The largest weekend market in the world

Do you enjoy the hectic market atmosphere and love digging the stalls in a hope you’ll find something spectacular? If you said yes, your place is in the Chatuchak weekend market in Bangkok. If you said no, however, you should still give a chance to the mother of all the markets and maybe after a day at Chatuchak you’ll become the biggest market lover.

Colored tents are illuminated at a market during the evening in Thailand.
This colorful Chatuchak market is a must-visit when you’re in Bangkok. Photo by Lisheng Chang / CC BY

What can you buy from Chatuchak market?

In Chatuchak market, there’s everything for everyone and even more. You just name it and there you go! More than 15 000 market stalls are spread across 35 acres and divided into 27 sections. In every section, the vendors are selling different items from the different categories. For example vintage Levi’s jeans and vans for the hipsters, design clothes and accessories for the fashionistas and an unlimited amount of different kind of flavors for the food lovers. However, lots of overpriced rubbish can also be found so try not to get blind in the heaven of goods.

Handmade small bowls in differend colors and with different patterns in Thailand.
From Chatuchak, you can find everything you could ever imagine. Photo by Coleen Rivas / CC BY

How should you prepare before going to Chatuchak?

The market area is enormous and you can easily spend there a day or two. The best time to go to the market is in the morning because it will get very crowded and hot during the day. On a typical weekend, you might see more than 200 000 people strolling around and trying to find the best goods on offer. Wear light clothes and comfortable shoes. You are not going to a party when you go to the market so leave your most uncomfortable outfit at home. Also, take a lot of water with you so you won’t pass out because of the sweltering heat. Always take care of your belongings and be aware of pickpockets.

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How can you find your way to Chatuchak?

Getting to Chatuchak market is pretty easy and you can go there with various of transports. Taxis, tuk-tuks, and buses are a good choice but it’s easier and faster if you just hop on the Skytrain to Mo Chit station or take the subway (MRT) to Chatuchak Park. The crowd will lead you to the market area after you hop off. Chatuchak market is open from 9 am to 6 pm on Saturdays and Sundays, and on Fridays from 6 pm to 00 am. Even though it’s most known as a weekend market, the plant sections are also open on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 7 am to 6 pm.

A skytrain is driving fast over a high railway in Bangkok.
Avoid the crazy weekend traffic and hop on one of the skytrains! Photo by Kotaro Ikawa / CC BY

Bangkok is the place to be when you’re looking for a city where there’s always something to explore.

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This article was written by our former intern Laura.

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