When in Bangkok, you should really consider a visit to the world’s largest weekend market. That is right – this is one shopping adventure that you will want to write home about. The market itself is aptly named the Chatuchak Weekend Market, and it covers roughly 27 Acres of land space. Throughout this expanse of land is more than 15,000 different shopping stalls, divided into 27 distinct sections. In fact, the market is so large that you might want to plan both a Saturday and Sunday excursion there just to make sure you have time to see it all, and of course that you do not miss out on any bargains that just must be had.
Many mistakenly think that this market just sells cheap goods from other countries, or knock offs of luxury items, but this is actually not true. While many of those items can certainly be found at the market, there is much more to it than that. The Chatuchak Weekend Market contains various handicrafts, arts, and other items that are made throughout nearly every region throughout Thailand. You see, the country of Thailand may seem relatively small geographically when compared to some other nations in the world, but upon further discovery this is really not true. The Land of Smiles is comprised of various groups that have slightly different cultures, traditions, foods, and ways of life. There are, as a result, handicrafts and goods that are native to each respective part of Thailand. So, a visit to the weekend market is similar to seeing various parts of Thailand, all right within Bangkok. What could be easier and more fun than that!
For those who really enjoy seeing the real Thailand and not just the tourist-traps, you will be pleased to note that the Chatuchak Weekend Market is equally popular with Thais and Tourists alike. In fact it is estimated that only about 30% of the visitors each weekend day, Saturday and Sunday, are tourists. There are nearly 200,000 people that tour the stalls of the market each day it is open, so your interaction with the Thai people will be plentiful. The great thing about this component of the market is that you will typically find more Thai prices here than at other areas in Bangkok that cater more to the tourist crowd. This means that you will almost certainly find those bargains you crave, at a fraction of the price you would get elsewhere. Beyond this, however, is the experience of shopping at the world’s largest outdoor weekend market. In addition to the handicrafts from across Thailand, on a recent visit I ran across amulets for Buddhism, different pieces and styles of wood furniture, hand made flowers crafted out of silk, various types of ceramic pieces, artifacts and souvenirs from other countries, and so much more.
In short, the Chatuchak Weekend Market should be a great weekend day trip for you to take in the shopping sites of Bangkok, and still have the evening to out to one of many entertainment venues on offer.