A Guide to Chatuchak Weekend Market

Explore Chatuchak Weekend Market like a local with our guide
Explore Chatuchak Weekend Market like a local with our guide
Kelly Iverson

Chatuchak Weekend Market is certainly an assault on all five senses. Food stalls will bombard you with wafting aromas of seafood and sweets. Techno music blasts from trendy clothing stalls. Herds of people shove their way through the market, one stall at a time. That being said, Chatuchak Weekend Market is one destination you cannot miss visiting. Being that Chatuchak is the largest market in Thailand and in Asia, navigating it can be confusing. That is why we’re here to offer you a travel guide on Chatuchak Weekend Market, the massive market in Bangkok.

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1. Private Culinary Kickstart Tour of Bangkok with a Local

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Sample the flavors of Thailand on a private 3-hour food tour in Bangkok. Try 10 different street food dishes, including flavorful salad, pad thai noodles, green curry, and mango sticky rice for dessert. Your guide will share insider tips on favorite local eateries during this walking tour, which offers enough food samples to make a filling meal. Visit a large fresh market to see a variety of foods and capture great photos. Discover the best street food spots in Bangkok and learn about Thai cuisine from a local food expert. Enjoy a private experience with ample food tastings to satisfy your appetite.

Can You Barter?

Bartering is a must. That being said, everything is already cheap, so don’t feel as though you must fight with a vendor to get a certain discount. One great way to get the best deals is to arm yourself with some Thai, for example, knowing a few numbers or two. Otherwise, brush up on your calculator skills. You can also ask a vendor, thao rai (how much). The more Thai you use, the less likely you are to be ripped off.

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What Can You Buy There?

You can buy anything and everything your heart desires at Chatuchak Weekend Market. Are you on the hunt for a rare, one of a kind piece of art? There is a section for that (section 7, to be exact). Do you need a new wardrobe before returning home? There’s a section for that. One of the best ways to approach exploring this massive market is to venture in not knowing what it is that you want. If you go in with hopes of purchasing jewelry, odds are you won’t be able to find the clothing and accessory section. Getting lost is easy to do here, so arm yourself with one of the free maps from one of the information kiosks. These maps break down where the sections are, as well as what you can buy there.

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2. In and around Bangkok Private Tour

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Explore Bangkok with your very own private tour guide on this full-day adventure. Customize your itinerary to visit Bangkok’s main attractions and hidden gems. See the Grand Palace, Wat Arun, Wat Pho, and the floating market, all while getting around like a local using the city’s modern public transport system. Experience Bangkok like a local and discover the best the city has to offer. This tour provides a personalized experience with your own guide, ensuring you see both popular sites and lesser-known treasures. Enjoy the flexibility to tailor your day to your interests and make the most of your time in Bangkok.Explore Bangkok with your very own private tour guide on this full-day adventure. Customize your itinerary to visit Bangkok’s main attractions and hidden gems. See the Grand Palace, Wat Arun, Wat Pho, and the floating market, all while getting around like a local using the city’s modern public transport system. Experience Bangkok like a local and discover the best the city has to offer.

When Should You Go?

Chatuchak Weekend Market is open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The market opens Friday night at 6PM and closes at midnight. On Saturday and Sunday, it’s open all day from 9AM to 6PM. Many of the stalls disregard these hours and stay open much later. The best time to go shopping is in the morning, or when the market first opens. Many shopkeepers believe that the first sale of the day is good luck. Because of this, they’re more than happy to bring the price down more than usual!

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The Desserts

If shopping isn’t your thing, be sure to check out the endless stalls of food throughout the entire market. Chatuchak Weekend Market has a wide array of dessert options. Some of these desserts include chocolate-dipped bananas, crepes and brownies. The market is also well-known for its many coconut ice cream stands, served in its own coconut. You can also add an array of toppings, including nuts or strawberry syrup. If you don’t like ice cream but like coconuts, be sure to find the man with the machete selling them. He can be found near the main entrance. If you don’t see him, just listen for his booming voice, screaming, “coconuts!”

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How To Get There

There are many different ways to get to Chatuchak Weekend Market. Take the BTS Skytrain to Mochit and follow the signs or the crowd. You can also take the MRT Subway to Chatuchak Park. A taxi driver should also know where this is. If a driver seems to have trouble understanding, pronounce Chatuchak like Jatujak.

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3. Full day around Bangkok

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This customizable private tour showcases the best of Bangkok and beyond. Follow your personal guide through top attractions, including Wat Arun, the Grand Palace, and the Floating Market. Explore vibrant neighborhoods, sample local cuisine (at your own expense), and wander through shops and sites with a knowledgeable local who provides insight along the way. Experience Bangkok like a local and discover the best the city has to offer. This tour provides a personalized experience with your own guide, ensuring you see both popular sites and lesser-known treasures. Enjoy the flexibility to tailor your day to your interests and make the most of your time in Bangkok.

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