One thing I love about Thailand is its markets. Not only offering an unforgettable travel experience for bargain hunters, but these markets are also fantastic opportunities for some discount shopping.
My favorite market in Bangkok is Chatuchak – the world’s largest weekend market! Yes, this is a shopping paradise for those who love cheap shopping, and a place not to be missed when coming to Bangkok.
About Chatuchak weekend market Bangkok
Chatuchak market has a long history of nearly 80 years, was built and opened to visitors in the 1940s. Since then, it’s been increasingly developed and expanded to become one of the attractive tourist shopping destinations with affordable prices in Bangkok.
Chatuchak market is also one of the largest markets in the world with an area of over 11 hectares and more than 15,000 stalls selling a variety of goods.
There’s a huge amount of goods with a variety of categories from fashion, cosmetics, jewelry, technology, and plants.
You can easily find some cute gifts for your friends back home. If you buy in bulk, don’t forget to bargain and get a better price.
Chatuchak market opening hours
The market starts on Friday night from 6 pm to midnight. If you don’t have any Friday plan, head to the market and enjoy a fun night.
On the weekend, the market opens from 9 am to 6 pm. Also, the bonsai area opens on Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 7 am to 6 pm.
Best time to visit Chatuchak Weekend Market Bangkok
If you plan to visit the Chatuchak market on the weekend, the best time to go is in the morning.
At this time, the temperature is cool and pleasant, and it’s not as crowded as other times. Also, you may get better discounts as the sellers believe that the first sale of the day is good luck.
There are 4 main ways to go to Chatuchak Weekend Market:
Subway (MRT): The closest station is Chatuchak Park Station. After walking out of the station, you’ll get to the clothes areas of Chatuchak Market. If you want to go to the flower and plant area, you should get off from Kampheng MRT station.
Skytrain (BTS): Use BTS to get to Mochit Station, then exit by gate 1 to get to the park and Chatuchak market.
Bus: You can take an air-conditioned bus from Bangkok with routes 502, 503, 509, 510, 512, 513, regular buses of route 77.
Taxi: If you don’t stay near MRT or BTS, book Grab to get to the Chatuchak market.
My shopping experience
I was completely overwhelmed when I first got there. Although I knew that the market was huge, I didn’t imagine that it was that HUGE!
As I was surprised by the variety and choices, I decided to walk around first and return to get my favorite. It was a mistake. The design of a market was like a maze, so I didn’t get back the same way. So I missed some cute items that I planned to buy :(
So, to explore this massive market, I recommend having a map in hand.