Chatuchak Weekend Market, Bangkok
From your post, it sounds as if you are looking for knock-offs and not the real thing. If so you can buy them in many places, but I would try the Sunday Market first, the around the Petchaburi area or Chinatown. Those three places will have what you are looking for and probably in the quantity that you are looking for.
If however you are looking for the real thing then you will have to go to the department stores and they will be expensive. Since you don't state or show where you reside I can tell you that it will be considerably more than the price you would pay statside.
We suggest you get to Chatuchak at about 10.00 in the morning. It is open earlier but fewer stalls are open and you'll miss a lot unless you intend hanging around all day.
Don't get too concerned about trying to find a better deal at the next stall. You could end up not finding the same stall twice.
It gets very crowded by 2pm. The crowds can make it difficult to shop and to get around.
There is plenty to eat. Food is freshly cooked so dig in, but to be safe, go for fried noodle dishes or fried rice. Avoid sea food ( although you'd be very unlucky to get ill ).
Avoid crushed ice. If you want ice, make sure it's solid ice-cubes.
There are banks where you can exchange money but credit cards are accepted for more expensive items.
Shops can arrange for goods to be shipped home.
Many more photos at the website address given.
What to buy: Depends on what you like and are after. Jewelry is always good as it Thai arts and crafts.
There are plenty of clothing shops as well as Thai silk products.
We like to get lighting, furniture and all our glasses, plates, bowels and so on. You can save a good deal of money on those items.
What to pay: Less than department stores. The rest is down to your ability to bargain.
Mother of all Bangkok markets, this one has acre after acre of crafts, pets, household goods etc. If you are in Bangkok for the weekend, this is where you will get your goods at their best prices. If you can't find it here, it probably doesn't exist.
Anything and everything is for sale at the Chatachuck weekend market. You can buy animals, art, antiques, food, games, toys, clothes. The place is vast and more than a little overwhelming.
What to buy: I actually didn't end up buying much - but check out the video of the tea guy. He was a trip!
What to pay: As much or little as you like. Some of the art negotiation 'asking' price start out at about 4 times what they'll actually take at the end.
Open every Saturday and Sunday, Chatuchak Weekend Market in Bangkok is one of the biggest and most famous markets in the world. If bargain-hunting gives you an adrenalin rush, get ready for a head-spinning, earth-moving experience. Conquering this massive market is no easy feat though. The reward for taking a lot of patience along - together with a bottle of water - is that you can find pretty much anything here.
Firstly, to get a free map from one of the information kiosks and (try to) plan your adventure through the never-ending maze of crowded, narrow alleys that are, surprisingly, numbered. But, it's so big that even with a map you might find yourself going around in circles. Areas are also demarcated in colour zones with clothing and fashion items grouped together, a section for household goods, crafts, pets, art and collectables, plants, wholesale items, food, and everything in between. OR just follow your instincts and leave it all up to karma. Either way, it's virtually impossible to see it all in one day - and even more unlikely that you won't find something to get excited about.
What to buy: If you are able to keep track of where you're going and can cover a big part of the market, you'll be amazed with the sheer variety of merchandise. From roosters and chopsticks to vinyl records and a pair of Levi hipsters that you haven't seen in shops for years. You can buy a python, beautiful orchids, garden furniture, and puppy. Or beads, fake antiques, the latest of Buddha Bar CD... The earlier you get there, the better too.
Open: 08:00 - 18:00 on weekends and Fridays (wholesale day). Plant shops are open Wednesdays and Thursdays too from 07:00 - 18:00.
I spent more than half a day with my family shopping at the weekend market in Bangkok and the world's largest so far. We bought a lot of clothing, souvenir items, and some local handicraft. Remember to bargain on anything you want to buy including the ones I mentioned earlier.
This market is open on Saturdays and Sundays. The nearby attractions include JJ Mall, Chatuchak Park, Children's Museum, Train Museum, Chatuchak Plaza, & Jatujak Day & Night.
What to buy: I would recommend buying clothing, Thai handicrafts, and collectibles
Practically everyone who goes to bangkok will drop by at chatuchak. This is the place where you will be able to get things like clothes, shoes, bags, furnitures and souvenirs for low prices (Not without bargaining!). But, be warned! Chatuchak is the place you should avoid on a rainy day. I have the first hand experience of shopping at chatuchak on a rainy day. The flooded walk ways, overflowing drains, leaking roof and the roaches wasn't exactly a pleasant experience. Also remember to dress light on a sunny day as it gets pretty humid in the market.
