This post is long due, since we went to Bangkok a couple of months back! Seeing that we’re in Bangkok again right now, I thought it would be the perfect timing to continue with the adventure. Chatuchak Weekend Market is synonymous with shopping in Bangkok. It’s almost unacceptable if one visits Bangkok without dropping by the largest market in the whole of Thailand. Spanning over 35 acres with more than 5,000 stalls, it almost proved to be a colossal task just to finish walking even half of it! Not to forget the hot and humid tropical weather there, we were sweating buckets before we even started walking. Here are just some of the things that one could expect while roaming the streets of Chatuchak / Jatujak / JJ Market.
Streets of Chatuchak
There’s a whole section in the Chatuchak Market that sells pets, pets and more pets! Although I’m not a pet person, I found the area with puppies almost too adorable to ignore. Most of them had fur so soft and fine just like a soft toy! It was quite fascinating watching the would-be buyers observing the pups and determining which one they would take home.
So many cute puppies for sale
Some of the bigger ones
Look at their glorious soft fur
Would you take me home?
2. Fashion and Accessories for the Ladies, Men and Kids
Ask any girls going to Chatuchak and the first thing that would come to find is fashion! True enough, there are plenty of sections in Chatuchak dedicated to women’s clothes, lingerie, bags, accessories, shoes, you name it! Many of the stalls even sell rather similar items, so you might end up getting confused if you were thinking about walking around first before going back to buy your desired items. For me, I would ask for the price from the first stall and move on to the nearby stalls to compare, but never far away from the same street so that I wouldn’t be confused. Then, I would go back to the stall with the best bargain.
Accessories for the ladies
There were also sections dedicated to men’s and children’s fashion, albeit smaller compared to the ladies. Still, the choices were much more than you would find from a normal market. It’s massive! Just remember your baggage limit while shopping.
3. Home & Living Items
Keep on walking and you would end up in a section selling mostly home and living items, from bed sheets and comforters, to aromatic incense, to aromatherapy oils, kitchen utensils and pots and pans. I have a feeling my grandma would feel so at home here! I loved the aromatherapy section for the smell was sometimes quite invigorating. Just what I need after hours of walking under the hot sun.
Aromatherapy oil and incense
4. Street Food
After walking for hours, the stomach would surely start to growl. This is where the food section would come in handy. Taking over several sections of the market, there were plenty of food stalls selling various street food and cold drinks. It was almost too difficult to decide on where to eat since each stall was selling different items and most of them were filled with customers. Since we’re first-timers, we randomly picked a beef noodle stall and asked a stranger who was eating there whether it’s nice. When she nodded her head, we sat down and placed our order.
There was one stall though, that we noticed an exceptionally long queue. It turned out to be a stall selling Coconut Ice-Cream. It’s no wonder that this stall is so popular because the weather was simply burning hot so anything cold and yummy would definitely be a hit!
Stall selling coconut ice-cream
Without further ado, Saucer went in line and queued up as well. Fortunately, the workers were fast with their orders, every move was machine-like and we got our ice-cream in no time. The ice-cream was served in a cute coconut husk, with a side of nata de coco (jelly), atapchi (pine-seed?), peanuts, coconut flesh and a scoop of ice-cream.
Cost 30Baht if I’m not mistaken
How was it? I thought it was a little too sweet and the ice-cream was not cold enough. Perhaps the weather was simply too hot that even the ice-cream didn’t manage to quench me. Anyway, I guess Saucer enjoyed it so it was all good.
5. More Walking!
Now that the tummy’s all filled up, it was time for more walking. We were there from 11am until past lunch, and yet we didn’t even cover a quarter of the massive market. The sun was starting to get to us, with the heat and the sweat, so we didn’t feel like doing anything except for walking and window-shopping. By about 3pm, we declared that we did enough walking of the day, and headed back to the hotel.
Walk, walk and walk
Under the hot sun
My honest opinion? Unless you have something in particular to look for from Chatuchak, it might not be the perfect place for a leisure walk due to the scorching hot weather in this open air market. If you ask me, I would much prefer to shop at Platinum Mall that is more organized and has air-conditioning. But that’s just me.
Getting to Chatuchak:
By MRT: Chatuchak market is adjacent to the Kamphaengphet station of the MRT Bangkok Metro Blue Line or 5-minute walk from Suan Chatuchak (Chatuchak Park)
By BTS: 5-minute walk from the Mo Chit station of the BTS Skytrain Sukhumvit Line
*Note: Read the rest of my Bangkok Escapade here!