Bangkok’s suburban areas don’t really offer much in terms of places of interest, but Thonburi Market Place on Borommaratchachonnani Road (the main road heading southwest of the city) may just be a good reason for you to take a drive out of the city center.
A new addition to Bangkok’s list of open-air markets, Thonburi Market Place is set on a massive space of over 30 rai (aka approximately 48,000 square meters), and is home to shops selling a melange of merchandise, restaurants and food stalls.
The market is sectioned off into four different zones. The first is dedicated to a variety of uncooked ingredients, like raw meat and fresh seafood, while the second accommodates stands selling everything from fruit and vegetables to flowers and home equipment.
It’s in the third zone where you can indulge in a wide range of mouthwatering bites from street food vendors, and the pop-up booths of restaurants like Plik Pork Grill from Or Tor Kor Market, Krua Je Ngor and Michelin-recognized Kluay Kaek Phraram 5. There’s an area where you can sit and enjoy your food as you marvel at a ridiculously huge and expensive-looking chandelier hanging over the food zone.
All these zones are set up in an organized manner, allowing visitors to go about their business efficiently. The market also devotes a space to more commercialized ventures like McDonald’s and other chain restaurants.
Thonburi Market Place is open daily from early in the morning until as late as midnight, but the food market is only open from 07:00 to 20:00.