What to buy at Chatuchak Market?
Chatuchak Market, one of Bangkok‘s landmarks, is on almost every tourist list of Must-Do in Bangkok. Chatuchak is probably one of the largest markets in the world, a supposedly organised maze covering 27 acres, and containing around 15,000 shops. It is simply humongous, monumental, and enormous, but ultimately, it’s fun.
On your first visit, you probably will have no idea what you are about to find. Chatuchak market is more of a destination in itself, and you don’t go there with something specific in mind; you go hoping to find anything that will talk to you.
Many travellers choose to go there by BTS, probably the easiest way. You will enter the market through gate 2 or 3, and like anyone else, you will be instantly engulfed in the massive amount of eclectic goods displayed on every square meter. Despite your resolution to stay alert, you will lose your way almost immediately, but that’s fun. Just remember to plan extra time if you are supposed to meet someone to return to your hotel at a specific time.
This maze has a clear structure, and maps are often displayed here and there with the usual ‘You are here but do you even know where you want to go?’ The best way to explore it is not to have any plan or expectations and enjoy the visual feast. The very centre of the market is easily recognisable by its tall clock tower. Once you reach here, there is hope; you might find your way back or walk in the opposite direction; that wouldn’t be unusual.
Clothing and fashion are the most prominent trade, closely followed by kitchenware and cooking accessories. Then you have the stuff wisely called ‘Odds and Ends’. Of course, all the food, fruits, ice cream, and drink vendors are on each side of the main alleys. Wander inside and browse for antiques, home decorations, carpets, and lights. One popular section named ‘creature shops’ is dedicated to pets and animals, and cute puppies, kittens or rabbits irresistibly attract youngsters… maybe some iguanas, furry spiders and snakes. A word of warning: these adorable pets are not always healthy or even legal, but the chance for you to bring a pet back home is slim.
Overall, Chatuchak is a fun experience, some areas seem to sell the same same but different tee shirts and accessories you could almost find in any touristic street of Bangkok, but once you learn how to look, you find some really interesting creations.
It gets seriously hot and crowded, so it might be a good idea to come early on the weekend, maybe mid-morning; take your time, and don’t burn all your energy all at once. However, if you need a break, have a foot massage! It’s cheap and a perfect break before diving back into the treasure trove of Chatuchak.
What to Buy in Chatuchak
Here are the areas of Chatuchak and what you can expect to find:
- Clothing and accessories
- Handicrafts and Ceramics
- Furniture and home decor
- Local Food
- Plants and gardening
- Art and galleries
- Pets and accessories
- Antiques and collectables
- Miscellaneous and used clothing
If you love great Thai food, cross the road and visit the Or Tor Kor fresh market, selling only the highest quality fruits and veggies in Thailand!
Chatuchak Market Info
Address: Chatuchak Park, Kamphaeng Phet 2 Rd, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900
Open: 6 am – 6 pm, Saturday and Sunday
BTS: Sapan Khwai Station or Mochit Station