The Chatuchak Weekend Market has everything you need and don’t need. That said, it’s one hell of a big market. So, here’s a guide to the Chatuchak Weekend Market that will get you through its labyrinth of stalls.
The market is open on Friday from 6 PM to 12 midnight and Saturday and Sunday from 9 AM to 6 PM.
How to get there
To get to the Chatuchak Market, you can either get on the BTS and arrive at Mo Chit Station, or take the MRT to Chatuchak Park. Just follow the crowd and you’re sure to find it.
Chatuchak market survival tips
If you think navigating your way around Khao San Road and Rambuttri is already tough, then you will find a bigger challenge going through the labyrinth of Chatuchak market and the crowd current that can literally carry you away. Here are some tips to get through this massive weekend market:
- Know what you want and how much you need. With all the products that you will see, getting carried away can easily happen. Worse, it’s really hard to pass a good offer, but you may have to think about your baggage allowance when you are given the usually 2 for 1 or 3 for 2 offers.
- Get a map and know your landmarks. You can get a map of Chatuchak Weekend Market from the entrance or from the Internet. The best landmarks would be the two entrances and the clocktower.
- Carry a shopping bag with you. Not only is it environmentally friendly, but it is better to carry your purchases in one big bag than in a lot of small ones that you can easily lose as you go through the crowd.
- Carry a bottle of water with you. When you have crowds and the Thai heat, it’s good to stay hydrated.
- Keep your money and valuables safe. Crowds are a pickpocket’s best friend, so keep your shopping money in a belt bag.
Zones for the trendy fashionistas
Whether you are a big fan of Asian fashion or you are just filling up your bags with cheap finds before heading home, then there are several zones in the Chatuchak Weekend Market that should be on top of your list.
If you are hopping off the MRT station or bus stop just outside Chatuchak Park, then you will find Zones 5 and 6 which is teeming with vintage clothes and accessories on your left. Across from the used clothes section and by the Clock Tower are Zones 10 to 24, which is a long line of stalls selling clothing and accessories.
If you are a bit of a hipster, then cross over to Zone 2 to 4 where you will find vintage clothing and Bohemian fashion pieces. Possibly one of the most popular zones in the market as a lot of young, local designers have set up shop here, you will have a bit of a tough time finding your way through the crowd but take it slow as it is well worth it.
Zones for a touch of cuteness
From cute to gross, zones 9, 11, 13, and 15 are where all the pets and pet accessories are. Here, you will find adorable toy dogs wearing costumes to slimy lizards on aquarium walls. You might even chance upon a noisy mynah bird or a sleeping hedgehog.
Zones for the domestic god/goddess
Depending on your baggage allowance and your budget for shipping stuff home, visit Zones 7 to 9 and 22 to 26 to find some antique treasures and furniture.
Zones for the bookworms
For bookworms and collectors, Zone 27 should have some treasures for you to uncover. And, once you are done, you can get some coffee and sweet treats from one of the food stalls in this area.
Zones for the foodies
Zone 1, 2 and 27 have a selection of street nibbles and sweets as well as cafes where you can rest your tired legs to find your second wind. If you are really hungry then the Chinese Roast Pork and Fried Chicken Wings at Section 19 are highly recommended. You will also find some honey roasted pork chop at Section 22. And, if you are looking for something less Thai, then you can go for some Paella in Section 8.
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