33 Fun and Food Filled Photos from One of Thailand’s Coolest Night Markets

By Mark Wiens 3 Comments

Rayong Monthly Night Market

Every first weekend of the month the city of Rayong comes together for one of the coolest night markets I’ve been to in Thailand.

The market takes place on Yomjinda road, home to some of the city of Rayong’s oldest buildings and an area with a lot of character.

Rayong Monthly Night Market

You get the sense of this right away when you turn onto the cleanly paved stone road, which forbade use of any type of vehicles during the market.

Rayong Monthly Night Market
Rayong Night Market
Rayong Monthly Night Market

The market is part art show, part antiques fair, and you guessed it— EATING FEST!

Rayong Monthly Night Market
Rayong Monthly Night Market

There’s so much food. And just like the people of Rayong, the types of food available is made up cuisine from all different regions of Thailand.

Rayong Night Market
The kapi (ข้าวคลุกกะปิ) man!
Rayong Night Market
Rice cooked with Thai shrimp paste and all the fixins’ ข้าวน้ำพริกกะปิ

There’s finger food!

Rayong Night Market

Everyone loves miang kham (เมี่ยงคำ) aka jungle tacos, right?

Rayong Night Market

Also, there’s something special about Rayong’s padthai (ผัดไทยระยอง).

Rayong Night Market

The sauce they use is a tad sweeter and to me a bit more flavorful. Although if you planned to enjoy it from this vendor, you had to wait in line!

Rayong Night Market

Old school donuts and a rainbow of curries!

Rayong Night Market
Rayong Night Market

Part of the reason the market has so much character is because the event is well organized with some important regulations to keep things fun.

Rayong Night Market
The Thai shrimp paste fried rice with a multitude of toppings in a lotus leaf (ข้าวคลุกน้ำพริกกะปิห่อใบบัว)
Rayong Night Market
The Thai shrimp paste fried rice with a multitude of toppings in a lotus leaf (ข้าวคลุกน้ำพริกกะปิห่อใบบัว)

The regulations include keeping all vehicles out of the market area and a blanket ban on styrofoam products.

Rayong Monthly Night Market

Those rules don’t keep things from being fun and I was still able to pull off quite the durian heist!

Although, trying to get away by riding the shoulders of a six foot Japanese dude didn’t exactly help me escape inconspicuously.

Rayong Monthly Night Market

If you’re the creative type you’ll fit right in.

Rayong Monthly Night Market

There are galleries along the path, street artists, and occasional creative activities you can join in on.

Rayong Monthly Night Market

Unfortunately for this kid, no matter how old he gets, he’ll never be able to live down this hair cut.

Rayong Monthly Night Market
Rayong Monthly Night Market
Rayong Monthly Night Market

On top of all the art there’s also traditional Thai shadow puppets and 70’s voice over movies with people live dubbing (HAY-LARIOUS to see two people do all the voices— even more so if you understand the Thai).

Rayong Night Market

You’ll also notice that often both the people attending and the vendors are encouraged to don traditional Thai garb like this woman making kow kriap wow (ข้าวเกรียบว่าว).

Rayong Night Market
Rayong Night Market

Singing, dancing, and especially hoarding is encouraged.

Rayong Monthly Night Market
Rayong Monthly Night Market
Rayong Monthly Night Market

There are entire houses who open up with antiquities dating back twenty or thirty years.

Along with vintage cars, motorcycles, and street food carts.

In additional to the street vendors there are a bunch of restaurants along Yomjinda walking street where you can eat.

rayong_curry

The most famous restaurant is Baan Kru Moo (ครูบ้านหมู) where you can try a spicy local Rayong style curry.

Bkkfatty Double Duty in Rayong

Also along the Yomjinda walking street is also Gelato 44 Degrees which we shared last week!

Rayong Monthly Night Market

Ice cream kisses and bye from Rayong!

Monthly Rayong Night Market on Yomjinda Walking Street

Just remember one of the reasons the market is special is because it only happens once a month and it’s always the first weekend of the month. The market takes places from approximately 4pm to 9pm on the first Friday and Saturday.

Thanks for reading. If you get a chance to join this cool night market you want regret it!

P.S. – They do have their own Facebook page called Yomjinda Road Rayong (ถนนคนเดินยมจินดา ระยอง) with more photos, but the majority of the info is in Thai.

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  • Tara

    8 months ago

    Thank you for immersing us in the atmosphere of the night markets and capturing the feeling of being there. It is interesting how they are cooking and drawing people right on the street. The artist with the white hat doesn’t do justice to poor child’s hairstyle.

  • Dan

    6 years ago

    Ill have to add that to our next trip, looks amazing. Every now and again I come across photos, such as yours above that capture the feeling of being in Thailand. You can sense the unfamiliar background noises, the smell of good food in the air and happiness that seems build on occasions like this. Well done.