Low-priced shopping while traveling – the Chatuchak Market in Bangkok

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Asia is known for its cheap shopping malls and many visitors can make a nice bargain now and then. In fact, you could buy here the whole equipment for your trip or a lot of other stuff before you return home. Not only the shopping malls are quite good for that, but also the local markets. As one of the largest weekend markets in the world, it was time to pay a visit to the Chatuchak Market (with more than 10.000 stalls!) during my last stay in Bangkok. Every friday to sunday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. the market opens its gates and additionally on wednesday and thursday at the same time for plants and flowers. But when it’s about time to close the stalls at 6 p.m., it’s not like in Germany and everything closes instantly. The shops maybe start to close at 6 p.m., but outside the market the streets are still full of life with several more stalls where you certainly also can buy everything. 😉

Main street of the Chatuchak Market, Bangkok, Thailand
Main street of the Chatuchak Market

How do I get to the Chatuchak Market?

It’s easy and cheap to reach the market with the BTS Skytrain or the MRT Metro. The MRT station is right next to the Chatuchak Market and is named Suan Chatuchak. The station of the BTS Skytrain is Mo Chit, which is maybe a 5 minute walk to the entrance of the market. It’s really easy to see where you got to go, just follow the crowd and you won’t get lost. Depending on which option you choose, the price of the ticket is about € 0,50 – € 1.

Chatuchak Market sign at the BTS station Mo Chit

The way from the BTS station Mo Chit to the Chatuchak Market, Bangkok, Thailand
Where you got to go is not really hard to guess, is it? 😉

What can I buy there?

Almost everything! From underwear, jeans, shirts, shoes, pottery, souvenirs, movies to plenty of Thai Food and so on… It would take ages to finish that list, but that wouldn’t be exciting so I’ll let the pictures do the talking 😉

Food stand at the Chatuchak Market, Bangkok, Thailand

Coconuts at the entrance of the Chatuchak Market, Bangkok, Thailand
Yummy coconuts at the entrance of the market

Chatuchak Market, Bangkok, Thailand

Sarongs on the way to the Chatuchak Market, Bangkok, Thailand

Army clothes at the Chatuchak Market in Bangkok
I think these shirts would be rather illegal in Germany 😉

Earrings at the Chatuchak Market, Bangkok, Thailand

T-shirts at the Chatuchak Market in Bangkok, Thailand

Football jerseys and Muay Thai equipment at the Chatuchak Market
From jerseys to Muay Thai equipment you can find everything here
Hitler T-shirt at the Chatuchak Market, Bangkok, Thailand
Once again the little Austrian guy… who’s gonna buy that? 😉

Chatuchak Market, Bangkok, Thailand

Chatuchak Market, Bangkok, Thailand

Food stand at the Chatuchak Market, Bangkok, Thailand
Food stand at the Chatuchak Market

Chatuchak Market, Bangkok, Thailand

Stall with fruits at the Chatuchak Market, Bangkok, Thailand

Buddha statues at the Chatuchak Market, Bangkok, Thailand

Chatuchak Market, Bangkok, Thailand

Hip-Hop T-shirts at the Chatuchak Market in Bangkok, Thailand
Nice T-shirts also for the Hip-Hop fans 😉

Chatuchak Market in Bangkok, Thailand

What are the prices at the market?

Many stalls do have price tags on their products but this doesn’t mean anything in Thailand! The prices have already been stated really cheap, but you can still bargain. Who needs advice on this is welcome to read our bargaining in Asia guide 😉

Here are some prices examples:

  • a nice meal for 2 including drinks you can get for € 3
  • a pair of shoes for the cold season starts at about € 7
  • for a movie you got to pay about € 1,50. If you take some more, you will obviously get a better price!
  • for T-shirts you will pay about € 2

Except for the food, where the prices are fixed, it’s all up to your bargaining skills 😉

How do I find my way around the market?

You probably don’t. At least it’s not that easy. I was just walking around without any orientation. Standard stuff you’ll find almost around every corner, but if you see something special I would say: go for it! You won’t find this stall again unless you’re a living navigation system ;). That’s what happened to me. I saw an awesome New York shirt and thought about maybe buying it later. Then I really wanted to return to that shop and was walking around to find it. Too bad! I didn’t find it anymore or the shop was closed already. So my advice would is: if you like something, don’t hesitate to buy it straight away. But if it helps someone, I took a picture of the market’s map.

Map of the Chatuchak Market, Bangkok, Thailand
Map of the Chatuchak Market

How do I get all this stuff home?

Once again the Thais had a really great idea and so for all the “shopaholics” who don’t have enough space in their suitcases to take everything home, there are shipping offices at the market. Almost everything from UPS, TNT to DHL is represented here. I think it’s an awesome idea and for a package to Germany it’s only about € 6, which is not too expensive, in my opinion.

DHL shipping office at the Chatuchak Market, Bangkok, Thailand
If you got too much stuff, you can send it right home from the market 😉 DHL, TNT, UPS etc. – everything is represented!

At the end I got a nice last picture – a warning about pickpockets. Maybe someone of you got a photographic memory. For me it’s way too many faces to remember 😉

Pictures of pickpockets at the Chatuchak Market, Bangkok, Thailand
Beware of pickpockets. You’re really good if you can remember everyone…

If you need some more information about the market you should take a look at the article from goBangkok.

Have you ever been to the Chatuchak Market? What was you first impression regarding this huge market? Leave us a comment!

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4 comments on "Low-priced shopping while traveling – the Chatuchak Market in Bangkok"

  1. I really loved Chatuchak too – one of the highlights of my time in Bangkok. I agree with you that if you see something you like, it’s best to buy it then and there but not after a good amount of bargaining – that’s half the fun!

    The biggest highlight for me was watching muay thai at Rajadamnern stadium. Definitely recommend anyone visiting Bangkok for the first time to go but don’t make the same rookie mistakes I did: http://www.tripchow.com/five-things-not-to-do-when-watching-muay-thai-in-bangkok/

  2. Chatuchak was my FAVOURITE thing in the whole of Bangkok!

    Awesome that you sniffed out a DHL stall for those who buy so much they need to send it home. I’ll definitely be using that next time instead of bringing along an extra suitcase especially for my haul.

    Hope you don’t mind me sharing my experience and tips in my Charuchak post – I focussed mainly on the INCREDIBLE fashion and vintage selection they had:

    http://www.thewanderlist.net/thailand/chatuchak-weekend-market-bangkok/

    Beats Camden tenfold. Happy travelling!

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