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Location

Bangkok, Thailand

Address

Kampaengphet 3 Road | Lat Yao, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900, Thailand (Chatuchak Market is adjacent to the Kamphaengpecth Station (MRT) about 5 minute walk from Mochit Skytrain (BTS) Station and Suan Chatuchak (Chatuchak Park) Station (MRT))

Getting there

Access:

Getting to Bangkok’s Chatuchak Market is quite easy on public transportation. You can come by taxi but this would likely be the slowest and most expensive option. The subway and Skytrain options are best, and both have stations very close to the market.

Coming to Chatuchak by Skytrain (BTS) you should get off at Mo Chit Station and exit the station by exit number 1. From here just follow the crowds to the market entrance.

On the Subway (MRT), travel to Chatuchak Park Station and as above, take exit number 1 and follow the crowds. From this station you’ll be entering Chatuchak Market via the clothing section, but if you prefer to enter via the plant and flower section you should get off the subway at Kampheng Phet MRT Station and take exit 1.

Telephone

+66 83 956 3656 / +66 2 272 4813

Email

info@chatuchakmarket.org

More information

http://www.chatuchakmarket.org/, https://twitter.com/chatuchakbkk, https://www.instagram.com/chatuchakweekendmarket/, https://foursquare.com/v/chatuchak-weekend-market/

Prices

Free admission

Opening hours

Chatuchak Market opening times:

Wednesday and Thursday (Plant section only) 7am-6pm
Friday (Wholesale only) 6pm-12pm
Saturday and Sunday (The whole market) 9am- 6pm

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Chatuchak Weekend Market (or Jatujak Market; Thai: ตลาดจตุจักร) is one of the world's largest weekend markets. Chatuchak Weekend Market is pretty much the undisputed king of all Bangkok markets. The scale of it is pretty unbelievable - it covers an area of 70 rai (35 acres), contains more than 15 000 shops and stalls, has over 200 000 visitors each day, and they spend an estimated total of 30 million baht (approx US$750 000). The range of products on sale is extensive, and includes household accessories, handicrafts, religious artefacts, art, antiques, live animals (which unfortunately are frequently caged in cruel conditions), books, music, clothes, food, plants and flowers etc...

Chatuchak is a particularly good place to buy all sorts of Thai handicrafts, as there's a huge range, the quality is high and the intense competition keeps the prices low. Be careful when buying antiques, the large majority on offer are fake and telling the difference between the genuine and the copies can be extremely difficult. Genuine antiques require a permit to be taken out of the country, but you will also need a permit if a fake is good enough to fool the inspecting customs officer.

Once only popular among wholesalers and traders, Chatuchak Weekend Market has reached a landmark status as a must-visit place for tourists. Its sheer size and diverse collections of merchandise will bring any seasoned shoppers to their knees – this is where you can literally shop ‘till you drop’. 

Bargaining is expected, if not mandatory, at Chatuchak and the prices are generally substantially cheaper than the shopping centers and street stalls on Silom and Sukhumvit. Many shops in the more centrals areas of the city also have a branch here, selling the same goods for much lower prices.

Chatuchak Weekend Market, is very popular shopping centre to Thais and has become a popular place to tourists and foreigners who stay in Bangkok, has over 200,000 visitors each day(SAT-SUN) 30% is foreign. There are almost everything can be found here at a bargaining local price (not a tourist price), and most vendors actually come from local factories, like antique wood carving, clay handicrafts, local souvenirs from every parts of Thailand, Buddhist amulets, wooden funitures, hand made decorated flowers, plant, ceramic wares, dools, Thai Bejarong, Chinese wares, graden decorated plants, stones, trendy fashions, silk, hill-tribe outfits, fluffy dogs and more miscellaneous, etc.

You’re advised to get to the market in the morning to avoid some of the crowds and the heat that mounts up across the day, however, many stalls do not open until after 8am or even 9am so you may not want to plan your arrival until 9am anyway. Here our Chatuchak Market guide.

History of Chatuchak Weekend Market

Chatuchak Weekend Market owes its origin to Field Marshal Phibulsongkram, the late prime minister of Thailand (1938-1944, 1948-1957), who came up with the idea of setting up a flee Market in every town. As a result, the first flee market in Bangkok was held at Sanam Luang and was called Sanam Luang flee Market. However, there was time when the place was needed for other special functions and the flee market was then relocated to Saranrom Palace and settled there for 8 years. After that, it was moved again to Sanam Chai. But because of the limited space, it had to be moved back to Sanam Luang. In the same year, the government issued  a policy to turn Sanam Luang into be the venue to celebrate 200-year-anniversary of Bangkok, which would be held in 1982. Thus, it was decided that the flee market would be held at the Phaholyothin area  from then on amd it is later name Chattuchak Weeked Market after the nearby park under the same name.

Now, Chatuchak Weekend Market expand to Chatuchak 2 at Minburi District.

How to Enjoy Your Shopping Experience 

Few people go to Chatuchak knowing exactly what they want or which stall to go to. Many expect to be surprised and let the sights of all the goods take them through a journey down the maze of stalls. Most often, shoppers arrive with a rough idea of what they want, then are hypnotised by what they see and end up going home with more than a few extra shopping items. 

So, the best advice is, if you are going for the first time, to pick a starting point then just follow your instincts, enjoy the experience and bring home your exciting new finds. 

Bargaining Tips 

Chatuchak Weekend Market is the perfect place for bargain hunting, although whatever you buy here is probably no longer the best deal you can find. So brush up your negotiation skills and be prepared to walk away when the deal fails to go your way. Then, you’ll either be offered a lower price or simply find the same merchandise at another stall. It also helps to do a few practice runs before you actually start buying. Note that a friendly attitude and big smile are your biggest allies in securing the best possible deal.

