Chatuchak Weekend Market, Bangkok

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    Massive Market - Be Early to Beat The Crowds

    by Mikebb Written Mar 8, 2006

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    This is the largest market I have ever been to, over 9,000 stalls which sell everything you can think of. we had been there in 2002 during the hot weather and it was almost unbearable but a "must see" sight.
    This year we went in February a much cooler month and arrived about 9:30am, there were still plenty of people but nothing like the crowds after midday. Early arrival meant only half the stalls were open , but by 11am the total 9,000 were open and the crowds had built up. We had a most interesting time and saw some unusual sights and many items we wanted to buy but had to limit ourselves due to luggage restrictions. Remember to bargain on all purchases, you will be amazed how much they will discount, particularly if you purchase a number of items.
    Always have plenty to drink and beware of pickpockets, they abound in these markets and we have a friend who lost his wallet the last time he visited.
    The market is easy to reach usingthe Skytrain go to the last station, Mo Chit and follow the crowd.

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    Major SHOPPING Madness

    by Mattison Written Aug 3, 2004

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    Shopping and sweating for my 4 best friends- Fab 5

    Chatuchuk market was one of my, Nicole's favorite things. It was sooooooo hot, and I sweated soooooooooo much, but it was okay because it was sooooooooooo much fun, and I got soooooooo many great deals. This market is indescribable - you really can't understand the enormity of it until you see it yourself. Essentially, it's just a bunch of stalls that you can find good deals at (if you know how to bargain), but really it was so much more because you shop with the locals. It isn't like shopping at MBK or at the souvenir stalls on the street. I expected to see many more tourists at the market, but really, the locals seemed to outnumber us by far. You will see things that are so odd and quite hilarious and unexpected. For example, the owner of a popular shop selling karaoke cds was karaokeing himself to promote his products or the two elderly men playing chess with bottlecaps on a makeshift board. My advice: Buy Nancy Chandler's map - it has a very useful insert that shows the general areas of stalls and is good if you want to avoid the parts that sell live animals and such; Arrive fairly early - it'll be less busy and slightly cooler; Drink lots of water; Don't be afraid to bargain, but if that's not your thing, you'll still get a reasonable deal; Have fun!

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    Over 7,000 stalls

    by trisanna Updated Apr 20, 2005

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    This is one of the largest weekend markets in the world. There are over 7,000 stalls full of so many goods for sale. There is really something for everyone here. Many young designers start their businesses here -since rent is lower than a traditional store. There are many stalls selling housewares, textiles, antiques, pet accessories (Thai people love their pets-especially dogs) and other things. You have to take a look at the pet squirrels. The sellers' don't like you taking photos-so don't do it or be discreet. Many of the baby squirrels or bunnies have bows in their hair or little outfits. Quite silly.

    There are a few restaurants and cafes there. Some expresso bars as well.

    It's best to get there early-around 9.30 or 10 am. This place is outdoors, though covered by tarp. It is usually very crowded and can be really frustrating if you are tired and exhausted. Lots of great buys here. You can easily get your Christmas shopping done for the year. Make sure you bring an extra bag to cart your goodies home.

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  • Weekend market

    by volopolo Updated Sep 1, 2010

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    The best market
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    Chatuchak or Jatujak - Weekend market

    Is located near to Mo Chit BTS Station. This is one of the largest and cheapest weekend markets in the world. Find here: clothes, shoes, Thai silk, antiques, plants, food and more.....

