Chatuchak Weekend Market
A few facts and tips
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
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.