Chatuchak is the world’s biggest weekend market selling everything from smallest pieces of spare parts to accessories, fashion, food, antique and pets. There are almost everything can be found here at a bargaining price and most vendors come from factories from other province of Thailand with their art and handicraft skills. It is more like a must visit place for tourist with over 15,000 stalls to explore to diverse collections of items.
Chatuchak Market Hours & Location
The weekend market is open on Saturdays and Sundays, 9:00 – 18:00 and on Friday which is called as wholesale day it is open from 18:00 – 24:00. Plant and flowers sections are also open on Wednesday and Thursday from 6:00 – 18:00.
You can get to Chatuchak market through couple of routes. Take BTS to Mo chit station and take the exit no.1, most of the crowd will be rushing towards Chatuchak market as well so follow them until you see a small entrance to the market. Another possible way is by taking MRT to Chatuchak Part station and then takes exit no 1.
Main Attractions of Chatuchak
Once you are deep in the intestine of chatuchak, it will seem like a maze with no escape. Luckily the market is arranged into relatively comprehensible section. You will find narrow roads to walk through in each section and you will get everything from Furniture and Home decoration, Food and Beverages, Art and Gallery, plants and gardening tools, pets, antiques and collectibles, handicraft and clothing.
Antiques and Collectibles
Antiques and Collectibles are available all around the market but particular focused section for this product will be in Section 26. Section 26 carries the real cluster of antiques to choose from. It holds some fascinating collectables ranging from Buddha image, garnished bulky furniture such as beds, dining tables and other random woodwork. Thai musical instruments are also widely available to keep it a souvenir or a free time companion. Masterpiece of impressive art and craft as well as Small collectibles such as old-style lamps, clocks and brass work are also readily available.
Clothing, Accessories and Plants
Clothing, Accessories and Plants takes control of most of the chatuchak market. You will find all kind of clothes but the best and unique section to go through would be Section 2-6 offering vintage clothes. Plenty of old classic 80s jeans to modified reworked dresses, and denim jackets to Hawaiian shirts. Section 12-14 focus more on hip-hop fashion whereas, jewelry and accessories can be found in section 24 and 26. There are more 600 stalls selling all kind of fashion in these sections for women’s and men’s. In other section of the market you will also find variety of flowers, fruits, herbs and plants with all the accessories needed to maintain them. From big pots to small bouquets all can be found in Section 2 and 4.
Furniture and Home Décor
Furniture and Home Décor specializes in all kind Home décor and furniture. Inexpensive Thai ceramics have a different characteristic of their own. Here you can easily find all kind of deals from cheap tin to hi-grade glass work. Few shops such as Spice Boom, N & D Tablewares and Ton-Tan are famous for their different furniture and decoration equipment. Popular memorabilia of brand such as Coca-Cola and Pepsi tin, glasses and can opener can be found. This section also provide with other personal comfort for house with blankets, towels and pillows.
Pet’s lovers will have a great time here in chatuchak market. Want to buy a pet or just spend some time cuddling and kissing them; you will have a lot of varieties to enjoy with. All kinds of pets can be found here, most popular being cats and dogs. Dogs of popular breed were there from bulldog, Shih Tzu, Pug, Sheepdog, boxers and many more. Cute Persian and Thai cats were easily available there. Bird lovers can also find their range from parrots to parakeets. Wide selection of aquatic beauty can also be easily available here from gold fish, tortoise to more exotic star fish. Pet accessories are also available from small cages, clothes and dietary supplements.
Eating and Drinking
Eating & drinking there are countless food stalls up at show between section 6 and 8. The Market got food in abundance. There are more than 300 different shops with their unique menus. Whether being a small 4-wheel stall or a cozy welcoming restaurant, all provide with great atmosphere and their specific dishes. All kinds of local dishes and desserts are available. There is a new section opened called Dream it holds vast varieties of restaurants in the market. Most popular of dish is Som tum (seasoned papaya salad). Japanese, Vietnamese and Muslim curried rice chicken is also available.
Tips and Tricks – Bargaining Power
Like any other street market, even in Chatuchak you make sure you bargain hard. Vendors will sweetly focus on saying they are giving you the best and cheapest price, but you can surely bargain with the price and most of the time they will lower the price. Especially if buying couple of products from one shop make sure you cut the price they saying. Although some items have fixed price but most of it are in bargain margin. Use the negotiation skills at your best and prepare to walk away if it doesn’t fall your way, there are plenty of shops selling similar stuff so you would surely be able to grab at other stall.
How to have a good shopping experience in Jatujak Market
- Arrive as early as possible
- Wear comfortable clothes. E.g. shorts and a t-shirt with pair of sneakers
- Beware of pickpockets and check your belongings time to time
- Bring a back-pack for storing all your shopping’s
- ATM’s are hard to find, better carry extra cash.
- Have a fair idea of market, free maps are available.
Exploring such a large market will be a wonderful experience. Make sure you spare whole day for the trip at chatuchak market. Going through even half the given section will take most of your day. There will be plenty of things for grab which you won’t be able to find in any other market in Bangkok.