Chatuchak Weekend Market, Bangkok
Categories: Shopping, Flea Markets, Gift & Specialty Shops
Browse the day away at Chatuchak Weekend Market, a popular covered retail space in the city center. Attracting over 200,000 visitors on a typical weekend, the huge market offers 27 separate areas of stalls, with over 8,000 individual vendors plying their trade. From collectibles, souvenirs, and clothes, to fresh food, restaurants, and household appliance stores, the market contains a mind-boggling range of products. Its sheer scale will likely impress even those who have nothing on their shopping list. A visit to Chatuchak Weekend Market represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Bangkok family vacation planner to plot your vacation.
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If you ever want to find something to buy...search here and you will certainly find it. Good clothes glasses knockoffs fakes and almost everything there is to entice a shopper!! They don't speak Engli... read more »
Those people love shopping in Bangkok should visit chatuchak market but you need to be passion because with warm weather and pack of people . But here you really can get what ever you want and good pr... read more »
Extensive stores. Apparently we were told that the stalls along the main walkways are more expensive, so go inside the sections to find items at cheaper pricing. It's EXTREMELY hot in the afternoon (w... read more »
Super cheap! If you are looking for bargains come here. I love how easy it is to access the market, right off the BTS. Stay hydrated! There are plenty of vendors selling bottled water for 10 baht. You can spend your whole weekend here and still need more time to look at everything. There are also vendors selling food. This is not a good place for strollers because the lanes are very narrow. Be cautious with young kids who like to wonder. It is very easy as an adult to get lost!
This place is still a giant maze after so long but it's a good maze. There is a section selling arts stuff as well as many other sections selling fashion apparels. The food section feature some interesting food like the Squid Egg and Fried Quail Egg and the fried chicken wings smelt so damn enticing! There are also many stalls selling the coconut Ice Cream that comes served in half a coconut husk and two different toppings of your choice. The place is still very hot during the day without rain but some parts of the stall can feel the air-conditioning draft coming from the many massage stalls around.
Amazing market and a definite don't miss in Bangkok. Allow a whole day and you still won't see it all. Sundays are best and plenty to eat drink and explore. Be sure to check the pet area. Extremely hot on a humid day so stay hydrated. The nearby central plaza shopping centre is a locals favourite and worth a visit but probably on a different day. Station right on the doorstep.
It was actually kind of fun being in this giant maze of a market. If you're claustrophobic it might not be so fun as most of the stalls are tightly packed and have roof tops. Some stalls are air conditioned and with the cover its actually not too bad on a warm day. But I strongly recommend that you go early. I arrived at 8am and only about 25% of the stalls were opened while many of the others started to open. But the lack of crowds was quite nice. By 11am the stalls closest to the BTS station was a mad house. If you get there at that time, make a bee line for the other side where its still sparse. Shops are mostly junk stuff. You may find something worthwhile like cheap sexy underwear CK knockoffs but still with good material so worth the 2 bucks. I imagine by the afternoon, walking through those stalls would be a nightmare. If you see something you like buy it because there is a good chance you'll never find that shop again.
Highly recommended to go shopping if you need any souvenirs to take back , everything there could be bargained. If you don't know how to bargain, you can cut the price 30%, or just ask them how much cheaper. Most of the people there speaks little English or a little Chinese. Don't worry about languages, just pick up what you need and tap the numbers on your phone calculator, it's easy, and fun.
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