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Sukhumvit Soi 38 Night food Market is situated in Bangkok’s bustling Sukhumvit district. While not the market it used to be, Sukhumvit Soi 38 still offers an authentic introduction to real Thai street food. In contrast to the fancier restaurants lining Sukhumvit Road, at this night food market you’ll eat on the street at a wobbly table as cars dodge the carts and stalls lining the road and the occasional friendly dog trots by, looking for scraps. The food is tasty, cheap and quick and most menus are in English to make life easier. Unlike some street food markets, the stalls on Soi 38 are fairly clean and the ingredients are fresh.
Just an ordinary road by day, Sukhumvit Soi 38 is transformed into a food street market at night. Around twenty stalls offer a variety of Bangkok street food such as tasty papaya salad, BBQ meat skewers, duck noodles, fruit smoothies, pad thai, mango sticky rice and Thai-style wonton noodle. Steaming bowls of Tom Yum soup and delicious sizzling Pad Thai noodles are dished out with a flavor and authenticity that only locals can provide.
Near the entrance to the street look out for the popular ‘Pad Thai Fire Look’ stall. Every night, this guy fries his noodles for hours. It might not seem like much, but he has a reputation as one of the best Pad Thai cooks in the city, and it is super tasty. A little further back look out for the smoothie and juice stall. For 20-40 baht you can grab a blended iced-drink with a wide variety of Thai fruits including papaya, mango and lime. Sometimes, they’ll also have fresh young coconuts for just 30 baht. Along a small alley near the juice stall you’ll find a noodle cart selling delicious noodle soup served with crab meat, wontons and barbecue pork.
Continuing along the street, you will pass some great food outlets, including one guy frequently burning his fingers while grilling pork satay sticks. Towards the end of the stalls you‘ll find a wood-lined restaurant with a cooking station outside. Here you can try delicious khao soi (rich Thai coconut curry noodle soup), and freshly battered pa thong ko (Thai donuts that come with condensed milk and pandan leaf custard for dipping). Another great stall for dessert is the mango and sticky rice stall on the left hand side of the road. Here you’ll find two smiley ladies serving up generous portions of juicy fruit and rice covered in sweet coconut sauce for only 60 baht.
In a city where the concrete jungle is claiming more and more of the space, it can be difficult to find ‘Ahaan Bolaan’, the old style Thai food. At Sukhumvit Soi 38 though, you’ll always find extra cheap plates filled with food for 30-50 baht.
It’s a simple pleasure to sit and enjoy fresh, flavorsome and authentic Thai street food while taking in the atmosphere. An adventurous evening can be had just by strolling around the stalls and admiring the giant array of food and drink on offer. For those with a sweet tooth, there’s a mouth-watering selection of local desserts and the smiling locals are always eager for you to try their masterpieces.
If you’re looking for a slightly more intimate setting, the nearby Sukhumvit Road and its side streets offer numerous traditional and fine dining options.
For other Thai street food experiences, you should talk to us about visiting Train Night Market Ratchada or the original Train Night Market. For a party atmosphere try Khao San Road and Soi Rambuttri, we can advise you of the one (or more) that will suit you best.
Sukhumvit Soi 38 Night Market is on the edge of the city but still so close to so many other Bangkok attractions, like Khlong Toei Market. You might be on your way back from Ancient City or the Erawan Shrine, in which case, Sukhumvit Soi 38 Night Food Market will make an excellent stop for dinner. Talk to us at Your Thai Guide about making a visit to a true Thai street food market part of your Bangkok experience.
Sukhumvit Soi 38 Night food Market can be visited every day of the week from 5pm until 1am.
Admission Price: Free entry.