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    Name: Chatouchak Weekend Market
    Close to: Mo Chit Park
    Location: Mo Chit
    City: Bangkok
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    City: Bangkok

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    If you go to Chatuchak be organised and prepared

    by thedouglas Updated Jan 23, 2007

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    I usually spend two full days at the weekend market in Bangkok - and still have no hope of seeing it all. Helps if you have a map before you get there - which sets out all of the pavilions and the type of goods sold in them - organised into type of item, which makes it easy to include or exclude. Need to have good spatial skills, or you get lost and confused anyway.
    Send the husbands and nonshopping sons to the wildlife, and take the girls and get lost amongst the endless array of clothing and other accessories.
    Be prepared to see things you have never seen before in some of the shops - and those you may never want to see again!
    Some of the antiques and artefacts are amazing - although there is always a risk in buying a so-called genuine artefact for big dollars. Also need to be aware of what you can and cannot take out of the country, cost of transport and cost of customs at the other end.
    Take plenty of cash (but ATM's are there), comfy shoes a must, comfortable bag(s) for the shopping (or a porter), a good sense of humour and tolerance, and don't forget to drink water. Of course, if you drink, you'll have to find the loos - which are to die for - literally. They are usually crowded, dirty and hot - best loo is near the station and the book section - newer and cleaner. Thai female toilet queue customs are also different to ours in Oz - they line up in mini-queues outside individual cubicles, rather than forming a giant conga line like we do.
    Have a ball - and stop and pinch yourself every half hour or so!

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    Market like no other

    by thedouglas Updated Jan 23, 2007

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    Just a few necessities!
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    The weekend market in BK is the first time I have been all done in shopping - after two full days of this market, I really don't care if I see another thing to buy - until the next day at least. The variety of things is amazing - and I defy anyone to say there is nothing of interest to them in the varied and vast market. The usual BK bustle - and claustrophobia to the max at times - but its well worth the time - and the sore feet.

    It was amazing at the end of the first day - got home, got it all out - as you do! - and pronounced that I MUST be broke! In the frenzy, I really hadn't kept track. Foolish husband advised that I had spent a fraction of what I had estimated, looking at the floor! Of course, this called for an encore performance!

    Seriously though, I AM a shopper, but really done in by the end of day 2!

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    Chatuchak Weekend Market

    by mary2u99 Written May 2, 2006

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    Everything and anything is sold here from food, fruits, souvenirs, bags, imitations Gucci bags, t-shirt, livestock, books, jewellery, accessories.

    Just be extra careful with your bags and watch out for pickpockets.

    The tip is bargain as hard as you can to get the best price. The market is open around 9.00am and closed at 6:00pm.

    Come here early shop till you drop and go back and rest at the pool in your hotel.

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    Market Shopping Heaven!

    by vic&michael Written Jan 6, 2005

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    Chatuchak Weekend Market is huge! We intended on going just on saturday and we spent all day there, and then went back again on sunday! There are so many things to see and buy! It is a swarm of people and goods. It really overwhelmed me with the range of things to see and the amount of foods and spices in the air! We had Nancy Chandler's map of Bangkok (Amazon.com!) which had a detailed map of the market, which gave us a good idea of what to expect, and what we wanted to buy or see. It is a lot of fun to get lost and wander around the market, but when it's time to go home and you are tired, it is handy to have a map. You can buy anything there. Silks galore, t-shirts (really cool ones too), fashionable clothing, 'antiques', crafts, foodstuffs, bags, belts, pets!! (puppies, kittens, squirrels, heaps of huge weird types of aquarium fish, birds, rabbits... etc! but don't go to the pet section if it is going to upset you to see them in not-so-kind living quarters). I enjoyed myself a lot there. I think I was a bit overwhelmed by so much being sold and so much to see, that I didn't really buy much! But Michael went t-shirt shopping crazy! Expect to buy mens t-shirts for between 100-150 BHT. At this market, bargain about 10-40% below what they are asking. Always start bargaining at around 40-50%. And remember to smile and be polite! That will get you the best deals!

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    CHATUCHAK

    by ancient_traveler Updated Jul 16, 2008

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    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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    Bring a extra Bag !!!!!

    by jlanza29 Updated Mar 26, 2011

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    Be ready to haggle on prices !!!

