So you’ve been running around Bangkok visiting Buddhist temples for a few days and you’d like a change of scenery. You’re looking to do something unique and maybe get some shopping done at the same time? Look no further than the Chatuchak Weekend Market.

This place is one of the world’s largest markets. They say it has over 15,000 booths selling anything from food, drinks, clothing, art, live animals, fish, plants, antiquities, souvenirs, home decoration and much more.

The fact that it is called “weekend market” is a bit misleading as some parts of the market (for example the plants department) are open on other days. If you do however want access to everything all at once, you have to go on the weekend.

As you can see from the map below, the market is divided into different sections that each have their own specialty. If you happen to stumble upon something you truly like, I suggest you buy it on the spot as it is highly unlikely that you’ll be able to make your way back to that booth again. The whole place is a labyrinth.

The market can get very crowded and the plastic covers used to protect from the sun trap in the heat. Be prepared to sweat. A lot.

A word of caution to those venturing into the pets/animals section, you might find it difficult to see cute little rabbits and dogs in cages in this type of suffocating heat. I’m also fairly certain that some of the species they sell would not be ethically accepted in other countries.


Christian is a Montreal based traveler and hobbyist photographer. He has a regular 9 to 5 job but will use his passport whenever he can. His photos are nothing to write home about but he likes to share them nonetheless. Talk to him about all things Japan. English is not his strong point so please let him know if you spot any mistakes.

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