About Chatuchak Market
One of Asia’s largest markets will make you shop till you drop, literally! Chatuchak market in Bangkok is not only a shopaholic’s dream destination but also a delightful feast for your senses. With more than 15,000 stalls spread across 27 sections, the market sprawls across 36 acres. It is less wonder that this massive market attracts more than 200,000 visitors during weekends.
While you are here, you can choose to browse through or make a pick from the merchandise galore-from apparels, footwear, trinkets to home accessories, plants, ceramics etc – you name it, and you will find it! If shopping is not on your mind you can pick among the numerous food stalls and indulge in authentic Thai dishes, beverages and desserts etc.
With its flavours, colours and aromas, Chatuchak Weekend Market is bound to leave you satiated! What is more, the market provides a wide platform for you to get the best bargain for some of the best products in town. So, while you are holidaying in Bangkok, head to Kamphaeng in the north side of the city, where the market is usually put up on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays!
Here is a quick guide for you to make the best of Chatuchak market!
How to Reach Chatuchak Market
The best way to reach Chatuchak market is through underground metro or Skytrain.
- Skytrain (BTS):
Mo Chit Station, Exit #1
- Subway (MRT):
Chatuchak Park Station, Exit #1
However, there are alternative routes to reaching Chatuchak market. You can hire a taxi to Kamphaeng Phet 2 Road, which is the location of Chatuchak market.
Best Time to Visit Chatuchak Market
To make your experience at Chatuchak a truly exhilarating experience, you need to make sure that the sultry weather of Thailand does not play spoilsport. ideally, the best season to go shopping in a massive market like Chatuchak would be during the cool months from November to January.
The market is open on Fridays(evenings), Saturdays and Sundays. The best time to visit Chatuchak market is in the mornings, when it opens. It is also the time you can get the best bargains as most shopkeepers believe in their first sales of the day to bring them good luck!
What Not to Miss at Chatuchak Market
When it comes to Chatuchak, you might want to explore the market in its entirety or just look out for sections/shops that sell items of your choice. So, what would you go for? Whether it will be the tantalizing display of food and beverage stalls, the trending fashion accessories, spellbinding artworks, intricate handicrafts and ceramics, a vast library of books or even the used items section…you have options galore!
And, before you feel lost in a maze of shops in the massive Chatuchak market, here is a list to help you navigate through the sections and the shops/stalls housed in them. These sections are easily identifiable as they are similar to the symbols and boards of Thailand street names.
- Art and galleries (section 7)
- Handicrafts (sections 8–11)
- Pets and accessories (sections 8, 9, 11, 13)
- Ceramics (sections 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 25)
- Miscellaneous and used clothing (sections 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 22, 25, 26)
- Food and beverage (sections 2, 3, 4, 23, 24, 26, 27)
- Plants and gardening (sections 3, 4)
- Furniture and home decor (sections 1,3,4,7,8)
- Books (sections 1, 27)
- Antiques and collectibles (sections 1, 26)
- Clothing and accessories (sections 2–6, 10–26)
While you feast on the variety galore of the different sections, you have every opportunity to splurge on items available aplenty! You will find anything under the sun, to buy at the Chatuchak market.
Places to Visit around Chatuchak
1. Rod Fai Park -
Once a golf course, this park in North Bangkok is a favourite picnic spot and cycling trail. With its vast green expanse, the park also offers other sports activities such as swimming, basketball, kayaking, petanque etc.
Location: Kamphaeng Phet 3 Rd, Lat Yao, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900, Thailand
2. Children’s Discovery Museum -
Located in the Chatuchak Park, the museum hosts a variety of fun ‘n’ educational activities for children. Featuring sections for archaeology, life processes, construction and others of the like, the museum is a must-visit place around Chatuchak.
Location: Kamphaeng Phet 4 Rd, Khwaeng Lat Yao, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900, Thailand
3. Central plaza Ladprao -
A 7-storey shopping mall with stores aplenty and a cinema hall, the Central Plaza offers entertainment galore. From shopping for local and international brands to watching the latest movies, Central Plaza is an experience not to miss!
Location: 1693 Phaholyothin Rd, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900, Thailand
4. Bangkok Butterfly Park and Insectarium -
A beautiful conservatory with rare species of butterflies nestling amid exotic flowers, the park is a must-visit place in Chatuchak .
Location: Kamphaengphet 3 Road, Lad Yao, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900, Thailand
5. Or Tor Kor market -
The market is synonymous with “Fresh” . Be it veggies, fruits, dairy products, seafood or meat, you will find all types of local produce here oozing freshness.
