Top Things to See and Do in Chatuchak, Bangkok

Bangkoks iconic Elephant Tower in black and white
Bangkok's iconic Elephant Tower in black and white | © Ong-ard architects / Wikimedia Commons
Sarah Williams

Bangkok’s area of Chatuchak is most famous for its enormous weekend market, and for being home to one of the city’s major bus stations (the Northern Bus Station/Mochit). Aside from these highlights, Chatuchak is not an immensely popular part of Bangkok for tourists, but there are still plenty of things to see and do. Here’s how to spend your time in Chatuchak.

1. Admire the attractive Queen Sirikit Park

Park

Greenery in Queen Sirikit Park in Chatuchak, Bangkok
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Right next to Chatuchak Park you’ll find another attractive place to enjoy being outdoors: Queen Sirikit Park. The landscaped park has many ornamental flower beds, as well as small ponds filled with lotus flowers and fish, and fountains. Decorative lampposts stand proudly along the wide pathways. Bicycles are available for exploring the large park.

2. Explore the expansive Rod Fai Park

Park

Known in English as the Train Park, Rod Fai Park is yet another pretty park close to Chatuchak Park. Popular with people who enjoy outdoor leisure activities, it attracts keen walkers, joggers, and cyclists. Previously used as a golf course, the park is filled with wildlife and nature. Trees provide welcoming shade from the sun and you are likely to spot (and hear) an array of birds. You may also even catch sight of a monitor lizard swimming through the ponds or slinking about on the banks.

3. Enjoy go-karting at a former amusement park

Amusement Park, Park

Fun on the go kart track
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Magic Land was a Bangkok theme park that stopped operating in 2000. The rides were dismantled and removed, and the sounds of laughter were halted. Today however, the area offers a different kind of exciting fun: go karting. The track offers fun for the whole family and the remains of the old Disney-like castle still stand in the background. The facility is now known as Motorsports Land.

4. Watch a boxing match at Channel 7 Boxing Stadium

Stadium, Sports Center

Muay Thai fighters in the ring
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One of Bangkok’s four main places to watch a thrilling Muay Thai fight, Channel 7 Boxing Stadium can be found just behind the Northern Bus Station. Admission is free (unless you want to pay for VIP seating) and boxing matches are held every Sunday, starting from around 2pm. The action is broadcast live on Channel 7.

5. See the bizarre Elephant Tower

Building

Elephant Building in Chatuchak
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The Elephant Tower is one of the strangest sights in the Chatuchak district. It is also one of Bangkok’s most interesting pieces of architecture. The seven-part, 32-floor, high-rise building was designed so as to look like an elephant. The eyes were created by large windows with dark glass, and the tail effect was also achieved by using darker glass in protruding windows. The ears are balconies and the tusks are overhanging offices.

6. Shop till you drop at Chatuchak Weekend Market

Market, Shop, Store, Gym, Park

Chatuchak Market
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No list of things to do in Chatuchak would be complete without including the famous and enormous market that takes place every weekend. Chatuchak Weekend Market is one of the biggest weekend markets on the planet. There are more than 15,000 stalls spread across different zones. It’s often said that if you can’t find something at Chutuchak Market, it probably doesn’t exist! Selling everything from clothes and souvenirs to electrical items, household goods, food, and even pets, it’s definitely a great place for shopaholics. Even if you don’t plan on buying anything, it’s well worth a visit to see the sheer variety of goods and to sample the delicious food.

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