Address: Srinakarin Road Soi 51 (behind Seacon Square), Bangkok, Thailand
GPS: 13.693651, 100.650295
Hours: 5:00pm to 12:00 midnight (Thurs to Sun)
Tel: +66 (0)8 1827 5885, +66 (0)8 6126 7787, +66 (0)8 1732 8778, +66 (0)8 1752 5588.
Rod Fai Vintage Market (Rod Fai means train in Thai) is about 45 minutes drive from downtown Bangkok (without traffic) - it's some ways away from the usual tourist hot beds. At Rod Fai, locals shop, eat and chill out without jostling with throngs of wide eyed tourists.
Rod Fai is divided into the "Market Zone", "Warehouse Zone" and "Rod’s Antiques". Besides all the usual clothing and goods which one may find in any Bangkok bazaar or shopping mall, it's the antiques and collectible memorabilia that set Rod Fai Vintage Market apart.
The easiest way to get to Rod Fai is by taxi. Rod Fai is just behind the giant Seacon Square shopping mall in Srinakarin which most taxi drivers will know. (Without traffic, it's about BT150 from BTS Nana [in Sukhumvit] to Seacon Square by meter taxi.) When you see this prominent landmark along the busy main street beside Seacon Square shopping mall, follow the direction of the arrow to turn towards Rod Fai Market. It's less than 200 metres from this point.
Besides shopping, there are many good places at Rod Fai where everyone can chill out with drinks, good music and great company.
Needless to say, there are plenty of interesting street food at Rod Fai Market.
There are exciting options to satisfy the more adventurous palates.
We wandered happily around Rod Fai and stumbled upon this bustling open air "food court".
It's "come-as-you-are style" informal and very causal at the "food court" area. We love it here.
We spotted a busy seafood tom yam stall at a busy corner of the "food court".
Customers choose what they like in their bowl. There is flower crab, large river prawns, mussels, fish and so on.
Adding tom yam broth to the large bowls of seafood.
Each bowl of seafood tom yam is given a generous splash of coconut milk.
Bowls of seafood tom yam on the way to waiting customers.
Seth and I shared this bowl of seafood tom yam. For BT100 (SGD4), we had bee hoon, mussel, flower crab and a river prawn with our tom yam soup.
The tom yam soup was robustly salty and sour with slight spiciness and traces of sweetness. The dominant flavours were saltiness and sourness, which was a little too strong for my taste buds. Seth felt that it was just right for him.
The seafood i.e. crab, mussel and prawn were fresh and naturally sweet.
This seafood tom yam is just one of the many traditional Thai street food we can eat at Rod Fai Market.
I hope to be back real soon to map out all the good and exciting eats at Rod Fai Market.
Date visited: 14 Jun 2015
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