This huge open-air market, sometimes also referred to as JJ Market, is immensely popular among Thais and visitors alike. Here you can bargain with local producers and vendors for a tremendous range of goods such as antiques, handicrafts, souvenirs from across Thailand, Buddhist amulets, furniture, DIY home decoration products, Thai porcelain, trendy fashions, flowers, silk and much, much more. You can even buy a pet at Chatuchak Market.
Chatuchak Market is the largest market in Thailand at an area of more than 100,000 square metres. Spread across more than 35 acres and holding upwards of 15,000 shops and booths, it’s not only a not-to-miss spot for tourists – it’s hard to miss. And even if you’re not too keen on shopping and bargaining, it’s likewise a great place simply to stroll about, people watch or just take in the atmosphere. Indeed, Chatuchak Market has it all including goods and wares, food and drink and even services such as massage. Hours of shops can be informal and irregular, but most shops within Chatuchak Market are open from around 9.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. every weekend.
As if Chatuchak Weekend Market isn’t enough, there’s also adjacent Chatuchak Green Market (or JJ Green Market. This night market is open every Thursday to Sunday from 6.00 p.m. to midnight and has a much more chilled vibe. We recommend the market for its diverse collection of shops offering up-to-date fashions and accessories including vintage fashions, as well as for handicrafts with a contemporary aesthetic. There’s also a terrific selection of cafés and bars for relaxing and soaking up the atmosphere.
Another great thing about both Chatuchak Weekend Market and Chatuchak Green Market is that they’re next to Chatuchak Park, one of the city’s best green spaces. So instead of shopping, or maybe combined with shopping, you can enjoy a leisurely walk as well as get in a run and some exercise.
The Chatuchak area is well served by public transport including BTS SkyTrain and MRT underground stations. From Novotel Bangkok Ploenchit Sukhumvit, take BTS SkyTrain at directly adjacent Ploenchit Station nine stops to Mochit Station, and there take Exit 1 or 3 and it’s only a couple minutes’ walk to the market area. You also can take a metered taxi to and from the hotel; travel time is approximately 30 minutes but, be aware, that can be more depending on time of day and day of week.