Chatuchak Market

One of the world's greatest markets

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What we say: 4.5 stars

Every Saturday and Sunday, more than 200,000 shoppers peruse 5,000 stalls spread over 35 acres at Chatuchak (aka "JJ") Market, which some claim to be the largest outdoor market in the world.

A dizzying array of stuff is available, including cheap but trendy clothes designed by hip local companies; knock-off "name brand" handbags, shoes and backpacks; kitchen supplies, furniture, art, and quirky knick-knacks with an Asian touch. Several food options -- including sit down restaurants and street carts -- are available, and Or Tor Kor gourmet food market is just across the road. No matter what you're seeking you'll probably find it here, but be prepared to bargain.

Along with plenty of travellers, gaggles of locals flock here each weekend and the market seems to perpetually be 10 degrees hotter and 10 times more crowded than the rest of Bangkok. Depending on how you look at it, Chatuchak can be an exciting day or a sweaty and miserable experience -- expect to get lost and bumped into more than once, and keep your valuables secure as pickpockets are fairly common.

Although aimlessly wandering the stalls can be fun, it's smart to check a map beforehand -- the Nancy Chandler Map of Bangkok is our favourite but JJ's official map is also worth a look.

The market opens from 09:00 to 18:00 although some vendors open later or close earlier. Some vendors set up every day but the full-fledged market only comes to life on Saturdays and Sundays and it's extremely crowded around midday.

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Opening Hours: Daily 09:00 to 18:00
How to get there: Chatuchak Market is located near Chatuchak Park (one of Bangkok's largest green spaces) and can be accessed from either Mo Chit BTS station, Kamphaeng Phet MRT station or Chatuchak MRT station.
Last updated: 23rd May, 2013

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