Call Yourself a Shopaholic? Have You Visited These Night Markets in Asia?


Asia has a lot to offer to travellers in terms of culture, history, atmosphere, mouth-watering food and once in a lifetime travel experiences. There are a number of markets across the continent which vary in terms of their offerings. You can purchase food, key-chains, t-shirts, souvenirs, silver jewellery and much more. There are day markets and then there are night markets specifically for night owls who like to visit a place when it is less crowded more quiet. If you are an adventurous soul and you love doing out of the box things on a holiday, then these markets are definitely going to excite you.

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Photo of Rod Fai Night Market, Srinagarindra 51 Alley, Nong Bon, Prawet, Bangkok, Thailand by Ginny Bansal

Bangkok is known for cheap shopping but if you are looking for a perfect fashion fix then this market should definitely be on your list. This place is an authentic open-air bazaar selling an array of vintage collectables, from antique furniture to hippy fashion and a lot more. This market comes to life with cool restaurants, bars and snack stalls, so you can have a fun night out from sunset to midnight.

Rot Fai Market is located just behind Seacon square shopping mall. You can opt for a taxi but if the traffic is bad rather opt for BTS Skytrain to nut station first, then catch a taxi from there. The huge market space has three sections namely: Market Zone, Warehouse Zone and Rod’s Antiques. Do not miss out the street food and the makeshift bars that offer cheap cocktails and drinks. This market offers a unique shopping experience where you can get some great deals and good vibes, guaranteed.

Opening Hours: 5.00 pm - 12.00 am (Thursday - Sunday)

Location: Soi Srinagarindra 51, Khwaeng Nong Bon, Khet Prawet, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10250, Thailand

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Photo of Kampung Baru Night Market, Jalan Raja Muda Musa, Kampung Baru, Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia by Ginny Bansal

This night market is run by the area’s Malay community, making it great for those people who are looking for authentic and traditional Malay apparel such as sarong, songkok along with jewellery and handicrafts. This market runs from Saturday evening to early Sunday morning. You can get household goods, DVDs, books, clothing at attractive prices.

This market is a haven for foodies. So make sure you enjoy Malay specialities like rajay, grilled fish, nasi lehmak and desserts. Some stalls also have seating options so just sit there are enjoy the vibe of the place. The neighbourhood is pretty scenic and is one of the oldest Malay village in the city. The market is located along Jalan Raja Muda Musa in KL city centre. It is reachable via a number of public transportation.

Opening hours: 6.00 pm – 1.00 am (Saturday night)

Location: Jalan Raja Muda Musa, Kuala Lumpur

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Photo of Night Market, Luang Prabang, Laos by Ginny Bansal

This night market is a place where locals and tourists come together to converse, shop and eat. It is held every night depending upon the weather. You can find almost anything and everything at these stalls. During the time for market, the roads are closed for vehicles while hundreds of red and blue stalls are set up. With almost 300 vendors on the street, the maze of red and blue tents seems endless.

You will find typical souvenirs like key chains and bags, as well as little elephant toys and postcards. You will also find gorgeous hands painted decorative umbrellas. There are many art stalls for art lovers. You can get street food, baguettes, barbecue meals and different desserts. It is said to be one of the best night markets in Asia because items are mostly handmade. Taking a leisurely walk through the Luang Prabang night market is an enjoyable experience in itself. It is not unusual to lose track of time while you take a wall through the stalls.

Opening hours: 5.00 pm - 11.00 pm (depending on the weather)

Location: Sisavangvong Road, Luang Prabang, Laos

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Photo of Shilin Night Market, Jihe Road, Shilin District, Taipei City, Taiwan by Ginny Bansal

The Shilling night market is one of the largest and most popular night markets in Taiwan. This beautiful market attracts locals and tourists and the market is filled with a variety of local, traditional and international merchandise. The market has two major sections that are general merchandise and local cuisine. You can stock on Taiwan's traditional foods at a reasonable price, the best part is you can sample and taste them and then buy. You can get a different type of street foods like stinky tofu and bubble tea. Shilin night market is one of the attractions that you must visit because trust me you are coming back here for sure. In order to reach the night market, take the Red Line to Jiantan Station, not Shilin Station. After leaving Exit 1, diagonally across the street to the left to enter the night market.

Opening hours: Open daily 3.00 pm onward

Location: No. 101, Jihe Road, Shilin District, Taipei City, Taiwan

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Photo of Angkor Night Market Street, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia by Ginny Bansal

This is one of the first night markets in Cambodia. This market is a one-stop place for massages, handcraft wares, souvenirs and even live music performances. The market has over 200 bamboo huts selling a wide range of clothing and handicrafts by local communities and non-governmental organisations. This market was originally established to preserve traditional Khmer crafts. You can get plenty of goods such as silk paintings, shadow puppets, and intricate stone carvings embellished in silver or brass. If you like recycled products and care for nature, head to ‘Angkor Recycled’ stall, which offers an extensive range of bags, wallets, purses, and pouches that are made from recycled materials.

