Chatuchak Market (Bangkok) – the world’s largest weekend market

Chatuchak Market - ClothesEnglish post. There’s nothing you can’t buy at Chatuchak Market: clothes, crafts, ceramics, furniture, plants or amazing food. Every weekend JJ Market – as it’s also called – attracts more than 200,000 visitors per day (locals and foreigners). I love it because you can really get in touch with the Thai culture here and buy great things.

Chatuchak Market - Collage 2From my hotel in Banglamphu district (I’m in Bangkok as a part of my #asien2015 travel) I take a taxi at this Saturday morning at 11 am. Because of the heavy traffic it takes 1 hour to get to Chatuchak Market. It costs 120 Baht, around 3 Euros. On my way back I’ll take the SRT Skytrain, Mo Chit Station is not far away. It’s 42 Baht to Siam Station where I’ll visit the MBK Center shopping mall afterwards.

Bangkok - Chatuchak MarketChatuchak Market has more than 15,000 stalls in lanes on 27 acres. The vendors sell goods from every part of Thailand. I’ve been here a couple of times before. It’s still easy to get lost but with the map of the market you’ll always find your way back.

Chatuchak Market - Collage 1At the beginning I pick up the map (free of charge) at the information desk at section 27, there’s another one at section 6. Then I start to wander around for three hours.

Shopping in BangkokFirst-time visitors of Chatuchak Market may easily spend half a day or a whole day here: searching for nice things, trying some of the food or getting a massage right here at the market. Yes, it’s crowded and hot, but it’s also great fun!

Bangkok Chatuchak Market - vintage clothesFirst I have a look at the vintage and used clothes and shoes. This is my favorite section of the market.

Bangkok ShoppingThai rockabillies sell baseball jackets, leather jackets or Levi’s jeans. The clothes are nice and quite cheap. But they were made for Thai people – much shorter and lighter than me.

Chatuchak Market - Collage 3Most of the fun of Chatuchak Market is just walking aimlessly around and finding little surprises. I’m also looking for some new cotton trousers for my trip to India. Shortly afterwards I get lucky: I buy some turquoise ones for 170 Baht. Mission accomplished!

I also browse for beach dresses, I could use one for Bali. Of course I like the most expensive one for around 1,000 Baht best.

The central meeting point at Chatuchak Market is the clock tower. Here I find one of the rare opportunities to sit down for a while.

Chatuchak Market in BangkokEverywhere at the market you’ll discover food and beverage stalls.

Chatuchak Market BangkokThere are even small street restaurants. But they are so busy that I can’t find a free seat here.

Bangkok Chatuchak Market - Coconut ice creamSo I buy some coconut ice cream to eat it on the go. It tastes sweet and aromatic, is topped with fresh coconut and lightly salted milk rice. So tasty!

Chatuchak Market - Foot MassageAfter I walked around for quite a bit I decide that I urgently need a foot massage. I find a place, 45 minutes massage cost 200 Baht here. An older guy massages my feet with verve. As it hurts sometimes and I’m ticklish, it’s not wholly a pleasure. But afterwards I feel deeply relaxed…

Sunny Chatuchak Market BangkokSome tips: Always bargain with a smile – it helps. Bring some smaller notes like 100ers. Sometimes the vendors have trouble to change a 500 or 1,000 Baht note. As in any places where there are many people I looked carefully after my belongings. Many Thai women protect themselves against the sun with umbrellas. A good idea, it was over 30 degrees and the sun was burning. I was happy that I wore light clothes and that I had applied sunscreen. Bring something to drink too or buy it at the market – you’ll need it.

Chatuchak Market (also called Jatujak oder JJ Market)
Kamphaeng Phet 2 Road, Chatuchak, Bangkok
Open at the weekends: 6 am – 6 pm
Skytrain (BTS): Mo Chit Station
Subway (MRT): Chatuchak Park Station or Kampangpetch Station
They’re are ATMs and toilets available.
No smoking is permitted at the market.

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Anja Beckmann

Gründerin & Reiseblogger bei Travel on Toast
Ein Jahr Weltreise war nicht genug, es zieht mich immer wieder in die Ferne - der Sonne entgegen. Ich habe dieses Blog 2012 gegründet, inzwischen habe ich über 50 Länder besucht und bin oft auf Reisen. Ich bringe euch hier zum Träumen, gebe praktische Hinweise und Geheimtipps - damit eure Reise unvergesslich wird. Meine Themen: Fernreisen, Strandurlaub, Städtereisen, leckeres Essen, Wassersport, Yoga und Wellness sowie Luxus mit schönen Hotels.

Kommentare

  1. Ist der Chatuchak Market ähnlich dem Bazar in der Türkei oder den Fake Markets in China?

    • Da ich bisher weder in der Türkei noch in China war, kann ich die Frage leider nicht beantworten. Es gibt auf jeden Fall ein wildes Sammelsurium an Produkten und vor allem Einheimische kaufen hier ein.

  2. Da war ich auch schon zweimal. Ein Gefühl irgendwo zwischen Shopping-Rausch und Hitzschlag. 🙂

  3. Sylvana Graeser

    Ich liebe diesen Markt =) War dieses Jahr schon dort und eventuell arbeite ich Ende des Jahres für 3 Monate in Bangkok. Dann werde ich da Stammgast 😀
    Liebe Grüße, Sylvana

    • Das klingt nach einem guten Plan! 🙂

      Liebe Grüße
      Anja

  4. Neni

    Ich will nochmal nach Bangkok. Letztes Mal habe ich es gar nicht geschafft, den Markt anzuschauen.

  5. N.Berger

    What a beautiful place to hang around…

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