Chatuchak Weekend Market
The Chatuchak weekend market, considered one of the worlds largest weekend markets, is a huge market with over 15,000 stalls in Bangkok. The area itself is a compact and busy hive of buying, selling and browsing covering an area of over 27 acres, that sees over 200,000 visitors each day.
What Can You Find at The Chatuchak Weekend Market
Vendors selling everything clothes, shoes, bags, souvenirs, kitchen goods, furniture, dogs and birds for pets, food and drinks as well as plants and garden equipment all set up in an organised layout undercover. The market is free entry and visitors can ask for a free map from the information stall to help navigate the area. The market also has toilets, ATM and currency exchange services, as well as a small hospital. In the area, there is also a large indoor shopping centre that sells mainly homewards and gifts, as well as a smaller undercover shopping centre that has a lot of furniture.
What do I recommend? Get lost in the maze of stalls, buy some bracelets for your mum, take a look at the artwork and read all the funny slogan teeshirts. Afterwards, retire to the coconut ice-cream stall and people watch from under the shade of the stalls umbrella.
How to Get There
To get to the Chatuchak Market, take the MRT (underground metro) blue line to the Chatuchak Park Station in the northern area of the city. A ticket should not cost any more than 40 baht to get there from any of the metro stations in the city.
The market by mid-afternoon is hot and crowded so the many cold drinks and ice cream vendors and food stalls set up around the edges of the market are a saviour. The market is open from 6 am to 6 pm on Saturdays and Sundays.