Train Night Market Ratchada may reopen

Ever since the surge of Covid-19 in April 2021, Thailand has been witnessing a number of cluster cases that have forced venues to temporarily – or even permanently – shut down. Latest in the list of venues facing closure is Bangkok’s Train Night Market in Ratchada, also called Talad Rot Fai or the Srinagarindra Train Night Market.

Last week, the famous night market’s permanent closure was the talk of the town. In a fortunate turn of events, the venue’s management have clarified the market is only shutting down temporarily.

Here’s the scoop on Train Night Market Ratchada’s closure.

Update: the market has reopened as Jodd Fairs. Read all about it here.

Train Night Market Ratchada, or Talad Rot Fai, is only temporarily closed

On 30th July 2021, Train Night Market Ratchada – famously known as “Talad Rot Fai“- was said to be closing permanently. However, just days later, one of the market’s administrators claimed that the market will reopen once the circumstances improve, reported Coconuts Bangkok on 2nd August 2021.

Furthermore, media outlets asked the official for potential reasons why news about the Train Night Market’s closure spread so rapidly. The representative stated that she has no idea.

Ratchada Night Market
Image credit: @xiaolingchan

While speculation about the venue’s permanent closure was inaccurate, Train Night Market Ratchada has been closed ever since April in accordance with an order from City Hall.

Night markets are local hangouts 

It’s normal to be curious about the hype around Thailand’s many of night markets. Something that the rest of the world may not see is that these spaces are a laid-back hub for many Thais and expats alike.

From a variety of local bites to tiny bars that serve creative alcoholic drinks, they are somewhat like a shopping complex and food court in one place. Plus, goods here are relatively cheap.

The show goes on for Train Night Market Ratchada 

This is good news for fans. With the administrator’s clarification, it seems that the legendary market’s street food vendors and boutiques still have a fighting chance amidst the current situation.

We can’t wait to hang out at the market again and are sure that the shop owners are equally as excited to welcome visitors back.

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