A Bangkok market is seeking instant attention from the city’s hipsters, retro freaks and the antique hunters. This vintage lover’s paradise is named as the Talad Rot Fai. ”Talad” means market and “Rot Fai” means train in Thai, an apt name for a market that is set beside an abandoned old set of train tracks and a few rusty train coaches. The place is also known as the Train Market because of its close proximity to the railway tracks. It was initially set up by two antique lovers namely Thanayut ‘Troy’ and Khun Phirot, the market runs every Saturday and Sunday from 2 p.m. to midnight and sits on land owned by the State Railway of Thailand. The two founders first started selling their wares through a rented warehouse. Apparently at the entrance of this market you will also find Troy’s Restaurant & Bar named Rod’s, the antique warehouse is also located next to it. The vintage merchandise available for sale in this market ranges from furniture to motorcycles to cars to toys and even clothes. There are two sections to the market, facing Kamphaeng Phet Road is the front section that occupies a large empty space and looks like a parking lot. Here, market vendors display their collections on the ground or on makeshift props like wooden crates, pallets and retro cars. Don’t get caught up here, venture a little further in, down a narrow backstreet and you will get to the abandoned warehouse where even more vendors and goods fill the entire area that leads to the old trains and railroad tracks. Besides the really amazing vintage stuff, there is a whole host of street side food options to tempt your tongue. A lot of Volkswagen vans spread out around the entire area have been modified to serve cocktails, snacks and beer. Some people have also converted the rusty train coaches into restaurants to appeal to the customer. The place has its own individual charm and bound to be a nostalgic experience for the traveller.
This market was located on the Khamphaengphet road, just behind the Chatuchak weekend market. Srinakarin road is the new location of Train Market ( Talad Rot Fai) since the middle of year 2013, it is behind the large shopping mall Seacon Square. You can get this place by take BTS Skytrain to Udom Suk Station and take the Red Songthaew at the conner of Soi Sukhumvit 103 till the last stop (about 5 Kilometers), then walk to Srinakarin Soi 51 and about 200 meters from the main road to get this market.