The Chatuchak Market or also called JJ Market located in Bangkok is the world’s largest weekend market and the largest one in Thailand. Covering over 35 acres, you can basically find everything that you want there!
In order to not get lost, it has been divided into 27 sections:
- Section 1: Amulets, books, collectibles, food shops, café
- Section 2 to 4: Collectibles, home décor, paintings, terra cotta
- Section 5 to 6: Clothes, adornments, miscellaneous products
- Section 7 to 9: Antiques, furniture, ceramics, handicrafts
- Section 10 to 24: Clothes, consumer products, adornments, household appliances, pets
- Section 17 to 19: Ceramics, fresh and dry food
- Section 22 to 26: Antiques, furniture, handicrafts
- Section 27: Books, food and dessert shops, collectibles
The Chatuchak Market is definitely a must-do in Bangkok. You can spend hours in there so don’t forget to bring good shoes with you! It can be as well really warm but water vendors are available at every corner!
The most fascinating part for me is definitely the animals section. It is even better than a Zoo! More than the lovely poppies, you will find as well squirrels, mice, birds, chickens, gooses, turtles, snakes and many more! Therefore, if you are an animal lover or defender, you maybe shouldn’t go to this part of the market as you will get affected by the condition of some animals (heat, tiredness and food/water).
The clothing section is as well amazing! You can find many Thai designers shops at really low price. I definitely recommend you to get there.
Also, the Chatuchak Market is the perfect place for your souvenirs! So no excuse for not bringing back some to your family and friends!
How to get there?
- By BTS: Mo Chit Station
- By MRT: Kamphaengphet Station or Chatuchak Park Station
Some useful tips:
- Opening hours: Saturday & Sunday from 6am to 6pm according to the official website but I found as well many other opening hours on internet. Anyway, I recommand you to get there around 9am or 4pm to avoid the heat.
- Don’t forget to bargain! But always with the smile!
- Remember it is forbidden to smoke into the market.
- Food is available there (street vendors or “restaurants”).
- Toilets and ATMs (most of the shops don’t accept credit cards) are available at different locations into the market.
- To get more information, check the official website: www.chatuchak.org