Aug 17 2011
I really do believe that the best tactic for taking on the always intimidating Chatuchak Weekend Market is to break it down by category. If you have the luxury of making multiple visits to the market then this category approach is easy-peasy. If you are doing the market all in one day, it still is helpful to map out a mini plan of attack. With everything from modern art to newborn puppies, it is far too easy to get overwhelmed and throw in the towel, subsequently leading to either crazy impulse purchases or missing all the bargain fun. In an effort to avoid that fate, let’s talk about one of my new favourite sections in the market: today’s fashion.
Bangkok street-style is one of the most fun things about people watching in this town. Coming from New York where the uniform is black and tailored, I am always thrilled to see the sea of polka dots and frills on my morning commute. Where do people buy those fun threads? Often at one of the many stalls that litter the side of the road, and more often still at this one particular stretch of Chatuchak.
Tucked away in Chatuchak is an entire section devoted to today’s chicest fashions with a Thai twist. Many are run by local designers who feature everything from graphic tees and funky jewellery to floral jumpsuits and all the trends in between. Prices are cheap with dresses or trousers usually costing no more than 500 baht. Extremely popular with young hip Thais, this section seems to be off the radar for most tourists. Navigating this section of the market is definitely a sensory overload but is also a Bangkok highlight for anyone looking for inexpensive, cutting-edge Thai trends.
The section is located parallel to Kamphaengphet Road and is numbered as sois 40 through 47. While much of the fun is wandering around and getting lost among the hundreds of stalls, a favourite of mine is “Make n Happen” on soi 44 section 3, featuring cutesy cartoon inspired jewellery for around 200 baht a pop. I also highly recommend “Rotsaniyom” on soi 43 section 3 for gauzy, girly, looks.
For gentlemen shoppers this section has tons of shops as well, mostly featuring flood-water clamdiggers and printed T-shirts, both ever popular among young Thai men.
Chatuchak Weekend Market is open weekends 09:00-18:00 and is easily accessible by BTS station Mo Chit or MRT station Chatuchak Park. To get to this section, walk on Paholyothin Road and enter the market at Gate 3. Turn left and walk until you hit soi 47 which will be on your left hand side. The trends start here.
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