CHATUCHAK WEEKEND MARKET IN BANGKOK
If you are a shopping aficionado, visiting Chatuchak weekend market must be in your priority list. Chatuchak market is the undisputed king of all markets in Bangkok- and one of the worlds largest weekend market with 15,000 stalls to boot.
Chatuchak is a massive maze of market stalls and shops selling nearly everything under the sun from the rarest artifacts, to foods, plants, stylish clothings, antiques, cute furry dogs, psychedelic fishes, handicrafts, jewelries, singing birds and masks from far-off lands. The range of products on sale here are extensive and even the most unusual things can be found at Chatuchak market.
Bargaining can be the most pleasant part in Chatuchak, although the prices here are already amazingly cheap but still this is a place to haggle, so it’s up to you to show your negotiating prowess with gentle persuasion involving humour and smiles will earned both good price and good will.
Chatuchak can be hard to navigate but exploring the entire market is fun. Getting lost can be an adventure too, but for people with less time they need to plan ahead. The market is segregated into zones depending on the type of goods sold and there are maps available for the market which specifies the different sections.
When you’re feeling hot and exhausted from your shopping spree it’s time for you to replenish your energy, Chatuchak Market has an endless selection of foods and drinks. And if you are a little more adventurous, a bag of fried crickets and grasshoppers can be purchased from one of the insect stalls.
This weekend market is absolutely a shopper’s paradise. It’s worth visiting Chatuchak when in Bangkok with loads of goodies offered here chances are- you won’t go home empty-handed.
The market is open on Saturday and Sunday only. Opening hours are 8:00 am until 6:00 pm.
Chatuchak is a pickpocket’s paradise-so keep an eye on your wallet and other belongings.
How to get there: The best way to reach Chatuchak is on the Skytrain (BTS), Mo Chit station. And MRT – Chatuchak station.
The buses that will take you to Chatuchak Market
Ordinary bus: 3, 8, 26, 27, 28, 29, 34, 38, 39, 44, 52, 59, 63, 77, 96, 104, 108, 112, 134, 138, 145
Air-conditioned Bus: 2, 3, 8, 10, 11, 12, 18, 19, 23, 29, 34, 38, 39, 44, 77, 146
PATPONG MARKET IN BANGKOK
Patpong is still a crowd puller for many people who choose to take their holiday in Thailand. People usually think of Patpong first when talking about red light district in Bangkok. Patpong is legendary for its neon light go-go bars.
There are two small lanes that makes up Patpong. The Patpong 1 and Patpong 2, situated between Silom and Surawongse main roads, each of which is lined with go-go bars and other more “normal” bars and discos. There are also various up stair venues in Patpong in which the setting is a lot more seedy and explicit.
While for men Patpong means prostitution and adult shows, for women it means market and shopping. At twilight, Patpong night market is bursting with vendors and tourists looking for the next best thing to buy at a bargain price. It became one of the “must” night shopping destination.
Patpong night market opens from 6pm – 1 am everyday
How to get there: To get to Patpong, take the SkyTrain and get off at Sala Daeng Station. Alternatively you can take the metro and get off at Si Lom Station. Taxi is always an option.