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November 9, 2005
From journal Bangkok Shopping
New Delhi, India
November 26, 2002
Anyway, to get to the basics. The easiest way to get to Chatuchak is to take the Sky Train to Mo Chit terminal (which is what we did)- the market begins just below the terminal; all you do is walk down from the terminal.
Chatuchak’s huge, colourful, noisy- and consists of large bright shops, glittering goods, narrow aisles. In the first few rows, the stalls sell clothes- mainly jeans, T-shirts, shirts and sarongs- jewellery and trinkets, bags, shoes, hats; souvenirs (basketry, ceramic, handmade paper, woodwork, metalware and things like that) and a massive range of odds and ends. Past that, the stalls in the middle rows sell upholstery, lampshades, glassware, artificial flowers, wrapping paper, floral decorations crafted from paper and plastic; and- well, anything else you could possibly want, including mundane things like cheese-graters, paper-cutters, cushion covers and tiny models of tuk-tuks. Right at the back of the market are stalls which sell pets- rabbits, birds, puppies, fish- along with cages, fish bowls, artificial waterplants and things like that. Also around the same area are a few shops that sell food- especially dried seafood (the somewhat overpowering stench nearly made us faint!). Despite that, Chatuchak’s a must-visit: save your shopping for here! One last bit of advice, though: bargain like mad!
From journal City of Angels- Fallen and Otherwise
July 8, 2008
From journal Hot Hot Hot Bangkok
February 21, 2007
Welcome to the world’s largest weekend market. Bangkok’s Chatuchak Weekend Market, or JJ’s Market, is a must see for any shopper of anything you can imagine. Thousands of vendors from all parts of Thailand and around the region are eager to sell and negotiate prices of their items to you. You will rarely find prices listed on most objects, as it seems it really depends on how you are sized up by the individual vendor as to what the starting price will be. They expect the tourist and the locals to haggle over the price, regardless of how good of a deal the item first seems to appear.
There are signs everywhere warning the large crowds to beware of pickpockets. It is for this reason I carried my wallet in my front pocket while shopping there.
There are myriads of individuals playing instruments or singing, hoping you will toss some Baht in their container or open musical case. The children singers seemed to always draw a crowd. Getting to JJ’s is easy. The metered taxis are a good choice when the local traffic isn’t backed up to far, but the subway is always the best way to get there. Depending on your starting location the price will vary, but usually doesn’t stray too far from fifty to sixty Baht.
There are hundreds of food and drink vendors scattered throughout the place so taking time to refresh and revitalize is always just a few yards away, or you can just grab a quick snack and a drink and keep walking and shopping.Has shopping got your feet tired and sore? Not a problem. Foot massage places are scattered around and can usually be performed for less than 200 Baht an hour. I highly recommend that every traveler indulge in this activity. It feels incredible and offers a chance to be off your feet and get pampered. Whether you’re looking for Hill Tribe silver, trinkets, incense, pipes, scorpions, sarongs, Thai silk or crafts, everything under the sun is… under the sun at the Chatuchak Market.
From journal Bangkok Revisited
December 12, 2006
If you like car boot sales and flea markets, try Chatuchak Market for size. Over 35 hectares of market stall upon market stall selling everything from puppies, chipmunks, foods, crafts, and flea market type junk.It's open from 9am to 6pm both Saturday and Sunday. I suggest you get there early to avoid both the crowds and the heat.The easiest (coolest and cheapest) way to arrive is via the BTS Sky train (Mo Chit stop), from here you just walk across the street. The Metro also has a stop here. The Market itself is just a mind-blowing maze of 15,000 stalls and it's great for gift shopping. Personally, I chose to concentrate on the food and animal stalls. All kinds of weird and wonderful foods were available and I really can’t tell you all I tried as I don’t even know what I was eating half the time.I was curious to see all the animals on display even though I knew it would bother me. Strangely enough, they seemed healthy and well fed. It was early when we arrived and all the puppies were being washed and blow dried for maximum sale potential. Although there are plenty of clothing stalls and places to get gifts I was recommended the MBK MALL for more serious souvenir purchasing.This immense mall (8 stories high, 2500 stores) is every mall rat's fantasy. It's modern, marbled, and unlike the market, it has great air-conditioning making for greater shopping potential.Located in Siam Square on the BTS (National Stadium Station) this place is teeming with Thai teens. One whole floor was full of electronics, the food court was amazing, and if you can get the local clothes to fit, they go for great prices.
From journal More Bangkok for Your Buck
Broadbeach Waters, Australia
August 22, 2005
This is one of the largest weekend markets in the world and it is huge, steamy hot and very disorientating but still fantastic.
Everything you can think of is here, where to start? It is divided into sections which is a great theory but when you start wandering within it’s internal maze you will soon find that you won’t end up where you were hoping you would.
Loads of clothing outlets are here with all the International brand names such as Polo but all copies of course
If you are squeamish, make sure you avoid the fresh food sections, where all types of bits and pieces with the stench to match are enough to turn any stomach.
