The Rod Fai Market

The Rod Fai Market is only open on the weekends – 5pm until midnight on a Saturday and Sunday night.

One of the most confusing things about this market, is finding it. Knowing the market was in the general Mo Chit BTS/Chatuchak Weekend Market vicinity, we thought it would be a good idea to meet where the BTS and MRT lines connect at Mo Chit. However, we spent a great deal of time wandering the streets trying to get some idea of where the market actually was or if it even existed at all.

So, where is it? Instead of stopping at the Mo Chit Station, take the MRT to the next stop – Kamphaengphet Station. When exiting, do no cross over the road just carry on walking straight in the direction of Bang Sue. You will eventually start to get the vintage feel by the bars and street vendors which you pass along the way. Before you know it, you will take a right and enter the market and what appears to be an abandoned warehouse. The market attained nickname – Vintage Train Market – as the area is set up alongside the tracks of an old railway.

Expect to find a variety of items – from antique furniture and cameras, to hippy clothing, footwear and gorgeous leather handbags, to an array of collectables such as badges and sunglasses. When entering the market, the majority of vendors have set up their items on the ground. However, if you move further into the market, you will find your usual row upon row, normal market set up. Creativity is definitely not lacking at this market. You will be exposed to some incredible pieces of artwork – in the form of Jack Daniels/Vodka bottle lamp shades, wallets made out of replica Thai bank notes, personalised photograph frames and chalk boards which can be used for daily reminders or shopping lists.

The food and drinks are just as good as the shopping. Vendors have prepared a tasty (and cheap) variety of food dishes – from barbeques to noodles, flapjacks to ice-cream. The beers and cocktails are reasonably priced and taxis are easy to come by at the end of the evening.

To read more about our time at Rod Fai – please see my post Browsing, Riverfront Markets & Vintage Trains.


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