How To Get To Chatuchak Weekend Market In Bangkok

Having not been to Chatuchak Weekend Market for over 5 years, on a Saturday morning Max and I decided to check it out.

Chatuchak Market is HUGE! It covers a whopping 27 acres, with 30 sections. These include antiques, clothes, art, souvenirs, homewares, silk, books, handicrafts, food stalls and more.

It’s said that over 200,000 people visit the Chatuchak Weekend Market each day on the main days of Saturday and Sunday.

The Market opening times are as follows:

* Wednesday and Thursday: Plants and Flowers from 6.00 am – 6.00 pm.

* Friday: Wholesale day from 6.00 am – 6.00 pm.

* Saturday and Sunday: Everything is open from 6.00 am – 6.00 pm.

At the time, we were staying at the Ibis Bangkok Sukhumvit 4 hotel, part of the Le Club Accor Hotels.

See our review about Ibis Bangkok Sukhumvit 4 here.

We took advantage of the free shuttle for a short “chauffeured” drive to Nana BTS.

A few minutes later we arrived at Nana BTS…

There’s no Chatuchak BTS as such… So to get to the Chatuchak Weekend Market you take the skytrain to Mo Chit BTS…

From Nana BTS it cost a measly 44 baht (about USD $1.35) for 1 person to Mo Chit. Mo Chit BTS is the last stop on the Sukhumvit line, which is the light green line…

When we walked up to the two separate flights of stairs to the platform at Nana BTS, it was fairly quiet. Yet, once the skytrain stopped in front of us… the doors opened and people packed into the carriage like a tin of sardines!  

Several people weaved their way through the pack and alighted the skytrain… which gave us the opportunity to squeeze ourselves in and join the pack!

The train left around 11:39am… And 11 stops later we reached Mo Chit BTS about 12:00pm…

Remember how I said that over 200,000 people apparently visit Chatuchak Weekend Market? Check out the lines of people from the BTS and walkways…

There are signs pointing which exit to take to go to Chatuchak Market. Yet, who needs signs?! Just follow the throngs of people!

As you’re walking, you’ll see a park on your right hand side. You’ll then walk past some side stalls and then – BAM! One of the entrances to Chatuchak…

So, where to start?

We found some people wearing bright yellow polo shirts with Security on them. So we asked one of them for a Chatuchak Market map. They have them tucked into the pockets ready to hand out to tourists – well, if they have any left!

And now, here are some pics of the Market…

There are lots of clothes stalls…

There’s even a Big Jeans store for men..

TIPS /  NOTES: Be warned… some places don’t allow you to try on their clothes. And many don’t have change rooms.


There are loads of food stalls too…


Anyone for fried foods?


Want some healthier foods? Check these out…


How about some skewers?


There’s tonnes of food options! You won’t go hungry, that’s for sure.

Check out this HUGE paella…

If you want a sweet treat, try this coconut ice-cream… It cost 35 baht (about USD $1.10). You can choose other things to add to it… I chose peanuts. I wasn’t a fan, but you might like it!

There’s also a couple of cool little bars like this one to quench your thirst…

There’s plenty of souvenirs, plants, leather shops, jewellery stores, personal care items, and more!

Make sure you keep hydrated, as you’ll probably end up getting delirious! Grab some water… or even better, some fresh coconut juice…

By this stage you’re probably feeling like this kitty cat…

So why not get a massage for your tired, aching feet… or for relief from carrying around many shopping bags…

Need a haircut? Why not try the barber here at Chatuchak Weekend Market!

Whilst we didn’t use the toilets you need to pay a fee to use them.

Also, take the map with a grain of salt as there are stalls in the sections, which aren’t “supposed” to be there. Use the Chatuchak Market map as a rough guide.

Make sure you barter where you feel necessary. Many of the stall owners will ask you for your best price. Have fun bartering!

This is only a fraction of what you could see at Chatuchak Market!

It’s busy and jammed with people. So if crowds aren’t your thing I strongly recommend you don’t go.

You’d think that with so much stuff, Max and I would have needed a trolley to carry our goods. Yet, after 3.5 hours and 14,366 steps, for us it was a case of “no shop until we dropped.”

We didn’t buy anything except for food and drinks.

We were dripping with sweat and looking forward to a cold shower and even colder beers! So it was time for the humid walk back to Mo Chit BTS. We were approaching the line to buy tickets and saw how crazy busy it was…

Argh! Needless to say, we weren’t in the mood for a long line up!

We saw a handful of people buying their tickets at the machines… but at this BTS station they only accepted coins. We didn’t have enough coins to use at the machine. Doh!

So here comes our PRO TIP…

We looked around and saw a booth with a blue Cashier sign. The lines were much shorter so we rushed on over. We thought it would be easier to exchange notes for coins and use the machine.

Yet, to our surprise…

When we told the cashier where we wanted to go, she handed over 2 BTS tickets and our change. Even better! Just tap and go. That was all over in a matter of minutes. Much better than waiting in a long queue with other sweaty, smelly people!

So if you don’t want to wait in a LONG line, look for this Change counter…

Now, the million dollar question is… Would we come back again? Only if we had to. Good to experience, but didn’t have what we were looking for. Try it for yourself and see how much you come back with!

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