Likewise, the pet section can be upsetting, but on the whole, most of the animals for sale we saw were well looked-after, albeit a little stressed from the heat. I am glad that we didn’t stumble onto the protected/rare species section, as it would have been too much. There are signs up all over this section prohibiting photography, so there has obviously been criticism in the past. One of the funniest sights we saw was a cockatoo having a blow wave. He was sitting on a perch, looking bedraggled and scrawny and dripping wet whilst the store owner was blow-drying him with a hairdryer, and he was loving it.
For us, the aquarium supplies were the main find, with all sorts of bits and pieces at a miniscule fraction of what we pay at home, and we bought so much that we had to buy a bag to bring it home. Spoilt fishes.
The homeware section will also tempt you with everything from lamps, shades, soft furnishings but unfortunately we just couldn't carry anything more.
This market is well worth visiting to take a look.
From journal Shop-over in Bangkok
December 30, 2002
We decided to be a little adventurous and take the sky train to the Chatuchuk market. The sky train was very cheap and hardly anyone was on it. Rich and I were surprised at how clean it was, and it was air-conditioned and quicker than a cab. I have no idea why more people do not use it.
The market is incredible. It is about the size of a stadium market, but has four times as much stuff crammed in it. People say if you can’t find it in the market, then it doesn’t exist in Thailand. We found very good deals on things, but you MUST bargain. If you do not like the price, then you walk away. Nine times out of ten, they call you back and tell you "for you discount" and give it to you for the price you wanted. We left for lunch since we did not trust the vendors at the market. There were inadequate washing facilities and the open trench sewers ran near the vendor booths. The place was incredibly stinky. Every 10 feet, a new smell would assault your nose. The market was dirty, crowded, and hot--a perfect recipe for a migraine, but we did okay.
Lesson Learned: Go EARLY in the morning. Bring some snacks and plenty of water. Protect your valualbles from pickpockets (99% of Thai people are courteous, honest, polite, and hardworking . . . but there are a few pickpockets in every country). Remember that there are cultural differences, and try not to openly gawk or stare at things you find odd or repugnant. Yes, some Thai people eat insects (a delicacy), but we eat things that are much worse for you healthwise (Twinkies, bacon, etc.).
From journal Bangkok Thailand
February 25, 2005
All those tales about raw meat, fighting cocks, clothes, fried pig skin, baskets, and anything else you can imagine are correct. The smell was pretty overpowering at times, but it was a fabulous experience and would be great fun for a shopper, particularly someone who likes to go to flea markets and other places where you never know what you will find. About 1 hour after getting there, I had to take a taxi home. I was feeling dizzy, with my stomach was hurting. I have read from other travelers that this is not uncommon on the first day or two. The rest of the family stayed on, bargaining for souvenirs.
From journal Thailand - November 2003
June 22, 2002
The market is segragated into clothing areas, household items, candles and incense, food, animals, plants, and lots more for easier shopping. Lots of beautiful things can be found which would make great gifts when you get home. However, be sure not to get lost because it's so big a place that it's hard to go back to where you came from. If you like something, it's best to purchase it on the spot because chances are you won't be able to find your way around if you want to return. And if you're doing lots of shopping, bring big bags, or better still, luggage, to avoid lugging numerous plastics bags around which can become quite a handful after a while. And if you're setting up a business,most of the shops have name cards that will be of help in the near future. Most importantly,drink lots of water to avoid dehydration.
From journal Sizzling Bangkok
Nottingham, United Kingdom
July 23, 2002
It is divided into several different sections, including: clothing (jewellery and accessories), household goods (mainly decorative goods), food, pets, and several others which are more appropriate for a resident of Bangkok. We began in the clothes sections, and were quickly disheartened, because so many of the clothes were highly desireable, and yet so few fit us. Basically, a good rule of thumb is to measure yourself against an average-size Thai lady and if you're much bigger than her in any way, it is unlikely you will find many clothes which will fit you. We were really disappointed about that, but we soon cheered up as we saw all the beautiful accessories, jewellery, picture frames, crockery etc etc. A good tip here is to find out if you can leave goods you have purchased at your guesthouse. If Bangkok is not your last destination in Thailand, this is a good idea because then you are free to make purchases which you wouldn't ordinarily be able to carry. Also, take plenty of water, as the market is extremely hot. The facilities for food and drink are reasonable in price and quality, but it can be so hot that you need to drink water almost continuously.
There are some wonderful bargains to be found, many without even really trying! We bought herbs and spices very cheaply in the food section, mulberry paper (a Thai speciality) in the household section, as well as some lovely crackle-glazed pottery which seems quite expensive but is really still only a third of the English price. Handbags and silk were also good purchases, with a huge range of choices, and the same goes for vases, photoframes, candles in all manner of shapes and sizes and other decorative items. The pets section is slightly less salubrious, housing endangered species and household pets alike, all in small cages looking pretty scared (we wanted to liberate the baby rabbits, but were scared they'd be eaten by the crocodile!). The pets section was actually quite upsetting, although it as interesting, but dont go if you're faint-hearted.
A few final tips:
- If you are in a group expect to get split up at some point and arrange a specific place and time to meet.
- Expect to get lost, a lot, try to get hold of a map before you go.
- Change money before you go - cheaper, no queues.
- Give yourself a lot of time, the market really is huge.
- Be selective, don't buy more than you can take back home!
From journal A Month in Thailand