The weekend market Chatuchak (Bangkok, Thailand)
This huge place that is the paradise shopping and excellent place to put into practice our skills I regateo in Bangkok. Throughout the enclosure, more than 110,000 square meters, is fenced with what is necessary to locate the nearest entrance to access a u inside, simple task since there is just to follow the barrage of people up there moves. Although itself Chatuchak market lies within the fenced enclosure, on the outskirts also you have been installing different jobs Street Street where sells absolutely everything from clothing, footwear and textiles to animals, there is also an area of restaurants to taste a delicious dish of Pad Thai.
Shops in Market Chatuchak Weekend
The market Chatuchak weekend in numbers
Although the Chatuchak market dates back decades in time, settled in its current location in the year 1982. The influx of people to the Chatuchak market are estimated to be 200,000 people each day, where 30% are foreigners. With these figures of infarction can seem a place crowded and overwhelming, but our subjective impression is that there was no sense of crowd or overwhelmed, in part by the 35 acres of surface they occupy the 15,000 stores.
Market Jutujak Bangkok
Shopping at Bangkok's Chatuchak market
What can you buy in the Chatuchak market? with more than 15,000 stores is difficult to not find even the most implausible article in this huge market, but most items are clothing and textiles, where the price is very cheap. It is important to bear in mind that although prices are not so tourist as it can happen elsewhere in Bangkok, for example in Khaosan Road, you have to haggle to get a better price yet.
Shopping in Bangkok - Thailand
It is said that most of the goods that can be found in the Chatuchak market comes directly from factory, also that stores and sellers who congregate there come from lots of different places in Thailand.
Chatuchak weekend market
Come or not come directly from the factory, forgeries, of greater or lesser quality, so distrustful of brand at a price 4 times less than a store official items abound in the Chatuchak Weekend market. The section where they sold fruit and vegetables had an excellent genre. We saw how the local people go to this market to make purchases of fruit and vegetables for their own consumption.
Bangkok Markets Chatuchak Market
For how big this market is the largest in Thailand, you need the whole day to tour some of the shops. Undoubtedly, one of the best sites around Bangkok to buy gifts to family and friends, renew the closet and take the odd quirk. As a tip, take a half-empty suitcase to Bangkok, which will surely fill.
Sections Chatuchak market
The largest market in Bangkok is divided into a total of 27 sections, each section of the market is specialized in a type of article, although with the growth of the market, many sections have begun to expand business selling more and more different items (clothes mainly), with what finally the distinction between sections is not so clear.
- Section 1: amulets, books, collectibles, food stores, restaurants and cafes.
- 2 Sections to 4: House and home, items of collection, Collectibles, paintings and art, ceramics and terracotta items.
- Sections 5 and 6: everything a little, mainly clothing, ornaments and typical products of Chinese shop.
- 7 Sections to 9: furniture, antiques, ceramics and handicraft.
- Sections 10 to 24: the largest market section, mainly specialized in clothing and textiles, consumer products, home appliances and pets (birds and puppies mainly).
- 17 Sections to curious 19: mix of shops of ceramics, stalls of fruit, vegetables, meat, fish and fresh seafood.
- 22 Sections to 26: similar to sections 7, 8 and 9, with furniture, antique shops and handicrafts.
- Section 27: books, restaurants and shops to buy a snack.
Pet shops in Chatuchak Market in Bangkok
Areas Chatuchak market differences
Between people and the large volume of stores, it is very difficult to distinguish the sections. To tell the truth what is seen within the Chatuchak market is that there are as 2 distinct parts: outdoor stalls and the shops inside of enclosures / pavilions.
Chatuchak Market Pavilions
We also appreciate that the western end of the Chatuchak market, although almost in its entirety to clothing and accessories, is more modern, new and with a very European air, so to speak seemed a mall. Surprisingly in this part had very little foreign and most of the people there we saw, it was young people.
Part modern Chatuchak Market
Police and Safety at Chatuchak Market
Bangkok is a city that although if being dangerous, must be attentive to petty theft and all sorts of scams. Contrary to what it may seem, in the interior of the gigantic Chatuchak market is a fairly safe place, we find several guards, policemen and also on motorcycle security agents.