What can you find?

If you can dream it up, Chatuchak probably has it. Here, you will be amazed at the sheer variety of merchandise, whether a Moroccan lamp, an antique wooden chest, a pair of vintage Levi’s jeans, or, on the exotic side, a python.

Free Chatuchak Market maps are available from the information kiosks scattered throughout the market, but as a general guide here are the items you can buy, divided into 11 categories, and the sections you can buy them in:

Clothing and Accessories – sections 2-6, 10-26
Miscellaneous and Used Clothing – sections 2-6, 22, 25, 26
Pets and Pet Accessories – sections 8, 9, 11, 13
Plants and Gardening Tools – sections 3-4
Books – sections 1, 27
Art – section 7
Antiques and Collectibles – sections 1, 26
Handicrafts – sections 8-11
Ceramics – sections 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 25
Furniture and Home Décor – sections 1, 3, 4, 7, 8
Food and Beverages – sections 2-4, 23, 24, 26, 27

When buying goods at Chatuchak, particularly ‘antiques’, it is wise to exercise a few precautions. Check your goods thoroughly to see whether there is any damage, as many vendors sell factory rejects. For ‘antiques’, don’t trust the vendor when he tells you it is genuine. It’s better to bring along an expert, unless you are happy with what you are paying for.  

Antiques, Handicrafts & Souvenirs

Section 1 is the place to go for Buddha statues, old LPs and other random antiques. More secular arts and crafts, such as musical instruments and hill-tribe items can be found in Sections 25 and 26. Baan Sin Thai sells a mixture of kŏhn masks and old-school Thai toys, all of which make fun souvenirs, and Kitcharoen Dountri specialises in Thai musical instruments, including flutes, whistles, drums and CDs of classical Thai music. Other quirky gifts include the lifelike plastic Thai fruit and vegetables at Marché, or their scaled-down miniature counterparts nearby at Papachu.

Clothing & Accessories

Clothing dominates most of Chatuchak, starting in Section 8 and continuing through the even-numbered sections to 24. Sections 5 and 6 deal in used clothing for every Thai youth subculture, from punks to cowboys, while Soi 7, where it transects Sections 12 and 14, is heavy on the more underground hip-hop and skate fashions. Somewhat more sophisticated independent labels can be found in Sections 2 and 3, while tourist-sized clothes and textiles are in Sections 8 and 10.

For accessories, several shops in Sections 24 and 26, such as Orange Karen Silver, specialise in chunky silver jewellery and semiprecious uncut stones.

Eating & Drinking

Lots of Thai-style eating and snacking will stave off Chatuchak rage (cranky behaviour brought on by dehydration or hunger), and numerous food stalls set up shop between Sections 6 and 8. Long-standing standouts include Foontalop, an incredibly popular Isan restaurant; Café Ice, a Western-Thai fusion joint that does good, if overpriced, pàt tai (fried noodles) and tasty fruit shakes; Toh-Plue, which does all the Thai standards; and Saman Islam, a Thai-Muslim restaurant that serves a tasty chicken biryani. Viva 8 features a DJ and, when we stopped by, a chef making huge platters of paella. And as evening draws near, down a beer at Viva’s, a cafe-bar that features live music.

Housewares & Decor

The western edge of the market, particularly Sections 8 to 26, specialises in all manner of housewares, from cheap plastic buckets to expensive brass woks. This area is a particularly good place to stock up on inexpensive Thai ceramics, ranging from celadon to the traditional rooster-themed bowls from Lampang.

PL Bronze has a huge variety of stainless-steel flatware, and Ton-Tan deals in coconut- and sugar-palm-derived plates, bowls and other utensils.

Those looking to spice up the house should stop by Spice Boom, were you can find dried herbs and spices for both consumption and decoration. Other notable olfactory indulgences include the handmade soaps, lotions, salts and scrubs at D-narn, and the fragrant perfumes and essential oils at AnyaDharu Scent Library.

For less utilitarian goods, Section 7 is a virtual open-air gallery – we particularly liked Pariwat A-nantachina for Bangkok-themed murals. Several shops in Section 10, including Tuptim Shop, sell new and antique Burmese lacquerware. Meng features a dusty mish-mash of quirky antiques from both Thailand and Myanmar.

Pets

Possibly the most fun you’ll ever have window-shopping will be petting puppies and cuddling kittens in Sections 13 and 15. Soi 9 of the former features several shops that deal solely in clothing for pets. It’s also worth noting that this section has, in the past, been associated with the sale of illegal wildlife, although much of this trade has been driven underground.

Plants & Gardening

The interior perimeter of Sections 2 to 4 feature a huge variety of potted plants, flowers, herbs, fruits, and the accessories needed to maintain them. Many of these shops are also open on weekday afternoons.

Chatuchak Weekend Market Tips & FAQs

When is the Chatuchak Market open?  
Chatuchak Market opening times:
Wednesday and Thursday (Plant section only) 7am-6pm
Friday (Wholesale only) 6pm-12pm
Saturday and Sunday (The whole market) 9am- 6pm

Are prices negotiable?  
Yes, unless it clearly states in the stall otherwise. Bartering is common across Thailand so remember to haggle for the best possible price.

How should I barter?  
Smiling and being polite is a good start to getting a deal. Don't be scared to walk away you are unsure with the price. You can shop around and see if you can get a better deal at another stall or you can always come back to renegotiate. Remember the stall section you are to avoid problems locating the stall.

When is the best time to go?  
It is advised to go in the morning to Chatuchak market. It gets very hot and busy in the mid-afternoon. You should allow the majority of the day to go to the market and leaving in the morning will allow you to relax as crowds of people start to enter around midday.

