Chatuchak Weekend Market

Is Chatuchak Weekend Market in Bangkok, Thailand Worth Visiting? Here’s What You Need to Know

Discover the wonders of Chatuchak Weekend Market! From unique finds at affordable prices to delicious street food, it’s a must-visit in Bangkok. 

Chatuchak Weekend Market, often called JJ Market, is one of Bangkok’s most famous spots. It’s a massive market with over 15,000 stalls spread across 27 sections. If you’re planning a trip to Bangkok, you might be wondering if this market is worth a visit. Here’s a simple guide to help you decide.

Chatuchak Weekend Market
From handmade bags to colorful clothes and unique trinkets, there’s something for everyone to explore and enjoy at the Chatuchak Weekend Market.

What You Can Find There

Chatuchak Weekend Market has just about everything you can imagine. From clothes and accessories to home decor and plants, it’s a shopper’s paradise.

You can find unique souvenirs, handmade crafts, trendy fashion items, and even antiques. The market is also famous for its delicious street food, with countless stalls offering local Thai dishes, snacks, and drinks.

The Experience

Visiting Chatuchak is not just about shopping; it’s about the experience. The market is bustling with locals and tourists, creating a lively atmosphere.

The sights, sounds, and smells are an assault on the senses in the best way possible. Exploring the winding alleys, discovering hidden gems, and haggling with vendors is all part of the fun.

Chatuchak Weekend Market
Delicious and affordable pork skewers: a must-try street food delight that captures the essence of Bangkok’s vibrant food scene!


  1. Variety:With so many stalls, you’re bound to find something you like. Whether you’re looking for clothes, accessories, home goods, or gifts, there’s a huge selection.
  2. Unique Finds:Many items at Chatuchak are handmade or one-of-a-kind. It’s a great place to find unique souvenirs or gifts.
  3. Food:The market offers a fantastic variety of Thai street food. You can try different dishes without breaking the bank.
  4. Atmosphere:The lively, vibrant atmosphere is something you won’t experience anywhere else. It’s a cultural experience in itself.


  1. Crowds:The market is very popular, and it can get extremely crowded, especially on weekends. If you don’t like crowds, this might be a downside.
  2. Heat:Bangkok is hot, and the market can be sweltering. Be prepared for the heat, stay hydrated, and take breaks. For seniors like me, skip this place.
  3. Overwhelming:The sheer size of the market can be overwhelming. It’s easy to get lost, so it’s helpful to have a map or a plan of the sections you want to visit.
  4. Bargaining:Haggling is expected, which can be a bit uncomfortable if you’re not used to it. However, it’s part of the experience, and you might enjoy it once you get the hang of it.
Chatuchak Weekend Market
This stunning Buddha statue is just one of the many cultural treasures you’ll find in Bangkok’s bustling market.

Pro Tips

  • Go Early:The market opens at 9 AM. Arriving early can help you beat the crowds and the heat.
  • Dress Comfortably:Wear light, comfortable clothing and good walking shoes. It’s a large market, and you’ll be doing a lot of walking.
  • Stay Hydrated:Bring a bottle of water and take breaks to rest and hydrate.
  • Bring Cash:While some vendors accept credit cards, cash is preferred. There are ATMs around, but it’s easier to have cash on hand.
  • Plan Your Visit:With so much to see, it helps to plan which sections you want to visit. You can find maps online to help guide you.

Chatuchak Weekend Market in Bangkok is a unique and exciting place to visit. The market’s lively vibe, wide range of items, and tasty street food make it a memorable experience. Yes, it can get crowded and hot, so it might not be for everyone, especially for seniors, but it’s definitely worth a visit.

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  1. karen says:

    I’ve been to this market a few years ago! I completely agree with you, it is not just about shopping, it is about the experience, the scents, the buzz, I loved it!!!

  2. Alexa says:

    Great tips for the market! I imagine it’s huge and very overwhelming without your tips

  3. We are sorry we missed the Chatuchak Weekend Market when we were in Bangkok. We planned a mid-week stay to avoid the crowds but this meant we missed some of the weekend events like this. But the crowds and heat might have kept us away. We are not big shoppers. But we do love to browse and enjoy the smells and colours in markets like these.

    1. It was scorching hot that day. It was better that you skipped Chatuchak.

  4. Jennifer Prince says:

    Ha! I definitely don’t mind haggling, and I’d be really curious about what kind of antiques they have there. I also love handicrafts and tasting the local cuisine. Sounds like the perfect place for all of the above!

    1. Hi Jennifer. Don’t forget to taste their Mango Sticky Rice. I super recommend it.

  5. I haven’t been to Bangkok but my sister has. I think even she didn’t get to visit this market. I would like to browse through the handmade stuff and go early, though it’s not fun shopping early in the day. But, would avoid the crowd for sure. I’d definitely try some street food too.

    1. Yes, you can find a lot of those things in the market. You can haggle for the prices too, but just bring a lot of patience with you.

  6. I love a good market and this one seems like it is an experience. I am not a fan of haggling but I know it is cultural and would definitely give it a go here. I am also not a fan of large crowds but like you mentioned arriving early usually helps and I am an early riser to beat crowds, it has served me well in the past and I am sure will be a good option while visiting this market. Despite these two things I really would like to visit, the market seems to offer so many things and I think it would be a great experience if I follow the tips you provided. I hope to visit Thailand one day and perhaps even this market.

  7. Subhashish Roy says:

    Although have been to Bangkok couple of times they were corporate visits for conferences. Although we did see all the landmarks never got to really shop around. This market seems a lovely place to indulge and do some cost effective shopping.

  8. Natascha says:

    Nice post about the Chatuchak Weekend Market. I would say, if you like shopping (or “window-shopping) the Chatuchak Market is a must. If you do not mind bargaining, the better. I bought a wonderful bracelet there.

  9. Umiko says:

    I liked going to Chatuchak. There are so many things to see or to buy. My friends and I set a time and a meetup place after we got there because it’s easier to explore the market by yourself rather than walking together. But I heard about the recent fire at the market. I hope it’s back to normal.

  10. Thank you for sharing these tips. I am bit hesitant because of the crowds but will take your advice to visit early instead. Happy to know that some vendors accept credit cards and ATMs are available. I don’t really want to carry lot of cash when going to market.

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