Chatuchak Weekend Market: A Bangkok staple for a reason

If you’ve done even the slightest amount of research for your first trip to Bangkok, you would’ve heard about Chatuchak Weekend Market by now.

Renowned for being the go-to tourist attraction in Bangkok, the market houses an impressive 15,000 stalls and 11,505 vendors.

Pictured: Chatuchak Weekend Market signage

Because of this, my expectation was a wider selection of clothes and souvenirs.

On the contrary, the multitudes of clothing stores tend to sell similar designs at just around 100 to 200 baht.

If you're keen on shopping at Chatuchak, it's worth scouting around to ensure you get the best price.

Be that as it may, there has to be a reason for Chatuchak Weekend Market’s hype and the answer is simple: the experience. And street food.

Hear me out: as unexciting as it sounds to eat phad thai for the 1000th time, the market is a great opportunity to sample more snacks and street food—and believe me, there’s plenty.

I didn’t quite as much enjoy (intending to do) shopping ’til dropping, but I did appreciate the quintessential midday snack.

To be frank, once you’ve had a taste of local phad thai, it’s painful to look back.

Nevertheless, a comforting plate of phad thai (100 baht) is, oddly enough, the cherry topping long shopping hours.

Pictured: Dry phad thai (100 baht) from Chatuchak Weekend Market

Though I personally prefer wet phad thai, the dry one (pictured) is nice for a change.

That aside, you’ll find the usual offerings at low prices: coconut ice cream, mango sticky rice, and all the works.

It might sound like sugar overload, but getting a bottle of freshly squeezed orange juice (30 baht) isn’t such a bad idea if you’re not a fan of frozen delights—even if it’s to pair with tomorrow’s breakfast.

Call it vacation euphoria, but the OJ was everything I've ever wanted in a fruit juice: refreshing, naturally sweet, and just the right amount of zesty.

My family enjoyed it so much they finished it on the spot and bought two more bottles. And I’m not complaining.

Getting to Chatuchak Weekend Market

Address: 587/10 Kamphaeng Phet 2 Rd, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900

Directions: Take the train to Mo Chit BTS station or Chatuchak Park MRT station.
The market is only a couple minutes’ walk away from the station(s). All you really have to do is follow the crowd.