Chatuchak Market and MBK Mall

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by britgirl7 on 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.

Chatuchak Weekend Market
Paholyothin Road
Bangkok, Thailand

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