What should I wear?  
Chatuchak Market is very big and requires a lot of walking in hot temperatures. It would be advised to wear comfortable walking shoes and light clothing that is suitable for the humid weather. Many Thais also frown upon tourists that do not cover themselves correctly. Men must not be topless and women must wear more than a bikini or swimwear.

How long should I be there for?  
The market is open for the majority of the day but it is recommended to allow half a day minimum to have a good look around Chatuchak. It takes at least 3 hours to briefly sweep around the market. For a deeper look it is advised you allow for 5 hours inside.

Can I buy in bulk?  
It depends on the stall owner, but in most cases, yes. A lot of the owners carry a limited number of certain products but it can be arranged so they can get more sent in for you to either pick up at the market or get sent to your address.

Can I send items directly home?  
Various courier services are available at Chatuchak Market such as DHL, which will ship your items overseas. This service is not included in the price when you buy the item from the stalls.

Other tips you should to keep in mind while visiting Chatuchak Market

1. Arrive as Early as Possible: This market is really huge, spreading in 27-sections of the stalls and about 65 small lanes between those sections. If you wish to explore the entire market, then it requires a full day time. Always better to arrive as early as possible, preferably in the first half of the day, because in the evening, this market  is thronged by the hell of crowd.

2. Wear Comfortable Clothes: Wear Comfortable clothes to explore this market for such a long duration. If possible, avoid sleepers and go there in comfortable shoes. Your sleepers may come out in that crowd.

3. Beware of Pickpocketing: In this market, where the crowd moves neck to neck in the peak hours, there are high chances of theft and pickpocketing. So, always be cautious about your belongings, money and electronic gadgets.

4. No need to Carry Water: This market has many stalls selling juices, soft drinks and water. There is no need to carry them from your hotel. You can always buy them in the market and without any inflation. Its better to keep your hands free from water bottle and concentrate on other things.

5. Have a Fair Idea of the Market Map and Sections: This market is really huge to explore in a single day. It requires more time and even more energy. It is always better to get a copy of the market map from the entrance gates and chose the relevant section wisely for your exploration. As per the market website, some of the relevant sections are: Section 1: Amulets, books, collectibles, food shops, cafe, 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

6. If you like something, buy that immediately: If you like an item in the market, then buy that immediately. Don’t think that you will check the price at another shop and come back again to buy from the first shop at a better deal. If you pass onwards from one shop, chances are very less that you will again reach to that shop and find the same item. It is also a wastage of time. So, if you like something at any stall, bargain and buy that at first go.

7. Bargain Hard: Like any other street market, bargain hard and harder at Chahtuchak Market. Some items are available only at the fixed price, but mostly there is a good chance of huge bargain on almost every product. Normally, you should start from the 50% of the quoted price, if you don’t have a fair idea of the price.

8. Buy Some Antique Items: This market is an excellent place to buy some antique vintage items ranging from decade old jeans to jackets and vintage tees to skirts. There are many stalls in section 7 to 9 selling some of the unique vintage pieces, those are unavailable elsewhere.

9. Avoid this market during the rain: During the rainy season, this market can be turned into a hell. There are not much covered space around the stalls and there are no other place to hide you during the rain. Huge Crowd in the search of a shelter during the rain makes it impossible to accommodate everyone under the sheds. It is better to avoid this market during the rain and better to enjoy shopping at many glittering shopping malls scattered all around in Bangkok.

10. Food: This market is home to more than 500 food stalls selling varieties of items from street foods to delicious continental as well sea foods. If you tired and hungry after a long walk around the market, you can happily throw yourself inside any food stall to enjoy the mouth-watering foods.

11. Toilets: There are some toilets available in the market, generally near the entry/exit gates. They are usually chargeable and fee is 2 THB.

Exploring one of the biggest weekend market can be a wonderful experience of lifetime. So, if you are in Bangkok, try to spend a day at Chatuchak Market exploring the multiple shopping options, local cuisines, interacting with local people and enjoying the multitude of colors. This market is surely a worth visit.

How to get to Chatuchak Market

Skytrain
One way of getting to Chatuchak is by Skytrain (BTS). The Skytrain runs throughout Bangkok and you are able to get on and off, but make sure to jump back off at (N8) Mo Chit Station (Sukhumvit Line). From here, if you take exit no. 1 when leaving the station, you will eventually come across rows and rows of canvas stalls. Keep following the crowds until you come across a small entrance this is the clothing section of Chatuchak market. From here, you can start making your way through the market using our interactive map.

Bus
Travelling to Chatuchak market by Skytrain is by far the best and easiest method of transport, but there are certain parts of Bangkok that the BTS does not run through. One area many tourists choose to stay is in Khao San Road. If you choose to stay there and want to visit Chatuchak, you need to catch either bus number 524, or 3. Unfortunately, there are no available bus timetables, so we would advise asking locals where the best place to wait for the bus.

Bus fares cost as little as 20 Baht, and certain buses are free, so you be lucky. The journey from the Khao San area can take anywhere between 30-60 minutes dependent upon the chaotic Bangkok traffic.

Bus No. 3,826,27,28,29,34,38,39,44,52,59,63,77,90,96,104,408,112,122, 134,136,138,153,159

Aircondition Bus No. 2,3,9,18,19,28,34,39,44,134,145,153,510,512,513

Taxi
Travelling by taxi in Bangkok is by far the easiest and stress-free. However, it is the most expensive way of getting around. Many tourist destinations in Bangkok are crowded with taxis and are readily available.

