- Location:Located in the city of Bangkok, adjacent to the Kamphaengphet station of the MRT Bangkok Metro Blue Line in Thailand.
- Attraction Type: Market
- Significance: The largest market in Thailand.
- Best time to Visit: Saturdays and Sundays
- How to Reach: The best way to reach the market is through the Skytrain. The nearest station is Mo Chit, only a five minutes walk away from the market. Alternatively, you can also reach there by bus.
- Nearest Airport: Bangkok International Airport (BKK)
It is the undisputed king of them all. Well, we are talking about the markets of Bangkok. One can find a number of markets in Bangkok, but the Chatuchak Weekend Market in Bangkok is always a class apart. In fact, to be precise, Chatuchak Weekend Market is the largest market in Thailand. Popularly known as J.J., the Chatuchak Weekend Market covers 35 acres area and has got over 5,000 stalls. Most of the stalls remain open only on Saturdays and Sundays and hence making it a weekend market. A wide range of products are available in the market which include household items, Thai handicrafts, clothing, collectibles, foods, religious artifacts and live animals. On an average, Chatuchak Weekend Market attracts around 200,000 to 300,000 visitors each day.
Located in the city of Bangkok, adjacent to the Kamphaengphet station of the MRT Bangkok Metro Blue Line, Chatuchak Weekend Market is a thing of wonder and can mesmerize anyone with its vastness. Since June 2008, smoking has been completely banned in the market, though this ban is barely enforced.
Inside the Chatuchak Weekend Market
While in Chatuchak Weekend Market, you are virtually amidst the sea of stalls. It is a good place to buy all kinds of Thai handicrafts. You will get a wide rang of high quality products. The good part of it is that, the intense competition keeps the price on the lower side, which is a plus for the buyers. However, one has to be a bit extra careful while buying products from the market, as there can be some fake products to dupe the buyers. Bargaining is expected in the market, though not mandatory at all the times. The prices of the products are comparatively cheaper here comparing to the stalls in various shopping centers as well as the street stalls on Silom and Sukhumvit. Interestingly, many shops of various shopping malls have branches here, which sell products here in much lower price.
The shops of the Chatuchak Weekend Market remain open on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. However, some stalls may be a bit late to open anytime between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. Chatuchak remains open on Friday for wholesalers. The Garden Plants section remains open on Wednesday and Thurday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.