The Chatuchak is named after a large public park by the same name. However, it is more famous because of the Chatuchak weekend market, the largest market in Asia. Besides this, it also serves as a convenient gateway to other areas like Vipawadee Rangsit, Ladprao and Saphankwai through the public transportation system namely the Bangkok Skytrain (BTS) and the underground (MRT). Let us try and devour this area.
Chatuchak Park: Located very near to the Chatuchak Weekend market, this park is the best place to relax if you are tired of the shopping at the market. It is also known to host public tennis courts and soccer field. A great place to spend time in leisure, after you are done with shopping.
Chatuchak Weekend Market: This market is becoming a hip place for all your shopping needs considering the diverse variety it has on offer. This 35 acre shopping retreat with around 8000 stalls is bound to dazzle a shopper and make his experience really worthwhile. On a typical weekend it is known to attract as much as 200,000 travellers. It is such a huge market that you are bound to lose your way and so are advised to carry a map and also manage your route by keeping the BTS, MRT stations and the many numbered gates as your reference points. The market is divided into 27 sections in all. And each section might have the similar goods as in any other section. It is best to be very clear what you want to buy and head straight there. A table given below will help you do the same. The following table represents a total of 11 categories that one can look for when here.
Clothing & Accessories (sections 2-6, 10-26)
Handicrafts (sections 8-11)
Ceramics (sections 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 25)
Furniture and Home Decoration (sections 1,3,4,7,8)
Food and Beverage (sections 2, 3, 4, 23, 24, 26, 27)
Plants and Gardening tools (sections 3, 4)
Art and Gallery (section 7)
Pets and Pet Accessories (sections 8, 9, 11, 13)
Books (sections 1, 27)
Antiques and Collectibles (sections 1, 26)
Miscellaneous and Used Clothing (sections 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 22, 25, 26)
Make sure to bargain as much as you can as this place promises to be Bargainer’s paradise. Please also make sure to check the authenticity of the products sold here as they might turn out to be fakes as well.
Or Kor Tor market : Curious to know what goes inside the Thai cuisine, hit straight to the Or Kor Tor market or OTK grocery market as it is popularly known. It is a haven for chefs and food lover’s alike. Try and unravel the secret mystery of these awe inspiring ingredients or take them home to try your hands at making a replica dish. This one’s indeed a great visit if you plan to discover the hidden aroma of the Thai cuisine.
Blue Sky Rooftop Restaurant: Located on the 24th floor of the Centara Grand Lad Prao Hotel, this Hotel is famous for its heady mix of cocktail drinks and the breathtaking views it offers from the rooftop. Make sure to unwind yourself after a hard day of shopping.
Sofitel Centara Grand: If it suits your budget, head on for the glory. This towering landmark is a fusion of eastern & western design elements and is bound to overwhelm you. It also promises to be a good business hotel.
Mystic Place rooms: It is indeed a mystic hotel because of its imaginative themes and designs. It simply qualifies as a good boutique hotel.