This is probably the most image-intensive post I’ve ever done, lol. I’m literally bringing you on a tour of the Srinakarin Train Market which in my opinion, is one of the best night markets to visit in Bangkok. And it’s my favourite one too. ??
The Srinakarin Train Market or better known as Talad (‘Market’) Rot Fai (‘Train’) in local language is rather out of the way as it’s located out of the city centre.
Srinakarin Train Market | Talad Rot Fai Srinakarin
Srinakarin Road Soi 51 (behind Seacon Square)
Tel: +66 8 1827 5885, +66 8 6126 7787, +66 8 1732 8778, +66 8 1752 5588
Opening hours: 5.00pm to midnight (Thu-Sun)
The closest BTS station is On Nut but it’s still 8km away from the market so you will need to catch a taxi from there.
We got a taxi from Siam Square to the Srinakarin Train Market. Distance was about 20km and it took us at least 1.5 hours to reach because we were stuck in peak evening traffic (7pm+). So if you’re going there by taxi from the city centre, I suggest that you set off earlier so the traffic jam will not eat into your time to explore the market.
At the entrance of the market, there were a number of gazebo tent shops (selling clothes, decorative items, accessories & more) as well as street food and drink stalls.
We were feeling a little peckish from that long taxi ride so decided to grab something to eat before we went into the market.
Grilled squids that were priced according to their sizes.
We got the 60 baht one which the lady boss would warm up over the charcoal grill. It was then sliced up into bite-sized pieces and put in a plastic bag before a green chilli sauce dressing was poured over it.
The squid was super tender and super juicy and the sauce was super spicy, lol. It was so hot that we could feel the burn on our tongues and our noses started to run. But it was just so shiok to eat – the more spicy it was, the more we couldn’t stop. Must try – that is if you can take spicy food.
We spotted this woman stir-frying something whitish in colour.
Merely just stir-fried in oil. Nothing complicated.
Still wondering what these are? They were squid eggs! Came in two portion sizes.
We got the smaller portion to share. Similar to the grilled squid we had earlier, this also had a green chilli sauce doused over. Not sure if it was because our tongues were already immune to spiciness from earlier – we didn’t find this green sauce very spicy. In fact, it was piquant and very appetising.
The squid eggs were a bit translucent in colour like pork fats. I was really surprised by its almost melt-in-the-mouth texture. There wasn’t any fishy taste at all. So delicious! If not for the cholesterol, we would have ordered more of this!
Die die must try!
Once we were done with the outside, we made our way into the Srinakarin Train Market.
I just liked the way the shops were organised in a neat fashion. Even though it was an open-air space, it was quite cooling to shop here in the evening as it didn’t feel stuffy or anything like that. Plus, it was spacious and not as crowded as Chatuchak or Pratunam market but that could also be because we came here on a Thursday evening.
I heard on weekends, it would be more crowded. So my tip – come on a Thursday night just like us. So much nicer to walk around. You can just take your time.
This particular building was like a little museum because it housed an impressive collection of vintage cars including the ones on the outside. We don’t get to see these often. Pretty cool.
This was that entertaining drink stall guy who was featured in Channel U’s Markets in Asia hosted by Quan Yifeng. He’s like one of those Turkish ice cream sellers who likes to tease and play pranks on customers. And as he’s wearing a mic, you can really hear his voice from a distance so you know where to find him, lol.
His stall was pretty interesting though. Like a knick-knack shop.
Right, so what’s a toilet bowl picture doing here? I went to the public toilet (payable) and all the cubicles were the squatting ones like this. This bowl was just so tiny (because I’m big, haha) and I found it quite challenging to balance on top so thought I would bring this up just so you know, lol.
Many of these trainers/sneakers were branded like Nike, Converse, etc. Not sure about the authenticity though.
As usual, I was more interested in food than non-food items.
This was a brownie and cream puff stall – all these baked goods were freshly baked by the boss himself.
