Chatuchak’s market is a large market, said to be the largest in Southeast Asia, that is held only on weekends on Saturdays and Sundays. It’s lined with stores selling all kinds of goods, clothes, food stalls, etc. If you like to shop, you’ll absolutely love this place!
The location is near Mo Chit and right next to the train station, so it’s easy for tourists to get to. This time, I will write an article on things you should know beforehand to enjoy Chatuchak Market 120%.
- The Chatuchak market is held only on Saturdays and Sundays
- Shops to visit and things to buy in Chatuchak
- Lunch in Chatuchak at a street stall, or at a place with a cooler!
- How to get around Chatuchak Market and do your shopping
- Watch out for crowds when returning from Chatuchak. Cab is recommended
- Things you should bring to Chatuchak
- Chatuchak Market is a great place for girls who love groceries
The Chatuchak market is held only on Saturdays and Sundays
・Day of the week: Saturday and Sunday only (about 30% of the stores seem to be open on Friday night as well)
・Time: 8:00 – 18:00
・Location: Nearest MRT kamphaeng phet station, exit 2; by BTS, Mochit.
It’s held only on Saturdays and Sundays, and the hours seem to be pretty random: some stores start after 9:00 a.m., some are still open after 6:00 p.m., and so on. If there are a lot of stores open, it’s safer to go around 9:00 to 16:00. On Sundays, many stores close around 4pm.
The location is only about 15 minutes by train from the center of Bangkok such as Siam, so it is easy for tourists to get there. However, the train station is very crowded with people going to Chatuchak market on weekends. So please make sure you have enough time to get there.
By the way, if you are only in Bangkok on weekdays, don’t be disappointed! Chatuchak Market is only open on weekends, but there are night markets in Bangkok that are open every day. The Railway Market Ratchadaw (Talat Nat Lot Fai Ratchadaw) is easy to get to by subway and is open every day.
Map of Chatuchak Market and each area
Below is a map of Chatuchak Market, which is divided into a number of sections.
Quote：Jatujak Shopping Guide
・Section 1 = Antiques
・Section 2,3,4 = Gardening supplies, clothing and accessories
・Section 5,6 = Vintage clothing
・Section 7,22,24,25 = Thai Goods, Art
・Section 8 = Thai goods
・Section 9,11,13,15 = Pet Supplies
・Section 10,18,20,21,23 = Vintage clothing, clothes and accessories
・Section 12,14,16 = Army goods
・Section 17,19 = Interior, Tableware
・Section 26 = Used Books, Antiques
There are several stores within the same section that sell similar products.
Shops to visit and things to buy in Chatuchak
You can make your own basket bag at madamkapi
This is a store where you can make your own original basket bag, which is very popular among girls. You can choose your favorite basket bag and decorations, and they will combine them to make a cute basket.
When I went there, there were so many girls in the small store that it was hard to get through, so you might want to go early in the morning.
I chose a large basket bag, so the price was a bit high at 700 baht ($23.55). I chose a large basket bag, which cost 700 baht ($23.55).
The shop is located near the symbolic clock tower of Chatuchak Market, so when you arrive at the market, aim for the clock tower.
Thai silk scarf
You can buy a scarf made of Thai silk for less than $4. I recommend it for its pleasant touch and feel.
There is a store near Section 10 that has a wide variety of clothing and sundries. It is a famous souvenir from Thailand, so you will probably see it often when you walk around the market.
Section 10 with a wide variety of clothing and sundries
Celadon ware is a type of pottery made in Chiang Mai in northern Thailand. The thin, cracked patterns are very beautiful. The stores in Chiang Mai also have stores in Chatuchak, and there were many Celadon ware stores in the Chatuchak market.
I bought a bowl with an elephant pattern. I bought a bowl with an elephant design. I bought a bowl with an elephant design, and a store called Celadon is famous.
