Hitting the Chatuchak Markets
When they say that Chatuchak Markets in Bangkok are huge, you get yourself mentally prepared for it. It’s going to be big. It’s going to be hot. There’s going to be heaps of people.
Catching the BTS skytrain from the MBK station closest to our hotel, we set off to the famous weekend markets, getting off at Mo Chit station.
Chatuchak is Thailand’s largest market covering some 35 acres and housing around 8,000 stalls. Such is its popularity, the market gets upwards of 200,000 visitors every single day. I also think it is one of the hottest places that I have ever visited, with most of the stall positioned under tin sheds. Despite all the fans in existence, it is one mighty hot place to spend a few hours.
Despite not finding anything that we really needed to buy from the market stalls, we did of course manage to spend quite some time moseying about the food stalls, tasting, testing and watching the vendors practice their renowned selling skills. All of the food looked delicious, fresh and very, very tempting. It will come as no surprise that we had to see for ourselves. As the photos below show, we gave it our best shot.
There are plenty of great tips when planning your trip to Chatuchak, but they are all fairly similar. Following are the tips provided by Bangkok.com and cover all the bare essentials. Take heed of them, particularly the ones involving water and sun protection. It’s a fierce oven here !
*Wear light and comfortable clothing, e.g. shorts and a t-shirt/tank-top
*Wear comfortable shoes, e.g. a pair of sneakers or sandals
*Protect yourself from the sun, by wearing sunglasses, a hat and use sunscreen
*Bring a backpack for storing your new-found treasures. It is recommended that you wear your backpack on the front rather than on your back
*Always have bottled drinking water handy
*Bring enough cash. Most vendors do not accept credit cards, and it can be a long walk to the next ATM
*Beware of pickpockets and watch your belongings
*Plan to go in the morning, as it can get very hot and crowded in the afternoon
*Free maps are available from one of the information kiosks