CHATUCHAK MARKET | BANGKOK ATTRACTION 2019
Why Visit the Chatuchak Market
You may have traveled to Bangkok and experienced how wonderful flea market is, or, perhaps, you are a tourist who is planning to visit one. Regardless of which situation which you are in, I am urging you not to miss this once in a lifetime chance to be part of the crowd visiting a flea market in this beautiful and lively country. Bangkok has numerous flea market every town has a specific flea market! Imagine that? People can enjoy the convenience of buying to their favorite merchants without having to worry about traveling far nor scheduling an individual appointment, merely because they have it just around the corner.
Chatuchak Market: The Most Popular Flea Market in Bangkok
One of the famous flea markets in the entire country would be the Chatuchak Market. How famous might it be? Well, it approximately accommodates 200,000 visitors every weekend. Isn’t that massive regarding the crowd? With more than 15,000 stalls available in this market, you would surely find almost anything here starting from fashion, food, down to local and artistic crafts that they sell.
Tracing back the history of these markets, we shall discover that the idea came from the 3rd prime minister, Plaek Pibunsongkhram way back in 1938. This was anchored in the belief that every town is supposed to have its flea market to make it easy for locals and tourists to shop, and on the other hand, boost its local economy. With this, the first-ever flea market was opened in 1942, located at the Sanam Luang. The place of the market did not last long here since it has to be transferred numerous times because the area has to be used on a different special occasion. It was moved heading to the center of Bangkok, the Saranrom Palace. It had its flourishing eight years of stay in the place, and it has been transferred once more to its first location, Sanam Luang.
It was back in 1982 that the market was permanently stalled at the Chatuchak and thus, named as the Chatuchak market. After half a decade, a clock tower at the fair was built as a form of celebrating the 60th birthday of King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
And now, after all the transfers it had been through, the Chatuchak market stayed as one of the top flea markets in Thailand as well as in the international arena. It was even hailed as a titleholder for being the largest weekend market in the entire world! Indeed, its popularity flourished and became well-known to almost anyone who travels the land.
More than the merchandise that is being sold in this market, what is more, appealing is the teaming life as manifested by the lively market and with the number of people visiting the place. More than the shopping agenda, I want you to experience the local vibes of the site. Eat like a local, converse with the locals, and fall in love with the beauty of the place, its culture and tradition, and its people. Take care and have fun!
- Wear comfortable clothing, remember its always humid in Thailand.
- Wear comfortable shoes, there will be a lot of walking as you browse Chatuchak Market.
- Wear Sunblock
- Bring a Tote Bag or Backpack for keeping your shopped items.
- Always mind your wallet and your belongings, too many people in the market.
- There are many stalls selling food and water, but it’s always nice to bring a bottle with you to explore the market.
- Don’t forget to bring enough cash. ATMs can also be found in some areas of the market.
- It would be best to go in the morning so that you can explore more of the market. The crowd can get too heavy in the afternoon.
- It would be best to go in the morning, as it can get scorching and crowded in the afternoon.
How to Get to Chatuchak Market
Option 1. Take the Skytrain (BTS) to Mo Chit station, take exit no. 1. You can see the crowds going to the market follow them, or ask.
Option 2. Take the subway (MRT) to Chatuchak Market Park station (exit no.1), then follow the crowd until you reach the small entrance that leads into the market (clothing section).
The Chatuchak weekend market is open on Saturdays and Sundays, 09:00 – 18:00, and Fridays at 18:00 – 24:00.
The plant sections are also open on Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 07:00 – 18:00.
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