxx – 6/11 Decho Road
Tower Club  – Lebua State Tower, 1055, 42 Silom Road

Quick Guide to Bangkok Accommodation

Bangkok Skyline

If you are visiting Bangkok for the first time, as with any city, it can be difficult to work out which part of the city to stay in. This article is designed to be a quick guide. Basically, for tourists the Bangkok city can be broken into five parts. Each has it pros and cons, which we have listed for you below.

Khao San Area

Khao San is the original backpacker area of Bangkok near the river and the tourist attractions of old Bangkok like Wat Po and the Grand Palace.

Pros of Khao San

  • Cheap accommodation and food
  • Lively with bars and clubs
  • Not far away from areas where people live in old fashion houses
  • Very accessible to tourists with English spoken widely and lots of amenities like ATMs and Internet shops

Cons of Khao San Area

  • If you are a bit older the young and exuberant backpackers might annoy you
  • The area isn’t connected to the skytrain or metro system making travel a bit more difficult
  • If it is luxury you are looking for, you won’t find it here

Hotels we recommend staying in the Khao San area (click on the links to read more about each place)

Baan Noppawong
Baan Tepa Boutique
Baiyoke Sky Hotel
Chakrabongse Villas
Navalai River Resort

Chinatown

Chinatown is a less touristy part of Bangkok with a noticeable Chinese influence. Near the river, the train station, and the major tourist attractions.

Pros of Chinatown

  • Authentic slice of Thai life
  • On the metro and skytrain system
  • Great restaurants
  • Great shopping

Cons of Chinatown

  • Bit off the beaten track with English not widely spoken
  • Not much nightlife which would appeal to the typical tourist
  • Not many amenities aimed at tourists

Hotels we recommend staying in the Chinatown area (click on the links to read more about each place)

Loy La Long Hotel
Shanghai Mansion Bangkok

Silom

Silom is the financial district of Bangkok popular with tourists near Lumphini park.

Pros of Silom

  • On the metro and skytrain system
  • Lots of great bars and restaurants
  • Near the lively Patpong night market

Cons of Silom

  • A bit touristy for some people with not much traditional Thai culture
  • A lot of the hotels and restaurants can seem a bit impersonal and ‘samey’
  • Very busy

Hotels we recommend staying in the Silom area (click on the links to read more about each place)

Baan Pra Nond
Heritage Baan Silom
Luxx
Triple Two Silom
The Metropolitan

Sukhumvit

Sukhumvit is a long road with many streets (known as ‘sois’ leading off it. This is the main area where expat residents live and it has the best amenities for tourists in the Bangkok.

Pros of Sukhumvit

  • Best hotels and restaurants in the city, the place to go if you want luxury
  • Great nightlife with lots of bars to suit all tastes
  • On the metro and skytrain systems
  • Some shopping opportunities

Cons of Sukhumvit

  • Not the place to go if you are on a budget
  • Very busy
  • Some people are put off by the blatant sex industry. There are two red light districts in this area and there are prostitutes on the street in some areas.

Hotels we recommend staying in the Sukhumvit area (click on the links to read more about each place)

Ariyasomvilla
Davis Hotel
Imm Fusion Sukhumvit
MaDuZi
Seven Hotel
The Eugenia Hotel

Siam Square/Chidlom

Siam Square and Chidlom are in the very centre of modern Bangkok.

Pros of Siam Square/Chidlom

  • By far the best shopping opportunities in the city
  • Lots of amenities like cinemas
  • Very accessible to tourists

Cons of Siam Square/Chidlom

  • In the evening this is not an area where you would go for a stroll on the street, not because it is dangerous, but because all the restaurants etc are in shopping centres.
  • The nightlife is centred around hotel bars, and most of the eateries are chain restaurants
  • Very busy at all hours

Hotels we recommend staying in the Siam Square/Chidlom area (click on the links to read more about each place)

Four Seasons
Hansar Bangkok
Hotel Muse Bangkok
Siam@Siam Design
Oriental Residence
Sukhothai Hotel
Tenface

As you can see, each of the 5 main areas has something to recommend it, and something to perhaps put you off. When I stay in Bangkok I often spend a couple of nights in one area and then move to another area.