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Artbox Bangkok – The Hippest Market in Thailand

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When I told my friends that I was going to Bangkok previously, all of them went like OMG MUST GO VISIT ARTBOX, and I was like… What in the world is this Artbox? Isn’t it the stationery shop in Singapore?

OH.. It’s a night market ah, in fact it’s a market that opens from mid afternoon all the way to midnight. Artbox isn’t open all year round though, it’s only opened for certain periods of time. Unfortunately, it was closed on my previous trip to Bangkok just last month! I was very lucky to be sent to Bangkok for a trip again, and this time, ARTBOX IS OPEN!! MUST GO.

Do note that this time round, they are opened till 19th June, only from Fridays to Sundays (3pm to midnight)! The following would be a rundown of what you can expect at the market, details on how to get there and of course, my experience!

First up, HOW TO GET THERE?

The nearest BTS station to access Artbox is Phrom Phong. Take Exit 6 and walk down the stairs. It will take you a short 3 minute walk to react Artbox, and it will be on your left!

You’ll pass by a huge park that looks like this! Because I didn’t know what to expect from artbox, I thought it was further into the park. The answer is.. No. It’s not. You’ll have to walk past this park.

If you're bored, you can take a stroll here though! It's very nice and peaceful, and many locals were having their picnic there!

If you’re bored, you can take a stroll here though! It’s very nice and peaceful, and many locals were having their picnic there!

You'll also chance upon this wall, Artbox is just beside this wall.

You’ll also chance upon this wall, Artbox is just beside this wall.

TADA!! You might have to crane your neck to see this, but I don't think you'll miss it!

TADA!! You might have to crane your neck to see this, but I don’t think you’ll miss it!

The entrance to artbox. It lights up at night, super beautiful from the pictures I saw, but I didn't stay for that!

The entrance to artbox. It lights up at night, super beautiful from the pictures I saw, but I didn’t stay for that!

Pictures of the different stalls taken by the photographers they hired, you will see them within the grounds snapping pictures of YOU.

Pictures of the different stalls taken by the photographers they hired, you will see them within the grounds snapping pictures of YOU.

The Experience

While their instagram page (@artbox_th) states that the market opens from 3pm to midnight, the best time for you to visit them is about 5pm. Why?

So, I headed there bright and early because I wanted good lighting for my pictures and also because I knew it won’t be as crowded in the mid afternoon as compared to the night, hence I arrived at 3pm. Guess what?

Nope.

Nope.

Nope.

Nope.

NOPE.

NOPE.

From my movie experience in Bangkok and now, THIS, it reminds me fondly of something – KR timing (KR is a hall from NUS). What is KR timing, you ask? It means meeting at half an hour to 45 minutes AFTER the stipulated agreed timing, i.e. people will start appearing at 7.45pm or 8pm when you say meet at 7.15pm. THIS IS HOW THE BANGKOK TIMING IS, for me at least. They were the least bit ready at 3pm. I cry.

This is how the market looks like. Synthetic grass patches with a number of stalls. It was honestly smaller than I thought it would be!

This is how the market looks like. Synthetic grass patches with a number of stalls. It was honestly smaller than I thought it would be!

The overview of the entire market

The overview of the entire market.

Even when i arrived at 4pm, only about 50% of the stalls were opened. Moral of the story? Visit after 5pm! It’s less scorching as well!

What to expect at Artbox!

Quirky food, clothes and random shopping items!

Clothes

Pretty much like all the “blogshop” items, mostly below 500baht per piece!

They've got about 10 stores for clothes and accessories, don't worry they are non-repetitive! And as usual, more catered for females than males!

They’ve got about 10 stores for clothes and accessories, don’t worry they are non-repetitive! And as usual, more catered for females than males!

Accessories and leather goods!

Accessories and leather goods!

The watches look really good and were priced at about 350 baht (~S$13). QUITE CHEAP for how good it looks!

The watches look really good and were priced at about 350 baht (~S$13). QUITE CHEAP for how good it looks!

The shops selling clothes are all in one area, it will be on your left as you walk in from the entrance!

Random Shopping Items

Nope, not for sale, just thought it looks damn nice.

Nope, not for sale, just thought it looks damn nice.

