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.