A Bangkok market has grabbed the attention of the city's hipsters, retro freaks and antique hunters -- Talad Rot Fai.
"Talad" means market and "Rot Fai" means train in Thai, an apt name for a market set beside an old set of train tracks topped with abandoned, rusty coaches open for exploration.
Set up by antique lovers Thanayut 'Troy' and Khun Phirot, the market runs every Saturday and Sunday from 2 p.m. to midnight and sits on land owned by the State Railway of Thailand.
Troy says he moved Rod's, his restaurant/bar/antique shop, there in July last year from its location next to the Chatujak Weekend Market, then invited city vendors to come sell their wares as well.
"In the beginning, I just wanted to rent the warehouse from the Railway Ministry to sell my antiques," he says. "But since there was so much space I talked with my business partner and we decided to invite people to come sell their stuff for free the first couple of months.
"The third month they started to pay. Funny enough, when it was free, not many people came. When I started to ask the vendors for money, people rushed in to sell and it quickly grew in popularity."
At the entrance to the market is Troy's bar/restaurant, Rod's, open from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m on Saturday and Sunday. The antique warehouse is open every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and till late on Saturday/Sunday.
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