Here are some our tips when using taxis in Bangkok:

  • Vacant taxis are usually signalled by a lit red ‘vacant’ sign on the front windscreen.
  • Nearly all Taxis in Bangkok are now on a meter, and so beware of drivers who do not want to charge you on the meter. Although rare, do not pay over the odds for your fare. It is often a good idea to check with your hotel concierge, Guest House or B&B how much roughly the journey will cost beforehand.
  • Although tipping the driver is not common practise, it is relatively common for customers to round the fare up to the nearest 5 or 10 Baht.
  • Only use a taxi when you know your final destination. They are not tour guides, and you don't want to fall victim of a taxi driver turned tour guide who wants to scam you. There are some taxi drivers in Bangkok that have links with arts and crafts, jewellery, silk and tailors shops and will try to take you to these places, so be firm with them and tell them your desired destination.

MRT
The Mass Rapid Transit network (MRT) is Bangkok’s subway system. With 18 stops stretching around 20km across Bangkok, it is another very easy method of transport when planning your trip to Chatuchak market.

If you want to visit the market, jump off at Kampaengphet as opposed to Chatuchak Park, as you will find it a shorter walk.

Tuk tuk
Travelling by the three-wheeled, open aired motorcycle taxi known as the Tuk tuk isn't exactly the most comfortable experience, but perfectly fine for short distances such as Chatuchak market. Before stepping into a Tuk tuk make sure you agree a price with the driver, otherwise you could be paying more than a taxi ride.

How to Reach from Khao San Road?

By Ferry Plus BTS: This is what I used to reach there. This market is located near Chatuchak Park, just 100 meters away from the Skytrain Station (BTS) Mo Chit. I stayed at a guest house in Khao San Road area, so walked for 10 minutes upto Phra Arthit pier of Chao Phraya Express. From there, I took an Express Ferry to Sathorn/Central Pier (15 THB). At Sathorn/Central Pier, there is a BTS station known as Taksin/Central Pier. This green line BTS (Ticket 40 THB) directly goes to Mo Chit BTS that is the last station of the green line and very closed to the Chatuchak Market. Everyone leaving the train at Mo Chit generally walks to Chatuchak Market from Exit No.1. Exiting from the right side, you can able to see the huge crowd gathered around the market from the BTS station itself.

This may not be the best way to reach Chatuchak Market, but it always keep you away from the choking traffic of Bangkok. You never stuck in the traffic neither on the river ferry, nor on the BTS Train and it is also very cheap (55 THB total) to reach Chatuchak Market from Khao San Road. This whole trip takes about 45 minutes.

By Taxi plus MRT: From Khao San Road , catch a taxi to Hua Lamphong Station (55 THB). From there take an underground MRT to Chatuchak Park Station or Kamphaen Station. Chatuchak market is situated between Chatuchak Park and Kamphaen Station, so leaving MRT at either of the station serves the purpose. This is a more costlier, but still good option, but you can stuck in the road traffic for some time while traveling from Khao San Road to Hua Lamphong Station.

By Cab: You can take private cabs to Chatuchak Market, which is of-course an expensive way (about 100 THB) in compare to the others. At the weekend, it can take hours to reach there from Khao San Road due to the traffic.

By Public Buses: Cheapest way to reach there is by using Public Buses. Bus No. 524 and Bus No. 3 ply between Khao San Road Area and Mo Chit Bus Terminus. If there is no traffic jam, it takes only 30 minutes to reach there, but in traffic it can take hours. Bus fare is only 13 THB. In fact, on Saturday, when I was coming from Mo Chit Bus Terminus to Phra Sumen near Khao San Road by an ordinary bus No. 3, they did not ask for the fare. Fellow travelers informed that the bus journey was free that day !

Opening Hours: The weekend market is open  for General Public on Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. After 6:00 PM, the shopping stalls started shutting down, however complete shutdown takes place around 8:00 PM. The market also remains open on Fridays for wholesale business. Similarly, Plant sections are also open on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

Reviews by visitors

For a shopping freak like me, this was amazing. This markets witnesses three shifts during the day. Each time the collection is different. First shift apparently starts as early as 5 am and last shift ends at 12 am. Prices are extremely cheap. For best discounts, visit during first shift early in the morning.

~jain

Remember to use suitable shoes, no high heels. The market is very huge. Nice place for shopping. Ladies pleade make sure you have plenty of Thai Bhat in you purse. Beware of those tut-tut, negotiate your fare before you sit in.

~nik

This market is so big, you will most probably get lost and don't know where you started. The market offers you many variety of things to buy. Just remember to bring a cap and drink loads of water because it will get really hot there! Remember to also try the coconut ice cream while you're there! There's a stall that is highly rated.

~neeka

Being love shopping and tasting the local foods so we dicided to go there in stead of shopping mall. There are so many things which are so unique, cheap and hard to choose. Fruits are so fresh and juicy. Foods are fine but it is a little spicy for us. It is nice to see but it so crowded so please watch out your belongings

~mike

This place is very hot especially if one is browsing the "outside-shops", so we decided to come early morning .

Nothing much has changed since last visit. It's still not that cheap here but some bargains still can be found. Generally we noticed some items prices seems to be a little lower than before & stall holders are more receptive to bargaining now.

Be prepared to bargain hard or you end up a big loser, as initial prices given( ESP for higher value items) are usually very high. We managed to get a 50% mark down from original price for shoes after persistent bargaining. It's a 600 baht mark down per pair! 

Of course some stall owners will not budge. But then there are many others selling same thing. Go elsewhere . 

Watch your bags to avoid being pickpocketed in the crowds. 

For first timers here, note this place is very huge. Easy to get "lost". Get an area map. We spent 5 hours here. 

To avoid terrible traffic jams, take the above-ground BTS trains or the cheaper, & more comfortable underground BEM MRT trains. 

