The Chatuchak Weekend Market is one of the world's largest Markets
(As Bangkok is one of the world's largest cities :-)
It consists of more than ten thousand 'micro-shops' on a space of ca. 1.3 km².
Items sold at the Chatuchak Weekend Market include everything imagineable
and much that is unimagineable, including clothing, flowers, plants, rare tropical
fish, handmade candles, modern paintings, ceramics and kitchen ware, used
magazines and books and virtually every kind of handicrafts produced in Thai-
land. It is adviseable to check with your customs to make shure that the
import to your homecountry is legal :-)
Chatuchak market is adjacent to the Kamphaengphet (กำแพงเพชร) station
(MRT) of the Bangkok Metro, or a few minutes walk from the Mo Chit (หมอชิต)
Skytrain (BTS) station and Suan Chatuchak (สวนจตุจักร) station (MRT).
Chatuchak Market owes its origin to Field Marshal Plaek Phibulsongkram, the
late prime minister of Thailand (1938-1944, 1948-1957), who came up with
the idea of setting up a flea market in every town. As a result, the first flea
market in Bangkok was held at Sanam Luang and was called Sanam Luang
flea Market. However, there was time when the place was needed for other
special functions and the flea market was then relocated to Saranrom Palace
and settled there for 8 years. After that, it was moved again to Sanam Chai.
But because of the limited space, it had to be moved back to Sanam Luang.
In the same year, the government issued a policy to turn Sanam Luang into a
public park for citizens of Bangkok and to be the venue to celebrate 200-year-
anniversary of Bangkok, which would be held in 1982. Thus, it was decided that
the flea market would be held at the Phahonyothin area from then on and it
is later called Chatuchak Market after the nearby park with the same name.
❸ Opening hours
Wednesday - Thursday
Plants & Flowers
06:00 to 18:00
06:00 to 18:00
Saturday - Sunday
06:00 to 18:00
Even the market is open till 18:00, cars are allowed to enter at 17:00 :-(
✔ Stay polite - whatever happens.
✔ Bargaining is not only possible but also expected.
✔ Go there in the morning: less people, less sun
❺ Some Impressions ...
Even if their - very modern - interpration is somehow unfamiliar -
their performance is undoubtly honorable !
A culinary world-travel in just a few seconds ... everything is possible !
Three mice :-) หนู ๓ หนู
Do not hesitate to donate the money you saved for a good thing
Questionable, if they show the correct time. You'd better buy an
original watch with Thai Numbers - this is stylish !
Even there is no IKEA in Thailand - the catalogue is a Bestseller
and cannot be found below 500 Baht !!!
Obviously Ingvar Kamprad has seen my website, because
IKEA (Thailand) is now (1/2011) under construction.
Wearing the correct shirt is in Thailand a must.
Pink colour is always suiteable.