Chatuchak (or Jatujak) is the all known weekend open market in Bangkok and I’m living just 4 BTS stops away from this place.
All I’ve heard is that if you want to shop, especially clothes, this is the place to come. Although I’ve had mixed reviews from friends about this place as the prices of goods have gone up since it became a tourist destination, I still say its worth the visit, even though you’re not the shopping sort.
*Some how that didn’t last too long as I did end up purchasing a few items.
Oh, did I mention that the entire market is a smoke free zone? The fine for smoking in this 35 acre spread is 2000 Baht.
If you see something you like in one stall, get it! You won’t be coming back and if you didn’t register where the stall is located, you’ll never find it so easily, specially if you’ve navigated within the sections.
Get there and you’ll understand.
One thing about these markets is that you get from really good quality items to really bad quality too. So its good to know how much one should pay for good and cheap quality items.
The fan… the all mighty fan is god sent. This food stall has a fan, another reason why we picked this place, as the midday heat was becoming unbearable.
The afternoon sun, 200,000 people and small lanes is not a good combination at all so finding a place with a fan is just amazing.
But Chatuchak is one experience not to miss, but do mind your bags and wallets at all times as pickpockets are known to lurk here.
It’s rather small and cramped with people as we walked in. It even has a little lake in the middle. As we carried on walking the park seemed to grow wider. Before I could say anything I heard a whistle going off.
Looking around I found everyone standing still and a soft music going on in the background. I’m tempted to move but decided best not too as I soon realised it was the nation anthem. If you’re seated, the park guards would make sure you are up and paying your respect. Here I had Meco wanting to carry on walking!
The park gets bigger and wider towards the end and the people thin out. The only people you get are those working out, yes they do have machines to build those muscles and even weights, or running in the park. If you don’t mind the pigeons pooping on you and having squirrels run around, then this park might just be a good stroll after the madness of Chatuchak.
Chatuchak in a nutshell is an organised chaotic mess of smells, sounds, sights and things. Having said that, I adore this place! Its perfect place for gathering all the things you need for a costume party, cheap!
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