5 Tips for Conquering Chatuchak Weekend Market

It’s easy to get lost in Chatuchak Weekend Market.

They say your trip to Bangkok isn’t complete without a visit to Chatuchak Weekend Market. Aside from the many famous temples of Bangkok, the open air markets are the biggest tourist destinations of Thailand. In fact, Chatuchak is the world’s largest open air market with over 15,000 vendors! If you’re looking to make the most of your money while shopping for souvenirs from Thailand, this is the place to do it. About 200,000 people visit every weekend to get their shopping fix.

In 1983, the third Prime Minister of Thailand decided that every town must have its own flea market. The reasoning was twofold: It would make it easier for locals to trade and boost local economies. The original Chatuchak was located in Sanam Luang and has been relocated 4 times to where it remains to this day.

With roughly 15,000 stalls in the 25 acres of the market, it can be overwhelming for a first time visitor. Walking around aimlessly can be exhausting, expensive and time consuming. It’s best to have an idea of a few things you’re looking for before you make the trip to make things easier. If you don’t have particular items in mind, maybe just think of who you’re shopping for. It’ll narrow down your choices quite a bit, saving you time and energy.

Chatuchak Weekend Market has over 200,000 visitors every weekend.

Hone Your Haggling Skills at Chatuchak Weekend Market

If you’re the type that loves to get a deal, Chatuchak is the place for you. Set your budget ahead of time and try to spend (less than) half of it. It’s not too hard to do, so long as you’ve got the patience and ambition. Read our more in-depth guide to Chatuchak Market to learn just how it’s done!

When is the best time to visit Chatuchak Weekend Market?

Mornings. Simple as that. As we mentioned earlier, the market sees about 200,000 visitors every weekend. You don’t want to get stuck in the middle of all that. Fortunately, the crowd doesn’t truly pack in until around lunch. Plus you’ll avoid the brutal Bangkok heat if you go early. Win-win!

Finding Free WiFi at Chatuchak Market

The early bird gets the worm. We can’t stress it enough: Mornings are the best time for shopping. Free WiFi is available in some areas of the market, but it gets wonky during peak hours. It can only handle so many people using it, after all.

Take the Free Shuttle Service Touring the Market

If you want to spare some of your energy from endless walking, there are shuttles that roam. For those who want to just experience and see the market, this is the best way to do it. I’ve never gone to Chatuchak for a full day (or even a half day) or shopping. I just hunt down my 2-3 purchases and bounce. The shuttle is a great way to see the majority of the market but the drawback is that it’s terrible for serious shoppers. Without striding on your own 2 legs, you won’t be able to compare prices between stalls!

Cool off with 50 Baht Coconut Ice Cream

Among the thousands of tasty and quirky foods at Chatuchak, the coconut ice cream truly stands out. Nothing is more aesthetically pleasing than coconut ice cream served inside a coconut shell. Do it for the Gram! ????

Plan Your Shopping Route

Checking every stalls that don’t have the products you need is a waste of time. Remember that Chatuchak is quite literally a maze for shoppers. On arrival, pick up a free copy of the market map from the entrance gates. To give you an idea of how the stalls are arranged, please see below:

  • Section 1: Amulets, books, collectibles, food shops, cafe
  • Section 2 – 4: Collectibles, home décor, paintings, terra cotta
  • Section 5 – 6: Clothes, adornments, miscellaneous products
  • Section 7 – 9: Antiques, furniture, ceramics, handicrafts
  • Section 10 – 24: Clothes, consumer products, adornments, household appliances, pets
  • Section 17 – 19: Ceramics, fresh and dry food
  • Section 22 – 26: Antiques, furniture, handicrafts Section 27: Books, food and dessert shops, collectibles

Address: 587/10 Kamphaeng Phet 2 Rd, Khwaeng Chatuchak, Khet Chatuchak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10900

Phone Number: 02 272 4813

Chatuchak Weekend Market Hours:

Wednesday and Thursday (Plant section only) 7am-6pm

Friday (Wholesale only) 6pm-12pm

Saturday and Sunday (The whole market) 9am- 6pm

Website: www.chatuchak.org

Directions: From Slumber Party Bangkok, walk to reach Asok/Sukhumvit BTS station for 10 minutes. Then get off at Mo Chit, the last station.

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