Picture this: you’ve just arrived at Chatuchak Market on a Sunday afternoon and are making your way towards to the market. As soon as you get off the train, you are immediately assaulted by a variety of sounds, smells and colors, all competing for your attention. It is hectic and chaotic and not mention, hot. Then you remember, you are at Chatuchak Weekend Market in Bangkok, one of the largest weekend markets in the world.
Discovering Chatuchak Market is an experience not to be missed. With over fifteen thousand stalls divided into 27 sections, plan on spending the better part of a full day to discover the largest market in Thailand.
Getting Oriented at Chatuchak Weekend Market
Chatuchak Weekend Market is also known to locals as “JJ market”. Getting there is pretty easy. You can take the BTS Skytrain to Mo Chit Station or the MRT Subway and exit at Chatuchak Park Station or Kamphaeng Phet station. You can also get there by bus, taxi or Uber, though taking public transportation is advisable.
When you get the market, stop at the entrance and get a free map of the place. If you are traveling with a group, you will want to have a meeting point should you get separated.
The most comfortable meeting spot is at Gate 1, near the scooter parking area, with a huge sign labeled “Meeting Point.” This large space is covered to protect from the Bangkok heat and has wood carved tables and benches where you can spread out and relax. Another easy meeting spot is near the Clock Tower in the central alley.