When you go on a tour to Bangkok, Thailand, chances are, you will visit the temples in the city. One place you shouldn’t miss is the Chatuchak Weekend Market. Whether you want to shop or not, it is a must-visit destination if you want to delve deeper into Thai culture and experience. It is also near private hotels so you don’t have to go far.
Chatuchak Weekend Market is now considered a place where visitors find the best collections of merchandise with a price that is to die for. This is a place where you are indeed free to shop till you drop. If you are searching for markets, this is one of the best markets you will find in Thailand.
Chatuchak Weekend Market has more than 8,000 market stalls and shops spread around in a 14-hectare area. On a typical weekend, you can expect more than 200,000 visitors to check for local goods and finding the best open shops.
For a first-timer, it may be a little overwhelming to tour around the street and open spaces in Chatuchak Weekend Market, but there is actually a system that can help you tour around easily. Find the main walkway inside that encircles the entire market. Once you find it, you are free to check out the numbered alleyways called Soi 1, Soi 2, and so forth.
It’s impossible to list every local good you can find here, but in general, you can find clothing, crafts, art and gallery, plants, furniture, books, antiques, and a lot more! If you tour around the street, you will find a good price for almost everything. Going around is an experience itself that you shouldn’t miss.
To get the best out of this destination, it is highly recommended that you know exactly what you want before getting there. Before you even go to the railway station or leave your hotels, try to ask around or research in advance what you want to check out in Chatuchak Weekend Market. So whether you are looking for art or any other local goods, you can go through every shop and get the most out of your time.
Tips before entering Chatuchak:
Before leaving your private hotels, wear comfortable clothing and shoes.
Keep your personal items in private and watch out for your belongings.
If you are bringing your own vehicle, know where to park and don’t just park everywhere.
Bring an extra bag.
Hotels near the area usually have a map for navigating Chatuchak.
Carry bottled water.
Consider going in the morning before it gets hot and crowded.
How to get to the Chatuchak Weekend Market
To reach the Chatuchak Weekend Market, hop on the Skytrain (BTS) to Mo Chit station. Take exit #1. Walk for a few meters until you see rows of clothes stalls. Turn right and you will see lots of stalls. Look for a small entrance that leads into the market.
Another option to get to the Chatuchak Weekend Market is to take the subway (MRT) to Chatuchak Park Station. Take Exit #1. Then walk for a few meters until you reach a small entrance that leads to the market.
You can also book a private tour where you can have private transportation to the market.