Chatuchak Weekend Market is probably the most famous market in Bangkok, and one of the biggest in the world. Being in the city for the first time, I had to see it for myself. I was not disappointed.
A little bit of everything.
There’s literally a bit of everything offered at Chatuchak, and wow it was quite impossible for us to finish exploring the entire space. From snacks, spices, bags, clothes, candles, soaps, to souvenirs… Omg you name it, and they probably have it!
I don’t even think I was able to fully capture the vibrancy of the market, but please enjoy the series of photos because I think this is the best way to summarise my time there. Scroll away!
I suppose there were 3 things at Chatuchak Market that really stood out to me.
The crowds. The shopping. The food.
The crowds were endless – waves and waves of people combing through the markets. Each alley, each shop, was jam-packed with people. The market looks really interesting to explore, but having to squeeze along with other sticky and sweaty people made it hard to tolerate. Still, we did spend a good few hours in the early afternoon roaming around.
I don’t even think we got close to seeing just half of the 8,000 stalls. The whole place looked like a labyrinth. To be honest, many of the stalls were selling the same products. I’d think that the stalls deeper in the alleys offer cheaper prices. And remember, always try to haggle! The shop owners might not be as open to haggling as in the past (according to my mum), but there’s no harm in trying your luck sometimes right? The fairy lights were pretty cheap though, I was really tempted!!
We took our time, slept in, and reached Chatuchak at 11am. Right off our cab and we started searching for food because our tummies were grumbling. So many noodle stalls and we settled for the emptiest one (hahaha not a sucker for a long queue sorry).
The legendary coconut ice-cream from Bangkok that is a must-try for every tourist. I personally don’t quite enjoy coconut, but this was really good! Or perhaps the heat just made me enjoy literally any form of cold dessert.
The food stalls were probably the best thing to photograph in the entire market. The food looked so good! Because the weather was so crazy, we decided on the plan to buy everything back to our hotel room, where we can enjoy the air-con. It was a good choice.
The roast pork looked pretty damn good! It’s a pity we didn’t decide on buying them. Seemed way too sinful on top of all of the other things we already had. Quail eggs were amazing! Never tried fried quail eggs before this and they were actually quite nice hehe. Also, the food was way too much for us. We had to leave it and came back to it during dinner time.
I suppose you could spend all day at Chatuchak Market. You can shop, feast, feast again, and even go for a massage! We sat in the massage parlour to escape the heat for 30 minutes – there was free WiFi and air-con, what more do you need?
Oh and best part of Chatuchak Market? There won’t be a hint of cigarette smoke here. I saw a patrolling guard telling people to drop their lighter cigarettes in his bucket, I thought that was pretty amusing.
You can get a map of the market at the entrance, where you can also easily hail or alight from cabs. Find more details below!
Chatuchak Weekend Market
587/10 Kamphaeng Phet 2 Rd, Khwaeng Chatuchak, Khet Chatuchak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10900, Thailand
Opening hours: (Weekends) 9am – 6pm
Admission fees: None!
What’s your favourite food to have when at Chatuchak? Perhaps I’ll check it out on my next visit!