There is nothing, I repeat, NOTHING that you cannot get here in Chathuchak Weekend Market. From cheap to "branded" clothes to food to pets to kitchen hardware or even camping gears. This place is huge and it takes more than 1 full day to be able to visit the whole area. Please beware that you will get lost if you do not get yourself a map before you go in with is provided free of charge at the information centre.
Plan to have a meal here as well as the food here is pretty good and cheap.
From your intinerary I don't think it really matters where you stay as you are pretty scattered. Also, considering your budget for accommodations, I would try to stay in the Sukhumvit area or Khao San rd area. You should be able to find plenty of places tro stay within your budget in these areas.
As far as day 1; There are hundreds of places to eat, as places are open almost 24 hours a day, but the dances, it'll depend on what time you get in, how fast you can get settled and get out. Again there are plenty of places to see Thai danceing and dinner and dancing, many of the venues at hotels. A little searching of the web you should be able to come up with a few places.
Day 2; The floating market, buses usually leave fairly early in th emroning but get to the markets about 0730-8am and then spend a couple hours there and then the ride back to Bangkok. Ideally the best thing to do is go to the area the night before, spend the night and get up early before the tourists crowd gets there. There are supposed to be some nice bungalows over the klongs to spend the night at reasonable rates. Get up at dawn and have breakfast from the boats on the klong and shop around. The food itself is worth going for. The night bazaar is located at the Lumpini Park area.
Day 3; I don't know the dates that you are there but the Chatuchak Market or Sunday Market is only open on Fri, Sat and Sun. If day 3 is not one of those days then that is not an option. If it is you should understand that it is usually an all day affair for most people. Get there early to spend as much time as you can. The place is HUGE. Usually one can not see the whole place in a day unless you are just walking through it. In light of you leaving Thailand that day, maybe you may consider staying in that area. The night bazaar is the only ting that I see you are doing downtown and you can access that easily enough via train or MRT. If you stayed in this area it would also make leaving and getting to the airport easier, faster, from the market to the airport and or back to your hotel, and then to the airport.
good luck, have fun!
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.
Open: 08:00 - 18:00 on weekends and Fridays (wholesale day). Plant shops are open Wednesdays and Thursdays too from 07:00 - 18:00.
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Chatuchack weekend market is a massive mix of stalls offering for sale anything imagineable. You can definately find some great souvenirs here, and if you like to shop, restraint is the key. Be on gaurd for pick pockets and don't allow yourself to get disoriented as this shopping center is massive. Plenty of food choices and ATM's are around. Bargain hard!!!!!!!!
At almost all of the hotels in Bangkok, you should be able to find a driver. You couold even hire a taxi for the day if you are a good haggler/negiotiator on prices/rates.
However, what I would suggest is that you do it yourself. Bangkok is a very easy place to get around in with the subways and BTS stations around the city. Many of the places that you are looking to visit will take awhile to see if you want to see them right. The Grand Palace and Wat Arun can be done in probably half day, as they are in the same general area. Then you could head to China Town and Little India, same area as well but that could, should take you another half day easy as there is a lot to see and covers a large area. To either of these places you have a driver take you there and then he'd would just sit for hours, for what? Chatchchak or the Sunday Market is only on Friday Saturday and Sunday. Saturday or Sunday probably the best day and the BTS will take you right there. This is definitly an all dayer. You can shop til you drop! The Sunday Market is HUGE, and there's a good chance you may not even see it all. Dress cool! Also organize your trip so that you work the Bangkok tour to get you there on the weekend. MBK, just another big mall but they do have some good deals there. If you are questioning prices on items, wait to see if you can find it at the Sunday Market cheaper, you can always go back to MBK. Patpong, hmmm, you sure you really want to see that? The souvenirs are way over priced, and the bars, well...
Floating market, you can hire a boat from any pier taking you to Wat Arun and they can take you to one of the local floating markets. The best however is probably outside of Bangkok or at least the suburbs, Damnoen Saduak. But no matter which one you choose, to see the best part of it you should be getting up pretty early. If you do go, try eating from you boat, the noodle dishes and other snacks are GREAT! It's worth going just for that.
Anyway, back to the driver, It's so easy to get around, maps and BTS routes everywhere, You'll be paying the driver for something that you can do just as easy, if not easier and faster considering you'll get caught in traffic, on the BTS you wont.
Good luck and have fun
Mai Phen Rai Krup!!
Chatuchak market (Bangkok, Thailand) is one of the largest markets in the world. The market is only open at the weekends, Saturday and Sunday from 7am until late. Some of the stalls do open during the week but not sufficient to warrant a visit.
They have clothes, animals, books, plants, artifacts, unusual things, wooden workings, material, ceramics, baskets, antiques, plastic fruit, silk flowers, antiques, shoes, silver wear, jewelry, houseware, and so many other things it would take too long to list.