Safety at Chatuchak Market in Bangkok
Restaurants and cafes in Chatuchak Market
We could not miss an area of restaurants in this huge place of Bangkok, with over 400 stalls mostly located in section #1. The bulk of the restaurants are small stalls Chatuchak with tables and plastic chairs that sell Thai food. Since I could not miss in a tourist place, also sell pizza, hamburgers and hotdogs.
Restaurants in Bangkok Chatuchak Market
The quality of the food is more than acceptable, there is plenty of street stalls to be as it were and the price is cheap, about 120 baht per person (4$).
Restaurants and food at Chatuchak Market
The best places to drink something and sit to replenish strength are in section no. 27 of the Chatuchak market, where Besides coffee shops and stalls of sweet and savoury, also offered the traditional Thai massage.
Sections Chatuchak Market in Bangkok
Chatuchak Market schedule
As its name indicates, the Chatuchak Weekend market opens only on weekends. Chatuchak hours are Saturdays and Sundays from 6: 00 until 18: 00 without interruption. On Friday the Chatuchak market is also open, but only to sales to the wholesale. Wednesday and Thursday the Chatuchak market is reduced to its minimum expression, the sale of plants and flowers. The timetable of the Chatuchak Wednesday, Thursday and Friday is the same schedule that weekend from 6: 00 to 18: 00.
Since information Market Chatuchak Weekend
Chatuchak Market Map
With an area of 110,000 square meters and over 15,000 stalls / shops is highly recommended to have a good map of the Chatuchak market. For orientation, the only visible point in the distance is the tower clock of Chatuchak. Also entries as the market exits are numbered, even different corridors that make up this huge market have a number identifying section, in total 27 sections.
Chatuchak Market Map
Clock Tower - Chatuchak Market - Bangkok
Printable version of Chatuchak Market Map.
Market Location Chatuchak Weekend
Chatuchak Weekend market is located in the northern part of the city of Bangkok, at a distance of about 10 kilometers from Khaosan Road or the Grand Palace in Bangkok.
Getting to Chatuchak Market
The Chatuchak market is very accessible, we can go by bus, metro, skytrain, tuk-tuk and taxi. We do not go by road by traffic in Bangkok and also by the mess that is mounted in the vicinity of the market, better to see the next photo:
View from Chatuchak Market Bangkok Skytrain (Mo Chit station)
The easiest and the fastest is probably go until the market Chatuchk weekend in the Skytrain of Bangkok (BTS) and get off at the stop Mo Chit. Depending on the station of origin so it will be the price, but is around 40 baths (1€ approximately), taking 10 minutes to arrive.
Metro has a stop in the vicinity of Chatuchak, Kamphaeng Pet and also the season Suan Chatuchak market.
Transport and Travel to Chatuchak Market
The indications are pretty clear, almost impossible to miss. Also in doubt just need to follow the crowd of people that goes to the market, for the skytrain, just lean over the railing of the overpass and locate the market.
Signs of the subway to Chatuchak Market
For those who decide to go by car or motorbike, a parking there with capacity for 1500 vehicles where you can park all day by 40 baths (1€) in the Kamphaengpetch Street. Also, if you're lucky and you get to find place for parking, you can leave the car in the parking lot of the BTS (skytrain), which is free.
Buses at Chatuchak Market
As a reference the buses that stop at the Chatuchak market are: lines 2, 3, 9, 18, 19, 27, 28, 29, 34, 38, 39, 44, 52, 59, 63, 77, 90, 96, 104, 112, 122, 134, 136, 138, 145, 153, 159, 408, 510, 512, 513, 826.
Chatuchak Market Videos - Virtual tour of Chatuchak
This is a video of the Chatuchak market is where summarized by way of virtual tour, the great complex of 15,000 tents that make up this peculiar weekend flea market. Outdoor stalls, covered stores, all kinds of shops and haggling of this tourist spot of Bangkok environment can be seen in the video.
Virtual visit to Chatuchak Market - The weekend market in Bangkok
The large green park beside the weekend market called Chatuchak Park.
Chatuchak Park in Bangkok
After an intense day of shopping at Chatuchak we recommend do what Thais do, take advantage to rest in the Park, which is located next to the market, Chatuchak Park. If you have or you have not purchased a blanket or mat to put on the floor not passes nothing, in the Park can rented without problem.