Section 7, Soi 4
Fancy colors are cute! Chiang Mai goods
These sundries are also made in Chiang Mai, but I found many stores at Chatuchak Market in Bangkok.
It’s nice to know that you can get cute and colorful goods in Bangkok too! There are several stores that sell Chiang Mai sundries, but the store called “Orawan Shop” seemed to have a wide variety.
Section 19, Soi 6/7, Room 145,146
Original passport case
It seems to be popular in Bangkok to make original passport cases with name tags and charms of your choice, and there were many stores. Since we had just bought a passport case, we decided not to do it this time, but next time I would definitely make one!
There were many charms to choose from.
We found several stores on the main street.
A tropical-looking dress
There were also a lot of tropical-style dresses at the Chatuchak market, and each dress cost less than $10, so why not buy them in bulk?
When you look at Thai dresses, you might think they are too flimsy and might tear (lol), but when you try them on, you will find that the flimsy texture is nice and cool. But when I put it on, I found that the flimsiness made it nice and cool, and it didn’t tear even when I rode a motorcycle. It’s surprisingly wearable! That’s the feeling I get.
Thai pants were also sold in a variety of patterns.
The stores are concentrated around the fashion related section 20-22.
Colorful artificial flowers
Artificial flowers are often seen in Thailand. It’s colorful and pretty just like the real thing. I’m sure you’ll be able to find something that fits your needs.
Around section 9, 10 and 11, where you can find handicraft goods.
Aroma goods were also common at Chatuchak Market. I’m not sure if it’s because I’ve never seen it before.
Section 11, Soi 13/7
Other sundries and clothes I found on the street
Beautiful blue! Indigo-dyed clothes
Colorful light bulbs to decorate your home
Pearrings and bracelets in tropical colors
A cute little container with a round shape
It’s fun to check out the stores you want to visit before you go to Chatuchak Market. It is also fun to just wander around and see what you can find.
For more information on miscellaneous souvenirs found in Thailand and Bangkok, see this article.
Lunch in Chatuchak at a street stall, or at a place with a cooler!
Cheap and Delicious! Thai food stalls
There are many places to eat at Chatuchak Market. Especially since it is an outside market, there are many food stalls.
If you want to eat Thai food at a reasonable price, I recommend the food stalls outside. You can eat at a food stall for less than $5 for two people.
Food and the section where it is sold
Paella from a popular restaurant
This is a popular paella restaurant in Chatuchak Market for some reason. It’s a great place to eat Thai food, but I’ve heard it tastes good.
I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.
Along Section 8 Main Street (between Soi 16 and 17)
When it’s hot and you’re exhausted, go to an air-conditioned restaurant even if it’s a bit expensive
I’m tired of walking in the heat! I want to cool off in an air-conditioned place! If you want to cool off in an air-conditioned place, go to an air-conditioned restaurant even though it is a bit expensive.
We knew it would be expensive, but we went to an air-conditioned restaurant because we were also exhausted from the heat. It was called THOPLUE, and although it was expensive, the delicious Thai food and the air conditioning brought us back to life.
This stir-fried cashew nuts were very tasty and seasoned to Japanese tastes.
It is located between sections 17 and 19. It’s a big store, so it stands out.
After lunch, have coconut ice cream for dessert
Coconut ice cream is often seen at Chatuchak Market. This coconut ice cream was very tasty.
It’s refreshing and sweet, perfect for an after dinner dessert. In Japan, you don’t get a chance to eat coconut ice cream very often, so you should definitely try it in Thailand.
How to get around Chatuchak Market and do your shopping
Chatuchak Market is said to be the largest market in Southeast Asia. Here are some tips on how to get around and how to shop.
Because it’s hot and you can’t stay there for hours, you should have an idea of what you want to buy beforehand
Chatuchak Market is basically an outside market. There are some areas with roofs, but there is no air conditioning and it is hot and humid due to the dense concentration of stores.
