The Chatuchak market, or weekend market, is undoubtedly one of the best places to shop and find good deals in Bangkok.
Here is the complete guide, everything you need to know before visiting Chatuchak.
You can find almost everything, clothes, food, music, plants, decorations, animals…
This market was created in 1942; it is the largest market in Thailand and one of the largest markets in the world.
It has a surface area of more than 110,000 square meters and receives nearly 400,000 visitors per weekend!
This market has more than 8000 stands divided into 27 sections:
Clothing and Accessories (sections 2-6, 10-26)
Ceramics (sections 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 25)
Furniture and Decoration (sections 1,3,4,4,7,8)
Food and Beverages (Sections 2, 3, 4, 23, 23, 24, 26, 27)
Plants and Gardening tools (sections 3, 4)
Art and Gallery (section 7)
Animals and Animal Accessories (sections 8, 9, 11, 13)
Books (sections 1, 27)
Antiques and Collectors’ Items (sections 1, 26)
Second-hand products and clothing (sections 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 22, 25, 26)
Doing good business
It is a market frequented mainly by Thai people; foreigners represent only 30% of visits, and the prices posted are therefore not inflated.
Most of the objects in Chatuchak come directly from the factory.
Feel free to bargain!
When you make purchases in a large market like this one, it is common to bargain a little.
What you always have to do is keep smiling and see how far you can go without upsetting the salespeople.
At one time, I was told that it was necessary to start bargaining by lowering the price by 50% for costly products and 30% for others.
Make sure you walk around the stands beforehand, because if you are interested in several items in the same store, it will be easier to bargain.
If you can’t agree on a reasonable price, sometimes it’s enough to leave, and the seller will call you back and offer you a good discount.
Practical information on the Chatuchak market
Chatuchak market hours
The market is open:
– Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 6 pm
– on Fridays for wholesale from 6 pm to midnight
– Wednesday and Thursday for the sale of plants and flowers, from 07:00 to 18:00
Sending a package from the market
If you want to buy many products without having to carry them with you for the rest of your trip, the best solution is to send them directly by parcel.
This is possible from the market where you will find parcel services such as UPS, DTT, or DHL.
Eating out in the Chatuchak market
With more than 400 stands, most of which are in section number 1, you will have no problem finding food and drink.
You will find Thai and international cuisine.
Since 2008, it is forbidden to smoke in the market; the fine is 2000 baht!
Be careful if you buy antiques, especially Buddha statuettes, you may have problems afterward with customs, you must make sure you have the right certificates to be able to take them home.
How to get to Chatuchak market
There are many ways to get to the market in Chatuchak, but the easiest way if you don’t know the country well is to take the Skytrain (BTS), get off at Mochit station and take exit number 1.
If you want to go by underground metro (MTR) you have to get off at Chatuchak Park station and then take exit number 1.
Bus number: 3, 826, 27, 28, 29, 29, 34, 38, 39, 44, 52, 52, 59, 63, 77, 90, 96, 104, 408, 112, 122, 134, 136, 138, 153 and 159.
Air-conditioned bus number 2, 3, 9, 18, 19, 28, 34, 39, 44, 134, 145, 153, 510, 512 and 513.
Video: Visit Chatuchak Market
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