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Chatuchak Weekend Market

A few facts and tips

Chatuchak_Weekend_Market shopping

Imagine crowds of 200,000 people flocking into one area for just some shopping! Yes, Chatuchak Weekend Market is the largest weekend market in the world. Here are a few facts about this retail hub.

A bit of history

Bangkok_Jatujak_Market | img by Azreey via wikipedia commons (CC BY-SA 3.0)

The concept of this large flea market was introduced by the third Prime Minister, Field Marshal Plaek Pibunsongkhram. Its original location was Sanam Luang, however, locations were changed a few times until the market was permanently brought to Chatuchak in 1982.

Best times to shop here

The ideal time to visit the market would be during the morning hours. Midday is usually very hot, and crowds begin to roll in at this time. It would be best to avoid the crowds and leave the market early.

How to barter

At the weekend market, negotiating a price is common practice and there is no need to feel odd about it. To begin with walk up to a stall and smile, be friendly. Don’t feel obligated to buy from the first shop you walk into. Feel free to walk away and check out other shops too. You can always come back if you like.

How to get there

If you are lodged at Maitria Hotel Rama 9 or any other Bangkok hotels with a pool in the area, accessing the market is easy. You can get there by taxi, MRT, tuk tuk and even by bus.