Location: 101, Phahonyothin Road, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900, Thailand
6. Museum of Contemporary Art -
This art gallery in Bangkok, is one for the art aficionados! The well-spaced rooms of this 7-storey art museum shows the evolution of Thai art over the past decades.
Location: 99 Kamphaeng Phet 6 Rd, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900
With so many places to visit in and around Chatuchak market, it would help you with a few tips on how to make the best of the experience!
Other Essential Information About Chatuchak Market
587/10 Kamphaeng Phet 2 Rd, Khwaeng Chatuchak, Khet Chatuchak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10900
Friday – 6:00 pm – upto midnight; Saturday: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm; Sunday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
What to Buy at Chatuchak Market
What would catch your eye? What would be your choicest pick? Or better, what would be the priciest in Chatuchak that you would not mind spending on? Home décor, books, accessories, footwear…the list of stalls in the market is endless! So, arm yourself with some astute bargaining skills(mind you, Thailand’s biggest market is known for its best rate!, Even then if you want to haggle, there is no stopping you!) and plunge into the ocean of Chatuchak to make your pick from:
1. Home décor -
Lamps, show pieces, artefacts and others of the like to add some artsy flavour to your home, this section of the weekend market is the place to be. Being a platform for local artisans, you will find a wide range of handcrafted items. You will not miss out the finesses of the factory-made items, either!
2. Clothing and accessories -
Trendy or traditional, the clothing and accessories section will spoil you for choice
3. Bags and pouches -
The market’s bags’ section is a must visit for you will find bags that bag all the attention, with their unique tribal style, delivering a different fashion statement altogether!
4. Phone cases -
Snazzy sober or psychedelic, you will find phone cases of all sizes, and designs that will be a perfect fit for your mobile phone
5. Soaps -
Home-made soaps of varied shapes and fragrances will woo you for sure and make for a great keepsake picked from one of the biggest markets of Asia.
6. Kitchenware -
Give your kitchen an artsy twist with the plentiful crockery and other daily-use items with a creative outlook
7. Miscellaneous -
If you just don’t know what to buy, you will find a reason to spend when you browse through the miscellany of items on display in the market!
With all the buying, haggling and shop-hopping, you will want to fuel yourself with some good Thai dishes. So, head to where you can binge on a palate of flavours!
Top Restaurants in Chatuchak Market
1. Laem Cha-Reon Seafood -
A family-friendly restaurant, it is popular for its seafood delicacies. The sun-dried squid is the star dish of the restaurant.
2. Vegetarian Cottage -
For those who love to go meat-free, this restaurant in Chatuchak is the ideal choice. You can indulge in the variety fare in the way of different cuisines- Japanese, Thai, Chinese and Continental.
3. Manna Thai -
Meaty treats is what you can look forward to in this restaurant, where the star dish is Mee crob among the many other delicacies served here!
4. Olive Fusion -
Enjoy a medley of flavours in this fusion restaurant which serves Mediterranean and Asian cuisine. It is the go-to eatery in Chatuchak when you are looking to tuck in for a hearty breakfast or dinner.
5. Chatuchak café -
Vintage style with a rustic charm, this age-old restaurant in Chatuchak attracts tourists by the hordes for its many signature dishes like the shrimp roe spaghetti.
Apart from the above, there are the local food stalls where you can try out some of the best local flavours, both savoury and sweet! And, while you refuel to explore more of Chatuchak market you cannot afford to miss out some of the attractions around the Chatuchak region.
Travelers' Tip for Visiting Chatuchak Market
With 15000 stalls spread across 35 acres, Chatuchak market can run you into a maze of shops and lanes! But worry not, here are a few tips for every traveller to navigate smoothly through the market!
- Guides and maps:
There are exclusive maps available for Chatuchak market. You could download them online or procure it from the many information kiosks just outside the market.
- Landmarks in Chatuchak:
In case you lose your way, the Clock tower in the centre of Chatuchak will be the best landmark to find your way back.
- Bargains and best buys:
Chatuchak market gives buyers the best platform to strike the best bargain! You can easily drop the prices 30% to 50% of what the vendors quote.
And when it comes to haggling with the local vendors, knowing the local dialect, especially for “how much it costs”, “What is the best price you can give me?” and so on, add value to your bargaining tactics! And, for the best buys and offers, you need to time it right to visit the market.
It's important to keep Thailand’s weather in mind, as you will not want to venture into Chatuchak on a sultry afternoon and end up sweating out, without even exploring one-half of the market!