Chatuchak Market opening times:
Yes, unless it clearly states in the stall otherwise. Bartering is common across Thailand so remember to haggle for the best possible price.
Smiling and being polite is a good start to getting a deal. Don't be scared to walk away if you are unsure with the price. You can shop around and see if you can get a better deal at another stall or you can always come back to renegotiate. Remember the stall section you are to avoid problems locating the stall.
It is advised to go in the morning to Chatuchak market. It gets very hot and busy in the mid-afternoon. You should allow the majority of the day to go to the market and leaving in the morning will allow you to relax as crowds of people start to enter around midday.
Chatuchak Market is very big and requires a lot of walking in hot temperatures. It would be advised to wear comfortable walking shoes and light clothing that is suitable for the humid weather. Many Thais also frown upon tourists that do not cover themselves correctly. Men must not be topless and women must wear more than a bikini or swimwear.
One way of getting to Chatuchak is by Skytrain (BTS). The Skytrain runs throughout Bangkok and you are able to get on and off, but make sure to jump back off at (N8) Mo Chit Station (Sukhumvit Line). From here, if you take exit no. 1 when leaving the station, you will eventually come across rows and rows of canvas stalls. Keep following the crowds until you come across a small entrance this is the clothing section of Chatuchak market. From here, you can start making your way through the market using our interactive map.
Travelling to Chatuchak market by Skytrain is by far the best and easiest method of transport, but there are certain parts of Bangkok that the BTS does not run through. One area many tourists choose to stay is in Khao San Road. If you choose to stay there and want to visit Chatuchak, you need to catch either bus number 524, or 3. Unfortunately, there are no available bus timetables, so we would advise asking locals where the best place to wait for the bus.
Bus fares cost as little as 20 Baht, and certain buses are free, so you be lucky. The journey from the Khao San area can take anywhere between 30-60 minutes dependent upon the chaotic Bangkok trafﬁc.
Travelling by taxi in Bangkok is by far the easiest and stress-free. However, it is the most expensive way of getting around. Many tourist destinations in Bangkok are crowded with taxis and are readily available.
The Mass Rapid Transit network (MRT) is Bangkok’s subway system. With 18 stops stretching around 20km across Bangkok, it is another very easy method of transport when planning your trip to Chatuchak market.
If you want to visit the market, jump off at Kampaengphet as opposed to Chatuchak Park, as you will ﬁnd it a shorter walk.
Travelling by the three-wheeled, open aired motorcycle taxi known as the Tuk tuk isn't exactly the most comfortable experience, but perfectly ﬁne for short distances such as Chatuchak market. Before stepping into a Tuk tuk make sure you agree a price with the driver, otherwise you could be paying more than a taxi ride.