If you are tired moving around, you can get a massage to relax. The best part about this market is that it offers wheelchair access, clean toilets and firefighting systems for a safe and enjoyable experience for all. Set within a landscaped garden off Sivatha boulevard, Angkor Night Market is a five-minute walk from Pub Street. Angkor Night Market is ideal for enjoying local delicacies and cheap booze as well as live music performances until late.

Opening hours: 4.00 pm – 12.00 am

Location: Sivatha Boulevard, Siem Reap, Cambodia

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Photo of Hoi An Night Market, Nguyễn Hoàng, An Hội, Minh An, Hội An, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam by Ginny Bansal

This night market is in the centre of town overlooking Thu Bồn river. It occupies the Nguyen Hoang Street completely. The market is one of the best stops to spice up your Instagram feed for it is illuminated by hundreds of colourful lanterns which make it picture perfect. The market has over 50 local vendors selling souvenirs, trinkets, clothing, jewellery, local snacks and accessories.

Don't be shy to bargain as the market is slightly overpriced. You can get touristy items such as souvenirs, t-shirts, key-chains and also get the traditional things for which Hoi An is famous like traditional apparels, silk products and paper lanterns. A lot of restaurants offer an upstairs terrace seating which offers a breathtaking view of the city and the river. In order to locate this market, you just need to pass the Hoi An Bridge then turn right and go straight for about 300 meters to get to Hoi An night market.

Opening Hours: Daily 5.00 pm – 11.00 pm

Location: 3 Nguyen Hoang, Phuorng Minh An, Hoi An, Quang Nam, Vietnam

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Photo of Temple Steet Night Market South Entrance, Temple Street, Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong by Ginny Bansal

This night market is one of the largest and liveliest places in Hong-Kong. This carnival of shopping and eating starts around six in the evening but keeps getting better as the sun sets. Nearby is the temple that gives the street its name, the Yau Ma Tei Tin Hau Temple. This market is the most popular place to go for cheap clothes, delicious open-air street stall food, watches, pirated CDs and DVDs, fake label clothing, sports and everyday footwear, cooking ware and household items. Though you will get the same stuff in most of the stalls – Chinese qipao dresses, resin moulds of dragons but trust me, they are the best gifts for relatives in a budget.

You can also find many fortune-tellers on the street and on some occasions some free open-air opera. The streets get busy the set-up of restaurants with different cuisines to choose from ranging from seafood and Japanese to Indian, Italian and much more. The night market runs for over a kilometre and gets really crowded. So it's best to visit around seven in the evening.

Opening Hours: 4.00 pm – 11.00 pm

Location: Temple Street, Jordan, Hong Kong

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Photo of Arpora Night market, Aguada - Siolim Road, Arpora, Goa, India by Ginny Bansal

This night market is located in Arpora in North Goa, approximately four kilometres from Anjuna beach, and three from Baga beach. The night market comes to life on Saturday and is open from November to April when a lot of tourists visit Goa. In peak season, the market may stay open even after midnight. It is also known as Ingo’s night market.

This place is a hit with locals, foreigners and Indian tourists alike. This place is not just great for shopping but for the ambience. There is live music, bars, and restaurants serving organic salads, chocolate waffles, Greek food, and local delicacies. You can shop for clothes, bags, spices, funky jewellery, handicrafts, leather accessories, shoes, exotic lamps, and more. You can find many branded products and designer boutiques here. Make sure to carry cash as some stalls do not accept card payments. Enjoy some live music, eat great food, soak in the vibe, take pictures and just enjoy Goa.

Opening hours: 4.00 pm – 11.00 pm

Location: Aprora, North Goa

Tips to survive night markets:

• Stay alert and be aware of your surroundings. Don’t carry a lot of cash.

• Don’t shy away from bargaining. The price quoted at this markets is easily negotiable. So be firm yet friendly and quote your price.

• Reach well in time so you have enough time in hand to explore the market and get the best deals.

• It’s always great to taste the local delicacies and when there is so much around, I would say try a little of everything.

• Don't be confused between the fake and the original product. You can't get an original product at such cheap prices. so make sure you do your research and decide carefully before taking the risk.

• You can get lost in such markets as they are huge; don't forget to memorise landmarks, so you have no issues while exiting the place or trying to locate a friend.

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