Looking for a great food market in Bangkok? Wang Lang Market offers a variety of Thai meals and snacks, is affordable and local!
What is Wang Lang Market?
Wang Lang Market is a massive food market near Thammasat University in Bangkok. Students and nurses from the nearby hospital head here every day as do many locals in the city. This makes the food market in Bangkok a popular local market and an ideal place for visitors to explore.
The market sprawls across 300 meters up Phra Not Road from the ferry port of Wang Lang Market. You can find vintage clothes in the roofed area of the market as well as an upstairs area with river view restaurants.
But the best part of the market is weaving through the maze-like alleys and trying the food on offer.
Getting to Wang Lang Market
This was a fairly simple journey for us. We were staying in the On Nut neighbourhood so jumped into a taxi. It cost around 300 baht and took about 35 minutes. It did take a little longer on the way back because of traffic – perhaps 50 minutes? But the price didn’t shift much.
TIP: We recommend downloading the GRAB app (similar to Uber) and using this to book taxis around the city in order to avoid any taxi’s not putting on their meter.
You can also get to Wang Lang Market via public transport too. If you are staying near a BTS (or can get a taxi to a nearby BTS) then jump on that and head for the BTS Silom Line. If you are staying on Sukhumvit then head to Siam and change.
Once on the Silom line, jump off at Saphan Taksin and walk the two minutes to the pier, where you can jump on a boat heading towards Nonthaburi and depart at Prannok Pier. Taking a boat tour on the Chao Phraya River is a must-do whilst you are in the city so why not pair up a boat with a visit tot he Wang Lang Market.
If you are staying on Khaosan Road then it is possible to walk to Wang Lang Market and takes around 25 minutes.
The stalls at Wang Lang Market
When you first enter the market, it can be a little overwhelming. Near the pier, you will find vintage clothes and bargains but deeper through the alleyways is where the fun starts.
Street food vendors stretch for at least 300 meters down Phran Nok Road and through the alleyways behind. You can get any type of Thai food down these alleyways and then some.
Meat skewers are particularly popular as our the fried teriyaki pork. At the Wang Lang Bakery, you can pick up some stuffed bread or some amazing green papaya salad from the small ‘Som Tam Sida’ restaurant hidden within the stalls.
You can get your favorite type of curry, a variety of fruit (whole or as a smoothie), and Khao Lam – a sticky rice ball grilled in bamboo.
The food at Wang Lang Market
Wang Lang Market offers a variety of food vendors and small restaurants. The best thing about the food at this Bangkok market is that it is completely varied; you can find sweet snacks, full traditional meals and salty, smoked meats all in one place.
We recommend you try some of the following:
- Spicy long bean pork belly rice
- Kaya toast
- Thai Iced Milk Tea
- Beef noodles
- Barbecued beef and pork skewers
- Vegetable dumplings
- Teriyaki Pork
- Fruit shaped mung beans
- Sticky rice cakes
- Feel fried pork balls
- Sweetened sticky rice grilled in bamboo
- Grilled squid
- Roti Prata
- Pandan Kuehs
- Grilled Bananas
- Thai Coconut Pancakes – you can order with different flavours
Best vendors and stalls in Wang Lang Market
- Moo Tod Chao Wang (Wang Lang Alley)
- Wang Lang Bakery (across from Cafe Amazon)
- Nakhon Si Thammarat (southern lane from the Pier)
- Saimai Wonton Noodle (Soi Wang Lang)
- Supatra River House (along the river on Sala Ton Chan Alley)
- Orathai Sushi Wang Lang (Soi Wang Lang)
- Khun Dang Guay Jub Yuan (Vietnamese noodles – 1st floor of the Baan Wang Lang Riverside)
- Ruam Tai – (Thanon Wang Lang)
- Tee Yai Hoy Tod (in a side sir near Tesco Lotus)
- Kanom Krok Singapore Wang Lang (In front of the Chao Pro Chang Klua Shrine)
- Ek Rot Det (red pork and noodles – near the river)
- Baan Zaap (on the riverside terrace)
Attractions near Wang Lang Market
There is an incredible Local temple that we highly recommend you visiting; it is a few minutes from the market but is quiet and gorgeous. It is called Wat Rakhang and is north of the market.
Other nearby places to visit are the Siriraj Medical Museum, the Baan Bu Bronze Village, Wat Suwannaram and the Royal Barge Museum.
Wang Lang Market – Know before you go
- The market is open from 8am to 7pm with most stalls running between 10am to 5pm.
- One thing that makes Wang Lang extra special is the amount of locals that visit this market. Very few tourists were around when we visited but the place was packed with local workers or school children.
- There is an awesome nearby temple to visit called Wat Rakangkositaram Woramahavihan – again a super quiet temple to explore whilst visiting the area.
Address: Phran Nok Rd, Thonburi
Coordinates (for GPS): 100º29’10.35″ E, 13º45’21.29″ N
Wang Lang Market can be visited every day of the week from 8am until 6pm.
Admission Price: Free entry.
So that is our overview of what we think is the best food market in Bangkok. Heading to Bangkok? Check out our mini-guide and tips for saving money in Thailand! You can also plan a trip from Bangkok to Pattaya with our travel tips.
What’s your favourite street food to try? Have you any other food markets to recommend?
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