This is where all the random items are!

This is where all the random items are!

Aiyo what time already still setting up.

Aiyo what time already still setting up.

These wooden wares are a STEAL. So pretty and it'd cost me $15++++ for a wooden plate in Muji, but guess what? I paid $2 for it.

These wooden wares are a STEAL. So pretty and it’d cost me $15++++ for a wooden plate in Muji, but guess what? I paid $2 for it.

For your room perhaps? Very nice, if I were more artistic, I would have bought.

For your room perhaps? Very nice, if I were more artistic, I would have bought.

They also have random food stalls popping up at the area where they sell random stuffs. So here's their random feature.

They also have random food stalls popping up at the area where they sell random stuffs. So here’s their random feature.

These are toys caught from the UFO catcher in Japan! DAMN CUTE and rare as well especially since they can only be caught from the machines! Each cost me 290baht (S$11.15). Waste money, you say? HAHAHA! DONT CARE.

These are toys caught from the UFO catcher in Japan! DAMN CUTE and rare as well especially since they can only be caught from the machines! Each cost me 290baht (S$11.15). Waste money, you say? HAHAHA! DONT CARE. The owner of this stall, Win, is really friendly too! I spent 15 minutes talking to him and hearing about his experiences in Japan! Great guy!

Here’s my favorite part.. FOOD. LOTS OF FOOD. If you’re intending to go to artbox, bring your glutton friends along, because these are not just any kind of food, they are quirky and mostly, instagrammable food.

I try to take as many pictures but I got lazy halfway so.. Here’s roughly all that is lah.

Carrot Cake

WA I DIDN'T KNOW BKK GOT CARROT CAKE ONE LEH.

WA I DIDN’T KNOW BKK GOT CARROT CAKE ONE LEH.

Cheese sandwiches! There’s another stall in artbox, but I thought this one looked better!

My first stop - Answer Cheeze. Cause it's cheese and the owners are damn handsome. HEHE!

My first stop – Answer Cheeze. Cause it’s cheese and the owners are damn handsome and not forgetting friendly too. HEHE! 😉 Okay I stop.

Got myself the triple cheese sandwich!

Got myself the triple cheese sandwich!

I don't know about you, but I drooled looking at this picture.

I don’t know about you, but I drooled looking at this picture.

This was toasty and super yummy. I wish the cheese was slightly less cooked though so it could be more lava-ish instead of a little hard and sticky!

Chocolate banana coins and MORE. Perfect for banana lovers!

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Beside it was an algae drink. Wanted to try it but the owner was MIA.
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German sausagesDSC_0311

OYSTERS and seafood. A couple of such stalls around!DSC_0313 Here’s one, and the other one I saw was the Oyster Bar.

80 baht (S$3) for an oyster.

80 baht (S$3) for an oyster.

They even have Japanese food. Check oout the sashimi! Quite affordable as compared to Singapore. But where got people go thailand eat jap food one? HAHA!
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Fried chicken!
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Northern Thai Food – didn’t try because too full

Xiao Long Baos with a twist. Even got tomyum flavored one! Wanted to try but you can’t just buy one.
DSC_0321DSC_0323It comes in a long. I cannot finish so many. Don’t waste money, go eat other things better.

They have classic Thai street food items as well such as the fried quail eggs and grilled pork. Ah, that reminds me, I got to go find my sotong to eat later (yes I’m still in Bangkok while typing this).

Fried quail eggy.

Fried quail eggy.

Umm.. Don't buy from here, more skin than meat. GO EAT AT THE REAL STREET STALLS along the... Streets.

Umm.. Don’t buy from here, more skin than meat. GO EAT AT THE REAL STREET STALLS along the… Streets. Chili was veh spicy tho.

The classic snack at fairs – CORN DOGS AND CANDY FLOSS. But you get them with a TWIST here at Artbox!

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I was praying so hard that I don't get the colored ones, cause although it's photogenic... UGH THE COLORING.

I was praying so hard that I don’t get the colored ones, cause although it’s photogenic… UGH THE COLORING.

They were very nice, because I was initially only given a lip for my corn dog. But I asked for more, and they gave me an entire tray to pick and choose unlimitedly. HEHE! Ok, but they took a picture of me....

