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Chatuchak Market in Bangkok, Thailand


Information as of November 2009




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 Thailand. It is adviseable to check with your customs to make shure that the import to your homecountry is legal :-)



❶  Location




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).



❷  History




Field Marshal Plaek Phibulsongkram
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
Friday
Wholesale
06:00 to 18:00
Saturday - Sunday
Miscellaneous
06:00 to 18:00

Even the market is open till 18:00, cars are allowed to enter at 17:00 :-(



❹  Tips




✔ Stay polite - whatever happens.
✔ Bargaining is not only possible but also expected.
✔ Go there in the morning: less people, less sun



❺  Some Impressions ...




Chatuchak Market in Bangkok, Thailand

Chatuchak Market in Bangkok, Thailand

Chatuchak Market in Bangkok, Thailand

Chatuchak Market in Bangkok, Thailand

Chatuchak Market in Bangkok, Thailand

Chatuchak Market in Bangkok, Thailand

Chatuchak Market in Bangkok, Thailand

Chatuchak Market in Bangkok, Thailand

Chatuchak Market in Bangkok, Thailand

Chatuchak Market in Bangkok, Thailand


Even if their - very modern - interpration is somehow unfamiliar - their performance is undoubtly honorable !


Chatuchak Market in Bangkok, Thailand    Chatuchak Market in Bangkok, Thailand


A culinary world-travel in just a few seconds ... everything is possible !


Chatuchak Market in Bangkok, Thailand    Chatuchak Market in Bangkok, Thailand


Three mice :-)   หนู ๓ หนู

Do not hesitate to donate the money you saved for a good thing



Chatuchak Market in Bangkok, Thailand    Chatuchak Market in Bangkok, Thailand


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.



Chatuchak Market in Bangkok, Thailand


Wearing the correct shirt is in Thailand a must. Pink colour is always suiteable.




Source : Flyer and map, handed out at Chatuchak Information. All pictures © Copyright by www.changpuak.ch






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