~miley

This is definitely a shopper's paradise as you can get almost anything here at reasonable price. The market is huge and has several sections for Men's, women's, kid's garments, fashion items, jewelry, toys, souvenir's, bags, gift items and so many. It is impossible to cover all the sections hence you need to make up your mind at the entrance and target your section specifically. It has many lanes and by lanes inside and you need to be watchful where you are moving.
The prices are very reasonable and bargain is possible if you are buying more than one piece. The market is close to Mo-chit BTS station and also not very far from City centre.

~kenny

This market has got everything. You could start on a Saturday at 9am. Do shopping. Have lunch. Sundowners and go home for a rest. Sunday start at 9am and shop in a different part. 

The prices in some of the garden furniture outlets are totally unreasonable, as there are 4-5 outlets owned by the same person, yet operating under different names and all prices in the same range. If you ask for a discount, you would wonder had you just sworn at the staff as they give you a look in horror. 

If you want the same furniture, then go to Chiangmai as that's where it is manufactured, and you get it for 40% of what the 4-5 outlets are promoting it for.

~david

Don't go here if you don't like crowds. This is where the animal kingdom comes together. All kinds of creatures.....but you'll also find all kinds of merchandise. Took my wife, 5 year old and 2 year old. If we can survive it, so can you. Its a 35 acre shopping jungle. - Good Luck and may the good deals be with you.

~jennifer

Not my type of place but it is still worth coming for an experience. There are lots of things available here at the cheaper rate. Coconut icecream and rotee is a must try here. It gets very hot in the afternoon as it is outdoor. Best place to get souvenir here. For the first timer who come to Bangkok the weekend, can come here to buy your souvenirs...!

~taylor

You can really find anything here. Clothing, weapons, souvenirs, animals, food, candy, juices, girl stuff like makeup and plenty of more stuff. It's so big that if you are a couple don't loose each other there because it's fully packed with people from all over the world there. It was very good for me and usually I don't like big crowds of people but for my girlfriend it was a nightmare because she is smaller than me and didn't see everything and it was too hot for so we really was there for an hour maybe. Rod Fai Night Market was better for couples in my experience and Chatuchak Weekend Market is better alone or with tall friends.

~olof

The Chatuchak Weekend Market is an enormous shopping experience that could take several days to complete, but 4-5 hours here are sufficient to cover a small portion of the market.
There are plenty of options to eat, shop & relax. Plan your outing using a map otherwise you'll end up wasting time, lost in the maze-like lanes & sections here.

There are several novelty shops and often what you find in some place might not be available elsewhere. The prices aren't the cheapest, but cheaper than most other markets in Bangkok.

If you're looking out for some good street shopping, then don't miss out on this market.

~rahul

Generally this place is massive, good place to buy aromatherapy oils, clothes, bags, souvenirs, pet accessories. 

Use Jj mall, as a point for rest (remember the shops like swensons, or some coffee place to get your bearings alot easier and to exit.) JJ mall is a good market to find out where you are and includes Google maps. 

Famous shops like Bangkok original have markings on Google maps, so that can really help too. 

Although the clock tower is in the middle, it can get pretty confusing too. 

You can bargain with the shop holders for a lower price especially when you buy more. 

Food choices are a plenty in every area. Try the duck with rice noodles it's pretty good. Cha yen is everywhere too. Coconut ice cream is also found everywhere, a great choice to cool down in the hot weather. 

Sometimes the various sections are mixed like jj Plaza and jj market, so do take note, they have various variations, and pet streets too. Good idea to wear some form of insect repellant as the drains within the market do collect water and can be dark. 

Important!!! For those carrying backpacks, do not put any valuables in your front zips, pickpockets aim for that. (I had some stuff stolen but thankfully it wasn't important, got pickpocketed at the aquarium section near jj Green where it was super crowded and I had a trolley in hand) 

If you carry too much you can buy trolleys that a range from 300 baht onwards. But if you are intending to buy them for carry on, do take note of the size, some stallholders aren't very familiar, we end up have to check in ours cuz our trolley was too large (almost the same size as our luggage) 

Close to closing time for some shops (at around 630) can be a good time to bargain with shop holders wanting to make a final buck! 

Getting around with the trolley was still alright even with the tiny drains so bringing your own luggage is not a bad idea. 

Don't buy the makeup if you have se sensitive skin as usually they aren't exactly authentic.

~cynthia

As recommended during weekends, a lot of variety of goods, clothing , souvenirs, home wares n almost everything u want... Plus remember to always bargain your way through... 

This market still hold a niche for the large size... But with the number of other night markets in BKK... But still highly recommended for a visit... The map should also show the area for eating, as one could grow hungry from all the walking...

~ming

1) easy to reach there by bts train direct to chatuchak and the market is just a walking distance from the train station. 

2) advisable to go in the morning especially if bring kids with stroller if u plan to shop here as most of the stall has open & u can shop in cold breeze windy morning rather than hot sweaty weather at afternoon & evening.. 

3) reach there at 9am, not many visitor in morning so easy to bargin price, u r not goin to hit other people's shoulder, comfortable to stroll in morning

4) can get cheap price for good quality products like thai silk & organic spa beauty products

~shikin

It just goes on for ever lots of tacky touristy I love ️Bangkok, there's also some cool original art there (on the right hand side as you enter from the park side) also a few quality items of clothing from local designers hidden in amongst everything it just involves searching for a hour or twenty.