    Ok, I have to admit, this was lots of fun, first of all bring a bag big enough where you are gonna put all the stuff your gonna buy !!!! In my case I ended up buying a huge duffle bag for 200 bahts about $5 U.S. and I quickly filled with tons of stuff, silk boxer shorts for 80 bahts each $2 U.S. each, bought 30 of them !!!!, leather sandals 200 bahts each $5 U.S., bought 2 pair's for every member of my family !!!!!! Hard Rock cafe Hats that cost $16 U.S. at the real Hard Rock, paid 80 bahts each, $2 U.S. here; bought 20 of them for gifts for friends back home !!!!! can't tell the difference if there real or not !!!! Souvenir Magnets for the fridge saw them around town for 40 bahts each, here I got them for 15 bahts each, .35 cents U.S. bought 100 of them !!!!!!!! Tons and Tons of souvenirs are all over, just remeber negotiate a price, start with half of what they say and make your way to a fair price. Be careful of pickpockets because this place is really crowded, but it's full of all sorts of people and I never felt threaten or in danger !!!! Lots of fun...HIGHLY RECOMMEND it !!!!!

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    CHATUCHAK-The Biggest One!

    by RoyJava Updated Jan 17, 2010

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    You can visit a lot of markets in Bangkok, but the one you've heard about is the CHATUCHAK Weekend Market. This is it! The MUST of the Thai markets, where everything imaginable is FOR SALE! If you cannot buy it on this market place, you cannot buy it anywhere else.

    You do need a full day to see just a part of this huge weekend market area. To buy whatever comes in your mind, and to do what anybody does on a market; to beat the crowd and the heat! So bring bottle of water or just make a pit-stop at one of the many food stalls. And best time is to start early in the morning ...

    We already have been told to buy the thing you want, seeing at the first time. Because you're never gonna find the place back! There are maps available, an information centre, ATM's for cash, ... And the toilets? Sorry, hard to find, filthy, dirty, hot ...

    Well, what to buy? Let's make a try ...

    Handmade silks produced by the mountain people, fighting cocks and fighting fishes, fluffy puppies (ooow, I couldn't bear to watch, so many in one box!), crawling snakes, eating bugs, all jeans you've seen downtown, design clothes next to knock-off designer watches and bags, souvenirs-souvenirs-souvenirs!

    Etc. etc. etc.

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    Chathuchak Weekend Market

    by kenningst Updated Sep 20, 2008

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    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.

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    MUST GO TO CHAKUCHAK MARKET

    by stappm Written Nov 18, 2004

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    Save all of you shopping for this place. It is awesome! It is like many Flea Market's here in the states (the San Jose, CA Flea Market comes to mind) However it it HUGE (at least 2 times the size) with smaller booths. You can buy anyhting, faux handbags and sun glasses, faux antiques. Thai silk, Linen, table clothes, pillow shams, art, clothing, all the tourst stuff your heart desires, furniture, lamps. New and Used.

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    Chatuchak Weekend Market

    by stmlnyc Written Nov 5, 2003

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    Chatuchak Weekend Market

    The Chatuchak Weekend Market has to be one of the largest outdoor markets anywhere. There is practically everything on sale, although it is disconcerting to see animals and pets for sale in that atmosphere.

    Bargaining is expected so a good point of reference is to cut in half the initially quoted price and compromise from there.

    You'll probably be asked "Where you come from?" by the salesperson. This serves 2 purposes:

    1) They are genuinely interested
    2) A rough estimate of how much you can afford to pay

    If you can get away with it, say you're from a less developed country where bargaining is commonly practiced.

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    Go to the Famous Chatuchak Weekend Bazaar

    by volarevolare Written Jun 18, 2004

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    Clock Tower for navigation?

    Wow!

    It's huge!

    And they sell everything imaginable -- food, clothings, accessories, furniture, animals...

    It's open on Saturdays and Sundays and it's really crowded.

    Best to get a map on a pamphlet from one of the security guards stationed around and use it to navigate.
    Alternatively, just wander along the various passageways and see where it'd take you!

    If you want to figure out what each section sells, just head out to check the roof of each section. That's where you'd find the section number and what is sold there! :)

    Lots of fun.

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