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Discover Bangkok’s Largest Market – Chatuchak Weekend Market

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One of the most stimulating experiences visitors to Bangkok will appreciate is a visit to the city’s largest market named for the district of Chatuchak. Popular with both locals and tourists, it can attract as many as 200,000 visitors a weekend. Despite its massive size, the sprawling market is well organized into distinct sections with numbered alleyways. Use the Chatuchak Guide app to confirm your location and which route to take to different stores and products.

 

Clothing stalls are plentiful and cater to just about every demographic. You can find a mix of new and used clothes, local and international brands. Many food vendors offer some of the best authentic Thai cuisine you will find anywhere. Thankfully this street food can be found at multiple locations in and around the market so you can easily stop for lunch anywhere.

The market also has many souvenir shops where you can get handicrafts and antiques. If looking to add to the cultural experience, be sure to visit the virtual open-air art gallery in Section 7. For household items like dinnerware and plastics, seek out the western edge of the market. Pick up some perfumes and handmade soaps here as well. Those with a green thumb will enjoy a visit to Section 2 to 4 where plants of different varieties can be had at reasonable prices.

Like most typical markets, Chatuchak is a bargain hunter’s paradise. Bartering is expected, but with the prices often being so low you may feel the need to. If you however feel a discount is still in order, having some knowledge of the local language will certainly help.

Given the size of the market and the time you may spend going around, ensure you wear light and comfortable clothing with comfy shoes that can withstand plenty of walking. Be sure to carry cash as most stalls only accept currency. Located along Kamphaeng Phet 2 Road, the Chatuchak market is less than a 20-minute drive from the S15 boutique hotel. If using public transport, it can also be accessed along the BTS Sukhumvit Line or the MRT Blue Line.

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