~bailey

If you visit Bangkok. Take a whole day from 9 am ti 5pm to visit this amazing large market. It is fully open only on Saturday and Sunday. You will find anything here from outfit to plant and pets. Dont worry for lunch, there ate many local food stall and restaurant inside. Make sure you will not get lost inside... hehehe

~wendy

Huge market, so probably impossible to visit all the stores. Found awesome fashionable clothes (for those NOT looking for the hippie/trance/tye dye vibe)for good prices. You need to buy 4 items and up to get really good discounts. The shops that look very fancy are overpriced. My boyfriend got really awesome shirts aswell. Even though the market opens at 09:00 and we got there at 09:30ish a few stalls were still setting up so best to arrive at 10:00. 10:00 is the best time as its not too busy, gets waaaay to full at around 13:00. Had really awesome fresh phad thai and spring rolls. For the discerning traveler its best to stick to vegetarian options to avoid food an upset stomach, as the westernised pallet/stomach is often not used to foreign foods.

~sarah

This place really is huge, with so many stalls selling so many different products - many at bargain prices. We went early and left around lunchtime, just as it was starting to become really crowded. Whenever you go, give yourself plenty of time to soak it all in.

~byron

Depending on where you're at, the better way to Chatuchak would be by MRT to Kampheng Phet that will lead you directly into the market - less crowded as compared to the MRT at MoChit and also less walking under the scorching sun along the crowded pavement lined with souvenir stalls. For clothes, my teenagers found Platinum Mall more varied and trendy and we bought more useful household items this time round plus some footwear. The foot massage was a welcome from the heat and the sore muscles, so was the popular coconut ice cream and some hot snacks.
As we had been to Or-Tor-Kor market, we decided to take the MRT back to Asoke and lunched at Terminal / Pier 21 for another round of shopping. Truth be told, if you've been there once or twice, it's same old, same old stuff that you can get elsewhere (pets excluded) there's more interesting Rot Fai markets / Artbox to give you a different offering.

~jay

Loved the market experience - went on a Sunday and it was packed! Very authentic. Lots of good stuff, but if you're going to Chiang Mai I think the stuff at their night market had higher quality things at lower prices. That said - still worth a go! Dress in light clothes and bring a hat.

~andrea

Bustling market with everything you can ever find. For a trendy and eclectic mix of apparel, head straight to Sections 2, 3 and 4 and you won't be disappointed! (It helps to download the map of the market before heading down.) Do not miss the famous coconut ice cream at Section 2!

~estell

I have been to Chatschuk on numerous occasions and it never gets old. There is literally anything you could want; from clothes to homewares, electronics and food. 

The market is well organised into sections and you can spend hours looking through all sorts of treasures. My most exciting find was the vintage Rolex watches!

Be sure to carry water (or money to buy water) in the summer as it gets very hot under the roof of the market. 

Set aside at least half a day to walk around the whole market and be sure to sample the local street foods and drinks that are available throughout.

~chris

If you can't find it here it's not for sale in Thailand. The largest market in the country. Best time to go is evening when the gardens are lit up with festive lighting. Early morning is good if you have trouble with hot weather. Feel free to negotiate every price.

~jimberson

Not always the best prices, if you love crowds and bartering then you'll love it. If you don't want to visit 5 stores to buy one thing at a reasonable price you probably won't. I preferred the random markets that were all over Bangkok as you walked around, but some would love this I suspect.

~caroline

Great place to shop. It had different and many types of goods and products for shopaholic to enjoy the shopping. You even could spend a couples of hours or whole day to enjoy the shopping experience here if you are able to stand with the heat under the hot sun.

Unfortunaly, most of the shops don't offer much much room for price bargain which typical a shopping "SOP" when we shop at this kind of market. Be ware of few shops they may curse or angry with you if you would not want to deal after bargain the price.

~eddie

Visited Chatuchak twice and loved it. We actually changed our holiday route to be in Bangkok on the weekend in order to see Chatuchak.
You can go there by BTS, the nearest station is Mo Chit. Then it is only a 5 minute walk to the market. At the entrance, you get a map of the market which shows the different sections and can be really helpful to not get completely confused. 
I love that Chatuchak is so busy and vibrant. You definitely need a day to see most of it. It is fun for shopping, as you get everything from clothes, accessories, food, souvenirs, etc for a very cheap price. At some shops you can bargain, at others not - give it a try.

~maria

Chatuchak is well known as a Saturday/Sunday huge market. Popular with Locals and tourists alike. Best way to get there is by MRT (subway). Get off at KAMPAENGPHET station (not Chatujak), take exit# 2 and you will come out inside the market!. BTS skytrain to MO CHIT will also get you there but a short walk to the market.
The earlier you can get there the less crowded. (Be sensible about your belongings, don't have your holiday spoiled). There are plenty of food and refreshment places featuring good Thai food. Try the home-made coconut ice cream-its a must!
If you want cheap Jeans shirts etc work your way into the centre of the market. along one side in the narrow passageways you can find traditional Thai goods to take home, Retro clothes and very modern fashion. Art, silk flowers, Make up and beauty products, weird and wonderful, it's all there.
After your shopping make for Exit 1 and rest and refresh at DOITUNG coffee shop. They have the best Apple pie in Bangkok! You can also buy THAI coffee (including Peaberry very cheap) to take home.Go home on the MRT (Kampaengphet) and you'll be sure to get a seat!
There is a pet and livestock section at the back if that interests you. Across the street from the pet area is a Mall JJ MALL which is also worth a visit.

