Chatuchak Weekend Market, Bangkok
This is a popular place for locals and tourists so be prepared to fight your way through the human jam if you intend to go anytime after 11am. However, if you don't mind the squeeze, heat and the sweat, there are a lot of bargains to be found (you can still haggle a little if you're buying in bulk) for simple home furnishings, aroma candles, street fashion, shoes, handbags, decorative items, food, and many other items. Best time is to get there before 10am and get out before noon.
This is probably the biggest market on earth. It's very huge and you can get lost inside. Come early when the weather is still cool because it becomes hot and stuffy in the evening. (It's open only on weekends)
You can get almost anything here for a bargain and bargain hard you should! Bargain hard! The price here is cheap and cheaper than what you can get anywhere else in Bangkok.
Get T-shirts, antiques, books, groceries, scarfs, flowers, lingerie, flowers, hardware, handbags, souvenirs, carpets, pets... the list is endless. You can spend the whole day here (if you can bear the heat later in the evening). Just roam through the small alleys and lanes.
If you are tired, just take a rest and have a nice meal at the many local food stalls.
i bought a dozen pairs of this slippers (shown in the photo) the design is really unique and often times being noticed and given credit because of its designs.
This stall is exclusive in chatuchak and ony one stall is selling it. The fitrst time i bought this slippers was year 2004 and fortunatley the stall hasnt closed yet :-) so when i went back last 2006 i bought dozen pairs of these ;-)
199THb but for whole sale it can be reduce to 130THB / pc
Chatuchak....Who doesnt know Chatuchak? well i guess most of the shopaholics and fashionistas out there know where and what is chatuchak weekend market.
A huge open air market opened only during weekend. it caters to almost anything and everythign you can think of. bags, furnitures, shoes, clothes, souvenirs, pets, food etc etc.
most of the goods that they sell here are unique...you cannot find on other whole sale market.
Just have an eye for those nice and unique pieces :-)
Just one piece of advise..if you see something that you like, bargain..if you agreed on the price dont ever think twice and tell yoursel that i will just go back afterwards. worst scenario is that, you wont find the stall again :-)
So bargain and purchase!
Btw, dot forget to bring a hat or umbrella, eyeglasses and bottled water with you. Also, dont miss your sunscreen for a freckles and wrinkle free shopping!
Chatuchak Weekend Market also know as Jatujak Market is located near to Mo Chit BTS Station.
If you are there on the weekends, you MUST definitely make the trip there.
Chatuchak Market also known as Jatujak is a weekend market located near Mo Chit BTS Station. Upon exit at the BTS station, turn left and you can see the Chatuchak Park.
Follow the crowd and you will be able to see the market about 3mins away.
Chatuchak Weekend Market is closed. You may like to visit MBK or Suan Luam Night Market.
What to buy: Price of items purchased:
380THB Triangle pillow with 1 fold
100THB for 2 or 3 blouses
100THB for slip in shoe
250THB for a pair of Teva sandels
400THB for a meal for 2
It would be no exaggeration to say that hardly anyone especially in Bangkok doesn't know Chatuchak Market. This is THE weekend market to be in, selling practically everything under the sun, from the smallest nails, to foods, trendy fashions, antiques intricate wooden carvings, masks from far-off lands, adorable fluffy dogs, colorful fish of every hue and singing birds. You can find all this and more at Chatuchak market. There are almost 9,000 individual booths overflowing with every imaginable type of wares to catch your fancy. Once inside the market, you will be caught up in a world of bursting crowds and stalls stretching as far as the eye can see.
So are you ready to shop? Just put on your most comfy shoes, light weight clothes and let's sweat it out at Chatuchak Market. It's going to be a hot, fun and exciting shopping. Opens only on Saturdays and Sundays.
What to buy: My favourite are the home decor shops. Before you go to Chatuchak market, go to a big bookshop and buy the map of Chatuchak Market which will tell you where to go and what to buy. Otherwise, you'll get lost which is half the fun as well.
By the time you're done, you'll need an extra bag to carry all your stuff and a taxi to take you back to your hotel :-)
What to pay: The real charm of the Chatuchak Mattel lies in the fact that you can-and should-bargain with each stall you are interested in. Whether you will snare a bargain or not is a test of your own negotiating skills. So, don' t be surprised if the same goods bought by you and your friends from the same shop carry different prices.
the bongkok weekend market is HUUUUUUGE!!! theres even a minibus to take you round the sections, it sells everything from designer clothes to swords and furniture. Its the best place to buy presents and some tof the clothes i brought back like t-shirts and tracksuit tops are far better than wahts on offer in th UK, you couldnt get a nice paul smith tshirt for 50p could ya??? just wander around and lose yourself in the market, take in the smells and listen to the locals barter. Theres loads of wee spots to sit have abeer, its an amazing experience.
What to buy: clothes, jewelry, pottery, wooden art, souvenirs, furniture, whatever!!!
What to pay: next to nothing for everything
Remake remakes clothes from all kind of vintage t-shirts from the west. Lots of Adidas ones.
cheap nice clothes. I liked a lot, bought a lot.
