Chatuchak Market, Thailand’s largest flea market
Located at 587/10 Kamphaeng Phet 2 Rd, Bangkok, Chatuchak Market is the largest flea market in Thailand. The market is 1.13km2 wide, divided into 27 areas and can arrange up to 15,000 stalls. Before the Covid-19 epidemic, it was estimated that every day there were about 200,000 – 300,000 visitors to Chatuchak market.
Trade activities at the market take place most days of the week with main items such as furniture, fashion, pets, and clothes. However, on weekends, it will be more crowded and bustling. Especially, there are many shops and carts selling typical dishes of the land of the Golden Temple. In addition, you should also pay attention to the opening time of Chatuchak market. On Friday, Chatuchak market will be open from 18:00 to 24:00, and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Directions to Chatuchak . Market
To get to Chatuchak market, you can use the following means of transport:
– BTS (aerial tram): Go to Mo Chit station on the BTS Skytrain and then exit at exit 1 or follow the crowd to Chatuchak market.
– MRT (subway): Take the Chatuchak Park line and get off at Kampaengphet station and walk for about a minute to reach the market.
– Taxi or motorbike taxi: This is the fastest and easiest way to get to Chatuchak market, but if you only go 1 or 2 people, the price will be much higher than when going to BTS or MRT.
Explore shopping paradise Chatuchak
If you are new to Chatuchak market for the first time, it will be difficult to visit the whole market in just one day. Even many people have been to the market 2 or 3 times, but it is still difficult to distinguish the direction. However, you just need to pay attention to the main road and the location of the clusters, then “conquering” this market is not an impossible task!
Chatuchak Market is divided into 27 areas with a main entrance and small branches numbered from Soi 1, Soi 2 to the end. If calculated by type of goods, the market has 11 areas. Therefore, you should determine in advance the area you need to go to as well as prepare a map to avoid getting lost in the Chatuchak “maze”.
Clothing, accessories, jewelry: zones 2-6, 10-26 Handicrafts: 8-11 Ceramics, porcelain, glassware: 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 25 Furniture, pages home decoration 1,3,4,7,8 Food and drink: 2, 3, 4, 23, 24, 26, 27 Bonsai, garden tools: 3, 4 Paintings and art supplies: 7 Pets and pet supplies: 8, 9, 11, 13 Books: 1, 27 Collectibles, antiques: 1, 26 Old clothes and items: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 22, 25, 26
Note when going to Chatuchak market
– On weekends, Chatuchak market is very crowded, so pickpocketing is also quite common. Therefore, you should use a bag with a buckle, wear it in front of your chest or belly and do not wear a backpack behind, it is very difficult to control your belongings.
– When you go to the market, you should wear simple, comfortable clothes and sports shoes to facilitate shopping. In addition, Chatuchak market has a very large area, please get a map of the market at the information counter to avoid getting lost and not finding the necessary place.
– Although Chatuchak market is very large, there are quite a few stalls using payment cards. Therefore, you should bring enough cash and change it into different denominations.
– Each restaurant has a trash can right in front. So, after you finish eating, remember to throw your garbage in the right place, don’t throw it on the ground.
– Remember the mantra “Bargain! Bargain! Bargain!”. Don’t be afraid to bid because sometimes you can buy your favorite items for half the price of the original.