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When you've had your fill of fancy malls and brand boutiques, Bangkok's night markets open your wallet to whole new set of retail delights under the moonlight. Open for  business the minute the sun dips below the city skyline, explore and forage in a well-stocked world of whimsical products and flexible price tags, browsing everything from tourist tack to authentic antiques, fragrant flora to fight-ready flick knives.  The subtext for Bangkok's street traders seems to be "if we sell it, they'll buy it," and like it or not, you probably will.

It requires a little commitment to find and make the most of the markets listed here, but your efforts will be justly rewarded.

Keep in mind: it's best to avoid Monday, when a city-wide ban on street vendors is loosely observed.

Khao San Road
Khao San, once geared solely towards backpackers, hosts street vendors selling all things overtly Thai -- think pad thai noodles, Chang/Singha beer T-shirts and wooden ridgeback frogs that make a convincing croak.

Where: Khao San connects Chakrabongse and Tanao roads, just
 off Ratchadamnoen Klang Road.

When: Daily, all day. Tour operators and food stalls open in the mornings to cater to the tourists staying on Khao San, but when the sun goes down, the music starts thumping and the street gets progressively carnival-esque, tapering off at 11 p.m. or so.

Silom Road
A wholesome commercial district by day, Silom turns into tourist central by night, with makeshift shops appearing on the sidewalks on both sides of the road, selling mainly souvenirs and knockoff accessories.

Where: Take the Skytrain to Sala Daeng station to jump in the  middle of the action.

When: Vendors on Silom are in business from around 6 p.m.-1 a.m. from Tuesday to Sunday, while Patpong stays open every night until 2 a.m.

Pak Khlong Talat
Though more of a traditional market than a shopper's delight, Pak Khlong Talat is a comforting place to soothe insomniac tendencies, with flowers in a riot of colors giving off gentle aromas that waft through the air.

Where: Along Maharat Road, close to the intersection with  Chakraphet Road and Saphan Phut night market. Take the river boat from the Skytrain Saphan Taksin station and disembark at the Saphan Phut pier, or cab it if you're visiting at night.

When: All day, every day, with floral action peaking after 2 a.m.

Ratchayothin Night Market
The majority of the stalls hawk affordable fashion (as in, heavy on the Japanese and Korean influences), as well as cosmetics, jewelry, phone accessories and other kitsch.

Where: Adjacent to Major Cineplex Ratchayothin. The closest stations are Mo Chit and Phahonyothin. From there, take a cab or brave a motorbike taxi if the  traffic looks bad.

When: Tuesday - Sunday, from 4 p.m.-11 p.m.

Saphan Phut Night Bazaar
The night market adjacent to Memorial Bridge (aka Saphan Phut) swarms with a younger local crowd, with secondhand items and cheap price tags that appeal to pre-workforce shoppers.

Where: At the base of the Memorial Bridge, at the intersection of Maharat and Chakraphet roads. Take the river boat from the Skytrain Saphan Taksin station and disembark at the Saphan Phut pier, or cab it if you're visiting at night.

When: Tuesday = Sunday. Stalls start to set up around 6 p.m., with the  market really kicking into gear around 8 p.m. until 2 a.m.

Ratchada Night Bazaar
Racthada Night Bazaar's origins as a vintage automobile swap meet are still very much evident in the market, with retro collectibles and mod fashion accessories sold from VW camper vans.

Where: At the junction of Ladprao and  Rachadapisek roads. Take the train to Ladprao station, exit 1.

When: On Saturday, with the first vendors setting up around 6 p.m., sellers are out in full force from 8 p.m. until after midnight.
   
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