Go to Chatuchak Market for an unforgettable Thai food experience - Hawker Style! With stalls after stalls selling different Thai cuisine, you will be able to sample some of your favorite Thai food here!
This is a pulsating and vibrant market covering an expansive area of 35 hectares. Some say it is the mother of all markets, others say it is the King of all markets and yet there are claims that it is the world's biggest weekend market.
Whatever the claim is, it is arguably the largest open air market, attracting locals and tourists alike by the thousands. You know it means that this is one exciting market that shoppers cannot afford to miss when you travel Thailand!Thai Food Lovers
Food, food and more food ...
Like Gwangjang Market in Seoul, if you think Thai Market is all about groceries and spices, think again! Yes, indeed you will find all types of chili powder, chili, cumin, garlic but the selection of Thai food with its aromatic smells from the cooking and the frying will stop you in your tracks to satisfy your hunger pangs in between your shopping breaks.
Shopping in Thailand can be hard work with its hot humid weather but Thai food delivery by the countless food and drink stalls selling refreshing iced drinks and delicious Thai food means you will be kept happy. Even so, I was constantly on the look out for air-conditioning relief!
With more than 10,000 stalls, you will find it located opposite the old Northern Bus Terminal and is divided into 2 main sections: The Jatujak Plaza and the J.J. Mall.
You can get nearly anything here and often at very cheap prices. Whether you are looking for fashionable and trendy clothing, shoes, jewelries, accessories, antiques, ceramics, woodwork, manchester or any household items, you are bound to find it here.
Chatuchak Market is the place if you are a tourist looking for Thai souvenirs, the Thai handicrafts will offer you choices that you cannot possibly refuse. Then there is the Thai Silks that Thailand is famous for! I mean, the extensive variety of merchandise on sale is just unbelievable - especially when I saw a whole section dedicated to clothing and toys for pets! Yes there is and I can imagine anyone with pets going crazy on this shopping spree!
It is definitely the ideal
place to pick up gifts for friends and families and maybe a thing or two
for yourself (???) .. and again, who can forget the food?
Just beware that because this place is so large, it is also very easy to get lost. If you are going with a friend or in groups, make sure you have a plan to meet up somewhere should you stray from the others.
It is opened every weekend from early morning till late at night and getting there is easy depending on where you are staying. It is possible to catch public transport but a metered taxi or a tuk tuk is relatively cheap and convenient. .
So, wear something that is comfortable and cooling and brace yourself for a hot 'shop till you drop' experience at Chatuchak Market but just be sure to bring an empty stomach to try out all the various selections of yummy yummy Thai food and lastly do not forget to haggle and bargain here -- that's where all the fun lies.
* Open Sat & Sun from 9am - 6pm
* Skytrain Mo Chit
* Metro Chatuchak Park
* Information Center
* Bank with ATMs
* Foreign Exchange Booths