Chatuchak Weekend Market
Best Bargains You Have Ever Got


Chatuchak weekend market, being one of the largest open markets in the world (if not the largest of them all), is certainly a place to visit during your stay in Bangkok Thailand. This is where you will find anything – from antiques to live animals and birds – at bargain prices, probably, the cheapest in the city. Even if you are not an avid shopper, the mind-bogging range of local and imported goods, impressive variety of restaurants and coffee shops and never-ending crowd stream are worth checking out.

The Chatuchak weekend market opens around 9 am on Saturdays and Sundays (some shops are open on Fridays, too) and most of the stalls are closed after sunset. If you are planning to cover the whole market, keep in mind that it is no less than 35 acres and around 15,000 stalls! Besides, heat and humidity slow down your shopping, especially on sunny days. So, one day or, perhaps, one weekend may simply not be sufficient to check out the entire Chatuchak.

If you are up to something particular and short of time, you will be glad to know that Chatuchak weekend market is not as disorganized as it looks from the first sight. The area is divided into zones where similar groups of items are sold. So, finding exactly what you need is not a hard task provided you are equipped with a map, which is available at the entrance to the market.

Though you can find literally anything you fancy, Chatuchak weekend market is particularly popular for various handicrafts and ethnic home décor items, clothes and accessories, jewelry and antiques (largely fake), household items and pottery, plants and live animals (many of which are illegal and kept in cruel conditions). Most of the products are local, though you may occasionally find goods imported from neighboring countries.

In spite of a lot of improvements done over the past few years, Chatuchak can be quite a confusing and disorienting place, so don't assume that a couple of hours are enough to have a glimpse of the market and pick up a few souvenirs. Browsing through numerous stalls, comparing quality and prices, and haggling will take you at least half of a day. Remember to bargain all the time – even if you are satisfied with the price – it is more for the ritual's sake rather than for saving 20-30 baht per purchase.

It is not a great idea to explore Chatuchak weekend market in a big group. Chances are you will get separated and lost anyway, and spend most of the time trying to figure out where the other members of the group are. A small company of 2-3 people will do just fine.

Chatuchak market is adjacent to Chatuchak Park, which is clean, pretty and very popular among locals. The market is easily reachable by Bangkok skytrain (Mo Chit station) and Bangkok subway (Chatuchak station), as well as handful of buses – both ordinary and air-conditioned. The taxi fare should not exceed 100B from any central point of the city directly to Chatuchak weekend market.




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