Chatuchak Weekend Market in Bangkok
Chatuchak aka Jatujak Weekend Market in Bangkok is the largest of it's type in the world. And it is probably the most diverse. It is 68 rai (over 26 acres and 100,000 square meters) in area.
Chatuchak is much more than a market. It is a singular experience
and not to be missed. Anything for sale in Bangkok will be here
The market is chaotic and illogical, but it works.
200,000 shoppers arrive each day. Shops and stalls, 9,000 of them, sell merchandise of every description.
From antiques to Buddha amulets to pets and handicrafts, the sprawling complex is a shopper's delight.
Many of the 5,000+ merchants are individuals and families who work all week to prepare merchandise for sale on weekends.
You will find bargains galore. Bargaining is required and Chatuchak is an excellent place to hone your skills.
- The market is on Paholyothin Road, north of the Victory Monument and near the Northern Bus Terminal.
- Getting there is relatively simple since everyone know the place. The Skytrain is an excellent alternative. Take the skytrain to the Mochit Station, the last northbound station. And the new Bangkok subway now runs to Chatuchak.
- The market is officially open only on weekends from 09:00 to 18:00.
- Go early, it will be hot.
- Maps are available at the police booth. It makes finding your way around much easier.
- If you go as a group, use the clock tower as a meeting point.
- Guard your valuables ... with 200,000 people, a few pickpockets are sure to be there as well.
- Enjoy one of the truly unique shopping experience in Asia.