The Largest Flea Market in The World
Definitely the place to shopping. Is believed Chatuchak is the largest flea market in the world. Also called, JJ, and weekend market. A must visit.27 sections, 200,000 visitors per week, more than 15,000 shops and stalls. It’s easy to get lost in many narrow alleys. Maps are available, but forget them and just walk as you feel and have fun. Don’t worry you will easily find your way. ATMs section 23, money changer at Mo Chit BTS, and MRT Chatuchak Park station. Beware of pickpockets.
Since 1942 opened in Sanam Luang, moved from different places, it’s finally established at where was the state railway of Thailand in 1982 and take the name, Phahonyothin Market. In 1987 the clock tower was built to celebrate the 60th birthday of the King Bhumibol Adulyadej and renamed Chatuchak weekend market.
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Bangkokians like “their” flea market, go shopping, eating, and as entertainment, all classes of society of any ages go there. It’s better to get there early, cooler and not crowded, or around 16.30 when the crowd becomes less dense.
Open on Friday evening, is a good time too, vintage and second-hand goods. As well as some of the established stalls and shophouses, a lot of vendors are selling their merchandises on a blanket. Prices tend to be lower and require less negotiating.
Open 18.00 to 24.00
A Market for Everybody
Young Thai hipsters are always looking for the latest fashionable design at a reasonable price. Some flankers buy only at the crush or good deals. but there are also those who know or find what they are looking for and then the connoisseurs and regulars in the field of antiques and other pieces that only they will recognize for their value, quite a few expats are buying furniture, kitchenware, decorative items, and other things and for tourists Chatuchak is the perfect place to buy souvenirs for friends and relatives.
Clothes and accessories by local fashion designers section 2, 3 4, men’s fashion is section 22. Denim, shoes, Thai scents, carved fragrant soaps, bathing and body care, amulets, books, food shops, café, home décor, paintings, art, terra cotta, antiques, furniture, ceramics, handicrafts, consumer products, leatherware, household appliances, tableware, woodcarving, fresh and dry food, plants and gardening equipment, toys. It’s maybe nice to visit, pets, puppies, kittens, reptiles, squirrels and sugar gliders, as well as a variety of birds but unfortunately, despite the efforts of the government, local and international organizations, Thailand is not safe from animal species trafficking
You could find a little bit of everything in these different sections
Clothing and Accessories 2, 3, 4, 6, 10, 26
Handicrafts 8, 11
Ceramics 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 25
Furniture and home decor 1, 3, 4, 7, 8
Plants and gardening 3, 4
Art and galleries 7
Antiques and collectibles 1, 7, 9, 22, 26
Miscellaneous and used clothing 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 22, 25, 26
Pets and accessories 8, 9, 11, 13
Bargain With a Smile
Is part of the game, don’t be shy. Even although most of the vendors speak English, it’s nice and fun to start the bargain with few words of Thai.
Hello, sawat dee kup/ men, sawat dee Ka/ women
how much, tao rai kup/ka
can you make it cheaper, lot noi dai mai kup/ka
thank you, kop Khoon kup/ka
The vendor will appreciate your effort, some of them will try to teach you some more words, and you will certainly make them laugh with your pronunciation. Don’t forget, bargain with a smile. Take your time and compare the price from different stalls/shops and come back to the same shop if you can’t find better deals. Only a few accept credit cards. From June 2018 cash should be useless for shopping, visitors could get a card at the market or a quick card scanner on their phones. Distributor stations will be in many different places around the market or could go to the information center.
Restaurants and Food Stalls
Few at zone 24, 27, 19, and Zone 2, 3. Vendors of kebab, ice creams, juices, sweets on the main alleys. A popular one with tourists, the Toh Plue situated section twenty-seven at the entrance of the plaza, air-conditioned but not the cheapest. On section three of Soi 42-44 is Din Pao a Thai/Vietnamese, good som tam (papaya salad). I suggest trying many small delicious cheap snacks.
Viva 8, section 8. viva 8 bar the perfect (small) bar to chill out after a walking shopping’s day. it says that sangria and paella are very good (closed), I never tried it, so I believe that should be. Good music. I have seen new ones as well as restaurants that have opened in various sections, Chatuchak with the new generation is constantly modernizing and improving.
Same name as above but number 26, between Soi 1-2. A nice place to take a break. A small stage take life late evening with a live band, friendly and cozy atmosphere. Close at 22.00
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The Plaza and JJ Mall
JJ Plaza is between Chatuchak market and JJ mall. This is the place to find decor items and furniture. The JJ mall, 4 floors of shopping zone, air-conditioned. Japanese restaurant, pizza, sandwiches, vegetarians, burgers, Thai chain restaurants, and a food court on the top floor.
Chatuchak Plaza open daily 09.00-18.00
JJ mall Open every day 10.00-20.00
Only a Few Toilets
The market has eight non-air conditioned lavatories but will have new toilets at the end of this year.
They are near the entrances/exits, and zone 27, at MRT station, and JJ mall.
The Fourth Freshest Market in The World
Or Tor Kor (aw taw kaw) situated opposite Chatuchak, has been named as the fourth freshest market in the World by CNN.
A market for fresh and quality products where the restaurant owners come to do their shopping. A food court where you can have lunch there, prepared foods stalls, very clean, well-organized, and good food. More expensive than the local market, but sometimes not so friendly vendors.
Open daily 06.00-20.00
The Camp Vintage Flea Market
A small market located where the original train night market was born. The wagons have long since disappeared, replaced by garages inspired by aircraft hangars that house arbout 100 retail shops selling second-hand collectibles, in order to give a vintage touch to the market.
For those interested in hipster style, old vinyl records and record players, interior design, rustic used clothing. Nice place to chillout and take photos.
Restaurants, food stalls and cool bars
Lively and very busy on weekends, live band in the evening
Opposite of Aor Tor Kor Market
Open Tue-Thu -Sun 15:00-24:00
Kamphaend Phet Station Exit 1, go on your left and 50 meters walk
How to Get Chatuchak Market
Down only at MRT Kamphaeng Phet station, exit 2, and you are in the market.
BTS Mo Chit station.
Open 07.00 – 20.00
Wednesday and Thursday plants and flowers market 09.00 – 18.00
A mobile app guides downloadable on Android and IOS, in English and Chinese. You could find 8000 shops, restaurants, where to find the toilets, ATMs, also promotions, discount, and special offers, and a map for those getting lost.
Chatuchak going to change in the very near future, all those who have already visited the market have certainly noticed the “horrible” construction site in the middle of the market. For more information, I invite you to visit this website.
I think Chatuchak is becoming another shopping mall.
What do you think?
Have a nice day, after your visit leave your impressions, thank you
I hope this will be helpful for planning your next trip to Bangkok. If you have any questions, I will be happy to help you.