Bangkok Chatuchak Weekend Market

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Chatuchak Weekend Market (or Jatujak) – love it or hate it, it’s a must see and visit place if you are in Bangkok. Love it for its sheer variety of stuff you’ll see, incredible bargains and never ending stalls and market. Hate it for the overwhelming crowd, hot and humid weather, buying stuff you realize you may never use but still didn’t wanna miss the bargain deal.

Chatuchak Weekend Market is the largest market in Thailand and believed to be the world’s largest weekend market. It has become a favorite destination for tourist and locals, its been said you can find almost anything you can imagine here, from antiques to the latest iPhone. You will find antique wood carving, clay handicrafts, local souvenirs from every parts of Thailand, Buddhist amulets, wooden furnitures, hand made decorated flowers, plant, ceramic wares, tools, Thai Bejarong, Chinese wares, garden decorated plants, stones, trendy fashions, silk, hill-tribe outfits, and the list goes on. An interesting find was an alien and monster furniture stall. Made of wire, brass, recycled auto parts, these creatures stand from 2 to 8 feet in height. There was an imposing 8 foot tall metal Alien and Predator sculpture.

How to reach

The easiest way to reach the market is to travel by Skytrain to Mo chit station. The market is big, covers approx 27 Acres divided into 27 Sections, contains more than 15,000 booths selling goods from every part of Thailand. Choose your sections wisely before you venture inside the market, if you drift inside an unwanted section, you’ll spend precious time trying to figure out how to get out and reach the right section which will drain out most of your energy.

Chatuchak market opening hours/timings are

Saturday and Sunday : 6am – 6pm, though small stalls and roadside vendors come alive after 6 till about 9pm. Though some sections of the market are open on weekdays, you are most likely to see the market come alive only on weekends.

Chatuchak market map – Its advisable to first check the map, layout of the market and plan your shopping strategy according to the sections. Though the plan is most likely to fail, atleast you will make the most out of the limited time you have. You will know which sections are of interest and not regret missing out any interesting stuff.

Bangkok Chatuchak Weekend Market Map

Bangkok Chatuchak Weekend Market Map

Chatuchak Market Sections

Section 1: Amulets, books, collectibles, food shops, café
Section 2 to 4: Collectibles, home décor, paintings, terra cotta
Section 5 to 6: Clothes, adornments, miscellaneous products
Section 7 to 9: Antiques, furniture, ceramics, handicrafts
Section 10 to 24: Clothes, consumer products, adornments, household appliances, pets
Section 17 to 19: Ceramics, fresh and dry food
Section 22 to 26: Antiques, furniture, handicrafts
Section 27: Books, food and dessert shops, collectibles

Bring lots of cash, searching for an ATM might be another task. Start for the market early, keep drinking water and stay hydrated. If you find a deal, bargain. If you like something and think you have a good deal, buy it. Don’t think about coming back, you might not find the same stall again.

Do not smoke, there is a ban on smoking inside the market and a fine. The guards keep a lookout for smokers, and if caught you are likely to be let off with a warning for the first time.

Here are some pictures from a recent trip

JayB

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