The prices are amazing.
Try and keep an eye out for the guy selling handmade bracelets. You'll know when you see him because they are really unique and you won't find them everywhere else.
chatachuk weekend market is an easy skytrain ride from anywhere in bangkok...it is huge maze of a place, full of anything you might want to buy. have been there several times; usually get lost and just wander around...a map is tremendously helpful.
Chatuchak Market. This is The Worlds Biggest Weekend Market selling practically everything under the sun, from the smallest staff, 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 in Chatuchak market all imaginable type of wares to catch your fancy. Once inside the market, you will be catch up in a world of bursting crowds and stalls stretching as far as the eye can see. The real charm of the Chatuchak 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
this market only open on saturday n sunday only,,,,,the easy access to this market via BTS or MRT,,,,this market is landmark of bangkok where visitor can buy everything from all over of thailand,,,,bargain is needed when u want to buy,,,,,,actually price for local and tourist not same so u must bargain,,,,,here have thousand retail lot,,,,,u cannot finish all shop wihin one day believe me,,,,,
You can find everything here. Tourist items, animals, everything. It is usually only open on the weekends. I suggest going early to avoid crowds and the heat. There is little circulation in the market so drink lots of water and stay cool. One of the better places to get cheap goods, but always remember to bargain.
Chatuchak (JJ) Market is amazing! Before my first trip here, I didn't know what to expect. But now that I have been there 3 times, and I still find things I didn't see on my first 2 visits!
1. Go early in the morning as the market can get stuffy and hot. Bring a fan with you so you can fan yourself while shopping. Bring water.
2. Try to look for free map of JJ Market in some stores. It is very helpful.
3. Bargain with the shoppers! Even you think that the selling price meets your budget, never forget to bargain with them. You might save a few bahts.
4. This market is huge that you can't finish walking in a day. (That is if you go with shopaholics who stop at almost every single shop) You have to set a time to leave JJ or else you might end up shopping here for the whole day. (Unless this is what you want to do)
5. There are stalls outside of JJ Market. Some of them sell things cheaper than it is inside JJ. It's worth checking them out.
We stayed at a small hotel near Petchaburi Road. We hopped on a tuk tuk and the driver would bring us there with half the price if we agreed to take a walk at a jewerly shop (he would get commission by bringing tourists there). Since we were not in the rush, we agreed. We spent 15 minutes in the jewerly shop and hopped back on to our tuktuk. Then he said to bring us to another shop, then he would bring us to JJ for FREE. To save a few bahts, we made a deal with him (though we were a bit aggitated by then). So he brought us to another tourists trap, a tailor/ souvenir shop. We walked for 5 minutes in the shop and got back to our tuktuk. After 30 minutes since we left our hotel, we finally arrived at JJ Market happily for FREE!!
So if you have time to spare, and want to save a few bahts, you can do as we did. Have fun at JJ!!
A must go place. Huge variety of handcraft, souvenier, clothing and so on..
If you really find something worth buying, don't ever think you'd know how to come back to the same stall again. You won't be able to find it in short time, unless you have no idea to kill time.
The weekend market that one must never missed in Bangkok. It spans across several football fields and you can bargain for anything and everything under the sun.
The place is divided into sections so it's good if you can search for a map of the place online before going. There are maps available there too but it's really not visible enough.
There are clothes, shoes, pets, food, antiques, crafts on sale. If you fancy a big item and unable to pack them in your luggage, there are TNT, Fedex, DHL etc available too.
Toilets are extremely crowded and dirty so if possible, do not go to one there.
Go there early to beat the crowd and sun.
Have fun bargaining.
My friend and i decided to skip the very popular MBK mall and head for the Chatuchak, and it was totally worth our time. This is a weekend market where the locals shop, and you will discover some trendy clothes, unique colleactable antiques, interesting wooden artifacts for home, delicious local snacks and some very interesting sights. After a good bargain, everything can be bought at quite a cheap price. Also since only locals head there, the shop keepers are much more friendly to tourists; unlike at Pahtong beach where tourists get hassled all the time.
If you dont want to leave bangkok after only buying t-shirts and cheap electronics, Chatuchak is the place to shop for a pleasant experience. I even spotted cute puppies being sold in small baskets there, something very unusual for me, but very commonplace there.
They also play their national anthem at 6 in the evening, so dont be surprised to suddenly see everyone stop moving and be frozen!
The market is only open on weekends from 10 to 6 in the evening.
The market is in the north of the city so either take the subway or a taxi. At first the taxi driver will try not to go by meter, but make sure you get a price fixed for the journey beforehand.
Be Prepared to walk a lot while shopping.