So many flavours to choose from – we were just spoilt for choices.
Got a Honey Lemon Soda (40 baht) from here. Though they used flavoured syrups and colourings, it didn’t taste artificial and was in fact quite refreshing.
5 baht per ball. We got 5 of different flavours. Seriously these balls were way better than those in Singapore! In fact, they could even be on par with some Japanese ones. ?
The outside of each ball was very crispy. And the sauce was quite different too – more savoury than sweet – so moreish. Overall, they didn’t taste floury but I couldn’t really make out the taste of the fillings either as only the salmon one had a stronger flavour.
The siew mai came in yellow and green coloured skins. 30 baht for this bag. Not fantastic because they weren’t the meaty kind – more like the cheap, processed siew mai. Really not worth the calories.
The moo ping (10 baht per stick) was good. Sweet marinade. Tender pork meat.
I was tempted to get this because they looked fresh as compared to some others I had seen but the husband wasn’t interested and I didn’t want to finish it on my own so didn’t get it in the end. Regretted. Should have just gone for it. Oh well, next time, haha.
We got Set 2 (100 baht) that consisted of 4 scallops and 3 mussels. The shellfish were so fresh, juicy and sweet. There was some cream (tasted like tartar sauce) in the cheese mixture so it was really creamy, rich and cheesy. Delicious. Another must try.
This stall was another must try. In one of my earlier posts, I mentioned that I had the best coconut pancakes at the Srinakarin Train Market and this was the one I was talking about.
30 baht for a portion. Really crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside. Intoxicating. Loved this so much.
Now that we had eaten and shopped till we were about to drop, we made our way out to book a taxi. If you can’t be bothered to negotiate with taxi drivers who refuse to go by the meter (there’re some waiting by the main road outside), get a taxi via GrabTaxi. Safest and most reliable.
While waiting, thought we would get a drink from here.
Ordered the chrysanthemum tea (25 baht for big cup) which was like those from a ready-to-drink packet. Super sweet.
By the way, our taxi driver mentioned that normally the road to the market entrance (Srinagarindra 51 Alley / Sanam Golf Alley) would be closed on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays so if you’re taking a taxi to here or back to your hotel, you may want to alight or board the taxi at Seacon Square Shopping Centre that is located next to the Srinakarin Train Market. Also, taxi drivers seem to be more familiar with Seacon Square rather than Srinakarin Train Market.
These were what we brought back to our hotel for supper. Remember that brownie & cream puff stall? We bought Matcha Milk Puffs, Charcoal Thai Tea Puffs and Strawberry Cheesecake Brownie. All for 100 baht.
The Matcha Milk Puff had a thin crust and was quite moist. When you bit into it, the soft & smooth matcha cream filling would just ooze out. Could really taste the rich, intense matcha flavour. Overall, not very sweet. Yum.
The Thai Tea one was drier in texture and there was too little filling (compared to the matcha one) but that Thai tea cream was quite tasty with a lovely tea aroma.
The brownie was quite chocolatey but we could also taste the distinctive flavours of strawberry and cheese. It was moist, dense but it had a melt-in-the-mouth texture. Nice.
All in all, we had a great night at the Srinakarin Train Market which I would highly recommend all of you to visit when in Bangkok even though it is quite far off from the city centre. Totally worth the hassle and traffic jam.
This market is quite different from the other regular markets because here, you can find a combination of new and old, modern and retro stuffs. Vintage is quite a major theme here so if you’re always looking for a vintage find regardless whether it’s a piece to decorate your home or something that you collect, you might want to check out this market. You never know if you will pick up something interesting.
Even though this is called a train market, there’s no actual train passing by the area. Some parts of the market do look like an old train station though.
Street food choices are aplenty and quality is good as well. Prices are very reasonable too because this market mainly caters to the locals more than the tourists.
We probably spent about 4 hours here so yes, you would need a whole night to explore this huge market. Put this on your list of to-go and have a good time here!