Chatuchak Weekend Market, Bangkok
This is the Worlds Biggest Weekend Open air Market selling practically everything under the sun. Fantastic variety of merchandise. From books to foods, fashions, antiques, wooden carvings, all kind of pets. There are almost 9,000 individual booths and this market is always crowded & hot. Most items here are cheaper than anywhere else in Bangkok and shoppers get to practise their negotiation skill here. Don't forget to bargain.
What to buy: Home furishing products, such as silk cushion cover and table clothes are much cheaper here. Leather sandals & t-shirts.
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
Well, it's a weekend market in real local market. You can find so many kind of souvenirs with reasonable price. Do not hesitate (I stated to myself: I have to) to bargain!
What to buy: T-shirt, women stuffs like this beautiful small bag with elephant on one side. And many, like sarung [saroong], artificial flowers, etc.
What to pay: Myself is about 2,000 Baht only
Met a man and his wife who sells bags at Jatujak. He is very nice and gives good prices. Most of his bags come from the North. Compared to the other shops which sell similar bags, his are of better quality for the same or better price. You can bargain especially if you're buying a few pieces. If you buy more than 5 like I did, pay 150 baht per shoulder bag.
The man speaks Chinese and his wife can speak TeoChew dialect. Both of course speak Thai.
What to buy: They sell ladies Thai-silk bags, Indian cotton bags, little items like coin purses or make-up cases as well which are quite cheap.
What to pay: Bags: 170-200baht
Small items: 20-50baht
You can think of, it's probably sold there. :)
Lots of fun. Might be hot because most of the shops are very tightly packed together.
There are even small eating spaces there.
Please be thoughtful as there really is a shortage of space.
When I was having lunch at a small shop, we were all packed at small tables, side by side like sardines -- locals and foreigners alike.
Then there was this Caucasian couple that came along, exclaimed at the tightness of the place and proceeded to occupy the entire table, taking up 2 extra seats for their shopping. While the rest of us, sat huddled at our tables, holding our shopping or placing it on the floor.
I was appalled with such BAD behaviour to mock the rest of us with such wanton display of pride and superiority.
They deprived the small stall of 2 other paying customers who might have taken those seats.
What to buy: What I like to buy when I'm in Bangkok is their natural soap products -- really nice smelling.
Also, I think they have great furniture -- really interesting lighting fixtures as well as chairs, tables and so on.
And handbags too. I like eclectic handmade handbags that are fun and colourful and they have plenty of that there! :)
What to pay: As much as your budget allows! hehehe...
Generally, budget to spend about 1000 Baht but then always bring along your VISA card or an ATM card with the PLUS service. You can draw money out from the ATM there.
Remember to bargain -- don't be afraid to suggest a price and negotiate. You'd be pleasantly surprised if you're the FIRST CUSTOMER of the day. Thai people are superstitious sellers as they believer that they have to close the first deal of the day to ensure good business for the rest of the day.
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?
The largest market in Thailand- Chatuchak Weekend Market. Opens every Saturday and Sunday from 8 am to 6pm some shops opened till 8pm. Market with 8672 vendor stalls selling stuffs from antiques, clothes, jewellery, opium pipes, crafts, exotic animals, shoes, flowers, foods and alomost everything. Try out your BARGAIN skills!!
What to buy: Special items such as exotic animals but it illegal to bring back home. Shop for everything that can never be found back home...
What to pay: EVERY LAST penny u have. things on the market not that expensive and if u have a good bargain skills, you could just pay for the item with ur own price!
Lots of stores in Chatuchak sell wood carvings. I wanted 6 of these panels to take home with me to make a low divider but because I didn't know how to haggle and I thought I could get a better price elsewhere, I ended up not getting any. This was one situation where Chatuchak would be cheaper if you've got good bargaining abilities.
I ventured here twice during my time in Bangkok…the first time mostly for the novelty of being there as I had read quite a lot about it before I traveled to Thailand and SE Asia, the second time I visited I was on a mission, searching for a particular item that a friend had asked me to find for her.
This is a WEEKEND market however on Wednesdays and Thursdays you can venture here to see vendors selling plants and flowers, the majority of the other vendors won’t be open though it’s possible that SOME will be open for business.
Access is free of charge and the hours of operation are Saturday and Sunday from 0900 AM-1800 PM.
