Chatuchak Weekend Market, Bangkok
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.
A not to be missed weekend Market where you can buy most things, it does get hot and sticky and crowded so go early. Its open from 9am to 6pm, every Saturday and gets about 200000 vistors, Credit Cards are not readily accepted so take plenty of Cash
And I know it not everyones cup of tea but check out the Fighting cocks
What to buy: Can can buy everthing here, Clothing,Handicrafts books Flowers and even Live stock
JaTuJak (or ChaTuChak printed in some books), approximately 35-acre, the biggest flea market in the world. A visit is essential. It open only on weekend, Friday to Sunday from 0800 to 1900. The best time is to go there early in the morning or late afternoon when the sun not so hot.
What to buy: The market is divided into 30 "region" by product types, it sells thousands different local products including pets, handicrafts, plants, fresh fruit, antique reproductions, shoes, toys, clothing and domestic utensils, and just about ANYTHING else YOU CAN THINK OF. Almost everything you see in Silom, Patpong, MBK, you can find them here with better price, no or little bargain. The market is SO BIG that it's not relly possible to finish all shops in 2 days.
This is a huge sprawling market on the outskirts of Bangkok. Anything & everything is bought and sold here...worth a wander even if you are not a shopper! Can get very hot...but there are lots of places to buy refreshing drinks.
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.
Chatuchack is a must shopping place to visit when in Bangkok. Caution though: wear comfortable shoes and light clothing coz it can be extremely hot inside. Prepare yourself to bargain, don't give in to the very first price the seller will give you. Little knowledge of Thai buying phrases can help.
If you're looking for something for your wedding, I think this is the place to be. I bought mine for 45 baht (around US$ 1.00) for a Thai vase. If you'll buy it outside Chatuchak, it will cost you double.
To find the best food, go to the stalls near the main road....and explore.
What to buy: Anything and everything! Even fake rolex watch :-)
What to pay: As your heart and wallet desires.
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.
At the Chatuchak Market you can buy just about anything even goldfish, animals of all kinds,
What to buy: Everything here is for sale, so get out your shopping skills and enjoy the experence, you will need someone lese beside's your self, just to carry the bags for of shopping, there is so much to see its very hard to know what to buy.
People who are shopaholics like me would NEVER dream of giving this huge thai bazaar a miss!!
What can you buy there??? Anything and Everything! T-shirts, bags, home furnishing items, furnitures, fishes, flowers ( real and fake), shoes, candles (oohh, my favourite), souvenirs, chopsticks, wedding favours, mats, table-mats., pots and pans........
It can be pretty stuffy in there, so wear loose clothing.
For me, usually i would make 2 trips down Chatuchak, i go on a sunday morning( i heard from my fren it's open on sat too), browse and shop around, when the things i'm carring get too heavy, i would take the train back to the hotel, dump my things and head on back to the second round. =)
Chatuchak is known as a weekend market because that's when ALL the stores in the huge complex are open.
What to buy: Wood carvings, oriental furniture, statues, thai silk, just almost everything for everybody.
What to pay: 20baht-25,000 depending on what you're buying.
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.
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.
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)'
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?