One of the best things about travelling through this region is hitting up one of the many night markets in South East Asia. Whether you want to try unique street food or grab some amazing bargains on clothes and crafts, you’ll be able to shop for hours at these markets.
And if shopping isn’t your thing? You’ll still find yourself sucked in by the buzz and lively atmosphere of the markets…
Best Night Markets in South East Asia
1. Bến Thành Night Market – Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
This huge market in District 1 is a top spot for everything from street food to bamboo crafts, watches, electronics, luggage, spices, fruits, and nuts. It’s open from 7am – midnight, so head down in the evening for less crowds and less heat! It can be a bit of a maze, but you’ll soon find yourself happily wandering the tight aisles of the indoor market.
Get some local food from one of the 20 or vendors outside if you get hungry.
Come on down to Chatuchak Market where you can get your shopping shoes on. This market is one of the largest markets in the world and has over 8,000 stalls ready to sell you everything from snacks to souvenirs.
Come here for a snack and buy some knick knacks here for your family and friends back home.
Every single evening, Sisavangvong Road jumps into night market-mode, closing itself off to cars, and setting up little stalls of jewelry, bags, and higher-quality souvenirs than you’d normally get in Thailand or Vietnam.
Also, the Night Market has one of the best all-you-can-eat vegetarian buffets, for just 15,000 kip. Load up, and then load up again. Eating has never been this cheap, nor this delicious.
Just 30 minutes from Chaweng, you’ll find a buzzing street food market every single Sunday night in the laid-back town of Lamai. It’s an authentic experience of Thailand’s market culture, with local food stalls selling everything from Thai to Italian and cocktails to sip on the go.
Four streets close off vehicle access every Sunday from 3-11pm, with delicious food available from over 100 stalls. There’s also knock-off designer goods and handicrafts for souvenirs.
Siem Reap’s original night market is still one of the best things to do in the town. It opens every night of the week from 5pm – 12am and there’s over 200 stalls to browse. The best thing about this market is you won’t find any fake goods here – it was founded in 2007 to preserve local Khmer crafts and culture. So, all the vendors sell things made by local communities and non-governmental organisations.
6. Bugis Street Market – Singapore
This busy street market is easily one of the best night markets in South East Asia, and opens from 11am – 11pm. It’s a covered bazaar that sells everything from quirky knickknacks and homeware to affordable and fashionable clothes, shoes and accessories.
While you wander through the maze of shops, grab a bite at one of the snack stalls located within. With over 600 stores spread across three levels, you’ll definitely find something that suits you. Head up to the second and third level for clothes etc.
7. Taman Connaught Market – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
In 2012, CNN Travel voted KL as the fourth best shopping city in the world, so it makes sense that the city is home to some great markets. One of the best night markets in the city is Taman Connaught Market. It’s famous for its vast array of Malaysian hawker stalls, dishing up fresh and delicious local bites to eat.
It stretches on for over 2km, with over 700 stalls selling everything from toys to stylish clothes, traditional crafts and books.