It’s hard for even the strongest of men to walk around the market for hours. Especially for girls, walking for two to three hours can be quite tiring.
If there is something you definitely want to buy or a store you want to visit, please do some research beforehand, assuming that you will not be able to walk for hours.
In Chatuchak, you can indicate the location by “section” which indicates the general area and “soi” which indicates the name of the street. You can find the following signs in every corner of the market.
You should check the section and soi for the stores you want to visit.
When you arrive, first get a map from the information desk near the entrance
When you arrive at the Chatuchak market, please get a map from the information desk. It’s easy to get a general idea of the market even with a simple map.
If you’re walking around and think you’d like to come back to this store later, be sure to take note of the section and soi. It’s hard to go back if you don’t take note of the location because it’s quite large and all the streets look similar.
Haggle for unpriced items
Chatuchak Market is a market where you can bargain. Especially, try to bargain for unpriced items. There is a high possibility of getting a discount.
You can also get a discount on priced items if you buy them in bulk, so feel free to ask first.
Take a walk while drinking fruit juice
It was very hot at Chatuchak Market. This is the first time I’ve been to Chatuchak Market. If you want to go shopping, try walking around with a fruit juice or shake in your hand.
Cold juices and shakes are often sold at Chatuchak Market, and you will feel a little more energetic when you walk around with a cold drink.
Go to the toilet when you find one
Chatuchak Market has a few pay toilets that cost about 5 baht. There are not so many that you can find easily when you walk around, so it is better to go when you find one.
There is also an app that has a map of Chatuchak Market. You can check the location of the toilets here, so if you are worried, it is a good idea to download it.
・App Store Chatuchak Guide
・Google Play Chatuchak Guide
Watch out for crowds when returning from Chatuchak. Cab is recommended
The train station around Chatuchak Market is quite crowded
Chatuchak Market is easy to get to by train. But the train is really crowded. We were going home around 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, but the station was crowded with people coming to the market and people going home.
Especially in the evening, there were so many people going home that we had to miss several trains to get on. If you want to go early in the morning, you can take the train, but the train on the way back is not so easy.
My recommendation for the return trip is a taxi
If you’re already tired of walking and it’s hard to get into the station or wait in line for the train, I recommend taking a cab home. Cross the street on the other side of the market and stop the cab.
Cabs that stop right in front of Chatuchak Market will ask you a much higher price than the market price. I mean, Bangkok has metered cabs, but the cabs parked near the tourist area do not use meters.
So, I crossed over to the opposite lane of the market. That way, you can get a normal metered cab. The first ride is as cheap as 35 baht (about $1) per kilometer.
Things you should bring to Chatuchak
A calculator for price negotiation
In Chatuchak market, it is sometimes cheaper to negotiate the price. At that time, you may not be able to understand the other person’s pronunciation correctly or you may not be able to communicate with them.
This is when a calculator comes in very handy. Just put the amount of money you would be willing to buy at this price into the calculator and hand it to the other person. In addition, it is not advisable to hand over important items such as a smartphone to the other person overseas, so a cheap calculator is recommended.
Hat for sun protection
You should bring a hat with you because it feels like there are a lot of small stores lining the main street. It’s hard to walk around in direct sunlight.
Sunscreen to reapply many times
The sun is very strong in Thailand, so you should bring sunscreen to wear and to reapply. You can buy sunscreen locally, but it is best to use what you are used to using in Japan for your face. Buying Japanese sunscreen in Bangkok is rather expensive, so bring it with you.
Useful when you want to wipe your hands at food stalls and restaurants. Especially in Thailand, it’s kind of dusty, so wet wipes are a must. You may want to bring more than one.
Chatuchak Market is a great place for girls who love groceries
Chatuchak Weekend Market is a great place for girls who love groceries. However, it is hot, so please take measures against the heat and go around efficiently.
The following article is a summary of my trip to Bangkok for 4 days and 3 nights.
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