One thing I love about Thailand is its markets. They offer travelers an unforgettable travel experience for bargain hunters and fantastic discount shopping opportunities. My favorite market in Bangkok is Chatuchak, the largest weekend market in the world! A shopper’s paradise for lovers of cheap shopping and a place not to be missed when visiting Bangkok. Chatuchak Weekend Market has always been an excellent place for locals and tourists in Bangkok.
The market is packed with 8,000 stalls divided into 30 areas. Because of this, it is considered the largest market in Thailand. Also called Jatujak Market, this place has everything you need, from clothes to plants to groceries and more. !An excellent destination for shopaholics on a budget.
Chatuchak market experience
Visiting Chatuchak Weekend Market is one of the best things to do in Bangkok. With a seemingly endless selection of goods in a massive maze of shops and stalls, the market is considered one of the largest markets in the world. We were impressed by the wide range of products and the very reasonable prices. There is a fantastic clothing range, and we find the best shops there. Tiny designer shops that creatively sell their products are exciting.
This market is perfect, even if you like vintage and second-hand clothing. You will find bags from old brands, pullovers, worn branded jeans and freshly made shoes.
There are many small stands between the different areas with cool drinks and small snacks. Another thing that makes shopping at Chatuchak Market enjoyable. You will also find some good restaurants and street food if you are hungry in the zone. Those exhausted from a long shopping spree can relax with a Thai massage in the market.
The market is divided into 27 areas. The view of the narrow streets shows you where you are. You can stroll through the market and explore alley by alley or follow the map and visit the locations of your choice.
Section 1: Here you can find amulets, books, collectibles, some grocery stores and cafes
Sections 2 to 4: You will find beautiful furniture, paintings and ceramics, home furnishings and collectibles in these departments.
Sections 5 to 6: You will find trendy designer clothes and second-hand items. Beautiful fashion jewelry, cool watches and accessories are also on offer.
Section 7 to 9: Antique lovers are sure to find what they want in this category. It also offers handicrafts, furniture and ceramics.
Section 10 to 24: clothing, general consumer goods, household appliances and pets
Section 17 to 19: ceramics and food
Section 22 to 26: furniture, antiques and handicrafts
Section 27: books and collectibles, food
Where is Chatuchak market located?
Chatuchak Market is located in the northeast of Bangkok, more precisely in the Chatuchak district, and is well-served by public transport. Getting to Chatuchak is easy: take the SkyTrain or subway. The nearest BTS station is Mo Chit or MRT (subway) station, Chatuchak Park. Of course, you can also easily take a taxi to the Chatuchak entrance, which is cheap in Bangkok.
- Morning (9 am on weekends) is the best time to visit Chatuchak Weekend Market.
- At this time, only a few visitors are found there. Chatuchak is mainly overcast, and it’s sweltering inside!
- Bargaining is essential in the market. With a bit of haggling, you can fetch excellent prices here.
- Money is king! Bring enough cash; almost no shops accept credit or debit cards.
- The “pet” section was morally questionable for us and can be skipped.
- If you get tired of the hustle and bustle, visit the nearby Chatuchak Green Park and relax by the lake.
- Don’t forget to bring a map to the information desk. It’s easy to get lost there.
What to eat in Chatuchak market?
After touring the market, you can visit the stalls in areas 19, 23, and 24 to recharge your batteries before continuing. This is the most significant food court in the market, and here you can easily find traditional and famous Thai street food. Delicious Thai dishes are coconut ice cream, pad thai, mango rice, etc.