Hello everyone, this is TKJ @ On Nut. Today I’d like to introduce you to another railroad market, Talaat Lofai Rachadar, which is different from Talaat Lofai Sina Carin, which I introduced last time.
- Talaat Lofai Ratchada Overview, Opening Hours, Facebook
- How to get to Talaatlofai Ratchadā.
- Go inside the night market.
- How to get to a spot where you can take an Instagram-worthy night view
Talaat Lofai Ratchada Overview, Opening Hours, Facebook
The new Lo Fai Market in Bangkok’s Ratchada district has the same cheerful night bazaar atmosphere as it had in Chatuchak. Antique shops, street snacks and refreshments are just some of the contents that have not changed from the previous location. The new location is also very accessible, thanks to its proximity to the Thailand Cultural Center MRT station.
The Lo Fai Market in Srinakarin is much larger in terms of size, but it is located in the suburbs of Bangkok, making it difficult for people on the other side of the city (west side) to get to. In comparison, the new Rachada train market is much closer to the city center and is easily accessible from all parts of Bangkok.
- Opening hours: 17:00 – 24:00 daily (previously closed on Mondays)
- Phone number: +66 (0)92 713 5599
How to get to Talaatlofai Ratchadā.
The closest station to Talaat Loch Fai Rachada is the Thailand Cultural Center MRT station; from the BTS Sukhumvit line, transfer at Asoke; from the Airport Link, transfer at Makkasan.
I actually took the transfer from Airport Link. It’s quite a walk when transferring from Makkasan station.
When you go down the connecting passage, you will see Gold Curry Bangkok on your right. It is located in a place that I wonder how they got permission to be here.
And in front of me is the example coin locker. When you see this locker, be sure to turn right and make a U-turn. It’s like turning around Gold Curry. That way, you can quickly transfer to the MRT station.
I unintentionally passed the locker and went straight ahead. I was tricked by the above sign and turned left on the main street running east-west.
The sign said that the MRT was 15 meters away, but since it was Thailand, I figured it would be inappropriate, so I went about 100 meters and turned back with a wild feeling. If I had been an amateur, I might have gone straight to Ramkhamhaeng.
Map of the night market area
Talaatlofai Ratchada (red frame above) is located just behind the mall called Esplanade (blue frame above). The night view of the night market you may have seen was taken from the parking lot of this mall. Also, the MRT Thailand Cultural Center station (green box in the above figure) is just around the corner, so it looks like it is quite convenient for transportation.
MRT Thailand Cultural Center Station (normal route)
Now, when you arrive at the MRT Thailand Cultural Center station, most of the time you might go to exit 3 on the south side.
A monumental tablet set up to commemorate Japan’s assistance to Thailand. The following was written on it.
This monument was erected to express gratitude for the financial support provided by the Japanese government to the Thai High Speed Railways through the Japan Bank for Political Cooperation for the construction of the Chalong Ratchadham MRT line.
It was around 9:00 p.m. on a Saturday when I went there, so it was very crowded in front of the station. When you come out of Exit 3, go down the stairs and turn left, heading north.
The adjacent Esplanade Mall comes into view, but the combination of crosswalks and narrow passages makes it difficult to proceed. I am very impatient, so I did not go on the sidewalk, but on the roadway. Please don’t try to do the same. By the way, you can see a lockbox coin locker in the picture above.
By the way, once you enter the Esplanade Mall, you can avoid the crowds by walking along the left side of the store and turning left at the photo above.
MRT Thailand Cultural Center Station (back route)
If you go by the regular route above, it can be quite crowded at certain times of the day. One way to avoid this is to change the entrance and exit of the subway.
For the back route, take the MRT exit 4, go down the stairs to the right, in the direction of south.
Then you will see an alleyway where you can see a 7-Eleven and Cafe Amazon, turn right and continue.
As you continue along the building, there is a narrow passage behind the parking security that turns left. You will see a narrow passage to the left behind the parking security.
Then you will come to an alley between the Esplanade Mall and the building next to it, and you can go straight there to get to the night market smoothly.
Go inside the night market.
Now it was time to enter the Railway Night Market. This time, I took the main route.
The railroad market is lined with antique stores, second-hand toy stores, and cheesy antique stores along several streets running down the center. The perimeter of the market is crammed with a combination of clothes, shoes, handbags, and many stalls with more general market specifications. There is a row of bars towards the back end of the market, and VW vans send out a mixture of Thai and Western pop tunes and are decorated with fairy lights. The waitresses are all very friendly, and the conversations between tables are very lively.
It was so crowded that I wondered if there would be live music here.
Like most markets in Bangkok, the new Lo Fai Ratchada market does not have set prices, so bargaining between shopkeepers and customers is a must. However, because this market is so popular with Thais, the prices here are lower than Chatuchak Market in northern Bangkok! (However, authentic, genuine antiques and one-time vintage items are rarely cheap.)
The Lo Fai night market in Chatuchak was very popular with local Thais and core tourists due to its convenient location and variety of stalls, and as a result, the new train market is just as popular as before because it retains the same artistic atmosphere with very convenient access.
There is also a food cart menu that Japanese people seem to like.
A little further in, there is a boarded-up area. It is quite unique, and I think it would be good if all the areas were made like this.
Whenever you go to a market in Bangkok, there is always one haircut store.
- Male: 350 Baht
- Female: 400 Baht
Crocodile meat is also available. 300 baht.
Here is the other entrance and exit, the north entrance. In total, there were three entrances: the main entrance, the entrance behind the parking lot, and the north entrance.
I thought they were display bikes, but it seems that some customers actually ride them. But why are all the bikes so expensive?
There was also a domed area on the grounds.
The area near the entrance was crowded with tour groups.
How to get to a spot where you can take an Instagram-worthy night view
Now, you may have seen the above photo of the colorful stalls in the grid from above as a night view spot in Bangkok. This night view was actually taken from the parking lot of the Esplanade Mall next door to the Talaat Lofi Rachada called Rachada Train Market. By the way, the above photo was taken from the third floor of the parking lot.
Be careful, if you don’t know what you’re doing, you might have to shoot the night view through the window.
How to get to a parking lot where you can take a night view – part1
There are two ways to get to the Esplanade Mall parking lot: first, you can take the escalator behind the red circle in the image above to the top floor.
Take the escalator to the top floor and go to the red circle above. I missed this and had a bitter experience of walking around.
Continue until you reach the red circle and turn left to find a narrow passage leading to the parking lot. No wonder it’s so hard to find, it’s so narrow.
Go out to the parking lot and turn left to get a night shot of the Train Market. It’s a distance away, but you’ll see it easily because there are lots of people there.
The space where you can see out from the parking lot is not that big, so sometimes it is too crowded to take pictures. In that case, you can go to the upper floors.
The stairs go up to the fourth floor and to the fifth floor, the exit is closed. There are two parking lots, A and B, per floor.
Needless to say, you can get a more extensive night view on the upper floors.
How to get to a parking lot where you can take a night view #2.
The second way to get to the parking lot is to use the elevator from the first floor, which will also take you to the back of the Esplanade Mall. If you go to the back of the first floor along the line of OOTOYA and TSURUHA Drug, there is an elevator that will take you to the fourth floor.
It’s not easy to get a beautiful night view with an amateur’s smartphone camera, but it’s a nice thing to take a picture as a memory of your visit to Bangkok.
When I was returning from the market, I saw a character that resembled the touch of the illustrator 326, so I took a quick picture of him.