Chatuchak Market - 12/31/14

A trip to Bangkok would not be complete without a visit to Chatuchak Market which is a 27 acre open air marketplace.  Chatuchak Market is open on Saturdays and Sundays and attracts crowds of an estimated 200,000 per day.

The easiest way to get there is to take the Sky Train to Mo Chit which is the last stop on the line.  After exiting the train, follow the crowd.

Before entering, make a stop at the information center to pick up a free map of the market.  It is divided into sections based on the merchandise being sold and helps in finding your way around.  Once inside, the clock tower can be used as an orienting landmark or as a meeting place.

Prepare to haggle as it is expected and the vendors will think you're strange if you pay the asking price of their items.  Personally, I dislike haggling as it makes me uncomfortable, but even I gave it a go.  I must admit it was rather satisfying to walk away with my purchases after paying quite a bit less than the asking price!

 Everything under the sun can be found here from clothing to jewelry to art to home decor to pet supplies and much, much more.

There are also food vendors throughout the market as well as a food court offering delicious food and treats like vanilla ice cream served in a coconut shell.  Yum!

When visiting the market, keep in mind that it can be hot and crowded.  Wear light clothing, comfortable shoes and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.  Put yourself in the right frame of mind for dealing with large crowds and a lot of noise.  Don't be in a hurry and plan to spend the day.  Having been there twice we probably won't go back anytime soon, but it was definitely an experience not to be missed!


  1. So colorful! I went to market when I was in Spain and it was an amazing experience. This seemed no less so. I just love your pictures Dawn. :)