My first trip to Chatuchak was 3 years ago and with my second trip there recently (Aug. 2007), I noticed one big important difference. While there's still a lot of merchandise around, most of them already have price tags which indicate that bargaining is not allowed on those items. I still tried to haggle but the vendors would not give in.
If this is the case then it makes the market far less attractive as a shopping destination. When you consider that some of the same items (esp. clothes) can be bought in other areas, like the Patpong night market, then why bother to go here or wait for the weekend just to buy?
Yeah, I know its crowded and stuffy. But it's still my favourite market in Bangkok. I love it for its huge variety and low prices. I have been there 3 times, but I still couldnt cover the whole market!
Sat and Sun (9am - 6pm)
1) MRT - Kamphaeng Phet Station (gets you right into Chatuchak)
2) BTS - Mo Chit Station (you have to walk past a park before getting there)
3) Bus - 3, 26, 27, 29, 34, 59, 77, 96, 112, 134, 136, 138, 145, 502, 503, 510, 512, 513
1) Get there as early as possible
2) Grab a map from the TAT officers (dressed in green uniform) that goes around in an 'electric bike (or whatever you call it)'
Best day to shop is Saturday when you have a fresh supply of goods coming from anywhere in Thailand. Be prepared to "wrestle" your way with the throng of people and to haggle to the max! There are garments, bags and various knick-knacks to take home. Nifty finds are definitely worth the sweat and the tired feet. Refuel at the nearby food stalls where you can get a good bowl of noodles, tasty spring rolls and refreshing fruit juices.
This market is too big for anyone to handle during their visit. The size of the market can be overwhelming. This market functions only on weekends. We had one saturday during our stay here and we allocated that day for this market. We were 8 people in our group and so we took two taxis. We did not realize that the market was huge and had several gates on different roads. As a result two taxis went to two different gates and we spent the first two hours trying to connect with each other. Luckily I had a cell phone that helped us connect in two hours time. But for the cell phone we would not have connected.
We spent about 4 hours there and we would have only seen 5% of what the market had to offer. Very cheap place to buy stuff. You think of anything and I will bet that you can find it here. The challenge will be to find the store in the market. Also walking from one to the other could take a long time.
Right inside gate 2 there is a small place underneath a tree to grab a bite or a drink. Nice place - they even had choices for vegetarians. However you would have to put up with the smell that keeps coming from the drain below you.
We tried spring rolls, mango sticky rice and shakes.
What to buy: Anything...
What to pay: You can bargain. If they can afford to reduce they will. If they cannot they will say no - and you will know..
This market has everything, clothes, jewellery, handicrafts, fighting cocks, kitchen utensils (if you really need them!) It is huge and I have never seen anything like it. You really need to get here early to see it properly. Prices tend to be lot lower than Patpong market. Plenty to eat and drink as well. Mainly locals shop here, but a few westerners can be seen wandering around. You can easily get lost trying to get out of here. There are ATMs, so you won't run out of money.
What to buy: Anything
What to pay: Less than the more touristy markets. 100B for 3 T-shirts.
- itz so huge that u can juz get lost here!
- lotsa cheap clothes and stuff to buy!
- come only during weekends day time!
- walk from mo chit bts station! follow the crowd! One way!
What to buy: - clothes! foods!
What to pay: - depends on hw big u r a spender! u can go there and buy nothing, spend nothing!
There isnt one shop I can recommend...go to as many as your little feet can take you to! In all of our travels thru, vietnam, thailand, cambodia, this place had the best prices! For clothes, and gifts to bring home...The best deals I found were on their backpacks...I got a HUGE one, okay maybe it was too huge, I ended up buying another one later...but besides that I got it for 1000 baht, it would of cost way over hundred anywhere else , like back home in the states! Be sure to bargain hard, you can usually get the price down to 1/3- or 1/2 of what they start with!
What to buy: Clothes, gifts, backpacks.
What to pay: Depends on the item...Bargain!!!
This weekend market only fully open at abt 9.30am-10am. U can take a meter taxi to there. This market selling alot of goods for Young-Old ppl. u can find alot of goods to buys. make sure u bring more $$. for those lady whose planning to buy clothes, make sure u r wearing sleaveless shirt coz there have no fitting for you to try. Even some of the store not allow u to try. For your tips when u seen a nice stuffs, try to negotiate with them and buy it. When u get out from the shop, U cant get back the same shop to buy. Because this place is big and u find that all the way is almost the same.