Destination Chatuchak Market (or also known as Jatujak Market), Bangkok!!
READ: THIS MARKET IS ONLY OPEN DURING WEEKENDS
Before you decide to head out to Chatuchak Market for the first time, read below. (This doesnt apply to people who frequent the market and already know what they want to buy and ARE NOT TEMPTED BY BARGAINS AND WILL NOT SPEND HOURS SHOPPING AND COMING BACK WITH TONS OF TOTALLY UNECESSARY ITEMS)
As first timer, chances are high that you will be spending at least half a day here. So here are a few things we suggest you to have, to make shopping here at Chatuchak an enjoyable one.
* Wear light and comfortable clothing, e.g. shorts and a t-shirt/tank-top
* Wear comfortable shoes, e.g. a pair of sneakers or sandals
* Protect yourself against the sun, by wearing sunglasses, a hat and use sunscreen
* Bring a backpack for storing your new-found treasures. It is recommended that you wear your backpack on the front rather than on your back
* Always have bottled drinking water handy
* Bring enough cash. Most vendors do not accept credit cards, and it can be a long walk to the next ATM
* Beware of pickpockets
* Plan to go in the morning, as it can get very hot and crowded in the afternoon
* Free maps are available from one of the information kiosks
If you are hungry for the real Thai-experience, then maybe you can take a tuk tuk to the market. Remember to bargain first!
Don’t bother taking a tuk tuk if you are a late bird. The atmosphere is very conducive (by that we mean less traffic and smoke) if you are planning to go to the market around 7-8am. Any later, be prepared to smell smoke and get caught in jams.
You don’t need to be good in your sense of direction. The moment you get down, there will be street vendors setting up stalls, shoppers swarming like a bunch of bees to the entrance of the market and tons of arts, craft and product spilling over to the walkways. Follow the crowd! 😀
One thing about the Thai’s is, they sell what you need and want. There are plenty of these drink stalls littered everywhere. You will need a few if you are spending half a day here in the heat.
We saw a lot of skillfully crafted art at the Arts and Home deco section.
An important thing that will help you is, the map of Chatuchak Market. This Map lets you know where is what and what is where. Trust me. If you go in the market without a map and decide you want to look for something from your shopping list. Chances are you might be stuck doing rounds in either the food or the pets section.
You can get your own print out map from the entrance. There are tourism people giving them out for free. (Until they are finished of course). Here is a map of Chatuchak Market and a rough lay out of where everything is. Important places to remember:
1) Exits and entrances
4) Tourist help office
5) Where the stalls are at
This map points out the different segments of the market.
Welcome to the “Worlds Biggest Weekend Market”. Here is what to expect…
It gets super hot and crowded in the afternoons. Thats why we suggest for you guys to come here early in the morning.
Don’t forget to detour to visit the animal section. They have all sorts of animals there. But we took the cutest ones to show you of course!
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Say what you like, we just love shopping at Chatuchak Market. We hope this prepares you for what to expect and also that you enjoy the whole shopping experience. Shopping at Chatuchak is like taking street shopping to a whole new level from the likes of Suan Lum Night bazaar, Patpong, Silom, Khao San or Victory Monument.
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