In Bangkok, you can visit a lot of markets but the one must visit is the Chatuchak market. 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. It is flipping HUGE and open during Saturdays and Sundays only. It gets crowded because you can buy virtually everything under the sun or whatever in your mind, with hundreds of individual stall owners setting up their products to cater tourists and locals alike.
You’ll need a full day to explore and to see just a part of this big weekend market area. In my opinion, there is nothing and I mean NOTHING that you cannot get here. From ‘branded to cheap clothes, books, animals, plants, artifacts, wooden products, unusual things, ceramics, antiques, baskets, plastic fruits, brand new and second hand shoes, silver wares, household products, jewelry, hardwares, steering wheel and so many other things it would take too long to list.
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. Map 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.
In my opinion this provides an even greater incentive to go. Even if you don’t buy anything, just the experience of walking around this crowded market is amazing.
– Wear your most comfortable clothes and footwear if you plan to go to this must-see place…
– It is best to carry only cash and not your valuables. Always, carry your purse / bag infront of you and try not to put items of value in your back pocket (ie. wallet).
– 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.
– Bring along more water as you will get dehydrated in the heat of crowd.
– Go early as 9 am if you wanted to avoid the crowd.
– Most importantly, remember to BARGAIN…It is best to always start at 50% from the price then slowly work your way up until you reach the point where you and the seller is satisfied.