~peter

If u look something to bring gift back to you country
This place is perfect, near BTS station and located on central of bangkok. It easy to get there
No one in bangkok that has cheaper place to buy handmade and gift than chatuchak market
But u need to notice that it opens only on weekend
You can also found traditional food there such as mango sticky rice

~shaqiq

One of the largest weekend market in the world, this is a must- visit place if you are in Bangkok. Mo Chit is the nearest BTS station. 5 minutes walk to the market. At the entrance there is an officer who provides you a map of the market (which is of great help). Minimum half day is required for you to get around all shops. This is a paradise for shopping lovers. Extremely crowded throughout the day. Do bargaining from 30 -50% below the price. There are many street food vendors near the Kamphaeng Phet MRT station. Don't miss the coconut ice cream (40 Baht) which is located near the entrance to the market from MRT station. After your days purchase there is Chatuchak Park on the way to Mo Chit BTS where you can relax.

~amal

Not for the faint of heart, this market is a must visit ... If not for the great deals but to experience such a large, busy, and culturally filled area. Hard to see every thing in one day, so you may need to schedule a few if you really want to see it all. Most stalls sell the same things though

~steve

The weekend market is a must go and must see for tourists. There are almost 9000 stalls and shops selling very reasonable and affordable and good quality items. Although the most shops offer fixed price, some shops do allow some bargaining of price. 

I would suggest to spend the whole day at this place as there are so many things to see and buy. A lot of tasty and delicious local food. A must try is the coconut ice cream. 

The place is quite clean. Feel safe as there are many police officers on foot patrol. 

Strongly recommend to visit this place.

~donald

Make sure to get a free map so you can find your way around. This place is filled with 15,000+ stalls ranging from furniture to food. Go around 08:00 in the morning if you want to avoid the crowds that come in around 11:00. Here you can get street food or a quiet massage in a air conditioned room. Barter everything as they enjoy this.

~trump

This should be everyone's first stop and day activity when arriving in Bangkok, if you've never been here before. I highly recommend starting out early in the morning to get the best deals, and to take the time to weave in and out of all the aisles.

While there are touristy stands all over at every market in Bangkok, this was the only market that we visited where it wasn't overwhelmingly geared towards tourists. There are many repeat products, but as you explore through the tangle of vendors, you'll see that this market has the most variety and sells products far beyond just souvenirs - you can get anything from clothing to bath items to furniture to jewelry to hardware. 

I also highly recommend this if you want to try street food for the first time - there are many food vendors on the main streets that run through the market, and after spending two weeks around Thailand, we realized that this was the cleanest area to get street food as well. 

Definitely the best market in Bangkok for everyone. Be ready to have fun haggling, and don't jump on the first deal you see, as you will most likely find a better deal not too far away - you can always go back :)!

~reince

Chatuchak Weekend Market is one of the best markets of Bangkok. One can get anything there from clothes to artefacts to books and everything is very cheap. The market is big and one needs to have time to visit it properly. Though the price is reasonable but you can bargain everywhere. If searched properly one can find very many unique things in the market including antiques. A must visit in Bangkok. There are lots of small restaurants to give you the taste of the local flavour.

~judhaji

There are hundereds of shops selling different things, some very touristics, some special local designs. You need to be patient to discover the gems among all the commons. Both the MTR and BST will be able to get there easily. Took 45 mins from Asok station.

~jack

With over 9000 stalls to choose from if you can't find something to buy here you must own everything. It's so big we had to do it over two days. The wife love it there's food stalls serving authentic Thai food , antiquities, clothes of every description . Best Buy for me was red tag Levi jeans from USA for $ 16 AUD can't beat that.

~wilson

This is probably one of the biggest shopping venues in Bangkok, even Thailand. All available from cloths, souvenirs, ceramics, pottery.....name it you will find it there. Some unique pieces as well as antique stores. Thirsty or hungry no problem available. Need ATM also available. They even have a an am so you do dedicated and focused shopping. It's open air so do not "over dress."

~fabian

As per my visit, i beleive this is the best place to shop around.Bcoz you can find anything and everything whatever you want to buy.Its beyond imagination.Lovely place to shop during the weekend as you get stuffs at one of the cheapest and economical price.If you are in bangkok dont miss this weekend market, its worth every penny you invest.

~papai

But beware, it's big! You'll need a market map and a good sense of direction! If it's a hot day make sure you wear a hat and take water. There are literally thousands of stalls selling all manner of items. There are 'sections' such as clothing, housewares, art and so on, so with the guide map you can navigate to the items that interest you.

Hang on to your wallets and your kids. It could be easy to lose either....

~sydney

We visited here briefly for perhaps two hours. I enjoyed walking around the homewares and clothing sections. There were some really unusual stores including the ability to purchase a taxidermy flamingo if one felt the need... 

I really disliked the pet section. It truly upset me to see all of those baby animals being gawked at and poked. On the plus side many of the stores were air-conditioned but this place is not the best start for a young animal. 

We also found even with a Thai speaker getting a taxi from here that would use the meter was virtually impossible. Not something we encountered anywhere else in Bangkok (with a Thai speaker). 

I'd probably return but would avoid the pet section.

I also noticed heaps of 'beware of the pickpockets' signs. This is an ideal place to be the victim of such a crime. Do be careful of your belongings and aware of your surroundings.

~pug

This is a fun place to visit, although v hot! Recommend at the end of your trip as the place to buy all your gifts/souvenirs/knock-offs.
Facilities are more geared to it being a working market for locals rather than tourist attraction - which is great! But just be aware that there is only really streetfood on offer and the loos were hard to find and "squat" toilets.

~ruth

Get lost in the 100s of stalls selling all manners, junks, watches, clothes, silver, soaps, food and more. You name it, they probably have it, or perhaps a cheaper imitation of it. 
Judging by what is sold there, it suggests the market is for locals as much as it is for tourists by which I mean NP every stall is selling elephant pants,wooden elephants, postcards and tailored suits. It makes a nice change.
The narrow corridors crammed with people make for an experience worth visiting.
At one of the market you have lots of street food stalls at reasonable prices and at the other end you have a huge park, so there's plenty of room to unwind after the chaos.
Worth a look.

