For those who come to Bangkok looking for an authentic Thai street food and market experience, Wang Lang Market should be high on your list. Wang Lang Market is on the Thonburi side of the Chao Phraya River, next to Siriraj Hospital. The name means ‘rear palace market’ because of the Rear Palace, belonging to Rama I’s nephew, but all of that building is no longer standing. Consequently its location nearby to and behind the Grand Palace area, so the name is still relevant. It’s popular with local workers, particularly from the Siriraj Hospital nearby.
As it is a true Thai street market, it can be a little overwhelming at first. Nearest to the river, you will find lots of clothes and some bargains but you should venture deeper into the alleyways. It’s where the fun starts, and things get cheaper as you go deeper, often 30-60 baht cheaper!
Street food vendors stretch for quite some way down Phran Nok Road and through all of the alleyways surrounding it. Meat skewers are particularly popular, as is the fried teriyaki pork. At the Wang Lang Bakery you can grab some stuffed bread or try the amazing and authentic green papaya salad from the small but legendary ‘Som Tam Sida’ restaurant hidden within the stalls. You can also get your favourite curries, a wide variety of fruit (whole or in smoothies) and Khao Lam, a sticky rice ball grilled in bamboo. You can get pretty much any kind of Thai food down these alleyways, and then some. Wang Lang market is famous for its desserts. There are plenty of dessert vendors here, with an average price around 100 baht. You have to try the pancakes stuffed with egg yolk floss, chai tea cake, mango sticky rice and the red molten lava brownie!
Getting to Wang Lang Market
You can easily get to Wang Lang Market via public transport. If you are staying near a 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.
If you are staying on Khaosan Road then it is possible to walk to Wang Lang Market and takes around 25 minutes.
Wang Lang Market is a true Bangkok street market. There is very little signage or menus in English at Wang Lang Market so we recommend visiting with Your Thai Guide to make your visit as easy and safe as possible.
Wang Lang Market is situated at 5 Wang Lang, Khwaeng Siriraj, Khet Bangkok Noi, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon and is open from 8am – 6pm seven days.
Wang Lang Market is a great place to visit when you’re in the Thonburi neighbourhood and there’s plenty to see and do on the Thonburi side of the river while you’re there, like visiting the Siriraj Medical Museum, of course the old city is just across the river, so you’re right in the thick of things as far as tours of Bangkok go.