They were very nice, because I was initially only given a lip for my corn dog. But I asked for more, and they gave me an entire tray to pick and choose unlimitedly. HEHE! Ok, but they took a picture of me….

DSC_0336Candy floss of your choice! Wanted to get one of these but decided against it because.. AIYA WHAT FOR?! INSTAGRAM LIKES?! Hahaha! So I didn’t.

They’ve got cute bite sized brownies as well. Looks pretty BUT I think it’s just brownie with different toppings (Yawn). DSC_0333
DSC_0332Didn’t buy them also because the owner was actually swatting flies. Hmm.

They’ve got tons of other food as well, especially really indulgent fries that would probably clog up your arteries. They have SALTED EGG CROISSANTS, which I didn’t get because the pastry itself looks weak, and also a couple of stalls selling beef quite affordably!

There are also food trucks lined up at the side of the market.
DSC_0249Wanted to get the lobster burger.. But I forgot. I was also too full.

They’ve got drinks as well to make sure you stay hydrated. Water aside, they’ve got beers, somersby, juices, TUBS of sodas, milk teas, and even bubble tea.
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I never thought I’d ever buy such colored drinks from any where or even drinks from a fair, because they are usually overly sweet and unhealthy. I don’t know what got over me, probably the damn spicy chili sauce, i decided to get one bottle of this lightbulb drink.DSC_0358 Went for the blue lemonade (89 baht, S$3.40).DSC_0373 No regrets because it’s not too sweet. Not only that.. I get to keep the bottle (hehe it’s in my bag now, oh shit I forgot to wash), and I GET A FREE LIGHTBULB KEYCHAIN. GOT LIGHT ONE SOMEMORE. CAN CHANGE COLOR ONE. OH MY. Worth it~

They’ve got bags of “blood” and syringes like these as well.DSC_0334

Don’t worry about eating space because they’ve got PLENTY of seats in the form of wooden crates, some stalls have their own seatings and the photo shown below:DSC_0331They have seats further inside the bridge! More than enough space for you to sit and enjoy your food and have a good view of it all!

As you can see, the place gets more packed as the night falls. But it gets prettier as well with the lighting up of the little bulbs and fairy lights.

DSC_0384 Wa perfect capture hor, the girl in the foreground so happy. DSC_0385

They’ve got live band performances too. Chill vibes and truly a place for hipsters. DSC_0375

Artbox was one of the highlights of my trip, although it wasn’t as impressive as I thought it would be. It’s actually kinda boring after a while even though the food all looks interesting but there is only so much one can eat! I wish there were more retail stalls though, I’d have been more entertained! Hehe!

If you’re heading to Bangkok from now to June, make Artbox one of your destinations! Besides, Phrom Phong also houses THREE upscale shopping malls like EmQuartier and the amazing food haven at The Helix, as well as a gourmet market place! Definitely a good place to spend half your day there! Damn. I’m good at this itinerary planning thing huh? HAHAHA!

 

 

 

 

 

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7 Comments

  1. April 24, 2016    

    Oh my potatoes, I love Thailand and been to BKK so many times, but I’ve never been to Artbox!
    I heard about it before, but the last time round I wanted to go, it was closed.
    Your blog post about it just gave me huuuge wanderlust to go to Bangkok again! Hehe, I’ll have to plan my trip ahead to go when Artbox is open so that I don’t miss out on the awesomeness!

    • Clara Clara
      April 24, 2016    

      Hahahaha AWW YES! You definitely should pay artbox a visit when you have the time! (: It’s pretty cool!

  2. June 12, 2016    

    Lucky come across your blog and very useful informations about the ArtBox Bangkok. Am substitute this over another place in my itinerary lol :)…..

  3. September 16, 2016    

    Have never been there! Must go the next trip, thanks for the review !

  4. megawan megawan
    October 13, 2016    

    Hi, Just to double confirm the ArtBox location. From what i had reed from your post. it seen that the artbox is at Phrom Phong. However, when i search it on google, it shows that the location is at Queen Sirikit Station.

    Can I confirm this please?

    • Clara Clara
      October 14, 2016    

      It is now at the Chatuchak area!

      • megawan megawan
        October 15, 2016    

        I see! Thank you! :)