Being definitely a landmark and long-time favorite amongst Bangkok and Thailand tourists, for first time visitors things can be a bit overwhelming. But after reading our tips and recommendations, we are sure you enjoy your visit to what some people consider the world’s largest outdoor market where you can find basically everything. The market is opened on Fridays 6 pm to midnight, Saturdays and Sundays 9 am to 6 pm.
First thing to know, how to get there, can be explained relatively easy. Even not being in the center of Bangkok downtown but rather in the north of the city, the market can be reached easily by different modes of public transport. For example, it is just a short train ride to the Mo Chit station with the Skytrain from your hotel near Ploenchit BTS station. Besides the using the BTS Skytrain, you can also use the MRT underground metro to get there, the relating station is Chatuchak Park. Don’t get confused with the two different station names from the two different transport systems. Mo Chit and Chatuchak Park station are at the same location and just a short walk to the Chatuchak market. Apart from going there from downtown the market is also near the Don Mueang International Airport (DMK), ideally for some last minute shopping. There is a frequent shuttle bus service (Line A1 and A2, 30 Baht per person) from the Chatuchak Park bus stop to the Airport.
Now to the most important, shopping at the market. The Chatuchak Weekend Market covers an area of 35 acres and is home to more than 8,000 market stalls. The market is divided in thematic sections and surrounded by one wider walking street. A good landmark for orientation is the clock tower in the center of the market. Maps can be downloaded from the internet or are displayed at some certain locations at the market. On the weekend, approximately 200,000 visitors come to walking around and enjoy shopping. If you are in Bangkok at the weekend, take a day trip to this market and we are sure you will not be disappointed.
As you probably spend at least a half day or more at the market, you should wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Despite the heat, don’t forget sun protection such as hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. To carry your belongings and shopping treasures use a backpack rather than plastic bags. Wear your backpack at the front for security reasons or put your valuables at a safe position. Drink enough water, there are many vendors around selling refreshments. Bring enough cash, credit cards are rarely accepted and the next ATM can be a long walk. You should plan to arrive early in the morning to beat the heat and the masses. It can be crowded in the afternoon, better you finished your shopping already and rest in the cafes and restaurant of the market.
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