When it comes to a signature Bangkok shopping experience, you will always hear about Chatuchak. This world-famous weekend market is the largest outdoor market in Thailand! How big are we talking about? Chatuchak weekend market boasts over 15,000 stalls, roughly divided into 27 sections that sell everything under the moon. These range but are not limited to: clothing (new & vintage styles), antiques, ceramics, accessories, furniture, plants, cosmetics, books and even pet-related things. At its peak, the market also known as JJ Market welcomes over 200,000 visitors a day.
When shopping in Chatuchak weekend market, you can arm yourself with maps, or even download the official mobile application. But why not give yourself up to the real experience of just wandering when your gut takes you. It’s all part of the fun! Use the section numbers to pinpoint the type of goods sold where you are, but unless you’re looking for one particular shop chances are you’ll find what you’re looking for again.
It’s not a trip to Chatuchak if you haven’t stopped by or snapped a picture of the following.
Make the most of your Chatuchak weekend market experience! Come prepared with enough cash, sunblock applied, a hat or portable fan if you are sensitive to heat. Our tip? To keep on shopping in style, bring a plastic bag to store whatever trash you have from trying the different snacks and drinks on sale without having to immediately hunt for a rubbish bin. There are foreign exchange booths and ATMs scattered throughout the market, just in case. As is the case with open markets, be mindful of pick-pockets and keep an eye on your belongings! Need a rest or just a change of pace? Grab at foot massage or explore nearby Chatuchak Park for a green break.
For a different kind of shopping experience, head on to Or Tor Kor market, not far from Chatuchak weekend market itself. Formerly an agricultural collective, Or Tor Kor market is an easy “first market” for the wary. Browse through freshly laid out meats and seafood, vegetables and fruits or go straight to the food court where you can try delicious ready-made Thai dishes and desserts. It can also be reached by exit number 3 of MRT Kamphaeng Phet Station.