"CHATUCHAK" Chatuchak Weekend Market Tip by ancient_traveler
Chatuchak Weekend Market, Bangkok: 109 reviews and 121 photos
Open every Saturday and Sunday, Chatuchak Weekend Market in Bangkok is one of the biggest and most famous markets in the world. If bargain-hunting gives you an adrenalin rush, get ready for a head-spinning, earth-moving experience. Conquering this massive market is no easy feat though. The reward for taking a lot of patience along - together with a bottle of water - is that you can find pretty much anything here.
Firstly, to get a free map from one of the information kiosks and (try to) plan your adventure through the never-ending maze of crowded, narrow alleys that are, surprisingly, numbered. But, it's so big that even with a map you might find yourself going around in circles. Areas are also demarcated in colour zones with clothing and fashion items grouped together, a section for household goods, crafts, pets, art and collectables, plants, wholesale items, food, and everything in between. OR just follow your instincts and leave it all up to karma. Either way, it's virtually impossible to see it all in one day - and even more unlikely that you won't find something to get excited about.
What to buy: If you are able to keep track of where you're going and can cover a big part of the market, you'll be amazed with the sheer variety of merchandise. From roosters and chopsticks to vinyl records and a pair of Levi hipsters that you haven't seen in shops for years. You can buy a python, beautiful orchids, garden furniture, and puppy. Or beads, fake antiques, the latest of Buddha Bar CD... The earlier you get there, the better too.
Open: 08:00 - 18:00 on weekends and Fridays (wholesale day). Plant shops are open Wednesdays and Thursdays too from 07:00 - 18:00.
Address: Payolhothin Road
Directions: Take BTS to Mo Chit st and exit down the right-hand stairs, follow the crowd for a 5minute walk, and you're there. OR take MRT to Chatuchak Park st, and follow the signage directives. For the plant and flower section, get off at Kampheng Phet st (exit 3).
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