To say this market is HUGE…is probably an understatement…I’ve read and I would believe that it’s the largest market to be seen in Thailand, let alone Bangkok so if you don’t have a tolerance for crowded venues…DON’T GO HERE!! It’s been reported that on an average weekend about 200 000 people will venture throughout the many many vendors stalls that try to make a buck here!
The first visit was essentially wanderlust and had no real intent other than to have a look around and see what we could see, we bounced around from section to section marveling at the variety of goods for sale and the food that was available and the people that were on the same quest. The second visit I found what I was looking for after a bit of time and I even managed to catch a little jam session with a couple of musicians….see the attached video.
I saw some pretty exotic animals, birds, snakes and fish and even dogs and cats.
Chatuchak has been known to be a hub for trafficking illegal and endangered species, I wondered about some of the animals that I was seeing when I visited, I’ve never seen one two different kinds of them before and I still have no idea what they were. CNN has even ventured here while filming the series “Planet in Peril”, examining the impact on ecosystems in removal of species from they’re natural environment.
Some areas were proliferated with vendors selling religious carvings, some sold some heavy wooden furniture, and others sold orchids. The list just goes on and on, it seems to me that you’ll find whatever you set your little heart on if you want to shop here including handicrafts and souvenirs.
At one point the smell of nice incense on the wind brought us to quite an elaborate shrine where there were people worshipping.
The present location of this market dates to about 1982 after a series of events that required it to move from place to place starting in the late 1940’s and earns its name from a nearby park that shares the same name.
What to buy: If you really are up for a simple adventure of you’re all about shopping for some really unique gifts or mementos of your visit to Bangkok….you really need to check out Chatuchak Market…it’s a World of its own..
You just never know what you're going to find here...even some musicians jamming on the second visit I made here..see the video :o)
The market's hours are 9 am to 4 pm or sunset. The market operates saturday and sunday. For more info, go to my main Chatuchak tip on things to do.
Also, you can buy Nancy Chandler;s maps-she lists main shopping areas. Also gives map for Chatuchak. I was just at the market in early April. I saw some people handing free maps out to the crowds. If you are going with a few friends-you may want to set up a place just in case you get lost. This happens a lot . You can use the clocktower-which is in the middle of the market. Presently, it's under tarp and being renovated.
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.
Jatu Jak Market (JJM) or also known as the Weekend Market is spelled in many ways....i don't know the true spelling anyway.
JJM is possible the biggest shopping spree market in thailand and boasts to sell almost everything under the sun...prices are beyond reasonable and sometimes dirt cheap, bargains are always welcome, but never over do it....
JJM is open only on the weekends from the crack of dawn to dusk (usually around 7.30pm)....
What to buy: Firstly, expect heat...no aircons under this roof!
You will be able to find almost anything from antiques to posionous black widow spiders, tattoo parlors to restaurants (some excellent thai eateries), tools to designer lamps and furnitures, sun dried octopus to indian and tibetan costumes and accessories, handblown glasswares to lingeries.
sorry, no major designer labels though similar items can be found....
What to pay: Definitely expect to pay less than the prices in the malls!
Bargains are always welcome.
For example, one can pick up a serious back pack (talking about months or travelling) for about US$50...and the quality is not less than what you may expect to pay US$400+ for a North Face pack in SFO.
Or 99% silver jewelries for US$7!
There is almost anything for sale here! This market is huge, and there is always a part you will enjoy and find something that you'd like. This market contains more than 15 000 shops and stalls, has over 200 000 visitors each day.
Bargaining is expected at Chatuchak and the prices are generally quite a bit cheaper than the shopping centers and street stalls on Silom and Sukhumvit. Many shops in the more centrals areas of the city also have a branch here, selling the same goods for much lower prices.
The best way to get here is on the Skytrain, Mo Chit station is only about five minutes walk away from the market. Finding your way from the station is easy - just follow the large crowd of people that will also be heading to/from there (right). Alternatively, many buses go past here: Ordinary buses 3, 8, 26, 27, 28, 34, 38, 39, 44, 52, 59, 74, 77, 96, 97, 104, 108, 112, 134, 136, 138, 145 and air-con buses 2, 3, 9, 10, 12, 13, 29, 38, 39, 44, 136 and 138.
What to buy: Jewelery, local crafts, T-shirts, oh, and so much more...
What to pay: The bargained down price.