What to pay: Remember the big owner guy, ask him for discount
it was around min. short skirt 200Baht
short sleeve t-shirts 150Baht
Chatuchak has everything under one roof...clothes, books, antiques...everything!!!! However...if you really looking for a bargain and dont want to be pushed and squeezed in a market that attracts 200,000 over people in a weekend, then go to Pratunam.....Chatuchak is an experience, but not the best place to shop...you can save up to half your money is you go to Pratunam.....Even though you can get everything and i guess its cheap....it wasnt the bext feeling to be there.....Prices would differ as expected by 300 baht for the same shirt.....At Pratunam....only about 25 baht would differ....The one big difference was I found...is the people there know they will make money, so they can buck up the prices and not care whether the manage to sell their stuff.....
Good Example....the same pair of jeans I got at Pratunam was 500 Baht cheaper than what was selling at chatuchak!!!!
What to buy: You can get anything here...
What to pay: anyway between...300-5000 baht...depending on what you get and how much you get cheated, hahaha!
A place of endless shopping possibilities...this is how I can describe the Chatuchak Weekend Flea Market. With more than 8,000 stalls to choose from, it would be impossible to visit all the stalls in one day.
Better go here early in the morning when the shops are just starting to open up. You will have a good chance to enjoy the place more...less people...not yet hot and humid...and a lot of shop owners believe in giving discounts for goodluck "buena mano".
What to buy: Anything you could possibly want is here. The stalls are segregated into different parts...souvenirs, paintings, cermics/celedons/pots, housewares, furnitures, clothes, etc.
I'm just not sure if you can buy original branded items here...didn't notice such shop.
What to pay: Cheap (cheapest???) place to buy anything.
your bangkok vacation would not be complete without going to the chatuchak weekend market...its more like a city of 10,000 tents selling everything under the sun..from local thai products to modern clothes...better to haggle the prices and decide fast in shopping or else you wont be able to go back to stores you earlier went to...better to come by late afternoon or early evening (4:00-7:00pm) to avoid the hot sun...bring a big bag and bottled water...
What to buy: you can buyeverything under the sun....tshirts go for as low as 65baht if you buy 5 pcs. or more...buy the spicy tamarind there for only 50baht per kilo....whew! you''ll have a shock with all the things that you can buy here...much cheaper than other night markets (silom, patpong, khaosan road, suanlum)
What to pay: 100baht to thousands
You can get almost everything here from bags, dvd, cloths, antique books and livestock.
Most market stalls open Friday nights (though some shopping is available during the day), and from 9 a.m. to sunset Saturdays and Sundays.
What to buy: You can find unusual art, cheap knock-off backpacks, fake Birkenstocks, and rice-paper lamps, and 1,000 other items.
What to pay: From US$1.00 and over
If you have gone beserk buying more stuff than you can carry home on the plane, particularly at Chatuchak Market, you can easily find reliable packing and shipping companies to send your stuff home by surface or air.
There are more than a few shipping agents in Section Seven of Chatuchak Market who are more than trustworthy. I've used this lot here on more than one occasion, no losses, reasonable rates... and they give you a glass of OJ while they box it all up out the back.
Civilised here isn't it?
My husband, who has spent more time in Thailand that me, advised that I make sure I know some of the Thai numbers and associated civilities for shopping purposes. This proved to be interesting for a few reasons - one, is that, if you approach with "tow ( as is towel) rye" (how much) - which is Anglified spelling - they may well assume you are Thai fluent - and abandon any English! Then, its a bit embarrassing!
AND - when you DO learn some Thai numbers, you will quickly learn that the numbers on the signs and the quoted prices to tourists are two to three times the prices for locals! I was a bit incensed the first time, but quickly realised that there is a marked difference between the Thai earnings and ours, etc., and we are still getting a bloody bargain!
ALSO - be aware that the bargaining success is seasonal - the old supply and demand principle - if you are there in high tourist season, expect less willingness to bargain! - except at Patpong, where the prices start at a highly ridiculous rate, and you are almost tackeled by the best Aussie footballer technique when you try to move away!
What to pay: Bargain hard - and try to get a price which is at least 20% of what you would expect to pay at home. Remember that an Average Thai earns an Average of US$15 per day. Please be respectful and accept that a few Baht extra will not break the bank for us.
With so many outdoor
and specialized markets in Bangkok,
offering every temptation
for the compulsive buyer,
having a need to buy an extra suitcase
may be the outcome of all those bargains found.
Being myself in the state of mind of Letting Go,
I rather visit the markets for personal amusement
and take it as a photo opportunity.
On any given weekend,
from morning till night,
you can hop on the Sky Train
and head towards the Mo Chit station
at the end of the line.
Just get off there
and follow the crowd.
Eventually you will be lead
to the stall after stall of
items waiting to be purchased.
These stalls are divided into sections of:
cloths; material; household items; furniture;
food; footwear; animals; paintings; and
the list goes on and on.
What to buy: Everything and more!!!
What to pay: Haggle the price as low as you can