“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” – Martin Buber

Chatuchak Weekend Market

Chatuchak Market, being one of the best-known attractions in Bangkok, was high on our list of places to visit. Shopping was a priority (Sorry Jules, you were outnumbered by the girls). Though the market opens only during weekends, it sure has its fair share of visitors.

Our very strategically-placed hostel provided us easy access to the BTS Skytrain. It was funny that most people in the train were foreigners, and almost everyone alighted on the Mo Chit Station. From there, we just followed the crowd of people assuming that they were all headed to Chatuchak. They all were. 😛

Chatuchak is huge. Initially, we entered the alleys of stores selling handicrafts. Not our thing. Then, there were the rows of seemingly second-hand clothes and shoes. Not our thing too. Then, finally, we saw the brand-new clothes! Yipee!

Chatuchak Weekend Market

Pants of all colors!

Chatuchak Weekend Market

Souvenir t-shirts, anyone?

Chatuchak Weekend Market

A very cute shirt!

Though I knew that Chatuchak wasn’t exactly the cheapest when it comes to clothing (I’ve seen cheaper clothes in Pratunam a few years back), I have to say that those in Chatuchak were better-looking. Here, you’d see anywhere from plain cheap clothes, to export overruns, from souvenir t-shirts to imitation ones. You could also find shoes, sunglasses, pants, caps, etc. They have it all. I wasn’t intent on buying anything when I went there, but I already spent a thousand bahts before I knew it!

Chatuchak Weekend Market

Chatuchak Weekend MarketIn between stores, you can savor some snacks — cold snacks perfect for a humid day, and fried ones good for a grumbling tummy.

Chatuchak Weekend Market

Cooking while dancing! A Spanish chef did just that 🙂

Chatuchak Weekend Market

Chocolate-covered banana with sprinkles

Chatuchak Weekend Market

Ice drop for few bahts

Chatuchak Weekend Market

Coconut Ice Cream, with real coconut and some peanuts 🙂

Chatuchak Weekend Market

Fried food in skewers!

Chatuchak Weekend Market

Fruit shakes

About four hours later, we were done shopping. We didn’t go to the other parts of the market anymore — which included art works, home decor, and gardening stuff. Good thing we’re all young and single!

Since it was already a bit past noon, we decided to have lunch on the side of the street. We ordered Pad Thai Goong (I still think it’s the best Thai dish ever!). Nom, nom, nom. It was very tasty, plus it surely was authentic. I’m sure my parents wouldn’t have eaten there. Oh, the perks of traveling with friends. Haha! 

Chatuchak Weekend Market

First meal in Bangkok: Pad Thai Goong

More on Bangkok next time! Happy travels!



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10 comments on “Chatuchak Weekend Market

  1. Michelle
    May 19, 2013

    I have not been here in a long time! This reminds me of all the shopping!

    • Karen
      May 20, 2013

      I know! It’s one of those places that made me go crazy with shopping (I’m not a shopper, usually)!

  2. justmusing
    May 19, 2013

    Very kind way of sharing. I like the way you present your impressions. Fine with me that I shall be at my desk while you travel.. well, I would like some of the last dish, actually… ; )

    • Karen
      May 20, 2013

      Thank you for the kind words! I hope you enjoy reading more posts soon. I miss pad thai, too. 😦

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