Chatuchak Market, JJ Market

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Published: April 15, 2020

Chatuchak market or what Thai people simply called “JJ market” is the biggest market in Thailand and one of the world’s largest weekend markets. There are more than 15,000 stalls scattering around 27 sections selling everything from foods to clothing, antiques, arts, plants, and even pets. Getting lost is easy to do here, so we will be guiding you with some useful information on how to explore the market.

How to Walk at Chatuchak Market Without Getting Lost

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Even though walking in this market somehow seems to be quite complicated, it is arranged into relatively 27 coherent sections and maps are available. You can also use the clock tower as a handy landmark as it’s in the middle of the market.



Clothing & Accessories

The most popular and the biggest part of the market located in sections 2-6 and 10-26. There are more than a hundred shops selling various interesting clothing that can dress you from head to toe. Moreover, if you are a vintage clothes and accessories seeker or lover, you will never be disappointed here. Lots of chic secondhand items are gathered in sections 5 and 6. This is truly a shopper’s paradise.


Antiques, Art and Handcrafts

Antique shops image

Antiques are available in many sections; 1, 7, 8, 11, and 26 but the real separate sector is section 26. There are full of Buddha’s image, bric-a-brac, bulky furniture, and old LPs. Also, artworks and crafts can be found in sections 7, 25, and 26.


Housewares & Décor

Sections 1, 3, 4, 7, 8, 17, and 19 are areas that have anything you need for your house, ranging from soaps to furniture, home decorations, and ceramic works.


Plants & Gardening

Plant section image

In sections 3, 4 you will find potted plants, fruits, herbs, flowers, fertilizer, insecticide, and all kinds of gardening tools sold at a reasonable price. Most of these shops are open on Wednesdays and Thursdays.


Pets and Pet Accessories

Though you are a foreign tourist who unlikely to buy pets, you can spend some time seeing lovely pets such as puppies, kittens, rabbits, fish, and much more. Also, great pet accessories are available. These can be found in sections 8, 9, 11, and 13. 


Books

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This area is only 20 meters close to Kamphang Phet MRT underground station, exit 2. There are all kinds of books in sections 1 and 27. The price is also very cheap. Who knows, you might find some very rare books that you have been searching for ages here.


Food and Beverages 

Drumstick Duck Noodle image

Even though Chatuchak is not a place where people come for food, there are numerous food stalls selling Thai food, Seafood, Thai dessert, fresh food, dried fruits, and drinks in sections 2-4, 23, 24, 26, and 27. Some stalls are well known for locals and tourists. One of them is a small duck noodle shop in the middle of the market called Drumstick Duck Noodle which is popular for its noodle soup with braised duck drumstick. A coconut ice cream served with a shell and toppings also seems to be a good choice to beat the heat. To effectively explore the market, make sure your energy is full filled!


How to Get to The Market

You can go to Chatuchak Market by taxi or using a BTS Skytrain to Mo Chit station, exit 1 or MRT Underground train to Chatuchak station, exit 1 and Kamphaeng Phet, exit 2. The best is to use BTS Skytrain and MRT Underground train as they are convenient and free from traffic jams.



Opening Hours

Chatuchak market has various opening times. Here are the operating times of the market on a weekly basis:

  • Wednesday and Thursday 7 am – 6 pm (Plant section only)
  • Friday 6 pm – 12 pm (Wholesale only)
  • Saturday and Sunday 9 am – 6 pm (Whole Market)

Tips

Best Time to Visit

To avoid the crowds and the heat, it is recommended to go in the morning around 10 am. It will get very hot and busy in the mid-afternoon.

Best Deal is on Friday

You can find the best deals on Friday as vendors will sell in bulk which means there are plenty of cheap items on sale!

Don’t be Shy to Bargain

Bartering is common in Thailand especially at markets since many shops might sell duplicate stuff or some shops even sell the same thing. So, it is fine to find the best possible price. Saying “lod noi dai mai krup/ka” (males/females) – could you give me a discount? with a big smile is the best way to get a good deal.

Free Maps

Maps are available from the information kiosks scattered throughout the market.


Facilities

  • Toilets are located throughout the market.
  • There are an information centre, a bank with ATMs and money exchange booths at the perimeter.
  • Locker storages are available near the Kamphang Phet MRT station, exit 2. Prices are vary based on size and number of hours, starting from 20 THB/hour. 

Chatuchack market is the place that has everything for everyone. If you are looking for some markets to explore when visiting Thailand, this is a must!


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