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On Nut night market, Bangkok, and now sadly closed!

Intro.

For 3 months this year I went to On Nut night market Bangkok just about every night for something to eat and for something to drink, beer that is or the occasional cocktail! Some may say, it was a bit of dump, they would be right, some may say, it was full of piss heads and they would be right! But On Nut night market had a character of its own, a kind of basic stripped down charm with cheap tasty food, cheap beer and local girls to chat up or meet on a date. There are lots of Bangkok Night Markets and this was one of them!

So, what was the night market, well, without stating the obvious, it was a market that opened in the evening. It was located in Bangkok’s On Nut district, opposite On Nut BTS station. some of the food stalls opened about 4pm and the bars from 5pm, the official closing time was midnight. I say the official closing time, because the latest I stopped drinking and left was 4am on a Tuesday!

History

The On Nut night market had been around for about 5 years in On Nut, I do vaguely remember going there in 2011 when it was an open air market. It was a bit of a dump to be honest, when it rained, it flooded, when the lights went out, the big rats come out. I have never seen so rats in one place, the furry things nearly run over my feet several times, don’t you just hate a furry rat!

Outside of the market

The cheap bar, 100 baht

The cheap bar

The cheap bar

Beer

Lets talk about beer, well, it was cheap, but there are cheaper places to get pissed in BKK. A large 660ml bottle of Leo was 110 or 100 baht, vodka/red bull 140 baht and my favourite drink was the long island iced tea fromThe Cocktail bar for 160 baht. Those long island iced teas were superb, 5 big shots of alcohol with a slight dash of coke, I still can taste them now at On Nut night market.

Food stalls

The middle bar

Food stalls

For the band

Food

The food was pretty good too, kuay teeow gai (chicken noodle soup) was 40 baht and tasted aroi mak mak, the khao pad gai (chicken fried rice) was also aroi for 40 baht. The array of choice for food was simply fantastic, Thai, Japanese and Western dishes, all served up to midnight. I spent many a night eating at the On Nut night market, followed by lots of beer of course.

The middle bar

The middle bar

The 5 baht toilet

The clientele

How about the clientele, well, it was not like the sleazy bars of Nana or Patpong, I don’t class Cowboy as sleazy ha ha. Or even like the ex-pat bars along the Sukhumvit, these are normally filled with farang workers who have too much cash to spend on beer and birds! The typical sex-pat didn’t find much joy at On Nut night market, no naked girls for a start, although I did see a Japanese man wearing a Britney Spears “hit me baby one more time” uniform…

The cocktail bar

The cocktail bar

The cocktail bar

Food stalls

It was not a Go Go bar

So, no dancing-girls, no air con (that was a major drawback), no hookers, well, maybe a few, a disgusting 5 baht a piss toilet, not good if you have the runs using a squat toilet you know! The positive points, cheap beer and cheap food, a good mix of Thai and farang to chat to, a 10 minute walk from where I was living and next to the BTS if you fancied watching some naked ladies in Cowboy!

Food stalls

The cocktail bar

The cocktail bar

What’s next

The On Nut night market closed on Friday 17th October 2015 and my last night there was 29th July 2015, bit of a late night, drinking Leo, long island iced teas and some shots until 3.45am. There is another night market in Phra Khanong called the W District, which I never visited, so, that is something to do next time when I’m in BKK. Talad Rod Fai (the train market) is a 10 minute taxi ride from On Nut and there is about 20 bars to choose from, as opposed to On Nut night markets 4 bars, but is only open at the weekend.

Food stalls

Outside, Sukhumvit

Outside, Sukhumvit

I did meet some interesting characters at the night market, one of them I cannot mention, very dodgy indeed, but a nice chap all the same. I also used On Nut night market as a meeting point for my dates, I think I met 7 Thai girls and 1 Filipino at the On Nut night market, it pays to be a cheap charlie you know! If you know of any good night markets in Bangkok, then please let me know? It wasn’t ideal, but time moves on and the area is scheduled for a condo block or shops. It was the Best Night Market in Bangkok!

The end bit of On Nut night market

Have you visited On Nut night market before? If you have let me know what you think and comment below? Or maybe just leave a comment if you did not and you just want to say hello…

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