Sawadee ka, guys!
Just this week, my best friend flew to Bangkok to see me and explore the city. On her itinerary is the Chatuchak Market which I haven’t visited yet ever since living in Thailand. So with my camera, we took some photos I hope to share with you together with a story of what our experience was like during this trip.
Bangkok is one of the best shopping cities in Asia. Not only that you can find thousands of expensive branded products from H&M to Gucci, but it also offers affordable shopping to those with lesser budget. Inexpensive shopping in Bangkok is plentiful from the popular Platinum Fashion Mall, Talat Rot Fai Night market and Chatuchak weekend market.
Chatuchak or Jatujak (JJ) Market is situated in Kamphaeng Phet 3 Rd, Khwaeng Lat Yao, Khet Chatuchak. It opens on Saturdays and Sundays, 09:00 – 18:00, and Fridays at 18:00 – 24:00.
How to get to Chatuchak Weekend Market
The best way to reach the market is either through the Skytrain (BTS) or the subway (MRT). The market is only a 10-minute walk from Mochit Station for BTS and Chatuchak Park for MRT.
Chatuchak Market has more than 15,000 stalls selling different kinds of goods from clothing, souvenirs, bags, plants, paintings, home accessories, food and more. Basically, everything under the sun.
They’ve got bags in all sizes.
These pouches are perfect souvenirs from Thailand. One pouch costs 10 THB only.
The market is so large that it will normally take 2-3 hours to visit all the shops. Maybe 4-5 hours if you plan on buying some stuff. Surely, it will take longer if you look around, find what you like, then bargain and decide if you really want to buy the product.
Local people and tourists come to the market to do some serious shopping.
Comfort & Safety
Comfort is one thing to consider while planning a visit to the market. Wear comfortable shoes and clothes. Wear something that you’re willing to get dirt and sweat on. Don’t bring bags that are too heavy. I would recommend a small shoulder bag or backpack that you can place in front of you. Be mindful of your belongings while inside the market.
Some people are just jamming and enjoying their music.
Luckily it’s near Chatuchak Park because, with our tired legs from hours of walking, we needed to take a rest while devouring our snacks. Shopping in Chatuchak requires strong stamina, I tell you.
We ended our trip with plastic bags, not very environmentally friendly, we couldn’t carry by ourselves. Personally, I bought a couple of shirts and different kinds of souvenirs as Christmas gifts, spending almost 500 THB only.