[WORLDKINGS] Top 100 famous markets in the world – P17 - Chatuchak Market (Thailand): The busiest market in Thailand


(WorldKings.org) Chatuchak Weekend Market in Bangkok (locally known as JJ Market) was once only popular among wholesalers and traders, but it has now reached landmark status as a must-visit place for visitors to the Thai capital.



Chatuchak is home to more than 8,000 market stalls that are spread over more than 14 hectares. On a typical weekend, more than 200,000 visitors come here to sift through the goods on offer.



Veteran shoppers would agree that just about everything is on sale here, although not all at the best bargain rates. But if you have one weekend in Bangkok, squeeze in a day trip to Chatuchak Weekend Market and you won’t be disappointed.



Chatuchak Weekend Market is open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The market opens Friday night at 6PM and closes at midnight. On Saturday and Sunday, it’s open all day from 9AM to 6PM. 



For first-timers, ‘conquering’ Chatuchak may seem like an impossible task. But worry not – there's a system to help you navigate your way through Chatuchak. Inside, there’s a main walkway that encircles the entire market, and it branches off into a series of numbered alleyways called Soi 1, Soi 2, Soi 3, and so on.

These alleyways are grouped into sections, with 27 sections in all. You’ll find more than one category of goods contained in one section, and the same category of goods will appear again in the other sections.




In terms of locating your category of goods, this system is rather useless; but it will come in handy when you try to locate your particular stall or where your exact location is on the Chatuchak map.



There is virtually no limit to what you can buy at Chatuchak Market – it is truly a shopper’s paradise. As long as you are willing to look, you will be able to find everything you came in for, and plenty more on top of that.


Hunting for what you want amidst the thousands of booths is part of the experience, as is being open to all sorts of new and unique items that pop up along the way. The best part of shopping at Chatuchak Market is that almost all of the merchandise is available at local bargain prices rather than at the tourist prices you might find in other areas of the city. It is a great place to get all sorts of necessities and souvenirs.



On top of being Bangkok’s main shopping hub, Chatuchak Market is also one of the best places to try authentic Thai street food in all of its delectable forms. Food vendors are located all around the market, both inside and outside, making it easy to find somewhere to eat when you need a break from shopping. There are plenty of stalls selling filling meals for a great price, quick bites that you can eat on the go, and cold desserts to keep you cool on hotter days.


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