~bob

I'll always pick a weekend if I want to book a trip to Bangkok, just so I can go to Chatuchak market! It's a shopping haven. From clothes, to kitchen ware, household decors, pet stuff, jewellery, shoes... everything! Loads of shopping for guys as well. There's also a good alley there, and lots of little food stalls tucked in between the shops, so don't worry about getting hungry. MUST TRY the coconut ice cream there. This place is famous for the ice cream. And be sure to bring a fan as it can get very humid and hot.

~neil

This market has more stalls than one can count! Its hard to know where to start so just dive in and wander. There are plenty of food stalls with great local foods to try. I had coconut pancakes. Not like IHOP pancakes....but pure, sweet grilled coconut disks. After wandering around and your legs and feet sre getting tired, stop for a 30 minute foot massage for 150 baht (about $4). There are dozens of massage offerings. After the refreshing massage dive back into the market. The market is easily accessible by the MRT.

~josh

Strategically located at the BTS station, one of the must go places to visit in Bangkok. There's always something for everyone here. Food is available at all places and cheap too. Don't forget to collect the map as the management has strategically group up the stalls based on type of items and interests.

~faruq

If you are looking for a full contact street market that you wont live long enough to see everything this is it. Someone told us there are 9,000 vendors and I believe it. Everything you could want for what seems like miles. We picked up a few nice linen dresses and leather goods. The best place we were for gifts to take back. Allocate a lot of time here if you want to knock it out. Many food stalls as well, but we decided to eat Thai on the street next door. Will go back

~dyson

When it comes to gifts, Chatuchak has a kazillion things to choose from. Good to show visitors to Bangkok. Get thete s soon as it opens at 10.00am as it gets busy fast. Lots of food choices. Easily accesible by public transport. Good for all family. Gets hot there.

~dive

I was there for an entire Sunday. You can literally find whatever you are looking for, from souvenirs to food, from antiques to clothes.
Moreover, it is really easy to get there by metro (Mo Chit BTS exit 1 and 3).
Be ready to negotiate to get the best deals.
P.s.: you will not be surely alone.

~lynch

As usual, went with specific purchases in mind. I wanted 2 long sleeved 2nd hand US thick cotton T-shirts. Got them - 2 bux each. Wanted a small black second-hand thick black leather vintage brief case. Got it - 40 bux. Wanted some stocking fillers for xmas - got some really nice aromatherapy oils and burners, plus some classy chop-stick sets.

The Mrs managed to blow 250USD on an assortment of clothes and leather bags for herself and crissy prezzies. I wouldnt let her buy the father christmas outfits for our friends canine rats (their chihuahuas). She will go back tomorrow to close the deal on her second hand Prada leather handbag which she has managed to knock down to 1200 BHT already.

Honestly, if you like vintage, or knock-offs, or originals (for the cheapo stuff), or art work, or just about anything from rocks and minerals through to cats and dogs, then you will find it here in chatuchak. We fly up from Indonesia every few months for our shopping fix.

~ricardo

Chatichaak weekend market is a must visit in bangkok if you want to shop for cheap. The market is huge and divided in sections. It is better to get there early in the morning as it gets really crowded later. Better reach around 9.30-10.00.
You can easily reach by BTS it is the last station called Mo Chit on sukhumvit line.

You will find almost everything from knockoffs to original thai stuff. Jeans, tshirts, clothes, jewellery all manners of bags, shoes, crockery, pottery, basketery, 
Etc. Tons of souvenirs like keychains, magnets, pouches etc are available. 

You should baargain a lot and they give you a deal if you buy in bulk like 3 a piece etc.

~tannee

Had one day in Bangkok, made the Chatuchak market the priority. It's pretty incredible. You can find just about anything you can think of here... and lots of it. Not good for people who are claustrophobic as the walkways among shops are narrow and very crowded. Great deals can be made. Easy to get to on public transport. Food, clothing, housewares, lighting, jewelry, pet supplies, shoes, baby furniture, plastic flowers, botanical soaps, silk scarves, etc... it's all here.

~catherine

Visited on a Saturday evening , went along with my wife without expectations but at the first sight we found it was crowded place with lot of options to buy ESP clothes , monuments !! We shopped and tried our hands on Thai street food in there . But negotiations are key , having said that prices are cheap for the quality you get there . Happy shopping !! 

Ps : try to reach early as possible for few shops tend to close early .

~kurmar

This was coolest market I've ever visited, for real. My boyfriend and I ended up spending 3 hours here just wandering around. Don't let the size overwhelm you, that's the best part! Some of the stands are overpriced and repetitive but some are super unique and have great deals. It's a great place to practice your bargaining skills too. I ended up spending barely anything and got 5 bags, 2 pouches, and some really pretty scarves. Tip: Dress light and bring water because this place gets pretty stuffy and hot on a warm day

~laura

If you want to shop in Bangkok, plan your trip on a weekend and you can catch the Chatuchak Weekend Market. Plenty of deals to find with some really great steals when it comes to clothes and some handicrafts. If you are an orchid and plants enthusiast, you should go to the market on Tuesday or Wednesday. Remember the shops open early morning and close by 6 pm. So schedule your trip accordingly. From Khaosan to Chatuchak it should cost THB200-250 depending on your bargaining skills. I heard Bus 5 goes there for free, but didn't confirm. It is a fun place for all ages.

~anda

We visited market on Friday early afternoon where not all "shops" were yet ready. More precisely they were in the middle of preparation and unpacking. Still we were able to buy a lot of everything! Cheaper than in mall or brand shops and you can see local people and catch the culture discussing the price you want to pay

~carol